thom chiaramonte

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

TRDL 2015 Series, No. 24 – Echo [TRDL Redesign]

TRDL 2015 Series, No. 24 – Echo [TRDL Redesign]

TRDL 2015 Series, No. 24 – Echo [TRDL Redesign]

This one was done for the TRDL Art Jam, the subject being the concept of designing a version of a Supers look, intended for use on TV or film live-action projects. The jam was inspired by the WB’s fairly consistently good costume choices, as well as what Marvel did for Netflix’s Daredevil, and finally, the new Supergirl series. It seems we are entering an era of not only plentiful and reasonably good live-action Supers stuff, but of good costume translation, moving well past the spandex and latex muscles and into costume designs that are evocative of the comics design work but look physically reasonable on film. I do have issues with these characters apparently having kick-ass professional costume makers on hand when they debut their looks, but hey. They can’t ALL be Daredevil’s black pants and bandana, right.

I decided to do Echo, as envisioned for some future season of Daredevil. I wanted her to appear to be wearing purposebuilt clothing, hence the tunic, but otherwise be diverse from the all-black-tactical-gear look that is all too reasonable in this story. I wanted something to come through of Echo in the comics, in her early days, where she was sort of the modern Electra… she struck Matt Murdoch because she was gorgeous and fit, of course, but also had a certain bold flavor to her appearance, no mask, and a confidence in her poise. I actually blended imagery in my mind of how Electra was portrayed in the Daredevil movie years ago, with her comfortable balance and acrobatics, and combined that with the concept of a deaf character amplifying her other senses, much the way Daredevil does: I liked the idea, as I have with some character designs in the past, of her being barefoot. It can convey different things: on some characters, I have used it to convey other-worldliness or invulnerability. And sometimes, as here, I like the idea that the character would prefer to have the precision, and silence, of no footwear, and be skilled enough not to, you know, lose toes landing the wrong way. Other details here include scabbards on her back that are held by a central plate that is webbed to her torso with wide, fitted elastic belts, which you see anchor to her chest at the high and low points of the torso. I gave her plain black athletic shorts and a simple arm wrap and feathers, to capture the look from the books. I did use the palm motif in white paint on her face, but did not include the logo that began to appear on her over time, taken from David Mack’s compositional abstractions, though I did show it in the background.

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TRDL 2015 Series, No. 25 – Supergirl [DC Bombshells]

TRDL 2015 Series, No. 25 – Supergirl [DC Bombshells]

TRDL 2015 Series, No. 23 – Pepper Potts [Halloween 2015]

TRDL 2015 Series, No. 23 – Pepper Potts [Halloween 2015]