Day 20: Something Orange #30daydrawingchallenge
This picture represents my ongoing tendency to overthink simple instructions. The first thing I thought of was (of all things) Otter Pops. Anybody else remember them? Orange was represented by a stunned-looking little otter in a tutu, a ragdoll dangling from a limp arm. No, too silly.
Then I thought of the Thing from the Fantastic Four. But the character has never resonated with me, so … No.
When I considered other super-heroes, the next character that popped to mind was Mari Jiwe McCabe, aka Vixen, from DC Comics. In a flash of inspiration, I thought, I’ll draw her in a more realistic style, to defy the ongoing tendency to overly eroticize super-heroines! She’s from Africa and can channel the power of wild animals, so she should look powerful enough to tear you apart—not, as she is usually drawn, as a frail, Caucasian-friendly, Halle Berry-esque damsel with her jumpsuit unzipped to her navel.
Which is just me being stupid. Of course, every comic book artist can draw her this way, but that’s not what the client—DC Comics—wants to see or sell. But, ultimately, it’s how I want to see her and her costume is typically colored orange, so I hopped off my soapbox and honored the day’s requirement.