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Big Barda by mcguan Big Barda by mcguan
I've been wanting to take a crack at drawing Big Barda for awhile because of all that Jack Kirby goodness in the design. And then when I finally do, I ended up going with the simpler version of her costume ("simpler," since there is 98% less of it) because it's a glorified bikini, that's why. Maybe some day I'll do the multi-colored chain-mail armor/Buick-sized-headgear version, because Barda is just fun to draw. Maybe even a version with her other half, Mister Miracle.

I tried to keep the cropping tight on this to convey the "big" impression, while the knuckle cracking hopefully conveys that "Jack Kirby created me to whoop some butt" idea. And since it was just a character study piece I wasted a night playing with various graphic elements - I'll throw the alternate versions into a Tumblr post. (UPDATE: Here's the link: [link] )

Created with PITT Pens and Photoshop CS. Font is Flyboy by Blambot.com ([link]).
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:iconthecosmicbeholder:
TheCosmicBeholder Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely depiction of a super-cool character! Big Barda Forever!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Thank you much!
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:iconthecosmicbeholder:
TheCosmicBeholder Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Very welcome!
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:iconellocabruja:
ELLOCABRUJA Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Thanks!
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:icondawn2nightfall:
Dawn2Nightfall Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Big Barda: "Time to crack some heads around here!"
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Yes indeed! Thank you much!
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:iconbrooklynphoenix:
BrooklynPhoenix Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love her! Awesome rend.
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Thank you much!
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:iconmamaood:
mamaOOD Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
respect that lady!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Gotta love the Barda. She's a great character.
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:icongreypumpkin:
GreyPumpkin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Great work! The expressive pose nails the character.
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Thank you much!
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:iconjose-ramiro:
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super sexy.
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Thanks for checking it out!
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:iconjose-ramiro:
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YW
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:iconade-doodles:
ADE-doodles Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
amazingly well done.
one crit.
shes to SKINNY.
what have you done to my honey?
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Ha! you're right - Barda SHOULD be bigger. I'll own up to that.
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:icongaston25:
Gaston25 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Very cool!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Thanks!
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:icontsuki222:
Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Awsome!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Thank you much!
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MilleniumRodan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Do you use real people's faces as references for your work? Because the first thought I had with the face on this was Diane Kruger (well, that was second thought after how awesome this was, but that goes without saying). The Lady Blackhawk also strongly resembles Kristen Bell (to me).
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
On occasion, but not always. I try to go for that "based on" thing most often. You were right with the Lady Blackhawk (I love Bell, I'm surprised more things I draw don't end up resembling her), but didn't actually use a reference for the Barda piece. I do love Kruger's face - she has very strong features.

Thanks for checking it out!
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:iconmilleniumrodan:
MilleniumRodan Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Well, I got one. I've used Kruger as a reference (and kind of fan casting) for John Carter stuff, and the face seemed familiar here, but I guess it just coincidental.

Also, might I mention, if there was no reference for this angle, then color me impressed.
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:iconerex94:
EREX94 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
I love her pose, awesome work!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Thanks a lot - I had this pose in mind for awhile and was pretty happy with how it came out.
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:iconerex94:
EREX94 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Yup, she looks great! :D
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Thank you much!
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:iconerex94:
EREX94 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
You're super welcome!
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maesona Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU~
i used her hands to help me draw >.<
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:icontheeyzmaster:
theEyZmaster Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
She looks GORGEOUS! :heart:
I'm in love with your art!^^
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Thank you much! Glad you like it!
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:icontheeyzmaster:
theEyZmaster Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sure thing! ;)
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:iconteentitansman:
TeenTitansMan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011   Digital Artist
Very nice tough pose for her. Cracking knuckles just says "Barda," as well as cracking skulls.

Great job dude.
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Thank you much. I appreciate it!
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TULIO19mx Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so amazing!! I love her face!!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Thanks Tulio!
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TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
absolutely my new favorite piece from you of my favorite BB costume! What a treat...

I did a pretty successful 'armored' version BB for a charity auction some years back, which I don't yet have on dA (just on [link] ) but I haven't really cracked BB since...
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mcguan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Thanks Thom - I don't know why it took me so long to get to Barda. Had her on my to-do list for awhile. Yes, sadly, I have an actual to-do draw list.
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TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Oh the only reason my to-do list is even reasonable these days is that we started the weekly jams on :icontrdl-r3-weeklyjam: (or rather, on the main site, [link] ) in 2006 and so years of weekly jams have thinned my to-do list considerably merely from attrition! These days, if we have a theme jam or something, I try to find a character either I haven't drawn or who is on that list, and squeeze em in, related to that theme...
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Exllcent one of Big Barda here
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Thanks - I appreciate it!
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MoniBolis Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Great work :)
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Thank you much!
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DarkKnightJRK Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Gorgeous pin-up, mate. :D
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Thank you very much!
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happysorceress Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
She looks wonderful!! I'll be reblogging your post very soon.
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Thanks! And as always, I appreciate the Tumblr reblogging.
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