thom chiaramonte

I draw comics, ride bikes, and eat melon; sometimes simultaneously.

TRDL 2012 Series No. 64 - Oracle

TRDL 2012 Series No. 64 - Oracle

TRDL 2012 Series No. 64 - Oracle

This piece was done for the TRDL Art Jam, the subject this week being ‘disabled characters’. I chose to develop a sketch i did for R3’s Deeply Dapper, from last year’s holiday sketch program, of Barbara Gordon as Oracle. I wasn’t a frequent reader of DC Comics for most of my life, but I had Killing Joke back in the day, and through various post-millenium titles I was reading, I really loved that there were a number of non-powered characters in the DCU holding their own with the capes: the GCPD, Checkmate, and Barbara Gordon in her post-Batgirl role as Oracle. I loved that character, especially: partially paralyzed from a gunshot wound, she used a wheelchair to get around, but was tough, brilliant, confident and probably more interesting than any of the capes she dealt with. I was quite disappointed when they revamped the DCnU and gave her her legs again and put her back in the cowl. We have so few powerful disabled characters in comics, and I was saddened to see one less. The sketch was one of my favorites from that year’s batch, but the one thing that bothered me was the length/scale of her legs, which needed to be increased. I took the original scan of the pencils, did digital inks and colors with the Cintiq, then made the corrections my eye wanted from there.

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