thom chiaramonte

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

TRDL 2010 Series No. 12 - Lashina

TRDL 2010 Series No. 12 - Lashina

TRDL 2010 Series No. 12 - Lashina

This was done for the TRDL Art Jam, the subject being Kirby’s Fourth World or New Gods work.

I never drew any of these characters before our jams. There’s a lot of older fan love for them, i think. They seem to generally get favorable responses from folks who actually read the work. I confess, reading the DC books more recently, in the last twenty years, let’s say, the New Gods never resonated the same way that Kirby’s godlike creatures created for Marvel did for me. But the more I read about stuff like the Anti-Life Equation and some of the nuance of his crazy backstory for these characters, the more I liked it. Some, admittedly, still reads as some sort of drug-fueled therapy session material (I’ll never get used to Granny, for example) but I LOVE Kirby design work, and it’s always fun to draw his characters. For this jam, i chose one of the Furies, Lashina. This was partly because costume designs that obscure the nose bridge always give me trouble, so I wanted the challenge. Seriously!

I envisioned this piece as an inverted bomber girl, the type that is lounging at a downward angle in that bombs-away thing… plus, Lashina seems like a lanky character so i made her thin and lithe, or at least tried to. I was of two minds on the costume: I’ve seen the banding on the bodice interpreted as pure color blocking, and I’ve seen it as belts connecting to rings. In this piece, I chose the latter, since that seemed to follow the concept of her electrified steel bands as weapons. But I LOVE Kirby color blocking, so I tend to favor that direction normally, and certainly utilize that theme in my own costume work.

Please enjoy! Hell yes!

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