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Breathe Truth by Harseik Breathe Truth by Harseik
Can you paint with all the colooooors ooooof the wiiiiiiinnnnd~

Oooh. You know. DC. Sometimes... you can be really epic. Thanks for the inspiration.

By Joe... I think I did it. This is Harseik's Wonder Woman 3.0, and it looks like it might stick. <3 I'm very, very happy with this. There was a while there where I was struggling drawing her face and I was like, "this is going to be a disaster - maybe I should scrap this". Two Steps From Hell kept me from throwing it away.

Apparently I can't help but apply an updraft to her hair every time I draw her. xD For the people who don't know me much, I like drawing guys way more, so I can't believe there's finally a woman in my life that I actually like drawing often.

This would be one of those times where I wish I could sculpt! Ah well, that's a beach rock she's standing on... except there's ice on it. ... Hm. STILL COOL I GUESS.

Ideally, I would've made the flag around her waist far more spangly... but stars are really hard to draw, you know? ;_; J-just pretend they're there.

Eef you, manly feet. I can never get you right.

The title was taken from Two Steps From Hell's "Breathe", from their SkyWorld album, which I was listening to the whole time drawing this. Click the link to listen. Maybe it'll enhance it, I dunno. [link]


Okay, I'm going to try explaining why Diana has been so dramatically changed from her previous incarnation, the image located here: [link] When I drew that, I had yet to do any research on the character, and I felt that if I made her more like a battle-hardened tomboy, albeit with a naive air, then she'd become interesting enough for me to play with her. Well, while writing out a profile for Diana for the fancomic I'm working on, I started to ask myself, "who the heck is Wonder Woman?" Because seriously, the few comics that I have with her in it and the animated features didn't help at all. Did she even have a personality? I finally got curious enough to look her up on Google. The info was difficult to come by, but I finally came across a few articles that really opened me up to Diana's character.

Many of the changes are due to this vital piece of information: Her strength doesn't derive from having male qualities. It derives from her womandom. Her ability to love and be tender. She's strong because she's feminine. Her equipment, all of which are entirely defensive in nature, reflect traits usually associated with females (whereas offense is in the male spectrum, ideally). What separates Wonder Woman from many of the women in our world is her lack of submission to the notion that women are weaker than men, and her penchant for being dominating and completely free to express herself, whereas Man's World women are encouraged to be reserved. Diana is mighty proud of being a woman. She'll give you kisses, wear gaudy earrings, and clothe herself flamboyantly whenever she gosh darn well feels like. Thankfully she's been omitted of some female weaknesses, like acting over emotional, or... getting moody. LoL

One thing I like so much about her is her ability to be playful, curious, extroverted, and unafraid to try new things much like a child, yet she's also dutiful and disciplined, keeping true to the teachings of Aphrodite. I think she's just plain fascinating. Exotic!

Regarding the bracelets, I realized that making them cover the entire forearm or making them look like shinguards undermines their original meaning. In truth they are supposed to look like the shackles the Amazons were forced to wear back when they were slaves, so these bracelets serve as reminders of their past mistakes and their newfound allegiance to Aphrodite. Also, making them too big detracts from her allure and would be too clunky to hide under civvies, since the Amazons are forbidden from ever taking them off.

I changed the "metal laurels" back into a tiara so she can take it off and throw it at people a lot easier. Urhur. The red star is also an important cultural symbol for the Amazons. I didn't want to part her from that.

There's more to it, but I'd rather I didn't bore you at all. Here are the basics of who she is. :]
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TexPool Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome design
DracowormArt Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wonderful pose!! looks great!! Clap 
JSGEntertainment Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
I love how much thought you put into this redesign. I really need to revamp my own costume redesign. When I made mine, I tried to focus on the fierce warrior aspect of her character.
gordhanx Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
This is awesome! I love the design of her costume. Great job with the details, lighting and lasso.
Harseik Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! Poured a lot of man hours into this. <3
gordhanx Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
And I can see that those hours payed off. You're welcome.
chiryogatito Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Almost forgot to say this is an awesome pic!
Saw how you'd like to sculpt this.  I might take a shot at that myself sometime, if that's ok.
Harseik Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow, your sculpting work is exquisite! If you would like to, go right ahead. I wouldn't have problems with it. Unfortunately I don't have the time to draw a turnaround - I hope that's okay.

I think you'd make my life if you ever turn this into a sculpt, no lie. 8)
Really?  Wow, thanks!
As to the turnaround, no worries there.  I can probably find what I would need with a little digging.  The main thing is how awesome your drawing is & that someone ought to translate it to 3d for you!
Speedforce1 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Nice take and thanks for all the info
artofjaguar Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Simply Beautiful! ('''')
Evulart Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Simply amazing =]
Phenometron Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
I like how you made Wonder Woman's boots into sandals. x3
ecksdeee Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
youngjusticelover456 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Entropist2009 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
very nice
wytherwing Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
very nicely done! :thumbsup:
Harseik Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, good fellow!
wytherwing Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
no prob! ;)
Yrdin Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Great! :D
Xan91 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Dini, that is just utterly amazing!!!!!!
Harseik Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thankssss!!!! :]
orabich Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great work!

:gallery: [link]
chlorine-n-caffeine Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Goshhhhh.... I really loves this. She doesn't just breathe truth in this picture, she breathes FREEDOM.

On top of that... I'm seriously thinking about sneaking into her closet and stealing those sandals. I WANT THEM. D:
benfrenZ Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me too! I love that you really embraced Wonder Woman FOR her femininity, rather than IN SPITE of it.
The-SpectacularNerd Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
O.O This is fantastic!!! Great job on this one! ^^
Rern Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
I. Love. This. She just exudes power and grace. I love how you delved into her personality and gave reason behind all your design choices in the description, too. And the skirt is pretty.

The lighting and coloring is phenomenal. And, as usual, the line work never fails to impress. I want to hang this on my wall. *_*
SolarWorlder Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Druce-White-Owl Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Writer
The picture is wonderful, but your insights into Diana from researching her character are what make me love this most of all. I love seeing people really getting a feel for her for the first time! :+fav:
DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Thi linework is wonderful, and the colouring looks really nice aswell
AiYue Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student
The colors and stance are fantastic! The curve of her thigh looks a bit unnaturally bendy, though, wouldn't you say? Really awesome job; I love it when you use lighting and shadow!
Harseik Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I wasn't using a reference, so I'm not sure, especially at that angle. Legs are pretty curvy though, given the weight displacement. I just went with what looked right. xD I see what you mean though.

The dramatic lighting was actually a complete accident! They started out as shadows, but I started playing with blending effects and a certain dodge blend fascinated me. So here we are. Haha. Thank you very much for your thoughts.
ADL-art Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Graceful, great job! :D
KarolinaSkaUniverse Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
MadMeeper Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Filmographer
Hnng so pretty. <3 I like your renditions of the super heroes. <333
ChristopherNawara Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
great interpretation of the heritage behind the character. also like the nods to different incarnations from her history
8SuperGurl8 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you are aware of how amazing you are.
Frozx398 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Aracely Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
I love how you evolve character looks and costumes. Its nice to see variations and different costume concepts. I also love how you drew Diana here. :)
Nebulous62 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I LOVE this version so much more!!! She looks like a friggin' goddess here! Bravo! :clap:
yellowsprout Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
so gorgeous. especially lasso of truth!
DarkKnightJRK Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Gorgeous take on Diana--and I totally think you got the character down pat. :XD:

Question--any chance on letting us dA people see this fancomic you're working on? I'd love to see you do some sequential art. :eager:
mizperceived Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
This is lovely! What struck me immediately was the lighting in the art itself. It makes everything stand out more, the glow of her lasso, to the tone and definition of her body.

Great job!
Rambling-anthology Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Writer
I love it! Thank you for doing your research on this well-deserved character.
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Awesome work
felixneko7 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
The chest piece is really sleek, I love the wrappings too. I think this one should stay :D
kilian777 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
i love it.
wachey Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your explanation isn't boring at all! I'd personally like to know more.

And I love her hair! Omg, so epic XD Her face came out beautifully too!
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