Tuesday, 30 April 2013

X-Men First Class Redesign

Yoople doople, netsurfers.
Here's another redesign that I've been working on for a while now. I've always fancied simplifying the original five X-men's outfits, keeping the team uniform dynamic, whilst simultaneously evoking each character's individual personality and power. I did this by working off the traditional circle-and-X symbol and extrapolating various patterns and motifs for each suit.
Project: Rooftop have recently announced Beast as the subject of their next Fan-art Friday, so I started off with Hank, before getting carried away. Here are the results of my toil.

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Sunday, 28 April 2013

The Fox's new Clothes (plus news)

Hello everyone! Long time no write.
I've been in the Uk without a reliable wifi connection for the last four days, hence my lack of activity.
Anyway, here's something!

I've always been a fan of Zorro, ever since I was a tiny, harmless infant. He sort of got replaced by Batman (who is in many ways a Zorro rip-off) as one of my favourite heroes as I got older, but recently has resurfaced to the top of my hero-worship psyche. Essentially, the way I see it, this is what Batman could be like if he wasn't hell-bent on revenge and being all emo, and focused more on the bigger picture, taking on the corrupt system rather than the odd costumed super-baddie. Zorro is a freedom-fighter, a hero and model to which the people he protects can realistically aspire to. You don't have to be rich to be Zorro: just work hard, abhor slavery/oppression and care about your fellow man/woman. In helping others worse off than you, you are in essence being like Zorro. Sure, he's theatrical and swash-buckling and he's always comically showing up the bumbling authorities who try again and again to catch him... but at his heart, he just cares for others (he's like the best aspects of Spider-man, V and Batman all rolled into one, and he predates all of them!) Although both Batman's and Zorro's alter egos are rich playboys, whereas Batman could legitimately use his vast wealth as Bruce Wayne to improve Gotham by funding youth outreach programmes and rehabilitation clinics, etc., De La Vega is hindered by the corruption that surrounds him, orchestrated by his fellow Dons. His only way to do good without bringing about worse harm, is by inspiring/defending the people of California as Zorro. He isn't acting out some blood-pact revenge drive caused by childhood trauma, he's just a closer philanthropist :)
So, without further ado, here's my modernised take on Zorro:

What would Zorro looked like if he existed today? I modelled his outfit on what a freedom fighter working in today's urban sprawl might wear: protective padding, cargo pants, heavy boots and a belt to store equipment. I replaced the wide brimmed hat with a baseball cap, and the sword with a telescopic staff. Instead of carving his 'Z' with a blade into tree-trunks, this modern Zorro tags walls with his symbol using a can of spray paint. I imagine this either as a reboot of the character or - better yet - a descendant of De La Vega, taking up the Fox's mantle.

In other news, I've started using my tumblr blog to share my blogger posts. This will hopefully get it (and my work) a little more attention. 
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Animation: Deviled Egg

Another short animation. These might end up as part of a series.
I'm not quite sure.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Monday, 15 April 2013

Isis Loves Bread

Hey ho everyone.
Remember Isis? She used to pop up here on the blog an awful lot a few years ago. 
For my upcoming tumblr collab art blog project, I thought I'd revisit the old girl. She's probably one of my favourite goddesses... goddess of bread, and I love bread. So, I love Isis :)

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Breaking News!

Hey all.

So, yes, I haven't posted any drawings in a while: but as always, I have some excellent excuses reasons.

Firstly, the last three days in Milan for my CELTA Teacher Training course. On the whole I think it all went fairly well and I'm hoping for a pass. Will probably know something soon enough.

Secondly, general work things: since I've officially started teaching people for pecuniary compensation now, it's meant time allotted to lesson plans and materials and the actual nitty gritty of teaching.

Thirdly, I'm currently working on creating a collaborative art blog, focusing on redesigns (not just of superheroes, but of all manner of fictional characters, objects, icons, gods, whatever) illustration and potentially animation as well. The site will be on tumblr, and I have spent the last few days trying to fathom its secrets. So far I've set up this little plugging platform which I apparently need before I can set up the collab one. At the moment, the team consists of the lovely Claire Joines, the fantasmagoric Winston Rowntree and myself. Wish us luck! :)

And that's all for now. I should hopefully have some logo designs up soon, once we decide a name for the collab blog.
Thanks for reading!

Monday, 1 April 2013

Teen Titans Redesign 2.0

Hello everyone!
I thought I'd kick off the new month with another redesign: It's the Teen Titans again, but with my ideal line-up. Spoiler, Supergirl, Static, Aquagirl, and Impulse.
The idea for this line-up was simply to use some of my favourite Titans/teen heroes from over the years, in either comic book or animated form. (Static, Supergirl and Aquagirl from the original DCAU, Impulse from the sadly cancelled Young Justice and Spoiler from the comics.)

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