Thursday, 5 April 2012

Project: Rooftop costume redesign: BLACK TOM

The ever-so-cool and criminally underrated Black Tom, done for Project : Rooftop

If Banshee is the King Arthur of my story, his cousin is our Merlin. His powers always had an Earth-based nature that to me linked him perfectly to Celtic spirituality, and that is exactly what I tried to reflect in his costume: part Druid, part hermit, part hobo, since his newfound mysticism leaves little or no interest in his wardrobe. The idea is that he probably once had a superhero outfit but stopped caring and now wears a monk-like robe plus whatever he can find over it. He always carries around an Irish Shillelagh, a fighting stick, and wears on his chest the Celtic rune for the Earth.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Project: Rooftop costume redesign: SIRYN

Second character redesigned for Project : Rooftop

Since Theresa even assumed her father's namesake while he was presumed dead, it made sense to give them more or less matching outfits, with subtle changes in the pattern of the plating and color schemes. She basically wears a two-piece version of Banshee's suit, with the hooded cape and boots added to reinforce the fantasy/folklore concept. I also tried to make her look more Irish, so yeah, she's curly and freckled now ;)  

Project: Rooftop costume redesign: BANSHEE

From my Project : Rooftop submission.

The first thing to consider when designing his costume was for me that Banshee doesn't really fly, but glides thanks to his sonic scream. For this reason his costume is basically a functional paragliding suit with ornaments and lateral protective platings that carry the medieval lore of my concept. The color scheme is basically his classic one, that to me always screamed (pun completely intended) "Ireland" like nothing else.

Project: Rooftop costume redesign: The CASSIDYs

Working on some still undisclosed project for now, so I'm posting a personal project form a couple of months ago. I'm a big fan of Project : Rooftop , a really cool superheroes' costumes redesign community open to submissions and last February I finally decided to do smthing for them:

my choice was the X-Men's Banshee and the other two members of the Cassidy family, his daughter Siryn from X-Factor and his villainous cousin Black Tom.

Banshee is an absolute favorite of mine, who I felt never had the chance to sport a cool costume... but then, researching the character better, what do you know? I found out he's currently dead... After the initial surprise, this new notion just "clicked" in my mind and I though of a whole new concept for the chap and his family...

So, in the current Marvel Universe, Sean Cassidy is dead. Let's imagine that for some mysterious reason, as often in comics these days, now he's better ;)
Since he came back from the dead, though, he hasn't quite been the same, avoiding the X-community and retiring back to his native Ireland, where he owns an old family castle. Here his cousin Black Tom approaches him asking his assistance in a quest that involves their family history and his estranged daughter Siryn gets involved too, flying all the way from the US... basically the idea was to turn Banshee into the Marvel Comics Indiana Jones, living all sorts of adventures that would delve into the supernatural/folkloristic while giving him the "Scooby-Doo" treatment: as he fights trolls, fairies or evil druids, these are revealed to be actually mutants or other supervillains.


I'm currently on holiday (kinda), away from my scanner and other modern amenities, hence the lack of posting these days. Gonna resume soon, probably with some news too.

Just bear with me.