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Zero Year Barbara Gordon by AlexGarner Zero Year Barbara Gordon by AlexGarner
My design for a pre-Batgirl Barbara Gordon. Basically she raided Dad's closet and donned a bunch of SWAT gear. At least that was my thought behind it. Combined with the black gear, the yellow shirt is a nod to the future Batgirl color scheme.

Link to DC Comics article: www.dccomics.com/blog/2013/07/…
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DamionS Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Cool.
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L3ynx Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Dude. This is fantastic.
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cinemajack Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Awesome! =D
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rostridge Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Solid design! Makes sense to me!
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tZuB Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
style!!! this is amazing!!!
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silvanoir Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist
Those are some mighty big knee pads
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ectoborge Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
So badass! Thank you for existing
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smit90 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
I dig the look, though the heavy addition of pouches does feel a tad... 90s. I mean what is she keeping in all those pouches? Smoke bomb? Snacks? Or are they for collecting evidence?

Also, she looks like April O'Neil right? I can't be the only one who's seeing this.
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AlexGarner Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
As stated in the description, she's wearing SWAT gear she found from her dad, Commissioner Gordon; it's a makeshift survivalist outfit and SWAT gear generally has many pouches and pockets.

As far as the April O'Neil comparison goes, that's entirely coincidental. The bob hairstyle was the writer's idea (which I like) and Barbara has natural red hair. My editor and I were much more concerned with her being confused with Frank Miller's Robin/Kelly character.
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smit90 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Too tall to be Kelly. Maybe Kelly at twenty-five, but I don't see there being too much confusion with the current character in Batman and Robin (especially without the glasses).

So is that a no on the snacks? Because a mini bottle of Gatorade might come in handy between incapacitating pimps and drug dealers. Or maybe a candy bar, a little reward after a long night.
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phildunne Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool!!!!
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BcRice Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great! :)
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Imoon90 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
just love her outfit!!!!
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jonathaneike Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I don't know if it was intentional, but I'm digging what looks like a nod to Yvonne Craig with the hairdo.
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mpz28 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
very nice :) (Smile)
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Ya know, that's a pretty clever idea.  I'm surprised they didn't do something similar in the comics.
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Jamush Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Now this design makes more sense to me! Can't wait to see this in Zero Year!
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StephenBergstrom Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That makes sense at least. More so than "she just happened to be wearing a female-derived Batman costume to a party..."
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goldenavatar Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
She almost looks bad ass.
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TheGothicWriter Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Fascinating.
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LightOfTheStray Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome! Can't wait to see her in action!
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LoosePaper Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Mad skills. Mad I say!
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vondread Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like this.  Definitely one of the better nu52 character designs.  Nicely done.  Thumbs Up
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Zephyrus-Wind Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
This is so badass.
I love that you retain a feminine appearance with her while nit overtly sexualizing her. Something a lot of (comic book) artists haven't quite grasped yet!
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AlexGarner Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah I agree. She's a teenager so, while she can look cute, I don't want to sexualize her. Her outfit was designed to be protective yet athletic within what clothing was available to her at the time.
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Zephyrus-Wind Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
And you certainly hit the nail on the head with that one. Well done.
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GeekVarietyDotCom Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like it, good stuff.
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RogueWriter3201 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
This is pretty freaking awesome. And while I was one of those somewhat disappointed with the choice to restore Bab's to the mantle of Batgirl in the DCnU as opposed to keeping her as Oracle, I've really enjoyed Simone's run and I think this Zero Year concept is likewise pretty rad. They just finished introducing yet another take on young Barbara in 'Beware The Batman' and I'm kind of hoping they take a cue from the above design and comic. The animated Barbara actually already looks very similar. 
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AlexGarner Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I appreciate it!
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TheInfamousJoeLinder Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
awesome design :'D
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Ana-Archer Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice)
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