So to wrap things up on the redesign project with the stock pile crew, I have redesigned a character of my choosing. After messing with the colors for the Whizzer, I really liked them, and wanted to test them out on a new simple costume for Wolverine. Not much to say otherwise, I made him short and burly, and got rid of any kind of belt. Removed his gloves, and exposed his arms. Why? Because I needed to make an X out of his overall design. fashion over function bub! Peace!
Tony Sedani back again for another redesign. Jesse Munoz, so casually requested me to redesign Dr. Doom. Oh that sounds easy! Wait, what!? The Kirby creation of Doom! It’s impossible. Kirby is King of Comics, how can I even attempt? Well I did. I personally think that Dr. Doom is one of those characters who’s look is so damn iconic that it’s hard to improve on it. I took this challenge as if someone asked me to design a character with his characteristics. I felt I needed to take away the mask to set myself apart. I wanted a terminator look part machine part man. Obsessed with his look, he goes to far into trying to fix himself that he becomes a horrific monster. I left the classic green cape to tie it to classic Doom. I wanted to keep my doom scary looking, you could drape his face in shadows alot and have the red eye glowing through.
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!
Back to it again, another redesign. This week Joe Dax decided to request a redesign of the Batman villain “BANE”.
Well, I decided to go off the beaten path with this redesign. I thought about what Bane was all about. He is a very intellectual, very strong and very greedy. He has a personality that requires him to be best. Also, there is the venom that jacks him up. Well, it’s 2014, pills are in. Bane just stores his pills in his teddy bear Osito that he has had since prison (true story). I did away with the big bulky easy to rip out tubes that jack him up. So yeah, basically it’s like he’s addicted to cocaine. As for his attire, I don’t know if it is because I recently saw The Wolf of Wallstreet, or because I want to see a big man fighting in dress clothes, but I really think someone with these characteristics would dress the best he can. Kind of like the Kingpin. The vest kind of represents his singlet he used to have. I left the mask, and made it more luchador like since he won’t need the mouthpiece. I modeled the torso from Arnold Schwarzenegger to give him a big chest as well. I don’t know if you dig this kind of Bane, but at least check out the sketch that I have of him smashing stuff with his suit ripped to shreds. Ya dig?
So the boys at Stockpile Comics have invited me to participate in an epic redesign of comic characters. And for that, I thank them! The gist is we each design a character picked for us personally be each of the 6 of us.
So this week in the Character redesign project, Mr. K. Rian Miller challenged me to redesign “The Rocketeer”. Damn you Miller! How do you redesign a perfect and classic look? There isn’t a thing I would change about Cliff Secord’s costume. Dave Steven’s (RIP) knew to keep it simple to call back to the pulp era. When attacking this, I decided to change the era that we are calling back to. I looked to the decade of muscle cars, and great car chases. Our new Rocketeer is Curt Jacobson, who designed his own jetpack built with a v10 engine and spills oil and grease all over the place. It’s a messy and bumpy ride, but damn does it kick! He wears a fireproof racing suit that will keep him safe and warm in the sky. I toyed with leaving the helmet gold, but it just didn’t look right with the rest of the costume, so i decided to alter the helmet slightly but decided to stick with silver to make it his own. I brought the gold into the eye glass which makes sense as it ist easier to see in the sun. Also, it is one large opening as apposed to two eye pieces. I left a simple looking rocket design on his jacket to homage the old rocket. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, I like the idea of a gritty over the top bruiser as the rocketeer. I see lots of fun muscle cars escaping down the highway as our new rocketeer comes flying above them, with a trail of smoke behind him and smashes onto the roof and cars flip over and explode. You know you wanna see that! See you next week!