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[C] Laethwen by WanderingKotka [C] Laethwen by WanderingKotka
A commission for :iconkalel1986: of DC Comics' Laethwen.  Kalel1986 asked that I draw her with sword aloft and ready for action and I was happy to oblige!  

I admit, Laethwen was not a character I had heard of before, but I fell in love with her color scheme and big, bold jewelry.  Gotta love a girl who can accessorize even when under duress.  

I hope you enjoy!

More comic book heroes and heroines from my gallery:
Marvel Heroes Compilation by KabukiKatze   DC Heroines Compilation by KabukiKatze   Marvel Heroines by KabukiKatze   Scoundrel Art Jam: Infectious Lass by KabukiKatze   Commission: Hawkgirl by KabukiKatze
Laethwen DC Comics.  Learn more about her here:…
Art K. Lebak/KabukiKatze, 2014.
Pose reference:… by SenshiStock (Hooray for gender-swapping reference material!)
Drawn and colored in FireAlpaca, color tweaks and background done in Photoshop.  

Enjoy it, share it, download it!  Just don't profit from it.
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celamowari Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
If you had told me the name without a visual clue, I would have never placed her, despite (as mentioned elsewhere) having bought her first appearance.  So this is a nice change of pace in that regard.  Also, the comical book thumbs are a nice little nostalgia trip. (If Shiera Hawkirl somehow caused this, I will be even more pleased.)

I like how this character came out, filled with beauty and fierceness.  Question: has the source material toned down the yellow, or was that a style choice by the commissioner or the artist?  Because my point of references have always been very bright, primary yellow and this is much more toned down.  More human-like, if you will. :)
WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Nostalgia?  But they were drawn so recently!  :XD:  

Thank you!  In more recent representations (DCU, I think it was) she seems to be more toned down in her yellowness.  Definitely still yellow, but more of a tan/dun color.  Plus, the scans I looked at varied a lot in terms of how yellow she looked.  I also toned the yellow down a bit because I just couldn't get a bright yellow skin tone to look good to me.
LESimmons Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
By the power of BABESKULL!!!

...That doesn't sound right at all. o.o;
WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Definitely not. 

Maybe, "Thunder, thunder, Thunderbabes, HO!"
Ericthepilot Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Any relation to Starfire from Teen Titans?
WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Not to my knowledge.  She's alien, but not the same species as Starfire (Laethwen's actually super-tiny).  They don't seem to have shared creators either.
Ericthepilot Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thought so, they do have a resemblance though. ;)
WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
They certainly do--aside from their differing hair texture, they could be sisters!
Ericthepilot Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gunmetalblack Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Nice work! You don't do ferocious action shots that much, but this one is really great! I like how fierce she looks and I like how detailed her armour is. :) Very well done!
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