My sketchcards for Topps’ trading cards Star Wars Galaxy 6 line came back last week, and I’m just now getting them listed over on my Etsy shop. I’ve got the first seven up, the rest come tomorrow, and a few have already sold (!). Swing on by to give ‘em a look-see or at the very least enjoy their descriptions – good for the yoks, that’s me!
Alongside my redesign for Project:Rooftop, I’d also intended to try a complete conceptual recreation of Aquaman from the ground up. I was considering that we’ve had (depending on how you count them) at least three and as many as five different Aquamen in the character’s seventy years of publishing, and yet they were each basically identical in terms of powers, origin and even costume (and, in fact, were very similar to OTHER undersea superheroes here and there).
So, with that in mind, I decided to go with AQUAMAN, THE LIVING SECRET SEA, elemental titan and King of All the Oceans. A colossus composed of pure water, strange creatures of the depths literally swim in his veins. He is so tremendous that stormclouds form over his body and fall back into him as rain! I don’t know where he got them red pants, but it must have been somewhere awesome.
I planned two Aquaman redesigns for the recent Project:Rooftop Sea Change competition, but I just couldn’t find the time to tackle them before the due date. I set aside a little time while watching movies this weekend to sketch up a quickie – nothing elaborate, just an idea where the lines and shapes would go.
Usually, when I tackle these redesigns, I have a long list of explanations of why I did whatever I did and what symbolism, history or purpose the costume changes relate to. In this case, I dunno, I just wanted to give Aquaman more chainmail, more colors and shapes, and a couple weapons. I actually like Aquaman’s classic costume, this was an experiment in merging some of his other costumes with darker colors and a little barbarian kingship …
…and a hook.
It’s AQUAMAN WEEK here on my blog, owing to the fact that I’ve got five Aquaman-inspired pieces to post in the (ha ha) wake of Project:Rooftop’s recent Sea Change competition. I’m starting off with just a wee little sketch of Aquaman at his hairiest and most pointy, the hook-handed Aquaman of the 1990s …
This week is sort of all about me coming out of the Aquacloset – I like Aquaman. He gets no respect, but I like his costume, I like his theme, I like his fairy tale origin and I like that he carries a lot of burdens in his backstory (current writer notwithstanding). He’s probably only had three or four good writers on him over the course of the last seventy years, but that’s not the fault of the character – that’s the fault of writers who don’t really sit and think about all the potential of writing the adventures of the King of the Sea.
So … GO AQUAMAN!
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