Won­der Woman

Bilquis Evely pushes the char­ac­ter’s re­al­ism on her lat­est Won­der Woman cover.

ImagineFX - - Contents - Bilquis is an artist who’s pas­sion­ate about clas­sic comic books and fan­tasy sto­ries. At the mo­ment she’s work­ing on the Won­der Woman se­ries for DC Comics. http://ifxm.ag/b-evely Bilquis Evely Lo­ca­tion: Brazil


When I start a new project, my first thoughts are usu­ally, “What should this il­lus­tra­tion look like, and what draw­ing style should I use?”

Usu­ally, we have a ba­sic idea for the cov­ers based on the sto­ries, but since this was my first cover for the new arc of the se­ries, DC asked me to do a “kick-off” cover. It would need to show what as­pects of the char­ac­ter ap­peal to me, which brings me back to my point about the style.

I love Won­der Woman – she has so many sides! She’s a hero­ine, a war­rior, there’s a di­vin­ity qual­ity to her, and yet she’s very hu­man, and this gives me sev­eral ref­er­ences to ex­plore. So, my idea for the cover and for the en­tire book was to dis­til all those iconic as­pects of the char­ac­ter into a sin­gle il­lus­tra­tion, with­out mak­ing it a mess of in­flu­ences.

My ma­jors ref­er­ences were Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant, Fran­coBel­gian comics books and artists such as Alex Toth and José Luis Gar­cía-López, who are very good at draw­ing hu­man bod­ies and ca­sual scenes, be­cause there’s a fo­cus on the hu­man­ity of all the char­ac­ters in the Won­der Woman comics. It’s heroic and it’s fan­tasy, yes, but it’s still grounded, which is why I avoid stylised, un­nat­u­ral fig­ure poses.

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