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Back after many, many years and finally producing something that wasn't a scrawl in pencil or pen, i'm now drawing directly digital, which i'm still getting to grips with.

I tend to draw a fair bit of fanart depending on my mood. At the moment my gallery has been somewhat dominated by Powergirl. I also draw other DC/Marvel/2000AD comic related images, anime or computer game fanart, my own original fantasy and sci-fi characters, and the occasional Transformer and Warhammer 40'000 image.




Favourite genre of music: Rock, Metal, Pop, J-Pop, Classical, pretty much anything that sounds good to me
Favourite cartoon character: Optimus Prime, Invader Zimm, Brock Samson,
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Having a re read of the old comics i still have along with the collected editions i have, i still find myself disagreeing with anyone who says Power Girl has been inconsistent in her characterisation. There have been inconsistent things with DC's Modern Era ( 1986/7 to 2011 ) Powergirl but it wasn't her characterisation, which even the worst writers to handle her seem to have more or less interpreted correctly on some level. What was inconsistent were her powers, and of course, her background that switched from Kryptonian to mystically enhanced Atlantean, and back to Kryptonian over 23 years.

The interesting thing is that back in the late 1980's she seemed a much more raw character, uncertain about her place in the world having lost her original Universe and also wanting to be taken seriously as a Superhero, resulting in her trying to present a confident -verging on aggressive- front that badly hid the fact she was hurting from life changing events, and distracted people from that she was actually a nice person with a temper and a sense of humour.

It's this that i guess can cause the mistaken interpretation that her personality is inconsistent, when i would argue it is layered. At times she has been laid back and witty, other times hair trigger tempered and stroppy, she can be wickedly humourous or determined to maintain her dignity even when things have gone very stupid or weird. All this and more made her seem a more genuinely human character ( since who is calm and happy all the time ? or miserable and angry all the time ? no one in real life behaves in such a limited fashion, and nor should a written character be any different. ).

By 2010, having gone through so many changes in her life, ranging from nearly dying and losing the bulk of her powers to displaying random powers and abilities such as being able to manifest mystic armour or developing peculiar vulnerabilities to 'natural materials', losing various people of importance to her, having a child and losing the child to circumstance, recovering her kryptonian abilities, nearly dying again, being a long time member of both the Justice League International and the Justice Society, and even bumping into the Earth 2 version of herself, she finally comes across as a much more genuinely assured and confident person. And this is arguably the very thing she had wanted to be and she had grown into, yet still displaying all of the varied qualities of her personality ( Palmiotti, Gray and Conner did a great job accommodating those aspects in the Power Girl solo series, and still made her seem actually confident rather than acting confident ).

And this was pretty much where Powergirls story ended i guess, as an accomplished hero, which is as good a way to conclude it as any.

Anyhow, very little she had ever done or said over the years felt like it was worryingly out of character, in the context of the time her behavior made sense and she always came across as Power girl. Even when some writers chose to ignore large parts of her continuity ( generally they ignored her time in the JLI, which i still think was deliberately down played in significance to her during her time in the JSA comics, although it was pleasingly revived both in 'I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League' and finally in 'Justice League Generation Lost'. Ultimately I'll always think of her as a Justice League International member rather than as a Justice Society member ).

Of course this is all purely my interpretation of the character, but it's a positive interpretation.
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Aquaman - Modern Era by adamantis
Aquaman - Modern Era
Son of the Ancient Atlantean Sorcerer Atlan and Queen Atlanna, raised by the seas and a lighthouse keeper Tom Curry, he is Orin, Arthur Curry, Aquaman, the rightful ruler of Atlantis and the Ocean realm.

I was in the mood to try a character i rarely draw, so here is DC's Aquaman, based along the lines of his animated Justice League incarnation which in turn was based on the 1994 evolution of the character by writer Peter David.

This version moved slightly away from the spandex crowd, embracing a more wittily humoured but fierce tempered warrior king of the Oceans persona than the previously very stoic to a fault superhero.

This version had a solid run ( about 75 issues from 1994 to 2001, the characters longest run in his own series ) with a mix of magic and sci-fi it also tied into Peter Davids previous work of 'Atlantis Chronicles'
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Halloween Power Girl - Vampire Queen by adamantis
Halloween Power Girl - Vampire Queen
Under the mutating effects of a red kryptonite broach, Kara loses her inhibitions and moral compass while gaining a vampiric bloodthirst and bat wings...

I was in the mood for another Halloween picture, but focusing purely on Power Girl, and i felt a Vampire version would be fun to do. I approached this as a contrast to my much more sunny previous picture of Powergirl, giving her a more pale/undead skin tone and dark blues for the background.
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Power Boy by adamantis
Power Boy
While exercising, Power Boy is asked a question...



The boy with no name, no family, no history other than recalling escaping from Apokalips. Strangely he dressed like Power Girl, called himself Power Boy, yet was not an over enthusiastic fan of, nor related to Karen Starr ( you'd almost think his writer couldn't be bothered ).

If the writer had made just a slight alteration with DC continuity ( and lord knows they have made large alterations on several occasions ), the boy could have been perfect as Power Girls teenage son that was born back in 1994, it would have been relatively easy to adjust the old storyline to accommodate him.

As it was the young Power Boy lasted just two years ( 2006 to 2008, which in comic time tends to be a few months at best ) before being killed off, with little or nothing revealed, and he didn't even meet his namesake. I can't help but think they didn't know what to do with him and wanted to focus on other things.
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Power Girl - Going on a Journey... by adamantis
Power Girl - Going on a Journey...
But eventually she'll come back, and hopefully have some more fun adventures with wacky aliens, ani-men, mad femme scientists, Powergirl cosplayers, and a Guy Gardner savaging cat ( among other things missing from DC at the moment )

With the New 52 faux-Power Girl and rather dull Huntress returning to 'Earth 2' to have serious encounters with the Apokaliptan badguys, i'm still kind of hoping someone at DC will try and jam in a mildly more 'Old Universe' Power Girl, even if they have to borrow the 'clone of Supergirl' origin of the animated Justice League series version to do it ( or make her a long lost sister of Maxima, or another Kryptonian survivor, heck anything really ). Wishful thinking really.



With this picture i was trying to move a little away from the static pose i've been doing a little too much of to something more dynamic, while using slightly more varied shading. Obviously this is the old Power Girl rather than the New 52 version ( since i'm not a fan of the New 52 one )
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Brides of Dr Frankenkord !!! by adamantis
Brides of Dr Frankenkord !!!
Deep Voice over " Three unsuspecting young women are invited to the mansion of Dr Frankenkord, unprepared for the monster, that lurks in the shadows..."

The Superbuddies are talked into making a movie by teammates Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, even getting Kara to loan them money to aid with the production. The end result has become caught up in legal wranglings and only bootleg copies from Hong Kong have ever surfaced of this potential cult classic....



My entry for the :icontedkordfansunite: halloween contest, and a practice with using a greater amount of shading. I tried to give it a 1970's horror movie vibe along the lines of the Hammer Horror movies ( i can't help but think Beetle and Booster would probably be fans of them :) )
The characters featured along with a monster version of Blue Beetle are Powergirl/Karen Starr ( Kara to her friends ) in a black outfit with her typical styled top, Ice/Tora Olafsdotter in a blue dress, and Fire/Beatriz DaCosta in Green.
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seanpatrick76 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, thanks for the fav :-)
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CzarKaiser Featured By Owner 4 days ago
thanks for the fav.
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adamantis Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist
You're welcome :)
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monkeygeek Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional General Artist
thanks for the fave. :D
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adamantis Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist
No problem :nod:
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