thom chiaramonte

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

TRDL 2012 Series, No. 10 – Nightcrawler [TRDL Redesign]

TRDL 2012 Series, No. 10 – Nightcrawler [TRDL Redesign]

TRDL 2012 Series, No. 10 – Nightcrawler [TRDL Redesign]

This was done for the TRDL Art Jam featuring Nightcrawler, from the X-Men. He’s currently deceased, but you know how long that sort of thing sticks in comics. Anyway, I chose to do a TRDL Redesign (not a Blank Slate Redesign, but just a facelift) which focused on the aspects of the character I liked best as a younger guy: hiding in the shadows, ambush attacks, and weapon proficiency. Essentially, I looked at him as a tactical weapon, such as might conceptually be used in X-Force (the hit squad version) or some other black ops type mutant team. I know sometimes my redesigns, especially on fighting characters, skew perhaps over-realistically to black. It’s hard for me to put on that redesign hat and rationalize much color in the outfit if they are meant to evade detection. Anyway, that’s certainly the case here: I gave him a simple, body-hugging tactical suit, like a thermal neoprene kit, with arms and half the legs exposed. Bare hands and feet, because I never really grasped how someone with the mutations allowing for agile acrobatic maneuvers and hanging/swinging/climbing capability would dull their tactile ability with gloves, or use gloves and boots with grip in lieu of their own mutation. So. Also, forearm bracers contain throwing chits with nerve toxin lacing, and the two swords (in this case I used a more vaguely eastern style weapon, like a pair of even-length katanas, rather than a rapier, so that he would have an edged attack as well as the stabby business of a sport rapier) do criss-cross deliberately to give us a familiar ‘X’ motif without having to emblazon it on his uniform.

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TRDL 2012 Series No. 12 - Ruiness [Spoiler Cryptohistorical Redesign]

TRDL 2012 Series No. 12 - Ruiness [Spoiler Cryptohistorical Redesign]

TRDL 2012 Series, No. 09 – Baroness [GI Joe]

TRDL 2012 Series, No. 09 – Baroness [GI Joe]