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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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  • Reading: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • Drinking: Water

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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Femmes-Fatales
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon
It's a good time to be a Sailor Moon fan. From the Blu-ray releases of the classic anime to the new adaptation "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Crystal," it practically feels like it's the 1990s all over again!

While I have a modest selection of Sailor Moon fanart in my gallery, I've never been satisfied with what I've been able to do. With my recent transition to using Photoshop, it seemed like a good time to try my hand at drawing Sailor Moon again. For those who don't follow my art, I normally draw under a simple comic book/cartoon style and this piece strays from that style. I really wanted to challenge myself by trying out Naoko Takeuchi's style from the manga. It was actually quite fun putting this together.

I hope you all like this piece. Please feel free to leave a comment below.

For those interested, I have been reviewing the new anime on my blog (I'm a couple episodes behind though -- my bad!). However, if you guys would like to read my thoughts I'd recommend following the links below to the individual reviews.

Episode 1: divas-femmes-fatales.blogspot.…
Episode 2: divas-femmes-fatales.blogspot.…
Episode 3: divas-femmes-fatales.blogspot.…
Episode 4: divas-femmes-fatales.blogspot.…
Episode 5: divas-femmes-fatales.blogspot.…
Episode 6: divas-femmes-fatales.blogspot.…

Enjoy! :)
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Bronze Age Catwoman by Femmes-Fatales
Bronze Age Catwoman
Of all of the eras in DC Comics' publication history, one of its strongest in terms of storytelling and character development was the Bronze Age. I've personally been fascinated by this period of time for quite some time and have enjoyed several of its comics.

The Bronze Age was an crucial turning point in Catwoman's history. Up until then, the character had been an occasional antagonist for Batman and appeared infrequently in the pages of Batman and Detective Comics. She'd been given numerous questionable origins and her portrayals had been rather inconsistent. The Bronze Age changed all that and reintroduced the character as an anti-hero. She gave up her life of crime and instead took to vigilanteism as a way of repenting for her past sins. Catwoman temporarily teamed up with Batman as his unofficial partner, but later struck out on her own as a solo heroine in the back-up pages of Detective Comics.

The Bronze Age also gave us one of the most memorable and stylish costumes for Catwoman. It was a contemporary update of her classic Golden Age dress, featuring a high slit and a plunging neckline paired with a cape that clipped around her neck and sleek knee-length leather boots. Her hair was also given a revamp and she appeared with a gorgeous cascading curls. Despite the fact that I'm a big proponent for functional looks, I have a soft spot for this particular look.

Since I'm a big fan of the Bronze Age Catwoman and that era in particular, I wanted to draw the character as she appeared during that time. For the task, I used Jose Luis Garcia Lopez's iconic style guide artwork from that time for reference. It was a challenge to get it right, but it was a fun one.

Enjoy!!
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DC Comics' Titanic Heroines by Femmes-Fatales
DC Comics' Titanic Heroines
Here are a few other headshots that I've been working on of the women of the DC Universe. Having posted a previous piece featuring the company's leading ladies, I decided I'd post another featuring the girls associated with the Teen Titans.

Wonder Girl (pictured top right) has become a staple of the Teen Titans and is one of the founders of the most recent iteration of the team in the comics. Brash and impulsive, Cassandra Sandsmark is known for her unpredictable temperament and impeccable sense of style. The current canon version of the character posits her as a thief who gained her abilities after pilfering a mystical lariat and bracers from an archaeological dig. Though not my favourite Titan (by a long mile), I do have to admit that she provides the muscle the team so desperately needs.

Starfire (pictured middle left) is arguably one of DC Comics' most recognizable heroines due to her appearance on the children's cartoon Teen Titans. Her ditzy and cutesy personality on the show created a rift between comic readers and viewers of the show. When Starfire was re-introduced in the New 52, many fans of the cartoon were off-put by the character's free-spirited nature and brazen sexuality without realizing that it had been a key part of the character since her introduction in the 1980s. Though no longer associated with the Teen Titans officially, Starfire currently adventures with Red Hood and Arsenal.

Much like Starfire, Raven (pictured bottom right) is a fan-favourite Titan who was sadly adapted poorly for the seminal Teen Titans cartoon. Nevertheless, the character lives on the comics and continues to be a mainstay for the Teen Titans. Despite initially being on the bench for the 2011 relaunch, Raven was quickly re-introduced in the New 52 with an edgier look and persona. Long gone are the days when the would-be-witch parades around in pumps and a dress.

For those of you who would like to see the other piece in this series, click on the link below.
DC Comics' Leading Ladies

Enjoy!
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Avengers - Captain America Redesign by Femmes-Fatales
Avengers - Captain America Redesign
This is the sixth piece in my redesigned Avengers series.

Captain America here completes Marvel's Avengers Trinity. Having Captain America, as well as Thor and Iron Man, as part of my re-imagined Avengers seemed like a no-brainer.

Redesigning the character wasn't really an easy task and what I ended up coming up with was more of a remix than anything else. It's so difficult to design for a character with such a distinct look already. Ultimately, I went with a look that combined his Ultimate costume and his Commander Rogers ensemble. 

In terms of how the character plays into my re-imagined Marvel Universe, he's still very much the hero he's always been, but he feels tremendous guilt over what happened with the Scarlet Witch. When he re-assembles the team, he's got a lot to prove. Despite the fact that he's the team's de facto leader, he questions his ability to lead them and faces opposition from Iron Man and Thor.

For more Avengers redesigns, check out the links below.
Avengers - Captain Marvel Redesign
Avengers - Spectrum Redesign
Avengers - Iron Man Redesign
Avengers - Mockingbird Redesign
Avengers - Thor Redesign

Enjoy!
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darkfallenangeled Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  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 Oct 15, 2014  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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