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TRDL 2013 Series No. 4 - Poison Ivy by TRDLcomics TRDL 2013 Series No. 4 - Poison Ivy by TRDLcomics
TRDL 2013 Series, No. 04 – Poison Ivy This one was done for the R3 Art Challenge, the subject being Poison Ivy from DC comics. I like a few different versions of the character, which aren’t too far apart: I like the point at which she began basically wearing an ivy swimsuit barefooted, and then later when her skin went green… both have a cool driad look. I couldn’t decide which way I wanted to go, so I kind of merged them. I had a lot of fun with this one, in terms of process, fusing two different pencil sketches together, inked the figure digitally, overlaid the vines and ivy, and did lots of color rendering. Good stuff!
This is the Wrongrobot's Rudiments Alphabet version:
Process notes: [link]
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paws4thot Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
I'm going to stay well away from sexualisation arguments about how much skin she's showing, and instead say that you're showing good draftmanship and with the green veining picking up on her plant symbiosis in a way that most writers and fan art just don't.
TRDLcomics Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Fair enough. I certainly took the approach of giving her a flora bathing suit basically...
I couldn't rationalize the spandex of some of the comic designs. She's a woman engulfed and embraced by plants. I probably could have given her more coverage perhaps. I guess it's also partly boredom: I've drawn PI several times and in the past have wound her limbs up with vines. I was trying something a bit different.
Thanks for looking and commenting!
paws4thot Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
I just feel that arguments over the sexualisation of "comicbook characters" are arguments where no-one's going to win. Spray-on bodysuits or what's effectively swimwear are commonplace for both genders.

And yes, I was agreeing your design as showing Ivy as a human who is symbiotic with plants. I've seen variations on the "leafs swimwear" before, and vines (or ivys) wound round her limbs, so your something different was different for me too, yet still acknowledging her nature.
TRDLcomics Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
cool! Thanks for checking it out.

Puritanism is a tough nut! America is so stodgy (on the public front) it exasperates me. Meanwhile dodgy people do dodgy things behind closed doors, right after crying for censorship.
paws4thot Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
I don't get that hypocrasy either; a real woman with 2" of bare midriff is a "lady of negotiable affections", but it's ok to let a 13YO boy read X-Men, where if the women really wore suits that tight you'd see the outlines of their nipples, and the lips of their VJs!
TRDLcomics Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I'm no prude, by any stretch, but even before I had a daughter, I saw the tweens and teens wandering around in tight athletic pants or cutoff shorts or microskirts and tanktops or whatever on their way to school and sort of shuddered at how rapid our culture has embraced exhibitionism and and uninhibited displays in the media on down to the schoolyard... not because I'm offended, but because I know these girls (and their viewers, be they other girls, boys or adults) are skipping to the end, so to speak, on their sexuality and those inter-relationships at a rate they may not be prepared for. That said, I remember being a tween and a teen, and I could have found something unbearably tantalizing out of someone in a burlap sack. Hormones are hormones.

I suspect, by the time my kids are that age, they will be walking around all dapper and preppy and buttoned up, as a reaction against their parents and older siblings.
paws4thot Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Quote (actual quote as far as I can remember it) from Buffy: The Vampire Slayer season 2.

Cordelia - Do boys really find looking at guns to be a turn-on?
Xander - I'm a teenage male; I can get turned on by looking at linoleum!
TRDLcomics Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Xander FTW
PlutonianKnight Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is such a tight, pretty image.
TRDLcomics Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I appreciate it!
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