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Princess Avengers: BLACK WIDOW by ThinkingMakesItSo Princess Avengers: BLACK WIDOW by ThinkingMakesItSo
I know it's been a while, but here's the next image in my inexplicably popular series of Disney Royalty and Avenging Super Heroes!!! :D

Black Widow was undoubtedly a tough piece to pull together, you may recall that I posted a journal earlier this year to test the waters and let the fans decide the face of the newest Princess Avenger.

The feedback was overwhelming and unanimous, and the results certainly don't disappoint! :D
Balancing the disparate gender-elements was the biggest challenge, next was reconciling the comical elements of the Sultan's cartoon face with the realistic style I have chosen for the Princess Avengers! Earlier versions gave him a very realistic middle eastern appearance, but it wasn't immediately recognizable as Aladdin's Sultan... Plus I wasn't able to bring the same expression of sincerity and determination to him that you see above. I eventually relented, making Black Widow the most cartoonish PA so far!!

Please let me know what you think with a comment. I certainly put a whole lot of work into this, I hope that you all like it!! It's important to me that these Princess Avengers appeal to the fans, as you can tell I always do my best to take viewer preference into account when designing.

Okay. Okay. Okay. The real reason that I chose to switch genders on this one (at least in part) is to throw current fans for a loop, and to simply illustrate the bizarre gender politics of the Avengers. To have only one female member of a 6 person team is unusual, and to have her be so conventionally attractive is troubling. Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with Black Widow herself being attractive... but to me it seems like the only body types available for comic heroines is well... insanely unrealistic. With this piece I wanted to underline the lack women on the (actual) team as well as the unspoken comic-book creed that ostensibly strong women ALSO need to be smoking 10/10 babes. To this end I chose sultan, whose body type is at least as irregular as Black Widow's, although in a different way. A logical inverse to round out my Princess Avengers.

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:icon1carleyk:
Oh, this is wrong in so many ways.  OMG 
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:iconironhide555:
sweet mother of all that's holy why would you do something like this
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ThinkingMakesItSo Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome.
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Careba Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The man boobs.....
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TomradeM Aug 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Goodness that looks awesome!
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maggot216 Jun 21, 2013  Student Interface Designer
As an artwork the craftsmanship is amazing.

The flow of turning Natasha Romanoff into the sultan turns her from being a part of the team to being a satirical mess. While I respect satire in all it's forms. This completely undermines the fact that she was just as important as the other heroes if not more throughout Phase 1.

1. First off she was there throughout shadowing Tony. Arguably she has just as much to do with him as Fury in recruitment
2. She was the one who actually went and recruited Banner.
3. She outsmarted Loki realizing that he had plans for unleashing The Hulk.
4. She Banner has his incident, she would stay with him trying to calm him down when he lost control. And though she was scared, she freed herself and outran The Hulk.
5. She brings Hawkeye back from the abyss that was his own mind.
6. Point blank she holds her own right next to the boys.
7. She is the one who closes the portal in The Avengers. Sure...Tony delivered a nuke, but without her the portal would have stayed open.

I'll say this, if you were going for a gender bend, Aladdin would have been a better choice. However, with the princesses Merida or Ariel would have worked very well and suit her character as well.

Last note. I said this in the beginning of the post, but your gallery is full of true skill with a stylus.
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Iavas Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is quite possibly the most disturbing thing I've seen all week. Well done.
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ThinkingMakesItSo Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I live to please.
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:icondargo94:
it just couldnt have been ariel..could it? T_T
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