Monday, 27 May 2013

Superfunk Punk

Listening to a lot of funk and electronica lately: another character design that I might use in the novel I'm writing, although I'm not sure how yet. Dance, you jive-turkeys! 

Friday, 24 May 2013

Novel News

Still working on my children (possibly all-ages) sci-fi romance action adventure novel. Just one more chapter to go before I can submit it to the Winchester Writers' Conference, which I'm going to (super excited!) Here are some character designs from the story, carefully/barely photoshopped to make them harder to steal. Yes, I am *that* paranoid. 


Thursday, 23 May 2013

Spectacular Spider-Shorts

Another spider-man redesign.
Whenever I'm bored/depressed/tired, there's no greater remedy.
Based on this, this and subconsciously inspired by this.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Moody Blue Lantern


I don't usually do proper gushy fan-art, but The Green Lantern Animated Series really struck a chord with me. It was superbly written and all the characters were interesting and fully-fleshed... perhaps none more so than Red Lantern Razer and the Artificial Intelligence/Android Aya. Their relationship in particular was surprisingly well done... plus, I'm a sucker for romance, and this show delivered that in spades. Unfortunately the show was cancelled recently to make room for more merchandisable, kid-friendly shows. You can find it on the web or on dvd though, and if you haven't already, I highly recommend you check it out :)

Friday, 17 May 2013

Public Domain Redesigns: Superheroines Special!

I revisited PDSH, looking for more female characters which had gotten the short straw costume-wise and which deserved a good redesign. Here are the three lovely ladies I picked (more details after the jump).



Thursday, 16 May 2013

Sketchograms

Just some random sketches, both children's story related (yes I'm still working on that) and other stuff (Green Lantern: TAS, politics, dracula, etc.)


Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Suportraits!

Some superhero portrait commissions from tumblr.
If you'd like one for yourself, follow my tumblebumbleblog and send me a request :)




Friday, 10 May 2013

Green Lantern Redesign

Here's my entry for Project: Rooftop's latest redesign contest.
The idea behind it is that each Green Lantern's uniform is made up of the same seven energy panels/plates, but arranged differently according to the ring-wearer's anatomy/imagination. The energy plates, when not worn, recombine to form the ring-charger lantern. The ring functions as a kind of remote control, disassembling the charger and attaching the energy panels onto the ring-wearer's body to  form the costume.


Thursday, 9 May 2013

Public Domain Superhero Redesign: Zina of Koroka!

I'd like to start off with a welcome to everyone who's reading this after being redirected here from Project Rooftop's post featuring my Doctor Strange redesign.
Thanks for popping by and (if you have or are ok with setting up) a blogger account, please feel free to comment below and send me your feedback. If you're not keen on blogger (shame on you, it's still totally cool and rad, yo) then I'm also on tumblr (sort of) and you can look and reblog and like my stuff there (if you want to, of course. It would make me happy, is all.)
Ok, so moving on...

I was trawling through PDSH looking for inspiration, when I happened upon Zina of Koroka
Here's what her brief bio says:

"Zina was a native of the planet Koroka and a space scout for the United Planets of the Universe. She was assigned to investigate covert operations of the reptilians from the planet Kakukik, who had set up a base in the Andes on Earth. Zina was discovered and captured by Reptilians, but with the help of the Earth man, Buster Crabbe, she was able to escape and alert the UPU of the reptilians nefarious plan to conquer the Earth.Zina was a skilled pilot and capable of speaking fluent English, and possibly all other languages of the planet Earth. She was also handy with a disintegrator ray."

Now see, I thought that sounded pretty interesting. An alien secret agent super-heroine with special ops training and a disintegration ray? Sounds pretty cool, right?
However, if you clicked on the link to her page, you'll have seen that her outfit certainly didn't live up to her awesome description. The amazing Zina of Koroka, wearing what amounts to a bathing suit and a fishbowl in space. 
Pretty lame. But then again, this was the 50s and a time where if a female character appeared in a comic, chances were she'd be showing skin, and practicality and taste went out the window along with physics and scientific credibility. 
So anyway, I decided to try my hand at giving Zina a better, more appropriate outfit. Here it is:


So she's a professional space scout for an interplanetary military/government/exploration agency/consortium? Then she needs a proper armoured space-suit. That was basically it with regards to this redesign. I liked her hair-do and facial features, so I left them the same, but completely overhauled her suit. I wanted it to look sturdy yet comfortable, something that can protect her from explosions and laser-fire, but also something she can jump around and kick ass in. I added a U.P.U. logo just to stress her allegiance. Just to compare:


Not to toot my own horn, but I'd say that's a definite improvement, no?
Let me know what you think :)
Thanks for reading!
TF

Sunday, 5 May 2013