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Ridd1e's EMPOWERED cosplay by AdamWarren Ridd1e's EMPOWERED cosplay by AdamWarren
Behold, a sketch commissioned as a gift for badass cosplayer :iconriddle1:, based on a costume she worked up for the title character from Empowered, my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series published by Dark Horse Comics.

Mo' specifically, the sketch is directly based on a photo of Ridd1e as Emp (complete with logo!), which can be seen here:

Note that Spandex is remarkably challenging to draw... I recommend reffing off this photo yourself, so you can find out! Also, I am at best a simple artist who relies on simple (usually single) light-source schemes; so, when confronted with the studio-based lighting of Ridd1e's photo, complete with multiple light sources, backfill and the like, I was well outside my comfort zone. "Okay, the light source is behind her... No wait, it's to the left! And the right, too! AIEEEE!" Needless to say, getting outside your comfort zone is something an artist needs to do on a regular basis, even though I usually don't (because, well, I don't really care; but YOU should, aspiring artistes).

Note also the cool bit with stray hairs on Ridd1e's draping wig catching the light, at lower right; I like this effect so much I might well try to work it into future Empowered images. So, yeahp, here's yet another reason to work from photoref and/or life drawing, aspiring artistes: You'll pick up tricks and techniques you wouldn't have thought of on your own. (Cue the NBC "The More You Know" music drop!) Note finally that ace artist =frozenlilacs was already way ahead of me on this count, as she added exactly this effect when she colored several Empowered covers for me, such as this one:

Anyhoo: This illo, and 27 more pages of Emp sketches and stories, can be found in my new(ish) sketchbook dealie, Empowered: Extra Sketchiness, which debuted at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con. For the untold multitudes of Emp fans who missed out on picking it up at SDCC, the sketchbook is now available for mail-order through Stuart Ng Books here: [link] My first published sketchbook since the old-time doujinshi from back in the day,* Extra Sketchiness is $15 for 28 B&Wpp at a nice, big size (8.25" X 10.5"), featuring commissioned sketches and 10pp of previously unpublished Emp stories.

In closing, I must of course paste in the requisite general-purpose Emp-related floggery... Empowered's first six volumes (and a pair of one-shots in "floppy" 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 [link] .

And, as I just mentioned, if you're looking for an even cheaper option, vols. 1-5 (and the aforementioned one-shot) are available for a mere $5.99 apiece (or $1.99, for the one-shot) as downloads in Dark Horse's new Digital store here: [link] Note that we're talking about $5.99 for 208-248 pages of sexy superhero comedy, which is a helluva lot more content (for less price) than you'll find with most digital-form comics....

*As seen here:

**Which would be Empowered: The Wench with a Million Sighs [link] and the current one-shot Empowered: 10 Questions for the Maidman, which is now available at your local comics retailer or from Dark Horse's retail website: [link]
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ManSapien Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maka-chan-cosplay Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow very good work !! *_*
magusVroth Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Artist
Oh my God! You CAN Draw Noses!!!!!!! XD

Good work with the rendition, man. :)
Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
That's very talented of you to infuse a manga/comic style in your art, it's original and makes it look like a lot of fun to read
maiwand85 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
zmorphcom Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:lmao: I love this! Really makes me laugh and smile. :D
JohnRose-Illustrator Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Cute! =D
MyDarksky101 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
even super heroes need a little fun
Kandoken Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
I love this in like 8 different ways man, O_O!!
ACEnBEAKY Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
she looks like a happy superheroine. I like the feeling she gives off.
3may5sq1 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, love your art! especially your shading!
Coyote-Grey Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
As always love your art and I can't wait for more Emp. (I now also can't wait for the sketchbook I just ordered)
SJReid Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very sexy!
zJoriz Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
So that's a badass piece of art based on a badass cosplay based on a badass piece of art? Confusing -- a joy to watch though! :worship:
Sagakarikikkaru Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Dude I want your graphic novels but I can never find one!! Damn booksamillion only had one which dissapeared.
Elinewton Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Very nice as aways!!
I wanna do a EMP cosplay with my character Kerry some day!! ^^
Rocky-O Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Beaautiful subtle gestures!!!!
Jesalynn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
ahahahaah this is INCREDIBLE! I love everything about it!
RompeX23 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
No offense to the lovely R1ddle but you made the original photo look even better in art!!!
AliciaEvan Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember that photo! She did a great job with the costume. And you did a great job with this picture! I shall pick up Extra Sketchiness post-haste! :w00t:
elsevilla Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
really nice, first time i see you draw eyes that small, and still looks manga, love the hands
fenrirstrife Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
too cool!!
malvarisco21 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The lights and shadows are amazing!!!
chamakoso Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
she looks pretty cute here!
CassandraJames Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is beautifully shaded, amazing work Adam!
SANTI-IKARI Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
MrBowen3 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Very lifelike yet still cartoon in appearance. It somehow reminds me of the "Take on Me" video.
MrBowen3 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Or A Scanner Darkly.
WARDOGart Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it!
Oizofu01 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Pas mal du tout, bon travail.^^
BiggestCupcake Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*caramelldansen* n.n
murici0 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
her suit is not ripping, what an unfaithful cosplay ;-)
BezerroBizarro Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fergal91 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome work :D
soumakyo Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
You drawing someone cosplaying as one of your drawings, the circle is complete! Awesome drawing!
Seigmann Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to say that the costume doesn't look that realistic. I mean, it's intact. How often is that the case with Emp? :giggle:

Seriously though, it looks great, as does the original photo.
Dr-Syn Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Could we see more happy Emp?

Awkward, unconfident, constantly humiliated Emp gets kinda stale after a while.
wildpegasus13 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Hmmm...her costume seems to be too much intact. Ha ha! Great stuff!
Prismatic-Prince Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Your shading style never ceases to amaze me.
GDonor Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Tsugi-no-Mai Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
The use of shading was perfect for getting the shapes and depths right.
michealdark Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Iscribble-Angel Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
I love her expression!!
LadyPinkTheHedge Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
so cute! :D
krnbboyj Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Awesome!! :D
Ayaikko Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...Matryoshka? o3o
DiegoGoN Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
very good!
NaruGab Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
awesome!!! :D
Fettcom Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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