I Draw Some of My Favorite Female Characters from Comics

I’ve never been a very confident drawer or designer of female comics characters and I’ve always struggled with them. One of the main characters in Oyster War, Lourdes, is a design that I’ve gotten less and less happy with as the story goes on and I’ve pretty much decided to re-design her head/face and redraw all instances of her, should Oyster War ever see print.

As a kind of “warm up” for that process, I decided I’d try to draw some of my favorite female characters/character designs from comics–and try to get them as close to the originals as possible. Here’s the final result. I’ll post scans of the originals with a key toward the bottom of the post.  Do you know these characters? How’d I do duplicating them?

… and here’s the inked pre-colored page from my sketchbook:

Here’re the original characters:

Top-to-bottom, left-to-right:

  1. Anna Greengables – from King City by Brandon Graham
  2. Adele Blanc-Sec – from the Adele Blanc-Sec series by Jacques Tardi
  3. Sonnet – from Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks
  4. Ursula Major – from Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
  5. Genoa – from The Unsinkable Walker Bean by Aaron Renier
  6. Annie – from Paul Has a Summer Job by Michel Rabagliati
  7. Wonder Woman – from The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke
  8. Enid Coleslaw – from Ghost World by Dan Clowes
  9. Belladonne – from the Belladonne series by Pierre Alary

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