Even on my birthday, I still don’t stop making art. So I was given the tough job of redesigning Omega Red by Joel Lolar. Because he picked my name out of a hat! Well, I wasn’t too sure how to tackle a Jim Lee 90’s era designed character. They are so over the top in their designs back then, that I went in a new direction of simplicity. Omega Red is essentially a zombie turned killing machine. I gave him a Russian influenced coat, boots, and headband. I decided to make his adamantium tentacles come from his palms, as I feel that gives more accuracy when ejecting them. Yes, they do have lubrication or they would sound terrible when flailing all around. I removed Omega Red’s nose, as that is one of the first things to decay when you die. The real feeling of my redesign is best seen in the small illustration of him standing with the tentacle peeking out from the big coat. I thought he would be way more threatening this way. I had to keep his blonde hair, but decided to make it dread-lock style, but surgically attached to keep his head skin together, as you can see it coming under the head as well.
So, hopefully the big coat idea is well received, as I feel like too many times villains just get super muscular bodies with spandex. Here’s to jackets and coats of all kinds!