Avengers #8 is out. I'm sure you all have gotten it and are in the middle of doing your fan recreations of the issue from cover to cover, redrawing everything and rewriting every word as faithfully as possible so as to fully express your love for it...
Isn't that what you guys do with comics that you like? No? Well that's what I do.
You guys know about that "Bartkira" project where a bunch of artists are redrawing all of Akira with Simpsons characters? Well, coincidentally, a few years ago I drew "Cailloumu", my recreation of Domu with characters from the Canadian kids show, Caillou. CRAZY Coincidence right?.. (If only you guys knew how lame that would be.)
If you can't tell by the image above, in this post I'm talking about Starbrand! Also I'll be talking a little bit about working with Justin Ponsor.
So get ready and get set...
Here's my initial sketch of the character. My goal was to make him somewhat nerdy, but not really a nerd. His cloths are kind of hip, but in a "shops at the Gap" kind of way. His hair could be seen as retro, but not in a cool way... I don't know, for me, he nether has the charisma to stand out nor is weird enough to stand out. I'm not really sure what to make of him, and that's kind of what I was aiming for.
Part of my idea was to have Starbrand have an evolution to his look. I wanted him to eventually have this kind of Bowie-esque Ziggy Stardust kind of vibe. I wanted him to look like he had eye liner on and lipstick. Once again returning to the idea of these characters not being good guys or bad guys but being ambiguous. Because that is the question with this character, is he going to be good, or is he going to be bad?
So taking that idea forward I needed to create a Starbrand costume. Here was my first take.
This just wasn't working for me. It's to complicated to seem powerful enough, and not a strong enough design to be iconic.
So, I just started messing around with it, and I came up with this.
I thought it was a neat idea, but still not right.
I scrapped it all and went back to my sketch book. I knew I needed to simplify and focus. Then I realized that I was an idiot. Use the Starbrand symbol... Duh