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September proved to be a hectic month for me. I had a couple interviews, started re-working my submission strategy for my novel, and switched to Photoshop for colouring my art. In between this, I managed to sneak in a few blog entries. For the most part, I stuck to reviews of comics and two episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal. I was lucky enough to score another retweet this month, this time from Marjorie Liu on my review of her first volume of her run on Astonishing X-Men. She's such a lovely person! Be sure to check out the links below for the blog entries for this month. Please feel free to leave a comment on any of them. :)

Television:
Review: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal - Episode 5
Review: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal - Episode 6

Comics:
Top 10: Most Underrated Marvel Characters
Review: Astonishing X-Men - Northstar
Review: Uncanny X-Men Volume 1 - Revolution
Review: Astonishing X-Men - Weaponized
Review: Uncanny X-Men Volume 2 - Broken
Top 10: Greatest Women of the X-Men
Review: New Avengers - The Reunion

I also want to say a big thank you to those of you who have stuck around since my transition to Photoshop. Overall, the favourites and comments have gone down. No doubt this is a result of people not liking the way my art looks currently. However, it's been a necessary step in moving forward as an artist. For those of you who like how my art looks now and are still supporting me, you guys are awesome! I also want to give an extra thank you to the few of you who took the time out to read the prologue to my novel that I have posted in my gallery. That means more than I can say!

In terms of my rebooted Marvel universe, I'll be posting some stuff in the coming days that will reveal the direction I've gone in. I hope you'll all like them! :)
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DC Comics' Leading Ladies by Femmes-Fatales
DC Comics' Leading Ladies
This is a little preview of something I've got cooking. While taking a break from the various projects I'm working on, I drew 30 headshots of the most prominent women from the DC Universe. I've been concentrating so much on drawing Marvel characters that I haven't had much of a chance to do some DC fanart, so this seemed like a fun little side project. Little did I know it would actually be more tedious than I originally expected.

I was eager to share some of what I'd been doing with you guys, so naturally I couldn't wait until I had the full 30 characters finished before posting. Coincidentally, amongst the ones that I have completed so far were the five women who maintain solo titles at DC Comics. These five women, who I've dubbed DC Comics' Leading Ladies, are some of the most iconic and beloved characters in comic books.

Illustrated here are Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Supergirl, Batgirl and Harley Quinn. I think all five of these women are incredible characters and each of them has proven their staying power. My personal favourites have always been Wonder Woman and Catwoman, as I grew up reading their comics as a kid. You've all heard my many opinions of both characters in the past. Of course, I also adore Supergirl and Batgirl. The latter largely due to Gail Simone's run on her New 52 title. Supergirl I've become fond of in recent years after giving her solo title from the 2000s a read, though I've largely been most impressed by the Pre-Crisis version of the character whose youthful optimism marks her as a truly unique character. Harley Quinn I'm a little more iffy on and have had a love-hate relationship with since around the time of Gotham City Sirens. Admittedly, I did quite enjoy her in Suicide Squad -- stripperific Red Riding Hood costume be damned. Oddly enough, three of these five ladies hail from Gotham City. Coincidence? I think not. Darn that Batman and his fantastic cast of female characters who are ALWAYS infinitely more interesting than him. ;)

I hope this piece is able to wet your appetites for what is to come and leaves you guessing as to who the other 25 characters are who made the cut.

In the meantime, please feel free to leave a comment below letting me know what you think about this piece and these characters. I always love hearing from you guys. :)

Enjoy!!

Please note: The logos are trademarked to DC Comics and the background texture can be found for free use on deviantART. You can find the texture here: Comic Book Texture [Free Use]
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Bond Girl - Solitaire by Femmes-Fatales
Bond Girl - Solitaire
Simone Latrelle, otherwise known as Solitaire, is the lead Bond Girl from the second 007 novel "Live and Let Die." From a young age, she was inducted into voodoo practices and she possesses an extrasensory perception that allows her to see glimpses of the future. These gifts attracted the attention of the criminal known as Mr. Big. She is rescued from this life by James Bond and is able to open up after meeting the enigmatic super spy.

Unlike her filmic counterpart, Solitaire is much more fiery in the novel and her psychic talents aren't contingent on her maintaining her virginity. Additionally, the literary Solitaire has blue-black hair and pale skin.

For my illustration of the character, I wanted to stay as close as possible to how Solitaire is described in the books as possible. I gave her a quintessential 1950s look (the era in which the books are set), consisting of a dark blue suit with a matching hat paired with white gloves, pearls, and black pumps.

This is the second Bond Girl drawing I've done based off of Ian Fleming's original novels. The first, Vesper Lynd, can be found by following the link included here. Bond Girl - Vesper Lynd

Enjoy!
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Wonder Woman Redesign by Femmes-Fatales
Wonder Woman Redesign
Without realizing it, redesigning Wonder Woman has become a yearly tradition for me. Starting with my first redesign of the character in April of 2011, I've been updating my take on Wonder Woman every year since. My last one performed extremely well and received quite a lot of positive feedback. The consensus amongst most commenters was that a Grecian look works best for the character.

For my most recent take on the character, I opted to go with the Grecian warrior look that's been so popular and updated it to be much more streamlined than my previous versions. The biggest differences between this one and my previous ones is a simpler skirt, new boots with shin guards, a different tiara (it's more of a headdress now), and the addition of armlets. I won't lie, I took some inspiration from her look in "Justice League: War" for that last element.

As if it's not obvious, Wonder Woman is one of my favourite characters. She was one of the first superheroes I was introduced to and hers was the book I always picked up as a child whenever my parents would take me to the comic book store. I especially loved digging through the back issues bin for George Perez's issues. While the character has undergone a lot of changes over the years (some not all good), she's always remained in the shadows of Batman and Superman. Then something happened to change all of that -- the New 52. Thanks to Brian Azzarello's critically-acclaimed run on her title and the title she shares with Superman, she's once more become a viable commodity on the comic book shelves. Not only that, but she'll be adapted for the very first time on screen in Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice (yay!). To top that all off, she's set to appear in her first solo film in 2017. Yes, things certainly are looking up for the Amazon Princess.

Personally, I'd jump at the chance to write Wonder Woman and would especially love to be given the chance to be a show runner for a Wonder Woman television series. In truth, that's one of my biggest dreams. Whenever I redesign the character, I'm always imagining how I'd adapt her to the small screen and am always coming up with storylines for it. It would really be a mix of all the best takes on the character and would utilize many of the aspects from the best writers on her titles (namely, Perez, Jimenez, Rucka and Azzarello, plus a little Pre-Crisis stuff thrown in for fun [Nubia!]).

As always, I appreciate thoughtful comments and I'd love to know what you all think of this latest redesign.

Enjoy!!
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darkfallenangeled Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the late reply, I will definetly get to reading your prologue when i have time.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool. :)
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Meteor-Bear Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
Great stuff! I enjoyed looking through your catalog of Xmen designs and redesigns.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I really appreciate that. :)
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thegreenyeun95 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
What are your favourite and least favourite storylines from the entire MARVEL Universes and why?
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a really broad question and it's really difficult to answer because of that. In a genre like superhero comics, defining "storyline" is nearly impossible to do since they can span several issues or it can be a mere issue.

In general, I tend to consider one of my favourite "storylines" to be Storm's evolution within the X-Men during Chris Claremont's first tenure on Uncanny X-Men. The entire saga is essentially one long subplot that begins shortly after Giant-Size X-Men and leads all the way up until the formation of the Gold Strike Team in 1991.

Another one of my favourite stories features Dazzler going up against Juggernaut solo in Uncanny X-Men, which is subsequently followed by her teammates intervening to rescue her.

Other favourites include Marjorie Liu's run on Astonishing X-Men, the Schism storyline from X-Treme X-Men, the last couple of storylines from Ms. Marvel v2, the Dark Phoenix Saga, storylines from Dazzler's solo series… it really goes on and on! As you can tell, most of my favourites tend to come from the X-Men side of things.

As for my least favourite storylines, I'd say they largely have connections to the Avengers or other parts of the Marvel Universe. Most of the event titles Marvel releases are pretty atrocious, but I also don't particularly like the vast majority of the stories Marvel released prior to the 1980s. The stuff from the '60s is especially hard to sit through. However, one of the all-time worst storylines they've ever released is still The Rape of Ms. Marvel. That one was just pure trash.
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thegreenyeun95 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Poor Ms. Marvel/Carol Danvers... ;n; I feel so sorry for her... (Hugs and comfort Carol/Ms. Marvel)
By the way, I am so sorry for asking that question though..
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Carol has gone through a lot in her life. She's endured discrimination, was raped by a being from another dimension, abandoned by her teammates, narrowly survived Rogue's brutal attack on her, lost her powers, was tortured but the Brood, and suffered through a near crippling bout of alcoholism. Thankfully, I think that her evolution into Captain Marvel has helped her to go from a victim to a true blue survivor and the galaxy's premiere defender.

Why would you be sorry for asking the question?
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ANWAR1982 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 29, 2014
Hello Taylor, have you ever watched the 1970's "Scooby-Doo Show" episode "Ozark Witch Switch" where ''Shaggy" and the gang helping the "Hatfields" investigate "Old Witch McCoy" revenging them to turn into frogs, have you seen that episode??

can u draw "Daphne Blake"wearing a 'hillbilly-style garb, she's wearing a head scarf, a long 'T-Shirt'-like dress and barefoot like she have on in the "Ozark Witch Switch" episode, will you able 2 draw it and post it to your ''Newest Deviations'', please??
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately, I don't take requests. However, if you'd like me to draw Daphne I'd be happy to oblige if you were to commission me. :)
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