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Women of DC by AdamHughes Women of DC by AdamHughes
Year: 2008
Client: DC Comics
Media: Pencil & India Ink on Strathmore 500 Series Illustration Board, then colored with Adobe Photoshop CS2


Promotional giveaway poster for DC Comics at 2008 conventions. A big job. Woof.

The reason why Catwoman is the only character wearing black (DC wanted everyone in white) is because DC didn't want Catwoman included! Her book was being canceled at the time, and it was felt that they shouldn't be 'promoting her' as a result.

I argued and argued for her inclusion, and decided to draw her in for my own benefit, all the way on the end, knowing I could Photoshop her out in the coloring phase. Typically when DC saw Catwoman, they loved her and asked if she could be included. This was about 12 hours before the piece was due.

Catwoman was only penciled at that point, so I knew I could ink her in a black dress and there'd be no time for it to be changed, so.... there you go.

If you're looking for a STORY reason why Selina is in black, not just my behind-the-curtains explanation: Selina gets invited, at the last minute, to this 'Women of DC' photo-shoot, and is told to wear white. Out of spite, she wears the blackest dress she's ever stolen. She DID bring a white cat, though!

From the left side: Catwoman, Barbara Gordon (seated), Zatanna, Black Canary, Powergirl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batwoman (seated), Vixen, Poison Ivy, & Harley Quinn.
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:icondracowhip:
Dracowhip Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
A cadre of super heroines that are both...strong and so sexyLove La la la la Clap 
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momtwomomtwosmooth Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  New member
I really never did comic books, but the one I can recall reading was Archie, many moons ago.
In seeing this,  I have to inquire more, into the world of comics books!

The work is awesome!
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Gentlegiant-aag Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All this time, I thought Kate was Talia!
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Serephinafae Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
This is so wonderful, and the story behind it just makes me love it even more! All of the women look positively regal. 

I'm curious, though. What is Selina's gown supposed to be made of? 
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kn1978 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Great work they all look amazing
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NoXV Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student Filmographer
"Selina gets invited, at the last minute, to this 'Women of DC' photo-shoot"

no doubt by her former partners in crime, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn.
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danielgarciaart Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Great work!
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Mike1416 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesome!
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Madpredator Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
so feminist!
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SpottedTalon7 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful! love the outfits!
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LordShiva123 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Love it, everytime I see it.:-)
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ninjaturtlelover3526 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cool
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Thome216 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Love it. Very elegantly done, and it's great that you hung in their for Catwoman. I'm sure Batman appreciates it! I actually wish they would do more with Barbara Gordon.
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rdsuarezr Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
I just saw this in a wall from someone's bedroom and i needed to know who made this (insert as many awesome adjectives as you know) job! It's just WOW... 
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ealperin2 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Great job. :)
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SharmaineTheFirst Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Catwoman is too hipster to wear white! The black dress was excellent. And Dr. Quinzel looks absolutely sweet in this--even though, of course, she's not!
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TheVulgarGamer Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have this poster framed and hanging in my living room above my couch. I get sooo many compliments! Amazing work, sir! Clap
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deviantfemale007 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
great job!!!
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26blackandwhite Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you drew wonderwoman. She looks so powerful :D
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Skill-Point Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student General Artist
wait, didn't batwoman cut her hair at one point?
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:iconwoundermen:
WounderMen Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
i've just loved you're zatanna!!
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:iconarcher635:
archer635 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
it's missing hawkgirl
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:iconloveshemorrhage:
Loveshemorrhage Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist
Harley is awesome :D You really captured her psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel face! Great work!
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Rabenkopf Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
looks nice :)
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:iconclawdessa:
Clawdessa Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
So AWESOME i love DC
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Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Wonder Woman looks really good in this, and I'm a Supergirl fan.  What a great piece.
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metalStone Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
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corruptTessa Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Hmmm! You persistent you! That's a great ingredient of a character.
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MorbidMallie Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the concept
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HarbingerHaven Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
My favorite thing is that you can tell who each of them is even without their costumes. You capture each character.
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vickydapos Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Any chance you could release a larger version for desktop backgrounds? :D
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:icongeocross:
Geocross Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
this is art!
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:iconfeathereyed:
FeatherEyed Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Be far one of the most stunning pieces showing off the DC girls
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:iconrbadowicz:
rbadowicz Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
My buddy has this poster. I love your style, and I'm so glad I came across this piece on the site.
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KeirTanaka Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This looks like if Disney purchased DC a well!
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:iconainekochan:
Ainekochan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I love it!
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Bruce-Ioreh Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Adam Hughes fabulous art
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:iconeezpzy:
eezpzy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Simply, that piece is badass! Thank you for giving it to us. Beautifully done.
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teganta1 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I love it. I've always liked your art. I still have an older Women of the DC Universe poster somewhere. Thank you for all of your art.
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Batgirl293 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is there any way to buy a print of this?? I saw it at my local comic book store but waited too long and now I can't find it anywhere :(
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akira1010 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Awesome
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Unjo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The comic store in my mall has this poster, and I asked how much it was, and he said he'd give it to me for 5 bucks! I was ecstatic until we found out it was STAPLED and TAPED to the wall. It would have been ruined taking it down :(
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vegasraptor Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
spectacular
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Brenden-Designs Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous!
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GhostRidersGirl Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how her cat is white, Catwoman is my favorite DC woman, she is neither villain or heroine, so I'm glad she was able to be included, beautiful work.
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