So, why Chinese-style?
I thought it would be a refreshing change to do one Chinese-style, starting with the Bat motif.
I used Google image search for "Chinese Bat" for references on the Chinese Bat motif (which tended to be rounder than the late Bob Kane's version.
I decided that my Batgirl would be a Chinese Swords-woman, relying on her martial arts skills rather than technical gadgets.
Her mask was inspired by my vague memory of some black-and-white Chinese movie in the 60s, featuring a masked woman who did good (kinda like Batgirl).
The image search for a Chinese Swords-woman was a lot harder. I tried keywords like "Chinese Swordswoman", "Chinese woman sword", which led me to search for "wushu". I even tried "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon". I realised I had better results if I turned the Google Safe-filter off.
As a final touch, I added the Chinese character for "Woman" -- "女" in the background.
I've blogged more about the Photoshop process over at MyRightBrain.wordpress.com.
All in all, it was an interesting exercise and I'm glad I did it. For one, it was good practice on Photoshop (the picture was done entirely in Photoshop, from sketching to painting). But more important, the creative process itself made me feel good.
Tag: art sunday, batgirl meme