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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sailor Jerrry-style Wonder Woman

Edited: Forgot her Golden Lariat! Added and moved the sig off her bootie by request :)

Here's my submission for this week's challenge: Golden Age Super Heroes: Wonder Woman done in the Sailor Jerry tattoo style.

I originally was considering doing a series of X-men portraits in the style of the old cartoons, such as Disney, Tex Avery, Popeye and Betty Boop. Here's a scan of the ideas I was tossing around in my Moleskine:

I then thought maybe I could do something in the style of a pin-up calendar girl. As I was mulling that idea over, I decided I wanted to include my love of all things tattoo. Sailor Jerry was a prolific tattoo artist in the late 30s & 40s and his style is quite iconic (WITHOUT the help of Ed Hardy shirts, I might add). I wanted a more colorful drawing, so I picked Wonder Woman, but drawing her up wasn't without challenges. As I got ready to outline her, I pulled off the cap of a Micron pen to find it had leaked. The ink splattered on the paper. Photoshop to the rescue!

Hope you like it! I figured I'd at least get the current theme up so I don't feel TOO far behind X)


  1. Cool!

    Love it; though I wish your sig didn't obscure her bootie.

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  3. That truly is Golden Age looking. Very beautifully done!

  4. Nice, loved the thickness of the boots.

  5. Scott said it right: she looks very cute!