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Justice League - Vixen Redesign by Femmes-Fatales Justice League - Vixen Redesign by Femmes-Fatales
Justice League redesigns, part 3 of 12.

Having asked you all pick your favourite Justice League members from a selective list, Vixen placed last. Out of 90 votes, she only received two.

In reinventing the Justice League and basing them out of New York City, I decided that Mari McCabe would best be suited as a high-powered magazine editor not unlike Anna Wintour (why let all the skinny old white ladies have all the fun?). Of course, she's someone who knows fashion as Mari spent years as a supermodel but has grown up to share that love of style with the world through her tenure as EIC of SHE Magazine. However, Mari also happens to be a superheroine who uses her unique abilities to fight against villains everywhere as the newest member of the Justice League. She continues to find it hard to fit in with an established team but maintains a fairly close friendship with Wonder Woman due to the fact that her sister, Donna Troy, works as a photographer for SHE Magazine.

Vixen's catsuit was largely inspired by ones worn by Janet Jackson and Kelly Rowland. I loved the idea of it having these "V" lines all over it since it references her name. I also liked keeping it full-body. The hairstyle for Vixen is an updated short hairstyle I feel looks fabulous on her. The colour scheme, however, was something I toiled over. I kept going between red and orange for the suit but ultimately settled on this combination. Since her namesake is of a female fox, I decided to have her colour scheme be directly inspired by a fox's. It's never been done before for her so I think it's brilliant.

The other Leaguers can be found in my gallery.

**Please note - much of the character content here is altered from their biography in comic continuities and is intended to be my personal interpretation in a series independent from the comics**
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Chalaya Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay, I finally have some time to comment, so I decided to browse your gallery for a piece that I haven't seen yet and this one really caught my attention. When I comment on your fanart I always like to gravitate toward your redesigns because you add your own touches to the character and I really like that. The costume is the first thing that really jumped out at me. First of all I simply adore the color scheme. It's a genius idea for this character! Even before I read your comments I could tell that this was inspired by nature in one why or another. I have always adored earth tones and considering Vixen's name and her powers I think that nothing could have been more appropriate. I can't believe it's never been done before! Bravo to you for having such great insight. It really speaks to how you really consider all the character's traits when you do a costume design and I can tell that you put some major thought into this one. And now that I've read the comments, I can really see how the costume ties in with the pelt of a fox! All the brownish-red tones are so warm and gorgeous and you even added the white in her collar which is a nod to the bit of white that is sometimes present at a foxes neck! I really love the detailing around her waist. It looks like little carnivore teeth! And I can see all the 'V''s that you added. It's a very subtle thing that I kind of picked up on without really realizing it and when I read about it, they really jumped out at me. And you've added them in such a streamlined way that the effect is really beautiful. You used the colors to hint at them. Amazing effect! And the other things that the different shades do for this costume is outstanding. I love the darker browns that you added at the ankles, knees, waist and under the arms. It just keeps drawing the eye in all the right directions! I just can't say enough about this costume, it's absolutely brilliant! And the jewelry just adds all the right touches, especially the choker! I love how you added that bit of shine to the gold. It really draws attention to the jewelry and I can imagine how it would twinkle in the light as she moves about!

Of course her face and hair have to be next in line because there is just loads of fabulous there! Her face is stunning over all! Would it be a bad pun if I said she's "foxy", haha! But all joking aside she really is! Her features are so delicate in the way you've drawn them, especially her eyes.  As usual with the eyes that you draw, hers have this piercing quality to them and I love their shape! The slight upward tilt of the outer corners gives them a bit of a catlike appearance and really compliments her high cheek bones. Her mouth just brings the who expression together! I love this expression. There is just something about it that is a bit on the intimidating side but not in a bad way. Like you can tell by looking at her that she is quite a formidable lady. Of course that could also be due to her pose and the way she's holding those very long nails of hers like she's really to pounce at a moment's notice. The hair is absolutely gorgeous and so chic! If I had the facial structure to pull off very short hair, this would be the type of style I'd want! I adore that side-swept style! The longer locks on the side of her face flow and lay just right on her head. I can picture her whipping her head around and that hair moving wildly about and then settling right back, perfectly framing her face. I like how you have some unruly locks kind of escaping the style and falling in her face as well. It's how real hair would behave and heaven knows we all have those fly away strands that just won't cooperate. I also love that clever highlight that you gave it. That lighter brown color nods to the rest of her color scheme and really adds some dimension and character to the hair. Great work there!

I really love this one! She's a stunning lady and you've done her quite a justice with this drawing. Super creative and completely fabulous work as usual! :)  
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I must say that I was absolutely floored when I saw this comment come into my inbox. It's so sweet especially considering the fact that this has been, in my opinion, one of the underappreciated redesigns I've done for this series. As usual, I have to thank you for your time and kind words. It always puts a smile on my face to see your essays ('cause that's what they are) fill my inbox. You're awesome.

The costume itself came together rather nicely. I was inspired by catsuits worn by Kelly Rowland and Janet Jackson while the texture itself was inspired by the iconic suit worn by Jennifer Lopez in the movie "The Cell." The colour scheme which you have indicated your appreciation for I actually had several colour schemes for so it's nice that someone really enjoys the natural tones to it. It's muted but effectively so. The jewellery was just meant to add fun touches and reference her occupation as a model turned publisher. It's actually really great to be receiving compliments on her face. A lot of the time I feel like those details get lost in the larger scheme of things either because people focus on the costume or the breasts (for any number of drawings I do). I paid special attention to how I rendered her and part of that were the defined cheekbones, the pouty lips and the cat-like eyes. Obviously, the make-up helps to emphasize those traits. To be complimented on her hair is also nice given the fact that she has shorter hair. By and large, drawings of women with shorter hair don't do as well as those with longer hair so even though there's a larger preference for women with short hair some can still appreciate it.

Again, I thank you for the wonderful comment! I truly, deeply appreciate it. :)
Chalaya Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What can I say? Essays were my strong point in school, lol! You're most certainly welcome. As usual, I took a lot of pleasure in writing this comment. I could tell this one deserved more attention than it got considering how striking it is. This lady is too lovely to go unnoticed. I think the natural tones that you put to this are perfect. It has a raw kind of beauty that isn't present in many superhero costumes. I just adore the costumes that Jennifer Lopez wore in "The Cell" They were all so awesomely done.

I do try hard to notice the face in any drawing I comment on. The face is so important in a figure and its a real shame that people don't focus on faces anymore than they do. I think it's important for you to know that the faces you draw are fantastic and far be it for me to not comment on them. I think you take extra care to make sure your faces are unique from each other, which is a difficult thing to do when drawing on a smaller scale like you do. I can't draw full figures worth a flip because I can't seem to fit all the facial features in right when I try to draw a smaller head. I'm working on it. As far as the hair thing goes, I notice that myself. Of course you know I adore long hair, but that doesn't stop me from appreciating all different types of hair. I'm planning on being more diverse in that area when it comes to my own art because I think shorter hair can be just as gorgeous as long hair.
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Again, many thanks. I still really appreciate your comment. I'm glad you really like the way she came out and are so willing to reflect on it positively. It's interesting how you've focused on the natural tones and the more I think about it the more I realize how right you are in context with superhero costumes. While red is not uncommon to find on a superhero, most costumes tend to be very simple in their schemes and they typically use cooler colours rather than warm ones. Also, the more I think about it the more I realize people do very little focusing on anything. At least, that's what it seems like from comments and the lack thereof. I guess people just take a quick glance and don't bother to pour over details. I'm detail-oriented so naturally I'm someone who will zero-in on certain things.
Chalaya Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As always, you are most welcome. You know I always try to really pay attention to detail when I comment on your art. Especially when it's something that you've added your own touches too. I agree that most super hero costumes are pretty simple, but I think that the designers should branch out more as far as color combinations go. There is such a vast array of different colors out there. It's a shame not to use that infinite pallet to the max. As far as noticing details, I look at it this way. When an artist puts their effort into a piece and adds details, they want people to notice and I'm one of those who just notices. It wouldn't make any sense to me if I were to say, "The eyes are pretty". I feel the need to say WHY they are pretty. I know people are busy and can't spend all kinds of time writing huge comments. That's why I comment so infrequently myself. But I do feel that quality should rule over quantity in something like this. I'd rather sit down and write one or two thoughtful comments, than to write 20 one-worders. That would defeat the purpose of what we are all trying to do here. We share our art because we want it to touch people in one way or another. And there is nothing that expresses that more than a thoughtful comment. So there we have it. :)
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly! Alas, people don't share the same sentiment you do. It's tragic. Most of what I've been getting lately are meaningless comments. It's part of why my inspiration has been running so low. It's hard to stay motivated when all you get are one word comments. Still, I'm working a lot so that takes up a lot of my spare time too.
Chalaya Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm really sorry to hear that. It's such a shame, it really is. You have so much talent. I'll have to see if I can't rev up my commenting a bit for you. :) I've been sick with strep for the last couple of days, but I'm starting to come around. It sounds like you could use a serious pick-me-up. Are you still working an internship or have you found some steady work?
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks! Yeah, luckily I had a stack of Wonder Woman villain redesigns done a while ago so I at least have those to scan and colour with my inspiration at a low right now. It's always kind of like "what's the point?" whenever I post something these days because all they get are one-off comments or something super random. You've been sick?! Oh gosh. That's terrible! Well, you do have a son who is in school so that's an inevitability. Kids are essentially walking plagues. Yeah, I'm still working an internship sadly.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Sexy work
mpz28427 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
nice :)
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