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She's a Wonder by mcguan She's a Wonder by mcguan
Lots of people are getting their knickers in a twist over the newly revealed Wonder Woman costume for David E. Kelley's proposed television series reboot. Not everyone is stopping to think that the whole "armored bathing suit" look is near-impossible look for anyone to pull off successfully. We're all just spoiled because Lynda Carter showed up sometime in the late 70s and nailed it. I agree with some of the complaints about the new look - it really IS too shiny - but when people are shaking their fists at the sky because they dared to put her in pants? It's a little over the top.*

And I'm pretty sure that's exactly why the internet was invented - for angry hyperbolic discussions about superhero costumes. I decided to take a look at the design in a "natural setting" for a comic book character. A little pen and ink (and Adobe) to gain a different perspective.

As for the actress herself, Adrianne Palicki is the least of the new series' worries, as anyone who watched Friday Night Lights can attest. The girl can act AND she's an Amazonian 5'11". But this is just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.

The pencils [link] and inks [link] for this piece can be found at my Tumblr page.

Done with Pigma Micron and PITT Pens, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

*I will say though, that of all the redesigns I have seen, so far my favorite might just be Jamie McKelvie's. [link] It even looks like it would fit into the description of Kelley's vision for this new series.
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earthward Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
It's too bad they didn't stick with this. 
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JobeyInError Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
I'm in love. Damn!
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mcguan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Ha -Thanks for checking it out!
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RedValkyrie69 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
AWE-SOME x's 5486720945678298
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Thank you much!
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RedValkyrie69 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
You got it! Your work is wonderful!!!!  

She IS a wonder! 
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wonder39 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Looks better than the photos, for sure.... apart from the "controversy" over pants vs no pants.... the costume as a whole was muddled and over-designed... the tiara (if we call it that.... "headband?" is like a "w" and all inscribed, the eagle and the belt are the same thing... and they looked like beaded baseboard or rain gutters... too thick and ridge-y... Little "w's on the boots, the bracelets.... we get it-- it's Wonder Woman-- you don't have to shove it down our throat.... less is more....

It could have had a good start, but needed better execution and some editing....
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mcguan Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Yeah, it had far too much stacked against it. Best for all that it never came to be.
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Gcrein52 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Great drawing man. I don't know why DC never just decided to stick with the Wonder Pants. I always thought it made the character look a lot better.
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Thank you much! I'll be referring to them exclusively as "Wonder Pants" from here on out. ;)
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KungFuHime2009 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE!!!!!
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mcguan Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Thanks!
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Sonicblur2-0 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm drawing a picture of her in that costume too! Yours is better though.
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mcguan Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Thanks for checking it out and Faving it - but don't sell your own work short! You've got talent!
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Sonicblur2-0 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks, Shawn. That means alot. :)
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Artistik-Bootya Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NICE :nod:
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Thanks!
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Artistik-Bootya Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your Welcome ;-)
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work! :heart:
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Thank you much!
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NubianKingsmen Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice coloring.
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A13XANDER Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Pose. Look. Colors... Very Nice!
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Thank you very much!
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MikeLynn Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome pic bro
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jwinstead Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
This is fantastic! I agree completely that folks have gotten a bit too worked up over the TV version of WW's costume, but if it looked as good as you've drawn it, I imagine there'd be fewer complaints.
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mcguan Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Thanks, Jeff!
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Wilco5 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Could not agree with you more on all the hating on Palicki, who is 5'11" and more importantly, can actually act. If anyone can play 3 different identities, she has the range to do so. And, she ran track back in high school. Lynda Carter and CBS had their day: my family used to watch the show as a family every weeknight back in the day. But Carter, who had some acting ability, mainly got the role for her looks since she was a Miss World USA beauty queen. Carter was but one of many WWs, she is not the be all end all.
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mcguan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
I was actually surprised when they picked Palicki because I never thought of it, and it seemed so obvious after the fact.

Thanks for checking it out!
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Wilco5 Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you have been following the WW news: the series may not even happen at all. NBC may not even premiere the pilot. But I do hope the pilot is tweaked becuase I read that it wasn't that bad. Not great but it made some critics wanting to see further episodes and give it a chance. I hope we get more than just a DVD release of the pilot. It looked really promising and was looking forward to Palicki shine.
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mcguan Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Yeah, I heard that it isn't likely for pick-up. Can't say I'm surprised. I'm sure the pilot will get out there somehow. I'm curious to see Palicki in the role. Hopefully she gets something good out of all this.
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Wilco5 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do hope the pilot gets released to the public. Preferably "officially and legally", that is. I do wish Palicki all the best and hope she does get something positive out of this. For herself, her agent, etc.
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SannaKore Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very awesome pic sir or madam! This affirms a statement I had made to a friend of mine that somethings are awesome in the comics, but try to apply it to real life and it get's complicated! I did have much hate for this version of the costume, but the new costume that is in the latest pics to come from the set looks far better. As for the actress, I've seen her pull off a rich variety of characters, so I'm very positive on what she might bring to the role, my small gripe with her is I'd just like to see a bit more muscle definition, bulk up a bit, but that's just a pet peeve I've had with any female hero! :D
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mcguan Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
I thank you. (And it's "sir." Though if anyone were to actually say that to me, I'd look around to see who they were really talking to).

It's looking pretty good with every new thing that is getting put out there. I'm still pretty leery of the direction I hear they are taking the premise, but I'm trying to maintain an open mind. Thanks for the comments!
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SannaKore Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I'm kinda leery too, cause everything I've seen is very corporate, much like the producer's previous shows.(Ally McBeal, The Practice, Boston Legal) This makes me sad, cause one of the things that I like about the Wonder Woman story is that it's rich with Greek mythology. If they completely leave that out, I will be a sad Panda.... :(
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mcguan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
You never know - it sounds like they are trying to fit A LOT of stuff into this show. Hopefully something sticks.
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Stone-Fever Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
See, I hate the new costume but not because they've given her trousers but rather because it looks cheap and plastic, like a bad fancy dress outfit and to me, Adrianne Palicki is no Lynda Carter, not even close. But your pic has made the costume look striking and cool. Instead of the leather jacket crap they've changed the costume to in the comcis now they would be better off having a look at your artwork. You've updated the costume whilst remaning true to the original and keeping the essence of the character.
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mcguan Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Thanks!

In fairness to Palicki - or any actress that could have gotten the gig - there is only one Lynda Carter. They all have the cards stacked against them from the beginning. ;)
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TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
a) I agree on Jamie's redesign
2) That is a very striking pose and perspective. It really sells it.
Fab
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mcguan Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Thanks - It was difficult coming up with the pose not knowing how she'll be portrayed, but I could always design around how I feel she SHOULD be portrayed.
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TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Perfect approach
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superp1971 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
great job
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:iconmcguan:
mcguan Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Thanks!
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supermarshmallow90 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Right? I LOVE the pants, frankly I hate how male superheroes always get the pants, but because the girls tend to be "the sex" they have to wear skimpy swimsuits. Ugh. I frankly like the costume, though the boots should be red and the blue needs to be more muted. Great image here, I just love the casual pose and her confident, calm look.
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mcguan Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Thank you much - I appreciate you checking it out!
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supermarshmallow90 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :)
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Shulkie Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Gorgeous design and coloring job. I love the pose and her facial expression with Old Glory. Beautiful detail and the outfit don't look too bad, but red boots would've been better:love:
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mcguan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Thank you much!
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Cerealkillerw Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
It's not the pants, it's the horrible plastic accessories. It just makes it look cheap.
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mcguan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
I can see that. But it's only been one released picture so far. Hopefully they work on that for the finished show.
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Andy-batboy80 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
I am in a agreement with Marc. And of course you doing a great job! Is awesome!
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