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Oh yeah . . . art . . . [Jan. 20th, 2007|05:30 am]
Rivkah רִבְקָה
I just realized that oh yeah . . . I have a scanner . . . and perhaps I should actually use it every now and then. Gotta say, though, the thing's a pain and it's tiny, so my 9x12 sketch pad gets a little blurry at the edges.

No "Steady Beat" art up yet, because I'd rather my editor be the first to see, but soon, soon enough. ;)

In the meantime, here's some Batgirl art to tide thee over, thanks to the injustice that DC has done to her character and my desire for a brighter, happier time, when she was just an angsty teen trying to help her ol' pa.

Of course, in my made-up wonderland, Batgirl is a blonde, originates from suburbia, and reluctantly fills in as a cheerleader because where I come from, when you're into gymnastics, the only choices you got are either cheerleading or hiline, and which is worse? A skirt that shows your panties or a skin-tight outfit that shows off your ass? In front of the whole school, that is.

I can see why she'd WANT to sneak out of her window in the middle of the night. Beating up a few baddies and making the world a better, safer place works wonders on getting all that teenage angst and frustration out. And every good girl's gotta have her secrets! ^_~

Until you run out of room at the bottom of the page, and have to get rid of your character's legs, that is . . . ;D

Batgirl copyright DC blah, blah, yada, yada, the end, I'd totally write and draw a Batgirl story arc. Up until Sailor Moon, Batman WAS my favorite television series. The geekiness survives. Also, Batgirl was never meant to have cleavage. People who give her a full grown woman's chest are just sick.

[User Picture]From: mind_of_richard
2007-01-20 02:45 pm (UTC)
I really like your style with Batgirl. You did a very good job capturing the girl part, while still getting across she is a heroine.
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[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2007-01-20 06:55 pm (UTC)
Merci! :)
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[User Picture]From: fordmadoxfraud
2007-01-20 03:23 pm (UTC)
Wow and wow. These are fantastic.

Everyone at work has been really pissed off at the direction they've taken Batgirl too. Her series was one of those comics that's ALMOST brilliant, but somehow failed all the time but was good enough to keep you reading? I want her to stop being a lame Lady Shiva knockoff now.
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[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2007-01-20 06:12 pm (UTC)
I seriously think that Batgirl could be Spiderman for girls. Yet all they've done to the character in the comic book universe is make her grow up. Part of her charm is the whole being a teen, being imperfect and not really knowing what's best for her but trying to make a difference and leave her mark on the world. And being awkward. In a way, Batgirl is also a humorous figure because you can look back and say, "I remember when *I* was a teen and blew everything out of proportion like that." There's a lot of awkward-humor potential in this series that I've yet to see anybody alight upon except for the animated series I used to watch as a kid. She was always getting in the way more than helping out . . . and isn't that what teens do best? ;) (is that was what I seemed to do best) :P
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[User Picture]From: tdhartist
2007-01-20 03:24 pm (UTC)
Great stuff! I love your version of Batgirl. But keep in mind, Batgirl IS suppose to be 16 years old or older. By 16, girls are pretty developed...

and if they're not, Mom and dad by them new Boobies.

Sorry, I use to live in Southern california... sorta the norm there.
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[User Picture]From: casanova_jaime
2007-01-20 03:48 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great place! haha

But it's true, I can't imagine Batgirl with big breasts, it's her charm or something like that
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[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2007-01-20 06:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D
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[User Picture]From: _kokushibyou
2007-01-20 04:06 pm (UTC)
Funny thing is, my HS letters are WHS, and the outfits look JUST the same. XD Wonderful!
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[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2007-01-20 06:56 pm (UTC)
WHS were my school letters, too! XD
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[User Picture]From: prodigal
2007-01-20 06:36 pm (UTC)
I love the designs, and the thought you put behind them!
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[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2007-01-20 06:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Though really there wasn't that much thought. I've always seen Batgirl is having a very simple batman-look-alike costume that was a little more amenable to all her spinning and flipping. I think the more simple a costume, the easier it is for an audience to relate. ;P

Though I like the mask. Batman's white eyes in place of pupils have always intrigued me. . .
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[User Picture]From: benchilada
2007-01-20 06:39 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see your take on the new Supergirl.

Somehow I don't imagine you giving her a fucking three-inch skirt...

Mind, that's Michael Turner art, so it sucks to begin with...
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[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2007-01-20 06:51 pm (UTC)
I've never been a fan of any superheros with actual superpowers, especially Superman/Supergirl. They're too . . . perfect. I was talking to one of my friends the other day about how perfection is boring and that GOOD characters need flaws to work on. REAL flaws like getting into the midst of a fight too fast or bad timing in speaking your mind, not the stupid kind like "too nice" or "too beautiful" or strange ones you'd never see in any normal girl like "can only communicate with body language because she was trained to speak with her body, not her voice" and "raised to be an assassin" or the angsty "parents killed by supervillain/mechacorporation."
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[User Picture]From: sxyblkmn
2007-01-20 07:39 pm (UTC)
the only choices you got are either cheerleading or hiline

what's hiline, by the by?
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[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2007-01-20 07:42 pm (UTC)
Wow. Must be a midwest and/or Texas thing. It's what we call the dance squad who comes out for halftime during every football game in high school. They wear REALLY tight outfits, which being in band and also on the field and invariably in the front being a flute player, I always got the close-up.
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[User Picture]From: jbacardi
2007-01-20 07:42 pm (UTC)
I love that Batgirl illo, especially the first, which is cheekier than the second, despite showing more "cheek" if you know what I mean.

One question: what is "hiline"?

And one observation:

Also, Batgirl was never meant to have cleavage...

No quite true, as this cover from Detective #363, only four months after Detective # 359 (the first appearance of the modern Batgirl)makes clear.

I feel like such a geek for pointing that out...
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[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2007-01-20 07:45 pm (UTC)
Pointy, perky boobs, yes, but still no cleavage, there! ^_~

Then again, it seems like everybody looked like adults in that age, even the kids.
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[User Picture]From: d_morris
2007-01-20 10:19 pm (UTC)
Aww if she had gone to my high school, I totally would have had a crush on your Batgirl. Batgirl is just so awesome that right now I enjoy her a lot more than I do Batman. There's something positively infectious about Batgirl that I think speaks to a lot of people. Sigh if only DC realized that.
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[User Picture]From: evil_little_dog
2007-01-21 12:25 am (UTC)
Oh, she's such a cutie! I love how you draw her and how much fun you've had with the various costume/outfits. (Your cape in the second piece makes me drool.)
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[User Picture]From: mistressnashya
2007-01-21 01:13 am (UTC)
XD!! Awesome sketches~ I like your version of her too! She seems really fun and I like her feet for some reason XD!

A skirt that shows your panties or a skin-tight outfit that shows off your ass? In front of the whole school, that is.

Never done cheerleading but I did do gymnastics for a while. Nothing like having those leotards riding up during a floor routine and not being able to pull them out. You could lose points for that :|... We used to have to wear these other undie like things under them that had stickies or velcro on them so the leaotard would stay in place. All that moving made them useless though.
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[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2007-01-21 01:22 am (UTC)
When I started drawing the second one, I realized that batgirl needed soft-sole grip feet rather than regular shoes. Kind of like what you see on the bottom of onesies. ;) Seems like stiff, hard-sole shoes would get in the way of agility. And it's nice, because I can draw me some toes! XD
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From: 1diversecbnat
2007-01-21 05:50 am (UTC)
Nice Batgirl. I especially like the way you stylized her hair. Cool!
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[User Picture]From: jameshanrahan
2007-01-21 06:14 am (UTC)
Have you shown this to dryponder? He loves this kind of stuff.

Also, check this thing out. You have to scroll down about six paragraphs and read the background. It's similar, but an updated take would be great.
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From: lost_angelwings
2007-01-21 02:17 pm (UTC)
Your style is awesome! :D

I totally agree with you about ppl who draw teenagers with like DD breasts. :(

I wish they'd do something like that for both Batgirl and Supergirl. :(
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[User Picture]From: toddalcott
2007-01-21 05:40 pm (UTC)
Excellent Batgirl. Kudos!
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[User Picture]From: whune
2007-01-22 12:08 am (UTC)

I really like this take on Batgirl

you bring out the playfulness, where the costume... well I buy it:
it makes sense; my disbelief is suspended

I'd love to see what you'd do with a teen team book

I'd love to see you write and draw one; you're own characters of course.
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[User Picture]From: groundbyground
2007-01-22 03:15 am (UTC)
I didn't get to say anything on these at first, so I'll say it now.

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[User Picture]From: divalea
2007-01-23 02:50 am (UTC)
Errrr, actually go back to the original Batgirl, she was a full-grown college graduate (summa cum laude) with a realistic build.
Shoot, even the BTAS BG was a college grad. Year One BG was trying to get through college.
A woman, not a girl, in spite of the very-much-of-the-era name. (Girl, lass, damsel, maiden, blech.)

Now, drawing a girl in her mid-teens with cleavage, like the current official Batgirl art? Yeah, that's just spank material.

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[User Picture]From: divalea
2007-01-24 05:15 am (UTC)
I have to correct myself (and I'm surprised no one has, yet: the ORIGINAL original Batgirl was Betty Kane, niece of Kathy Kane, frequent sucker of Robin's face, from the 1950's also known as The Era When Batman Was So Not Gay, Here's Women To Prove It, Okay?
Betty Kane, who was blonde, was drawn like a girl.
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[User Picture]From: skalja
2007-01-23 04:37 am (UTC)
Wow, I love your Batgirl so much! Her personality really comes through, and yet I can absolutely see her kicking bad guy butt.

I third the suggestion that you could make this a great submission for Project Rooftop (which is run by dryponder and a few others).
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[User Picture]From: human_reaction
2007-01-25 03:38 am (UTC)
WHS? Wharton High School. You drew my school's letters and don't you deny it. lol.
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[User Picture]From: ravenclaw_devi
2007-02-04 05:10 pm (UTC)
I really like your Batgirl designs.
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