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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
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Laethwen DC Comics.  Learn more about her here: dc.wikia.com/wiki/Laethwen_(Ne…
Art K. Lebak/KabukiKatze, 2014.  www.kabukikatze.com
Pose reference: senshistock.deviantart.com/art… 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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:iconcelamowari:
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. :)
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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.
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LESimmons Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
By the power of BABESKULL!!!

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

Maybe, "Thunder, thunder, Thunderbabes, HO!"
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:iconericthepilot:
Ericthepilot Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Any relation to Starfire from Teen Titans?
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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.
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:iconericthepilot:
Ericthepilot Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thought so, they do have a resemblance though. ;)
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:iconwanderingkotka:
WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
They certainly do--aside from their differing hair texture, they could be sisters!
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:iconericthepilot:
Ericthepilot Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:happybounce: 
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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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