Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Hester and Tom

Here's another bit of fan-art, a tribute to one of my favourite fictional couples: Hester Shaw and Tom Natsworthy from Philip Reeve's 'Mortal Engines' series. I simply love how multifaceted and unconventional both these characters are, subverting and playing with a lot of the tropes of action/sci-fi literature, and at the same time being identifiable and likable. The quadrilogy (or tetralogy) as a whole is fantastic, but for me, these two are the best thing about it. 

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Handle me with care

Just a drawing of two characters from a story I'm working on.
I just thought this song might go well with it...
Toodles :)

Friday, 15 March 2013

Batman Redesign (Completed Trinity)

Ok, so after much tweaking, here is my Batman Redesign.
It's certainly less mocking than my last one, but I've still tried to incorporate all the less likable traits of the character as well as the pleasing stylistic ones. Cue high-tech mask, weapons and traditional scalloped cape, mixed with riot police-style body armour and a slightly shorter, stockier stature. Batman is a determined, resourceful, intelligent and physically imposing man... but he is still also an absurdly rich, self-righteous and kind of violent psychopath. 

And here is the completed Trinity: Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman. I like to think of Superman having to constantly be the optimistic mediator between the radically left-wing and progressive (by our standards) Wonder Woman and more right-wing and conservative Batman. 

That's all for today. Might try my hand at the other Leaguers again soon. 
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Superman Redesign

So yeah, I realised this morning that I hadn't drawn anything since the 1st of March.
And that's terrible.
So, I decided to put aside some time this morning and do some artistic-like stuff. Following on from my Wonder Woman redesign, I thought - as I recently did the Avengers - that I'd try my hand at the Justice League... er, again. This time, starting from the trinity. So, without further ado, Here's the Last Son of Krypton, Superman!

I tried to incorporate various aspects of Superman's character: 1) alien 2) Old-fashioned 3) Positivity.
I tried to make the costume look sort of fluid and rounded (went crazy with the swirls and lines) reflect his positive, friendly nature, as well as his alien origins. I also worked two or three more shield-shapes into the outfit (chest, upside down on the legs and the cape) without losing the original elements and colours. I tried to make the 'S' look both retro and reminiscent of the El Family 8-figure crest. I removed the trunks/briefs but replaced them with a more sash-like belt, so that all that blue is still broken up. 
And there you have it.
I have come up with some Batman sketches but they need some work. 
Stay tuned and let me know what you think in the comments!

Friday, 1 March 2013

Wonder Woman Redesign

Hey there all!
Well the weekend is here, but I'm still busy busy busy. Just about finished two lesson plans for next week and decided to take a break. I noticed that Project Rooftop have just opened up for another Fan-art Friday submission-fest (this time on Wonder Woman) so I thought I'd try and come up with something.
I'm one of those people who would like to see Diana more as an Amazon than a pin-up, and wear effective armour rather than a swimsuit-cum-bracelets. Generally speaking I've always felt her costume was not only ridiculous, but was pretty much as far removed as possible from her origin backstory. The cut of the outfit, the colours, the giant 'WW' emblem... I hate all of it. None of it ever screamed 'Ancient Greek Warrior Princess' to me. So, with this redesign, I try to rectify this.

First thing: yes, I gave her trousers (or pants if you're a weird, backwards American). I found this image, depicting an Amazon warrior, and modelled this outfit on that. 
And yes, I got rid of the Ws. Why would an Amazon warrior, who probably uses the greek alphabet, have a great big W plastered over her chest? Unless it was a lower case omega, the only way to explain it is with some weird 'Superman's S is the House of El crest' rationalising. I wanted to avoid both, so stuck to the star motif. I tried to give her a more athletic and less busty build, and reduced the blue in the design to a bare minimum (it's really just a light hue on the white skirt). I left the golden rope, which I don't envision as a dorky lasso, but more of an extra accessory which she can use on its own or combined with the spear in a number of ways. 
I wanted her to look strong, but not bloodthirsty: she's brave, fiercely proud of her heritage and full of love for her people. Hopefully that comes across :)

That's all :) All comments welcome.