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Here's a Dejah Thoris, Princess of Mars, sketch I did at FallCon in Minnesota. The owner is a friend of mine and artists Chad Spilker & Chris McElvey, so he always brings.... a scanner! So it was nice to get a scan and not just a 12 megapixel photo of the art.

The owner's wife nicely agreed to be my booth-babe while Allison was home sick, so I kinda gave him Dejah Thoris, both barrels, overdoing the sketch a tad.

He really appreciated the fact that I drew in radium globes (NOT Barsoomian slang for breasts) as well as omitting a navel, since the folks on Mars come from eggs. I don't make this stuff up.

Con sketches have really helped the ol' hand loosen up.

Darn. I just noticed my clever attempt at fontography has resulted in "A Princess of Maps", aparently.
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JRDickson Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never considered that she wouldn't have a navel. I guess the fact the Martians come from eggs is often overlooked.

Great job.
ricktimusprime0825 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017
Sadriel-Fett Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017
My wife is a big Dejah Thoris fan and likes to use this as a wallpaper for her laptop.  I was looking at this a while back and was telling my wife that her face looked real familiar.  Like, I'd seen that expression and look before but I couldn't think of where.  We were watching an episode of Star Trek: the Next Generation tonight ("The Schizoid Man") and sure enough, her expression looks a lot like Suzie Plakson's character, Dr. Selar, from that episode.  Very cool.
lordrueben Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!!!  Wonderful to see her...  full figure... 
Grahamhorridge68 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016
Dejah Thor is con sketch pitty you didn't do it in colour it would have been killer in colour 
ariesbear2008 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
they don't shave pubs on Mars! :)
Figmoe-Lurker Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful Art
Madpredator Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
habariart Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Between yourself and Jay Anacleto, Dejah is in extremely capable hands!
DoctorRocket Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
What can be said? You're the master!
King1cheetah Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
O.O OMG <3 I'm IN HEAVEN!!!!!!!!! <3 
onenine72 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Beautiful work as always.
8SuperGurl8 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is she naked in the comic books?
JRDickson Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
No. Although, Dynamite tend to do Risqué Covers, which do have her as nude, or at least topless.

Actually, now that I think about it, she was nude in Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #15. It was 1 panel, but she was lying in someone's guest bed while nude.
trinity343 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
i've never read the comics myself. but in the original books she is described as naked as all martians are. here is the expert describing her first appearance int he book

And the sight which met my eyes was that of a slender, girlish figure, similar in every detail to the earthly women of my past life... Her face was oval and beautiful in the extreme, her every feature was finely chiseled and exquisite, her eyes large and lustrous and her head surmounted by a mass of coal black, waving hair, caught loosely into a strange yet becoming coiffure. Her skin was of a light reddish copper color, against which the crimson glow of her cheeks and the ruby of her beautifully molded lips shone with a strangely enhancing effect.

She was as destitute of clothes as the green Martians who accompanied her; indeed, save for her highly wrought ornaments she was entirely naked, nor could any apparel have enhanced the beauty of her perfect and symmetrical figure.
blakjak21 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful art.
dizbuster7 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
always loved this one and any other Adam Hughes art
sinmt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dunno if ure noticing but her crotch looks terrible to me,,,,,,
PhilipMessina Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   General Artist
Always loved John Carter of Mars, didn't like the recent film- this is what DEJAH THORIS should look like!
catfitemike Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dejah-licious! :D
Davbor45 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Very lovely princess of Mars. All all the women this lovely on the planet?
AshtonRoxander Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Um, hot!
Redemtor Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
PeterPalmiotti Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Sweet piece! long did this baby take???
gymfuzz Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
It's a pity the recent movie didn't follow canon as well as you did. Great job!
deg0g4rc14 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Is this warm or cool grey copic markers?
girl-in-fairy-tales Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
this is nuts....!!!! drool
What-the-Gaff Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why oh why did they have to put a shirt on her for the film?

Is Disney's reputation really that lofty, when the priest who married Eric and Ursula was sporting a boner?
rainygami Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
dejah thoris se ve muy en la película de john carter
Seaview123 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bel0919 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
effix35 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like how you are able to give easy atmospher in a "simple" sketch...Construction, units, natural positions and life in the character.

Your work is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for me.

Merci Monsieur Hughes.

ps: sorry for my english speaking.
bongojack Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
very nice
vanBlood Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Absolutely regal. And of course beautiful.
basil81 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's one hot cartographer...
thesavagekyle Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
damn, you art always blows me away Mr Hughes!
SpitbiteArt Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Princess of Maps. We forgive you.
SpitbiteArt Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Princess of Maps. We forgive you.
tommyboy26 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Just nice...
transversal01 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
I'm a fan of both Frazetta's and Whelan's Barsoom illustrations, and this is absolutely my favorite Dejah Thoris. Right out of the novels for me.
winsomeba2malaque Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bluessaurus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... and nice typography, too! :clap:

Awesome as usual. :D
Kperfect Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Fiiiiiiiiiine piece as well Hughes !

Big Fan !
deathstarshotput Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Is that some great-looking jewelry, or what?
PicSapien Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
nice work mr hughes .... again :)
DrMuttonchops Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Great job, Adam!
Asmodiia Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
do you have a hard on the whole time you're drawing a pic like this?
TheObsessiveBrowser Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Nice sketch ! She looks properly aristocratic & refined & very lush. Although I think at least one original paperback cover showed her as small, petite & small - boned / gracile, almost child - like rather than voluptuous like an Amazon warrior princess a la Wonder Woman or Xena.
Still the details are great, & you're about the 3rd artist who says that Martians are hatched from eggs in ERB's Mars. I guess I don't know as much about his Mars as I thought.
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Well, there's no real physical description of Dejah Thoris in the books, beyond her red skin and that she's the fairest maiden of two worlds. Depicting her, then, is the pervue of the individual artist, and therefore subject to some license and interpretation. Some artists, like Frazetta, liked to portray women as big-bottomed damsels-in-distress, waiting for a Real Man to come along and save them, so his Dejah Thoris followed suit. Michael Whelan likes to depict petite, delicate ladies, so his Dejah Thoris is the same. Artists get to depict Dejah Thoris subject to their own particular tastes in women, I feel.

All inhabitants of Barsoom are indeed hatched from eggs, so there's an ongoing friendly debate as to whether or not Dejah Thoris or Tars Tarkas should have navels. :-)
TheObsessiveBrowser Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
That makes sense, although Kate Moss or some anorexic model shouldn't try to pose as Dejah.....

I keep thinking that Dejah's outfit possibly inspired the look of Princess Leia in the slave girl outfit in " Return of the Jedi " along with the princess in " Flash Gordon " whose name I just forgot.

They're hatched from eggs, yet Martians of both sexes have mammalian characteristics & reproductive organs. An interesting contradiction.

I'll have to find those old books or reprints & read them again. Definitely !
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