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90s X-Fashion Realness by kevinwada 90s X-Fashion Realness by kevinwada
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The client wanted early 90s fashion, so I gave it to him in spades. Great art direction by him. We have Oya, Storm, Frenzy, and M. (I also loved showcasing ONLY ethnic minority mutants. How often does that get to happen??) I really wanted to capture the features of African American women. I hate when artists/comics draw western features for a character, give them a dark tan, and call it a day.

Oya is giving you youthful midriffs and high skirts and socks and heels (yes!)

Storm is sophisticated minimalist. Chanel high class couture.

Frenzy's a bad bitch, in Versace bondage of 92.

M is giving you Ms. Cindy. JPG 90s realness.
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:iconpracillabear:
pracillabear Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
omg wow
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THE-SEXY-BEAST Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
you have really great concept designs 
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DaenatheDefiant Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Storm should just wear this every day. She looks regal.
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GoodGurlGonBad Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student General Artist
so fierce. doing it for the gods.
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Dacoldest Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
nice work
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TigerUpGAF Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
you are THE best. *bow*
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luxuryvandal Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Okay, being a designer and a geek, this has sent me over the edge. <3
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:icondigging-4-more:
digging-4-more Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art is AMAZING!
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:iconosamaya:
osamaya Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Ba-way-no. I have been resurrected and given life for you have officially activated beast-mode.
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:iconwillcapers:
WillCapers Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Wonderful.
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:iconlighteningstorms:
lighteningstorms Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Okay we have Elle Varner, Emeli Sande, Rihanna, Goapele...
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:iconkevinwada:
kevinwada Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh my god, that was so good.
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lighteningstorms Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Was that not suppose to be them? Cause when I first saw this pic I thought it was Rihanna and Emeli Sande. That looks exactly like Rihanna. The outfit looks like the one she wore in Umbrella or some video and Storm looked exactly like Emeli but darker skin (Emile is half white Irish so she has more European features.)Actually all of those singers are Biracial.
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kevinwada Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nope, not them. I don't even remember who I modeled each of them after. The commissioner had very specific ideas of what he wanted each character to wear. But I love that you saw all those singers in them. :D
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KtObermanns Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
GORGEOUS! We definitely need more POC character representation, well, everywhere.
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Psycho-Firefly Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
They are all beautiful but here Frenzy is absolutely gorgeous :heart:!
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Kisonii Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Top marks on the features here, my Aunt said that to me one day, that by and large artists can't make decent afro-centric features. I was surprised how difficult it is. I guess it's because you think by going for the obvious differences (mouth, nose, hair) will give your character the right look. I also love what you've done with the hair her. Artists would commonly give the characters European hair but I notice that although straight the hair seems to be styled and straightened afro.

All in all your ladies seem to be well studied.
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Marsha-Veliguro Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
So amazing work!!!
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DamienNova Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Artist
I LIVE!
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TreeHairedGingerAle Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
"I hate when artists/comics draw western features for a character, give them a dark tan, and call it a day."

!!!:faint: For this quote, and for this quote, ALONE, I am already adding you to watch... :clap: Never mind that there is so much awesome, delicious graphic cake here beneath that icing! :w00t!:

Off to your gallery go I! :lol: Keep it up!
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kevinwada Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love you! I'll try and keep you proud of me :P
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TreeHairedGingerAle Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
*SQUEEEEZE!* :cuddle:
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dCTb Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Storm looks AMAZING
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:icontombola1993:
tombola1993 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Black girls are hot!!!
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:icontombola1993:
tombola1993 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I love black girls in this fashion.
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Stephie-Wesson Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow so gorgeous!
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Tharshinaa Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I fell in love with your style the moment I saw it! It's so simple, but so elegant and ... if this is the right word, chic? The words "sophistication" and "classy" come to mind when I see it. LOVE IT! Please keep on creating more pieces with the beautiful talent you have.
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starcru Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
nice.
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staclouica Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
slick!
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Eezle-D Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
One of the most amazing pieces of art I have ever seen.
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kevinwada Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
That is quite the compliment. Don't know if I deserve it but thank you! :P
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MewMeriina Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
This gorgeous :D
The colours are fabulous, the outfits are amazing (particularly the M's, I love the detail) and I just can't stop staring at those black boots, jesus!
And I love how you paid attention to the features, that whole white features with a tan also gets on my nerves
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aquabutts Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
oh man. i made a dA just so i could comment on this.
this is one of the best things i've ever seen aaah ♡ gosh
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Tramanh123 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Global Network Technologies is hiring 2D Artist for Card game project (real style)
Please kindly contact via 0918.139.258 or anh.tnt@vn.gnt-global.com
Thank you.
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conejitoasesino Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
"I hate when artists/comics draw western features for a character, give them a dark tan, and call it a day."
Amen, brother!
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TerenceTheTerrible Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Everything you do GIVES ME LIFE. :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart::+fav:
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:iconlucasbruinen:
lucasbruinen Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply beautiful!
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:iconmiyazu:
Miyazu Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I always marvelled at your skills in combining colors TRADITIONALLY.
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GreenAppleZap Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Love it!!!
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redatpct Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
I love their faces most of all, they all look different and all are beautiful. You did an excellent job representing the many shades and shapes of ethic comic women. The way Storm is the only one looking into the camera (with all kinds of attitude) is a nice touch, by the way. She just commands attention/respect...as a Queen should. ;)

Fantastic work!
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Arzeno Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012   General Artist
Can't get enough! SICKENING! :love:
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Arzeno Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012   General Artist
Cannot put into words how AMAZING this is!! Love it sooooo much!
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avidcartoonfans Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Oh my god. Kevin. I can't even... I don't... Words. Where do I even begin? Hope you don't mind another in-depth Christian-style analysis ;)
First of all, the textures! From Oya's fuzzy sweater to Frenzy's leather boots and even M's intricate textiles. I've said it before and it bears repeating: you are masterful with traditional media, and I am REALLY jealous of your skill.
Also, the poses and outfits you placed them in really reflects their personality. Oya has a fun flirty pose with a popped leg complementing her cute outfit. Of course I love how Ororo is showing off some good ol' contrapposto in a regal white dress. Frenzy is placed perfectly in an S&M-esque outfit, and I love the fact that she's clutching her skirt not wanting to show off to much; plus, the teal(?) jacket she's wearing looks REALLY good with her hair. M... oh M. Always thinking she's better than others, especially in that haute couture shrug of the shoulders... which I LOVE!
Did the client request these styles specifically for these characters, or did you place them yourself?

Something else I want to comment on is how you're able to portray their ethnicities. And I agree, I too hate when "artists/comics draw western features for a character, give them a dark tan, and call it a day." You took the words right out of my mouth. I'm guilty of that very problem myself. You took two African women, a Black American woman, and a French-Algerian woman and gave them physical identities all their own! I love their different skin complexions, eye and mouth shapes, and hair textures (as evidenced by their hair lines and eyebrows). Oh, and by the way... Ms. Cindy for M was a SUPERB choice :D

And finally... Storm. Kevin, I don't think I will ever NOT love your portrayal of Storm. you took her Mohawk and made it high fashion. I admire how you've managed to differentiate the shades of white between her gown and her hair. Some comic book artists can't seem to do that.

Again :+fav:!
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kevinwada Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
you're such a crazy analyzer. i love it.
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jello-bomb Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely, and I really love the concept too! Good on you for going out of your way to draw their features accurately.
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Mermaidartfreak Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for drawing this. I am part African American and even though I love comics, artists do draw copouts when it comes to black characters. The thanks is thanks for taking the time.
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skart2005 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist
I love the contrast between the outfits and the colors!
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AliciaMarieLivs Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
90s realness is the bomb diggity. LOVE how you use white/postivie space in your drawings- Storm is my gurrrl
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xxxphx Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love your art :D
really i draw storm and lady deathstrike with your costumes they are really nice!!!
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