So my friends and I are doing an unofficial Sketchbet daily sketch challenge. Every Friday we do a new challenge chosen by an artist, and it’s my turn to choose what we draw next!
I simultaneously love and hate superhero character designs. When they work, you have an iconic character that with minor tweaking can still work even decades after they were created (Spider-Man). When they don’t, you have a character who looks dated as fuuuuuuck (pre-movie Loki). Being constantly inspired by other artist takes on superhero redesigns, I decided this weeks Friday Challenge is to do a full color redesign of a pre-established superhero!
Got a cool take on a Superman outfit? Go for it. Think you can make Jubilee look badass? Now’s your chance! Know of a character who’s costume makes your eyes bleed and you think you can do better? Fix it! This isn’t normal fanart, this is you coming up with new duds for a character, aiming to make them iconic, but recognizable at the same time.
To give you guys some inspiration here’s some links to some great superhero redesigns!
Project Rooftop’s whole site is dedicated to superhero redesigns from great artists both comic pros and amateurs.
Aaron Diaz, creator of the webcomic Dresden Codak goes above and beyond doing a simple redesign by coming up with phenomenal designs, story ideas, and fresh takes on the characters that makes you wish the Big 2 would just hire him to revamp their universe. His redesigns of the X-men, Batman, the Justice League, the Legion of Doom, and characters that desperately needed updating are incredible and every detail is so well thought out.
Finally, Michael Lee Lunsford has done great superhero redesigns for female heroes, but has also redesign a lot of Akira Toriyama’s stuff, from DBZ to Chrono Cross. He’s great at updating characters to make them work by todays standards.
Hopefully that helps get some of you ideas on what you want to draw! And for those of you not in our daily sketch challenge, feel free to play along this Friday! Feel free to shoot me a note so I can see what you come up with!