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Batgirl No. 22 by AlexGarner Batgirl No. 22 by AlexGarner
Cover to Batgirl #22. This had to be done very quickly because my home was getting renovated which made for major distractions and lousy working conditions. Also used a new brush technique yet again; just looking for an aesthetic that appeals to me so be ready for even more experimentation as I trudge along this year. Some parts worked, others... not so much.

Showing her removing her bat symbol is a slightly difficult message to get across because as a static image it could easily look like she's putting it back on. Everything was placed carefully in the composition to make precise room for the logo and text.
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soyourassgonegetleft Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
It would be so cool if you did a Zatanna cover and made her doing something cool with her powers like levitating and other things. I mostly just see her in a regular boring pose. The possibilities are endless! >
  • Magic: Zatanna is a homo magi, a human born with the affinity to manipulate magic. Her unique genetic structure allows her to use the magic she was born with as well as learned magic. As a tribute to her father, and as a focus for her spells, she casts spells by speaking backwards. For example, saying "pots" would cause the target of the spell to stop in their tracks.
  • Telekinesis: Zatanna can move/obtain objects at a distance with her spells.[1][2][3]
  • Telepathy: Zatanna can also read minds, view and erase memories of others with or without the person's consent. [3][4]
  • Teleportation: She can send herself and/or anyone to anyplace she/they wish to visit without any space/time restrictions. [3][5][6][2][7][8]
  • Dimensional Travel: Zatanna can travels through dimensions through portals she opened with magic.
  • Reality Alteration: She can manipulate reality at will to inflicts confusions and mental trauma on her target.
  • Antipathy: Zatanna can reverse physical trauma so all damage that comes to her will hit her target instead.
  • Deflection: Zatanna can return energy projections sent to her back to their source without loss of momentum or power.[5]
  • Chronokinesis: Zatanna can move time forwards or backwards or even stops time in demand.
  • Weather Manipulation: Zatanna can control and affects the weather in a certain area.
  • Eldritch Blast: Zatanna can blast enemies with mystical energy.[5][6][2][7]
  • Energy Construct Creation: Zatanna can use her magical energies to create inanimate objects such as traps or devices to suit her needs.[5][9][6][10]
  • Energy Transference: Zatanna once forced a "nightmare" demon into the dreams of hundreds of people to split him apart then locked him away in her hat.[11][5][12]
  • Flight: Zatanna can fly or levitate however she says that this requires a lot of energy and concentration and therefore she chooses not to fly if possible.[9][7]
  • Force Field: Zatanna can create magical shields to withstand bullets, blasts, blows and explosions. The greater the size or density of the shield the more effort it takes Zatanna to hold.[5][6]
  • Healing: Zatanna can heal herself or whoever she'd like from most injuries.[5]
  • Phasing: Zatanna can make herself into her "phantom form" and become intangible.
  • Size Alteration: Zatanna can increase or decrease her size or the size of others to any conceivable size.[5]
  • Transformation: Zatanna can turn anything into anything else, essentially. For instance, she has turned bullets into paper airplanes[10] as well changing her clothes instantly.[3][4] Most often she changes violent objects into harmless things.[5][9][6][2][13]
  • Prestidigitation: Zatanna is a greatly skilled magician and an expert illusionist, therefore performing extraordinary (real)tricks and incredible illusions on stage is super simple to her.
  • Hypnosis: Zatanna can hypnotize anyone and command them to do anything she pleases.
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): Zatanna has received extensive training from her time with theJustice League and from her father who always told her to rely on her wits as well as her fists should her magic fail.[3][10][9][2]
  • Occultism: As a chronicler of magic she possesses an extensive understanding of occult lore due to her mystic background.[14]
  • Multilingualism: Able to speak English and many other languages and her signature "Backwards Speech".[7] She also speaks some Spanish.[3]
  • Mnemonic Incantation: Zatanna casts her spells by saying the words of her incantations backwards. Mnemonic incantation is the most complicated of the mystic arts. On one occasion, the assassinDeathstroke delivered a direct blow to her liver, initiating a regurgitation reaction. On a separate occasion, The Joker (disguised as the stage magician Loxias) shot Zatanna in the neck, rendering her magic useless. She must be able to speak or read backwards in order for her to focus her spells.
  • Vulnerability to Magic: Powerful enchantments against beings of magic, like gods, are able to restrict her as well, preventing her from accessing enchanted places or dispel the adverse charm.[14]
Phenometron Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
So heartbreaking. :(
Shawneigh Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
JRXTIN Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
As someone who isn't familiar with the book or character, I thought she was holding a batarang.  IMO the trick would have been to make it look like a piece of vinyl or latex that had been torn off, with tears and stuff and a bit floppy.  Unless the book has established a rigid material.  I have no idea. 

Other than that I really dig it!
AlexGarner Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My editors told me it's rigid.
JRXTIN Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Well then, what are you going to do?  I was going to say it could be broken, but it's probably an armor piece.  If it's metal too, then it's basically a dull batarang.
King1cheetah Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Amazing cover art pic 
JamilSC11 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super cool, I love the colors :)
SpaceMonkeyJemi Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
This is gorgeous. I love it, this was a truly fantastic issue. I think BG might be lining up all my new favorite covers.
Tracer67 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really, really strong image you created there. ;-)
DANNY-DED Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very impacting, really a fantastic cover for a great character! ;)
Melacollina Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My God ...

The suspense is killing me. Why? Why would she do this? I know after Death in the Family and what happened with James Jr but she is more deserving to wear the symbol of the bat than Stephanie, that's for sure.

Your artwork is simply spectacular, by the way. Your imagery and the meaning behind it is beautiful; especially this one. I can just feel my heart breaking for her because her anguish is so clearly portrayed.

Thank you so much!
AlexGarner Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
Miturtow Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are so pro!
Kadaj777 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013   Digital Artist
Artgerm Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I really like this one! Great job Alex. :)
AlexGarner Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much Stanley! :)
insanityShadow Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what brushes do you use?
Alexis-Kurosawa Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
el-zanza Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
barfast Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Fantastic work!!!
Symson Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is a very arresting image. I got that she was taking off the symbol on my second look when I noticed it was missing on her costume.
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Dude, this is great! Really love the looseness in the color and strokes!!
AlexGarner Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man!
MikeMarsArt Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awesome work! Your cover work continues to amaze and inspire
rodavlasalvador Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Xpendable Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How cool is this !!!!
i fell in love
JonathanGlapion Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
AlexGarner Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Jonathan!
JasonScholte Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
This work is amazing! The detail and color is nice.
druje Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's absolutely beautiful, Alex! One of the best DC covers I've seen in a while.
fuzzbuzz102 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
WOW! that is brilliant XD
thornyplant Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Love it! How long did it take u?
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