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Poll Winner - Princess Diana by Femmes-Fatales Poll Winner - Princess Diana by Femmes-Fatales
I asked you all to pick your favourite fictional princess from a list of characters that included the likes of Princess Peach and Princess Serenity, and the winner of the poll ended up being Princess Diana of Themiscyra AKA Wonder Woman.

As the majority of you know, Wonder Woman is a character I absolutely adore and she's a character I hold close to my heart so I'm rather happy that she won. Of course, I was extra happy since it allowed me to draw a different side of her -- as a Princess! I had fun drawing this dress on her and while I'm not too happy about how her face came out I think the drawing looks decent as a whole. Although, I should note that the dress itself is inspired by something I saw on a Tonner Doll of Wonder Woman. It *may* have been a custom outfit.

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ragdollfun Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Wonder Woman, Greek style. Magnificent!
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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danis58 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Beautiful!! ...I love her as a warrior, but it is always good a change, and to see her a princess is great ♥
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :) I'm so glad people have enjoyed seeing the softer side of Diana. It does seem to have gone over quite well.
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danis58 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
It's a side she's not usually shown in. And I loved it, and most of her fans do too, so it's obvious it would be taken this well :)
You're welcome
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would say that most of her truer fans love seeing her softer side. There does seem to be this misconception about Diana in that she's this ball-busting, violence-loving maniac who just can't wait to get into battle. It's odd since she's a diplomatic kind of character.
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danis58 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Most of us got into the character as a warrior, so maybe this odd misconception comes from newer fans and from those who just prefer her as a warrior. Once you get to know the character, you get to know there are many faces of her and that every single is amazing.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I imagine part of the misconception people have about Wonder Woman also springs from the fact that many of them are likely coming from the Justice League cartoon where her history and personality are essentially re-written making her into a different character. Diana is such a complex character and it is such a shame that a lot of people aren't aware of that. You either have the people who like her because she punches stuff or you have people who like her because she wears a revealing costume.
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danis58 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
I myself basically got into comics because of the X-Men 90's cartoon series. I knew later about some DC characters but never went further. The JL cartoon made me want to know more and more, and I think I got to know Diana more (not as much as other people, though, or as much as I'd want to). I guess some people just stay on the cartoon part and that's completely understandable since not everyone likes comics. Those people still have that partial, not so accurate impression of Diana and they're not to blame.
The part that does bother me, though, is the part you mentioned. She's still sometimes not taken seriously enough because of her costume or her 'apparent' hot headed attitude :/
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The '90s Batman cartoon and the X-Men cartoon are what got me into comics. However, what I picked up at that time was actually Catwoman's solo series and the occasional X-Men or Spider-Man comic (often the ones based off the cartoons). I had gotten into Wonder Woman very early on without the influence of any adaptations. I believe part of the reason why I was encouraged to pick up her comics was because my mom was familiar with the character from the '70s TV series. As such, I ended up with quite a few of the George Perez-era and the John Byrne-era comics as a kid.
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BloodTalonHero Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Great work. Her dress is really pretty. Diana herself looks graceful and elegant. I like her soft expression, her jewelry especially the waistband. I love her hair. It's just amazing. I'm curious about the cloth around her wrist. Is it a scarf or is it a part of her skirt?
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much. :D I'm glad you feel she looks graceful and elegant since that's obviously what I was aiming for. It's interesting that quite a few people have liked the hair. It's cool. In terms of what the cloth is around her wrist, it's kind of like a wrap. It would be draped over one shoulder however she's simply has it dangling from her wrist instead of having it across her shoulder/arm/torso.
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Rockabore Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
She looks so elegant! I especially love her hair since it adds a nice touch to see her in the dress with the hair styled in a princess-do. Speaking of Princesses is it odd that I think of Kate Middleton of Diana in this drawing? Maybe it's the mention of princesses that does it. Anyway I really love the jewelry and your choice of background image is perfectly fitting for her in this drawing. Fantastic job.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If there's a princess you should think of in context with Wonder Woman it should definitely be the late Princess Diana. I still think it's eerie that Wonder Woman "died" around the same time that Princess Di did. I don't see much of Duchess Kate in Wonder Woman though. Maybe it's because she's so thin. Kate is more Audrey Hepburn than Lucy Lawless. :P
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Chalaya Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just entirely beautiful! You really captured a softness and elegance that is not usually seen on Diana. I have to say that the first things that really grabbed my attention are the belt and necklace. I know you said that the dress was inspired by the doll, but I'm not sure if that includes the jewels or not. If you came up with that necklace on your own then bravo to you! It's quite stunning. And if it's inspired by the doll then well done recreating it. In any case the jewelry really stands on it's own in the piece.

Her hair, as always, is exceptional. I've always really loved that type of hairstyle and it fits Diana perfectly here. I love the soft layers that the style creates and the way it's falling around her shoulders is so becoming. The dress is beautifully drawn. I love the way her sleeves fall! That Grecian style of dress has always been one of my favorites and I love that you chose to do it in white. That really adds to Diana's purity and goodness. I also like that you kept some of her original accessories, her headband, wrist cuffs and lasso. There's a really good balance there. There's softness in the dress and hair and even her expression, while the accessories help to remind the viewer of who this is. She may look delicate in her pretty princess dress, but she's also Wonder Woman and not to be trifled with. And I'm sorry, I must say it. It's so good to see her in something other than that strapless armor that, by no law of physics should stay up on it's own, and those blue underwear. I know lots of people like the blue underwear but I would much rather see her dressed more like this. :)

Lastly I'm not sure why you're not happy with her face. I really like it! It goes great with her pose and the mood of the piece. I love the tilt of her head and her eyes, they way they're cut to the side like that. It's really kind of cute and sweet! The background is a great choice for it too. It really goes well with the drawing! Great work as always! :)
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Once again, thank you so much for the wonderful comment! :) I really appreciate it.

In terms of Diana's belt and necklace, both were directly inspired by what I saw on the doll. However, I had to simplify all of it since the jewellery was much more ornate in reality. It's tough for me to get all those details down so I did my best with what ultimately ended up on her. However, the tiara and bracelets were my addition since I know the Amazons ALWAYS wear their bracelets and also that Diana's tiara later became a symbol of the monarchy on her island. For a time, she refused to wear her tiara out of respect for her Amazons after they'd gone through a Civil War that saw the temporary abolishment of the monarchy.

I'm sure you already know my thoughts on Wonder Woman's costume by now and have seen my redesign for her so you know what I'd like to see her wearing into battle. :P Obviously, her wearing this thing would be laughable though. I imagine she'd be tripping over the long skirt. XD

The reason I'm not happy with the face has to do with the eyes. I think they're too big or are placed on her head weirdly. I don't know.
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Chalaya Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're always welcome. :) I know what you mean about those little details. I'd one day like to master being able to do that, but as for now I have neither the skill or patience to do that kind of thing. The tiara and bracelets are definitely a good decision since they seem to be a big part of how Diana embraces her heritage. I don't think she'd often be seen without them either, except of the instances you mentioned.

Yes I do remember your redesign is MUCH better and more appropriate for her than what she usually wears. I wasn't really saying I think she should wear this dress into battle. That would be quite a problem. I was more or less talking about, well, ANYTHING but what she's usually wearing, lol! That outfit would be less than useless in a battle. The armor is pointless since most of her chest and shoulders are bare anyway. It's just there to shine and draw attention to you-know-what. And don't even get me started on the panties. *groan*

Well, I think you're being too hard on yourself about the face. I see nothing wrong with it, and I'm not one of those people who just says that. If I have a critique I give it, but her face is really pretty. We're always our own worst critic though, when it comes to our own artwork. :)
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All of the Amazons wear the bracelets in remembrance of their captivity at the hands of Heracles (AKA Hercules). They were captured and raped by him and his men... and it was only through the intervention of the goddesses that Hippolyta was able to break free and lead a rebellion against him. To this day, the Amazons wear the bracelets to remember that they were once slaves and now they are free. Although, this is strictly post-Crisis, pre-Flashpoint continuity.

I actually don't have any problem with the shorts. I think they're a practical option since they offer Diana a wide range of motion. Pants can be constricting of movement... especially if they're leather. I don't think it's a big deal that her skin is exposed since we know Diana's not going to be shot by anything (bullets and bracelets FTW!) and she's one of the best martial artists around so she knows her way around the battlefield. My biggest issue is the fact that she doesn't have straps on her top. I don't care if she's wearing shorts (so long as they cover her ass completely). I just don't like heroines in strapless tops. It's stupid.

Oh I wouldn't say I'm my worst critic. There have been worse people. I've had people tell me all my drawings look the same.
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Chalaya Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Goodness, I didn't know about all that. Now I understand more about the bracelets and can see why Diana wears them all the time.

I wouldn't have a problem with the shorts if they were shorts. But a lot of times artists won't draw them as shorts, they're like panties and they don't cover her backside. There's no material at the leg at all. I don't remember how she was drawn in her earlier comic books, but I do know that lot's of artists these days love to draw her cheeks hanging out. I mean, her costume is definitely not the absolute most revealing of the comic book world, by any means. But I guess I just think that little blue panties are kind of silly when paired with an enormous heavy breast plate, and I totally agree with you about lack of straps. That's just crazy. I've worn strapless dresses before and I think every woman will tell you it's purely for looks. There is nothing comfortable or practical about it, especially if the woman is endowed with more than an A-cup and we all know that Diana is pretty stacked, lol!

I do think that as artists, we're more likely to notice the small things, like the eyes in this case. You say they look weird, but I don't really see it. It just happens that way b/c you drew it, so you're going to notice things other people don't see. I've actually seen some people say that to other artists as well, the thing about all their drawings looking alike. I think it's a load of crap. It's just their style, and I don't think that at all about your drawings. You make sure that each one is individually drawn with it's own special details, poses, ect. I mean there's nothing wrong with seeing a drawing thumbnail and knowing before I even click on it that it's yours because that's your own unique style, not b/c they all look the same.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There was a lot of work put into Diana's origin and into explaining the various tools she uses in battle. I find her stories to usually be the most layered ones around in the comic book world because it's interwoven with Greek myth. There's such a rich history involved with the character.

When I say shorts, I don't refer to them as like... knee-length shorts. I simply mean briefs. I wouldn't call them underwear or panties because they're not actually undergarments. Most of the time artists draw her with her butt cheeks hanging out but some draw her with them covered. The costume really depends on the artist to render it in a respectful manner. Of course, I'm still unsure how the hell that heavy breastplate stays up. It's insane.

The criticism was that I draw faces the same way. Of course, I linked this person to three pictures I drew and after she insisted they still looked the same (two of the three at least) I did a facial analysis to show the differences... then the person got all huffy going "Okay you win, your art is perfect." Although, this person had bad grammar and didn't actually spell "you"... they wrote "U."
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Chalaya Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think if I ever wanted to pick up a comic book, I think it would be Wonder Woman. I really love Greek mythology so I'd probably be more interested in Diana's story than anyone else in the comic book universe.

I didn't figure you were talking about knee length shorts, lol! That would look ridiculous on her I think. I just call them underwear b/c they so closely resemble underwear, but I suppose it's no different than wearing a bathing suit bottom. I think it would be better though if they were a little longer than they're usually portrayed. Maybe just above the mid-thigh. I think that length would be short enough to not get in the way and long enough not to give her monster wedgies. How is someone supposed to concentrate on winning a fight when her garments are riding up? But, I don't suppose comic book women have to worry about that kind of thing, whether is shorts riding up or breastplates coming down, hehe.

Wow, it sounds like that person is a bit of a sore looser. Well, I don't think all your faces look the same. If anything, they're only similar to each other b/c that's your style and every artist is like that to an extent. But they all have different expressions and other things that set them apart from each other. There's always going to be that person that has an opinion of which they think a bit too highly.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I could most certainly orient you to the best Wonder Woman stories out there if you ever were interested. Her titles don't always deal with Greek mythology but I could point you to the ones that do. Her current title has actually been reinventing the character and it's been HEAVILY steeped in Greek mythology.

I think Terry Dodson drew the perfect shorts for her. They were still bathing suit bottom length but they covered her ass completely. See: [link] [link]

I try not to let the negative things people have to say get to me but sometimes it's harder to ignore than others. Like we've discussed, I'm a really sensitive guy so my feelings get hurt quite easily.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Wow she looks fantasic and beatfuil
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job. And excellent job on the background.
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Yuki-Hitori Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Student General Artist

Love it! Nice, soft and flattering to Diana. And I love the little bits of thin shines and the little sparkle on her belt.
Her right hand looks a little.. Off to me, more than likely because it doesn't look like she's holding the cloth. Unless
it's supposed to be around her wrist, in which it looks just right. ^^; Still, good work.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No, she's not holding the cloth. It's draped around her wrist.
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Hordaks-Pupil Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
An awesome pic, it really capture her regal heritage although she has never been one to embrace her heritage. She is more the independent one and would rather prove herself that rely on something like heritage or looks.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Um...? Have you ever read a Wonder Woman comic? Diana is very much proud of being an Amazon and a lot of writers emphasize that. She views her duties as very important and when her title was rebooted by George Perez in the late-'80s Diana specifically became an ambassador for Themyscira. In Phil Jimenez's run, he also emphasized her status as a princess and showed that she was very much involved in the politics of her home nation. While adaptations have shown Diana to be a little more distant from her home land (presumably to make her more palatable to the average American), she loves where she comes from and has often been disgusted with the way the world outside Themyscira works. That said, she's been going through some of that rebellion against her heritage in her relaunched title.
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Hordaks-Pupil Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for clearing that up for me :)
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RakaiThwei Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
It's not very often that I get to see Diana's softer side, as we do know that she is an Amazon and had been trained to be one of the finest warriors, if not the finest in all of Themyscira. We also know that she is a super-heroine who ventures into the world of man to fight against the evils that man has done, but more importantly-- she is an ambassador of peace, and this would also mean that sometimes fists aren't the way to solve the problems of the world, but rather sometimes it takes being a diplomat to solve certain issues, and this is where being a princess does come in handy.

I think Diana looks most especially beautiful here because of the Greek attire which she is wearing. A lot of people think that the Wonder Woman outfit makes her look beautiful, when really it gives fanboys an excuse to draw her gratuitously. Here, there is definitely none of that here and I think that's what makes this particular piece stand out. Diana is a princess, she is supposed to be regal and beautiful with that sense of being regal, and I really think that you managed to capture it very well here. I like how you have the outfit presented with this natural flow without making it look flat like a sheet, and the jewelry which you presented her with makes her look even more like a princess.

As usual, I like the shine effect that you've done with the metal bracelets, the tiara and the jewelry as well. I also like how you used a beautiful photo of an island as a proper backdrop for her. After all, she does come from an island!

Beautifully done, my friend!
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much. :) As usual, I really appreciate the thoughtful comments. It's rare for Diana to be portrayed in this manner so it's great to show her like this from time to time. It was fun too! She looks much more mature and elegant this way. No cleavage or ass! Or even leg! :P
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