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EMPOWERED's Sistah Spooky, high contrast by AdamWarren EMPOWERED's Sistah Spooky, high contrast by AdamWarren
Behold, a Sharpie—and Micro Pigma, for small detail—sketch of superheroine Sistah Spooky from Empowered, my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" published by Dark Horse Comics. I do high-contrast* illos like this mainly as a break from the pencil-based grayscale images I normally crank out, as I find 'em inherently more interesting to draw; however, I conveniently forget that bold, chiaroscuro-laden images like this take two or three times longer to finish than more mundane drawings. Whoops!

Spooky trivia: Her "hotpants, garter belt and opera gloves" costume is actually ported over from an unused Dirty Pair alternate costume, of which I'm mildly surprised that I've only ever posted a single image: [link] More oddly still, both she and the Empowered character Ninjette are very, very, very loosely derived from "Sista Ninja", a character I created for a 90s-era anthology book, Chix. Spooky got the "Sista" part of the character's name (but with an added "h"), and Ninjette—wait for it—got the "Ninja" part.

Anyhoo: The most recent Empowered product to see print is the big, bold, brawny Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 1, which collects the first three volumes of the series in a712-page $59.99 hardcover printed on pretty, pretty paper and including 40-odd pages of bonus material. This titanic tome's currently straining the shelves of your Local Comics Retailer or bookstore (though not my local bookstore, of course); alternatively, you can order it from Dark Horses's online retail site here, at a 10% savings: [link] You can also order it from Amazon: [link]

In closing, I must of course paste in the requisite general-purpose Emp-related floggery: Print copies of Empowered's first six volumes (and a pair of one-shots in comics format) can be found on the shelves of your Local Comics Retailer or bookstore, or online at Dark Horse's retail website [link] or on Amazon.com [link] .

All the existing Empowered books can be purchased rather more cheaply in digital form as well, via the Dark Horse Digital store: [link] Note, however, that Empowered Deluxe Edition will remain a "print-only" proposition.

*Or "harsh B&W", as I used to call 'em.
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:iconemere-i:
Emere-i Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Wonderful job here!
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freeza-frost Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sweet! she looks awesome!
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demotic-doodles Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
nice work :)
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:iconadony:
adony Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Your usual great work. Nice contrast in the inks.
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Djeroon Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool pic!!
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theurbanwerewolf Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
epic!!! :D
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:iconhellstroem:
Hellstroem Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Cor blimey, I just invested in all the paperbacks.
Oh well...

At any rate, always a pleasure to see your doodlings etc.
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SirFerrick Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool Effect.
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Sigojwana Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
There's no such thing as enough Sistah Spooky but with the next volume being dedicated almost entirely to glorious ninja on ninja action I expect it'll be a while before her story progresses any further
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LordFoot-in-Mouth Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Spookums!
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:icondeverefro:
Deverefro Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional
Awesome, just finished volume 5, so I'm feeling really sorry for Sistah right now
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:iconkaelstra:
kaelstra Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am dying waiting for the next volume to come out.
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XLRP Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
With Sistah Spooky's position change on Empowered because of the Mind F#@k Story Ark. Will Empowered become Sistah Spooky's new target of affection? And has her extreme hate of Blonds become warped?
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Sigojwana Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
I also get the sense that her affections for MF will be transferred to Emp
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:iconxlrp:
XLRP Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
I was betting more towards ninjeta.
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Sigojwana Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
The two of them haven't had any interaction even when in when they standing in the same room. I don't see her going for Ninjette. Her relationship with Emp is slowly morphing from hate to love/hate and very soon it'll be plain old love
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XLRP Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Looking at how she banged thug boy, long before he even knew Emp, just to mess with her. It does not seem too far fetched that she would do the same thing to get closer to her. Then again there have been hints that if Spooky were to go that rout she will take the direct approach.
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Sigojwana Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
If she wanted to get close to Emp she'd be better of befriending Ninjette than she would seducing her. What would be even better is acknowledging Emp because Emp was a huge fan of Spooky before they met and I'm sure she still holds some reverence for her.

Considering Spooky's fragile mental state at the moment she'd probably just cast a spell on Emp rather than attempting to court her.
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XLRP Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Considering Spooky's fragile mental state. I would see her taking Emp's natural kindness as courtship. Seeing that Mind F*uk took the initiative to court Spooky. I would seem reasonable that she would take another hot blond being kind to as the same. Or she'll become even more angry at Emp thinking she is trying to purposely replace Mind F*ck
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Sigojwana Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
I doubt it. Mindf*ck was very direct and she already knew what Spooky felt without needing to deduce it or be told so she could act with impunity. Emp can in no way be misinterpreted as courting Spooky as agressively as MF did. If anything occurs it'll be via Spooky taking the initiative rather than her believing Emp is macking her
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mariposacibernetico Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
ahhh! i love this 1-bit colour style!
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Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
As I've said, she's not one of my faves. But damn does she look hot here!
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randomartmanix Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Looks so Frank Miller-ish!! :thumbsup:
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InfiernoWorks Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
i like emp, but Sistah Sppoky need her own book. is to good to be a side character. more spooky plz!!!!
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:iconsigojwana:
Sigojwana Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
We got a Maid Man story perhaps we'll get a Sistah Spooky one as well
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moxiee Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I think you might start a high contrast craze on DA. I like how you ink (sharpie) sketches.
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:iconestonius:
Estonius Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Wicked.
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psionicninja2000 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Always nice to see Spooky, even if she does have an irrational pathological hate for our "flax haired" heroine.
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional
nice job
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rudeboy308 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
The high contrast look is a great look, like some of the Daredevil comics back in the 90's. Interesting to find out how Sistah Spooky came about. Nice work.
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andehpinkard Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty interesting factoids regarding spooky there. :) I've always wanted to do a high contrast piece like this but i can never for the life of me wrap my head around it, as it were. So mega points to you on this.
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EHeroZombyra Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student
Kind of reminds me of Sin City because of the contrast. Looks really awesome.
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graffitica Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a stunning piece! Love her pose and that outfit is HOT! I would love to feature this in my Sharpie group! :D
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AdamWarren Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
No problem; just clicked "approved" on that a minute or two ago. Thanks!
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aquiresville Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Adam, so glad this is up over at For The Love of Sharpie, it's a great group (headed by the wonderful Luna), and you'll have whole sets of "new eyes" looking at Spooky! Just got my Deluxe Edition from Amazon yesterday, and the paper IS great! Cheers, Roger
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graffitica Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, thanks very much! :D And you're welcome.
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Q99 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Very awesome!
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aquiresville Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Gotta love it when a black Sharpie is thoroughly rocked in the hands of a versatile artist. Brilliant dark/light play on her halter and on the wrinkles of her hot pants. Even though it's only paper (the "white"), it's wonderfully "blinding" next to some of the velvet darkness (edges of her hair and cape). Brilliant work, AW.

Side-Note: I read a few "Miller" references in some of the responses, as if ol' Frank has some sort of Copyright on the ages-old art of High Contrast, or that he developed the concept; not true. Guy gets wa-ay too much credit.
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shanejayell Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Neat! :D
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Chainsaw-Munkey Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
very cool. Miller-esque if I may say so. I dig Empowered. Even did a Hardcore Review of it. I write for Comic Book Therapy here's the link if you wanna read [link]
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WaldenWong Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Very nice, Adam. This piece has a Frank Miller style to it. I dig it.
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:iconrickmays:
RickMays Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice! Big fan of the ol' negative space, myself.
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DarkKnightJRK Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is really cool! I like what you usually do for Empowered, but this would be really cool to do at one point. :D
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:iconleon-mcnichols:
leon-mcnichols Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
NOW thats a "Spooki" I could get into ! (Friendwise Friendwise Sheesh)
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DarkerEve Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Amazing as always.
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Caniban-Amgin Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
damn i did not see the hardcover in my book store either...

0_o

I blame the Jawas...
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pyeah Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
PENTAGRAM GLOVES AND GARTERS!!! EPIC!!!!
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:iconkitalda:
KitAlda Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool :D

But how do you get such a nice scan of it? Whenever I scan my sharpie/feltpen/marker lines they turn up with loads of tone differences in the black. And making the pictures b&w in a program afterwards removes a lot of details.
Is it because you have an awesome professional scanner, or is there some trick to it?

I'd really like to know, since I am only ever satisfied with my digital lines as it is now, and I'd really like to expand.
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AdamWarren Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
I scan inked pieces using my scanner software's "Black & White" mode, as opposed to grayscale or color mode. This gives you a bitmap file (that you might need to convert into grayscale for jpeg purposes, as I did here) that looks rather jagged when viewed "zoomed-in", but is nonetheless the standard for comic-book line art. Note: I scan B&W line art at 600dpi, and neck it down to 400dpi in Photoshop for the colorist's usage. I use a regular old (literally old) Epsom Perfection scanner, BTW.
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KitAlda Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
It worked! I didn't know my scanner could do that ^^ Now I "just" need to practice so I can do the method some justice :P

(I also made a pic and scanned it using this method, in the odd chance that it should interest you to see what an amateur like me whipped up, it is here: [link] )
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