thom chiaramonte

I draw comics, ride bikes, and eat melon; sometimes simultaneously.

TRDL 2015 Series, No. 05 – Nightwing [TRDL Redesign]

TRDL 2015 Series, No. 05 – Nightwing [TRDL Redesign]

TRDL 2015 Series, No. 05 – Nightwing [TRDL Redesign]

This one was done for the TRDL Art Jam, the subject being Nightwing, from DC Comics.
On this one, I chose to do a soft redesign, the premise being to design Nightwing today in the manner of Nu52 or Marvel Now or whatever, where readers should theoretically recognize the character, but in the story this is a new event. My Nightwing, Dick Grayson, is a former Batman sidekick now adventuring on his own but remaining a proud member of the Bat Family. He doesn’t wear the cape and cowl, but he carries the bat symbol with confidence, as the inevitable successor to the line. My Nightwing has bare arms for some freedom of movement at the expense of armor, on the basis of having a strong acrobatic background, and his legs are clothed but not armored for similar reasons. On his back is a compressed, retracting glider wing. He clips the hooks that are resting at his hips into sockets on his gloves/wrist bracers, and then extends the wings outward with an electric assist. He carries two billyclubs. He wears no mask. Unlike his mentor, his identity is public.
I had a blast designing this one. Part of the reasoning for the maskless face is the fact that Grayson/Nightwing is something of a sex symbol for fans, and I liked the idea of him being handsome. I never got that Nightwing in the comics would have this salon hair and be a dreamboat… with a domino mask…

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