In this contest you had to remake a fantasy swashbuckling character so that she becomes a modern day superheroine/villain.
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There were many great designs - check them out in the journal comments - but only one can win the contest. The winner is
"When I saw the picture of Emeralda wielding two swords, and tried to imagine what her superpowers would be, the first thing I thought was, "lightning-fast reflexes, able to deflect bullets with her swords." But then I realized that was too similar to Wonder Woman. So... I decided that that's the established universe she's in: She's Wonder Woman's arch-nemesis!
Emeralda the Mad, master thief. Her superpowers are lightning reflexes and the ability to escape from any bindings. She's the only person in the universe who's ever escaped from being tied up by Wonder Woman's magic lasso. She also has superior fighting ability and incredibly skill with defeating locks and security systems (although those are ordinary skills, not superpowers).
In her "civilian life" as Emily Pirate, she works as an accountant in a large brokerage firm, and as such she knows who has money and who doesn't, and therefore who's worth stealing from. Her boss is Diana Prince, whom Emily has figured out is actually Wonder Woman, although Diana hasn't figured out Emily's identity. Because of this, Emily is able to use her thieving skills to perform practical jokes on Diana, such as slipping a live frog into her iced tea. Diana lives in a state of constant irritation because of these pranks, and has no idea who's behind them.
No-one finds it at all strange that mild-mannered Emily Pirate lives in a dirigible "parked" above a vacant lot.
Appearance-wise, she looks pretty much the way you depict her, except she has ordinary ("human") ears -- she still claims to be half-elf, however. Her "Emily" disguise is nothing more than Emeralda with combed hair and normal clothes. In spite of this, nobody ever notices that they're the same person. The fact that Emeralda attacks from a dirigible and Emily lives in a dirigible also seems to have escaped everybody's attention.
Things she has stolen (recently): The second, third, fourth, and eighth largest diamonds in the world, the Petronas Towers, the mayor's car (twice), the country of Andorra (just to prove she could do it -- she gave it back the next day), the Olympic torch, and William Shatner's toupee (on live television). Also, at her day job she's stolen all of Diana Prince's office supplies, her parking space, and her boyfriend.
[Her costume is] bright and colorful -- she doesn't give a rat's ass about stealth. But she does wear a dark-colored cape with a hood she can wrap around herself to hide in the shadows.
She wears tights, knee-length boots, and a bikini top. With a bandana around her forehead. She wears a utility belt with lots of pouches she uses to carry all of her tools and equipment. At least one pouch contains a live mouse, in case she needs one in an emergency. And of course scabbards for her swords. Oh, and gloves, of course. She would need gloves, because fingerprints. She also wears what appear to be ordinary arm bands, but which actually contain more equipment, such as lockpicks."
That is a absurdly hilarious recreation. Wonder Woman's arch-nemesis, a live frog, Shatner's toupee... good heavens.
The prize will be a free art picture.
FAQ. (Frequently Asked Questions)
Do I take commissions? Sorry, no. The only commission-ishy exceptions have been the times when someone has extended my premium membership. Please don't extend it and expect me to be in a commission-bondage situation with you without my permission. It will not work.
Do I take requests or suggestions? Not right now. I have still several fan art suggestions to complete...
Do I do art trades? Yes, but I need to use a lottery to pick my art trade partners.
Do I give gift art? Yes, but you'll need to win a Gift Art Lottery. I may also hold small contest games every now and then.
Do I really paint with a mouse? Yes, I paint with a mouse. I don't have a tablet. And my old painting program is always out of memory.
Also note: I've only submitted my art here in the Deviantart. SirTiefling exists only here. If you find my pictures outside the DA, someone else is responsible. If my signature (my DA gallery link) is not erased, everything is okay. But if someone somewhere says, "I'm SirTiefling!!!", well, he/she/it isn't. And I will NEVER sell my art - it's always free gifts or fan art, so if you see someone trying to sell my art, it's not me!