“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud
Thursday, September 21, 2006
A few weeks ago comics artist Dean Trippe of AdHouse and Oni fame asked me to participate in the shinnanegans of Project Rooftop - in which, basically, they ask artists they know/find online to take a pass and redesign classic superheroes' costumes. Talented illustrators such as Stuart Immonen, Travel Foreman, Jamie McKelvie, and Jay Stephens, etc. have participate in the past and when prompted, I was more than happy (honored, actually) to contribute. Dean asked if I could just send in the Teen Titans image I did a while back (which would have been fine with him, I guess...) but I told him that I'd really like to take a shot at redesigning the characters and not have my faulty memory of the Titans' togs be my addition to such a prestegious gallery. Thankfully he accomodated me and after a week or two (or three? - thanks for being so patient, Dean) I finished the image.
From left to right: Wondergirl, Beastboy, Starfire, Raven, Nightwing, Kid Flash, and Cyborg.
Now if this were done for an actual class I know my ass would've failed the assignment. I mean, first of all, they're called 'Teen Titans'. There's nothin' teen about these yahoos - lookit their...um...proportions, fer chrissakes. Second, the idea was to give their already classic costumes a bit of flourish but *still* maintain some identifiable aspect from the previous versions of themselves. That's another 'F' for effort - I made Kid Flash a nekkid guy with an orb on his chest with lightning/electricity coming out of it. And that's the least of my offenses!
Anyway, Dean said he's gonna color the image and hopefully save my inadequate sense of design. Check out the link I've attatched in a few days to see his efforts. Okay, that's all for now as I'm off to redesign Superman in a blue and red 'lightning' costume, then take a pass at Spiderman where he's got robot limbs on his back and golden, Uncle Scrooge-like spats on his feet. Mmmm-boy.
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