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DC Women Faces by Cedric Poulat

Previous featured artist Cedric Poulat is showcasing a study of the faces of the prominent women in the DC Universe, namely Donna Troy, Zatanna, Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn,Batwoman, Mary Marvel, Powergirl and of course Supergirl. Cedric also provided a fantastic explanation to the faces used for the characters below.

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donna troy, zatanna, wonder woman, poison ivy, batgirl, mary marvel, powergirl, supergirl, dc women, faces, sexy

donna troy, zatanna, wonder woman, poison ivy, batgirl, mary marvel, powergirl, supergirl, dc women, faces, sexy

donna troy, zatanna, wonder woman, poison ivy, batgirl, mary marvel, powergirl, supergirl, dc women, faces, sexy

donna troy, zatanna, wonder woman, poison ivy, batgirl, mary marvel, powergirl, supergirl, dc women, faces, sexy

I think this is a fantastic showcase. What prompted you get started on these pieces?

This is a study compilation. Basically I like to have a model for reference when drawing a character’s face (I don’t care about the body). It helps avoiding the “clone syndrome”.

We all have a basic way of drawing a face which you may keep when you have to draw 22 pages every months but you WANT to avoid that when producing a cover or pin up illustration. Keeping a typical face for the majors roles in the comics page is a great advantage. If the minors characters are too similar (and faces of crowds etc), it’s not that important.

It’s hard thing, sometimes you think “Oh I’m going to make him a bigger nose and big ears and voila!” but that’s not how it generally works. It’s easier with women because you can still make the tricks with their haircut and makeup/accessories. Even if they do all have the same face, you can make differences with that. However that trick won’t work forever!

I did a “casting” years ago, asking myself “Who would be fine to play this character?”. I usually kept the models that popped in my mind without letting me the time to search for them (spontaneity is often the best choice) however some of them ended not being the best outcome and I had to experiment other kind of faces.

Donna Troy, Wonder woman and Mary Marvel are on their second version actually. I might change again Donna’s model because I found someone else even better to fit the character.

That’s a fantastic study. I think too often artists settle down to one type of face which makes the artwork a little bland. Unfortunately Jim Lee comes to mind. Anyway for this study, what medium did you use?

100% digital.
Not too used to do that because I’m not a big fan of digital drawing. Drawing and coloring on Photoshop 7 with a A6 Wacom tablet.

How long did it take you complete this piece?

No idea! Like always. I just remember I’ve spend a lot of time
painting Supergirl (can’t found the right tones) and Wonder Woman (She was the first I did and I hadn’t finalised a good method yet).

Thanks for the explanation of this piece. I love it!

For more comments on this piece :
http://j-estacado.deviantart.com/art/DC-WOMEN-FACES-160912063

Would love to hear your comments on which is your favourite piece and if you can pick any of the people that has their faces modelled after. I’m pretty sure I can pick an Angelina Jolie here.

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9 Responses to “DC Women Faces by Cedric Poulat”

  1. Comic Geek says:

    These are amazing. I know he said 100% digital, but I’m curious how much of it was photo referenced or just manipulated in PS.

    • SIGMATE says:

      Cedric does check this post from time to time. Unfortunately I made a wrong call on Jolie. However I swear Donna Troy is a match for Megan Fox.

      Anyway . .
      Feel free to make a guess and Cedric will tell you whether you are right.

  2. sage says:

    It’s not that hard to trace pictures of porn and draw clothes over them. Thumbs down.

  3. Vanessa G. says:

    Donna Troy is Adriana Lima … and Z is the other Victoria Secret model. Alessandra something. Still very cool. I like the character representations & the points about facial differentiation.

  4. Kevin K says:

    I am not a huge fan of digital artwork but comic book art has interested me for some time. Even if these images were traced it is still quite difficult to achieve believable tone and value. I personally like the Poison Ivy piece as it looks like the most complete and best executed. Good composition in all. Portraits are one of my favorite things to draw. Good work!

  5. […] DC Women (Harley Quinn and Batwoman) by Cedric Poulat : There were several different DC Women I could have picked from Cedric but I think these 2 really work well, it’s almost like they’re eyeing each other. […]

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