I’ve spent all night flipping through DeviantArt, amazed at all the talented artists. I saved several possibilities, but I think these two are the key inspirations.
Although this one has an anime feel, I love the harshness inherent in this drawing. Look how thin she is, her ribs showing, but there’s nothing fragile or weak about her. I love the wild blowing hair and cape thing. The clothing isn’t right–especially the skimpy top–but at least she’s not totally bodacious.
I also like this one, especially her eyes and the classic lines of her face.
If anyone has other ideas, I’d love to see them, but I think I can move back to plotting.