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ZATANNA- Gil Elvgren tribute by J-Estacado ZATANNA- Gil Elvgren tribute by J-Estacado

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Edited version : contrasts and colors are reviewed. some more personnal adds too.


THAT IS the original pic from Elvgren:

This picture is half digital and traditionnal painting.
For this one I wanted to go back for the kind of technics I used for all my "dark tower" pictures, meaning :mix of traditionnal textures, medias, photos, digital tricks, mix of elements...

What I DID:

1-Basically, I took the original pic, gave it more contrast and erased the background and the face, heels and some other parts.

2-Then I printed it as a greyscaled pic.

3- I did the drawing appart, on a watercolor paper through a lightbox (YES, you can beat me for that if you want)to keep the pose as closer as possible to her original model.
Fixed her face to keep Zatanna looking the way I generally try to portrait her.
Addes the other hand, I wanted the cigar feeling pose, but with the magical stick :p

4-Once it was done I mostly colored it with watercolors markers and colored pencils.
I textured a bit the background with thick white acylics,

5-When it was Ok I scanned back the greyscaled print and my marker version ; then I mixed both on photoshop to have something very close to what you see actually.
it helps achieving the same textures (see the "chair" for example" and oil feeling) and shads.
Note that I followed the original shads too when I made my version. Otherwise it would have not worked that well.

6- Added the stars on photoshop; what ties her heels to her leg (dunno how you call theses) are actuually an edited photo

7- Fixed all the colors, added some original elements of the original painting to help even more to sounds like the original.

8- Here we are!

Then YES, I DIDN'T Painted the whole thing by my own hands,I also don't really own an original picture...
Then if you tell me "it's an edited copy of a GIL ELVGREN 's painting , I guess it will means you didn't READ this description.

You can see this pic as a photomontage except it's more of a"picture montage" actually.

Don't ask me for print of this pic then.

For people re-linking it on tumblr or whatsoever, give me a favor and don't forget to add GIL ELVGREN to the credits. I can't pretend beeing the owner of the whole pic.



- watercolors, acrylics, markers and colored pencils on watercolor paper
-Photshop edits , mixing of different elements, edited photos.

Zatanna © DC
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danyboz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
J'ai pris le temps de tout lire... alors oui, c'est effectivement une ré-interpretation d'une œuvre de Elvgren mais c'est tellement bien fait que je dis "bravo"!
D'autant plus que quand je vois le reste de ta très belle galerie, tu n'as franchement rien à prouver... et re-bravo!! :D
SSaruman Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015
Now this is how you do a tribute!
MitruComix Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome classic pinup!
janedj Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
otherdruid Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Swesome concept! :omg:
robert952 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice image.  Pays tribute to Gil Elvgen and to the DC comic's character.  

I appreciate that you explained the steps from the original Elvgren piece to the final piece.

I also can appreciate the flak you get over the technique/concept.  There are many who argue that 'photomanipulation' (or picture montage) is not art. I say it's art if you take a different approach than the original image(s) and create a new interpretation.  AND, as you do, clearly give credit to the original artist and piece used.  

As a personal opinion/observation on this piece, you might want to consider giving the stars some more deformation and motion blur for future works.  (Or even not include them since she's not 'casting' magic and this is more of a studio pose.  But it is Zatanna so stars are a part of the character.)  Just my 2kb worth.

Again, nice effort in the image and in taking the time for explaining your process.

Thanks for sharing.  
J-Estacado Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
hum; yes the stars thing is so-so :lol: 
I've just recently learned how to deform stuff on photoshop without looking like crap :)

thanks for commenting !
joy97 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
One hell of a magic pin-up!
Jackthekipper Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I gotta say, This is an absolutely gorgeous Tribute to him and you did it justice. I'd think he'd be very to see that his work was not forgotten.

This single piece floated across while I was doing some research on him myself. I'm glad I decided to cruise by your gallery. Thanks for doing this piece.
Pepo4559 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Very classy
MyPaint-YourBlood Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love this. Excellent work here.
ctdsnark Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahhh,what the heck...I made a collage of Cher D'Flower pictures,making sure I gave Jack Sparling (the artist) the credit.
oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow! I don't know why I haven't seen this one before!? Seriously beautiful work! :D
filhocf Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Incredible art, Zatanna! Congrats! Is possible acquire your art for print in a personal poster? Something like a wall frame with 80x60cm and 1200 dpi?
J-Estacado Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
nope. this pic woudld'nt allow a good printing.
beside I always work at 300 dpi 1200dpi would kill my computer (and my HDD!)
filhocf Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Before all, thank you by your reply, and i understand the resolution problem. Generally, when i render my infographics in high resolution, my computer dies... ;-)
batman900 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
This is so sexy
Kittori Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
I need more DC pin ups in my life. I'd buy the crap out of this D':
jeangac Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Que buen Homenaje haz hecho con esta fantastica ilustración!
crash1973 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
however you did it or touched it up it came out awesome
paulnery Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
MitchHendricks Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
One of my favorite DC ladies in one of my favorites styles that being a pinup.
jlgraphic Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Very beatifullll!!
Rosirika Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful Work!
SweetEvil69 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A fitting tribute to a true legend!
tom1013d Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
LOVE Gil. LOVE Zatanna. LOVE your creation!
jimroundsound Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
tomgastall Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
This came out great!
Echiigo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Amazing!! She looks beautifull!
DarthSparrow Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
She is gorgeous :heart: *Fall at her feet, amazed*
Elektrosmurf Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Gorgeous!! :heart: :la:
zafiro80 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist
MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
A fabulous tribute! An no complaints from me, as you are 100% percent honest about the original material. Couldyobeemos speifcotwhatradiiol materias ere usss ad just how much was done digitally?
J-Estacado Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
"Couldyobeemos speifcotwhatradiiol materias ere usss ad just how much was done digitally?"

> Gee what' wrong with the keyboard?
Otherwise EVERYTHING is told in the desciption: media; and what are digital, what are traditionnal. really.
MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
Yeah, sorry for the DUMB question and I just now fixed the keyboard problem. It's wireless, and the USB just needed to be re-seated.
J-Estacado Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
it kinda have an originality in the way it was written :lol: seem my english isn't too bad in this kind of context :rofl:
MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
I found it very clear. I just had to take the time to actually READ it.
MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
F**k me! I didn't read the entire description! Forgive me! I suck. I will shut up now.
natsume84 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
This is so beautiful, I really love your style! Awesome
kizna1200 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Looks absolutely stunning :)
yellowis4happy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks like a lingerie model in some kind of classy ad - very glamorous, and not trashy at all (it would actually be nice to see less of the blatantly sexual stuff from you, and more like this). The soft feel of the colors is really nice, too. :]
J-Estacado Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks !
Ah and I've just learned a new word: " blatantly " :D

Well;about that: like I always said; I'm used to draw very soft erotism in general, not more than that, I needed to experiment something A BIT more explicit theses past months, without going to vulgar or pornographic however.

There's people who liked that (lots of) and some who werent that ok for this (a minority). I didn't had bad or hated comments; so in a way i guess I succeded in not going too far.

For my part I like both step, so I try to alternate, to give eveyone what they "want"... sorta.

Weird enough, the only real bad comment I received theses pasts weeks,is somewhere in the comments on THIS picture :lol:
yellowis4happy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha. Glad to be of service.

Alternating is good. I don't generally have a problem with soft eroticism, is can just get repetitive and tiring.

On this picture? Wow.
ralfw666 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Digital Artist
Wonderful dedication....great job.....and thank you for the clear statement regarding the making of it.

Have a great weekend

Ralf 8-)
J-Estacado Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
And thanks for reading the whole description then; very rare thing !
rellik1138 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Designdivala Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
wow that patent leather jumps off the page! Beautiful work
vwolff Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
this is awesome!!
SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Aces, man. :thumbsup:
J-Estacado Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
thanks :headbang:
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