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Black Widow, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. by mcguan Black Widow, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. by mcguan
Seriously, what am I going to say about "The Avengers" that hasn't already been said? I loved it. LOVED it. Like, I want to make it a mixtape and maybe see if it will let me take it out to Red Lobster sometime. All hail Joss Whedon, King of Geeks! Grr! Argh!*

I'm a big Black Widow fan (I think this is my third Widow piece on dA?) and while I liked Scarlett Johansson just fine in "Iron Man 2," I wasn't wowed like I was hoping to be. Well, we can forget all that this time around, because Whedon worked that magic he works with all of his female characters, and ScarJo ran with it. I want a Black Widow/Hawkeye movie NOW dammit!

I also liked that Whedon fleshed out her character a bit more by alluding to past sins that led to the spy having "red in her ledger," and her need to redeem herself. And speaking of red, we got a bit more of Natasha being Russian. She even muttered "Bozhe Moi" at one point, which made me laugh.

So, long story short (too late!), this all ties in perfectly with Third Rail Design Lab's topic last week being "Russians." Again, I wanted to nod to old Soviet propaganda posters, but without explicit Soviet symbolism like I did last time. [link] Wouldn't have made much sense to see a hammer and anvil with S.H.I.E.L.D. being a very American organization.

Needless to say, I have about 7 active variations of this design, Those may pop up on my Tumblr later.

PITT Pens, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop 5.5. The font used is "Red October," available here: [link]

*I just realized that the only thing that could have made the movie better was seeing the Mutant Enemy mutant at some point of the movie.
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:iconihaveapassion:
Ihaveapassion Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Natasha....Heart  I watched the Avengers last night and Captain America 2 the night before..! Thnx for reminding me!!
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mcguan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Thanks for checking it out!
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WildHorseFantasy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Great Art! I've been looking for some where it looks like her and not some balloon toy woman of some guy's fantasy pin up girl. Eyepopping Yeesh!  The way some draw her I'd feel sorry for all the extra 'weight' in certain areas she'd have to carry (you know where I mean). Tasha doesn't need that to be awesome! This looks like it should be on a comic cover I'd want to read. Nod 
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Glad you liked it! Thanks for the kind words!
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:iconshieldphasetwo:
shieldphasetwo Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
pretty cool :clap: black widow is really an interesting character
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Thanks for checking it out!
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:iconshieldphasetwo:
shieldphasetwo Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem :handshake:
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:iconpeaceraccoon:
PeaceRaccoon Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome, you've become first this week! [link]
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Thank you much!
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ana21410 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Awesome! I love Black Widow
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Thank you much!
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:icondrewgardner:
DrewGardner Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Cool pic! I agree with you about a Hawkeye/Widow movie!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconcrash1973:
crash1973 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GREAT JOB, WHAT YOU WERE TRYING TO CAPTURE, YOU DID.
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Thank you much!
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:icontetragona:
tetragona Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Love the retro, pop-arty feel going on here!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Thanks a lot- Glad you liked it!
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:iconmrdamron:
mrdamron Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Love it. Very Pulpy and ScarJo is always awesome.
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Thank you much!
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:iconudo-linke:
Udo-Linke Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cool stuff - no doubt.
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Thanks!
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SannaKore Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it!!!!!!
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SannaKore Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it okay if I use this on my facebook homepage?
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Thank you much, and sure, you can use it on your FB!
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:iconsannakore:
SannaKore Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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TULIO19mx Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so amazing!! Awesome soviet hints all over!!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Thanks Tulio! I appreciate it!
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:iconfahadnaeem:
fahadnaeem Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
very nice
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Thank you much!
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TAH73 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
greaaaat! what can i say about this pix what wasn't said before :)
just a brilliant work.
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Thanks so much - I appreciate it!
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:iconajxs:
AJxS Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
what do u use to do your colors
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Everything as far as the character goes was colored in Adobe Photoshop. Everything else was created in Adobe Illustrator (and imported into Photoshop). I used the color scheme from several different Soviet propaganda posters.
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TRDLcomics Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS
- the yellow stroke
- the poster wear
- equal parts Scarjo and classic comic Natasha facial details
- great shading

So envious of your talents, each and every post!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Thanks Thom! It was fun. Great suggestion, and perfect timing with "Russians." I'll be posting this on the TRDL Forums later.
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TRDLcomics Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome. I really adored it.
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:iconljism:
LJism Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconljism:
LJism Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome
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incogvito Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Like a f'n BOSS!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Thanks, Vito!
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:iconlosromanos:
losromanos Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
cool ;)
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Thanks!
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MagnusCarnage Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Not only great for the image but also awesome for the wornness of it. I love looking at it!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Thanks, man. I went back and forth thinking the worn effect was too much, but it was too sleek without it and I thought it really helped sell the idea of the propaganda posters.
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snowangel1993 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Nice!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Thank you much!
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:iconwizard4hire:
wizard4hire Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love this poster and totally agree with how much the character improved in The Avengers.
Very cool work. :D
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Thank you much!
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SimianBrothers Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty damn sweet, Shawn!
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