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Cyborg Redesign by jmatchead
Cyborg Redesign
This one both took the longest, and was the hardest to do both conceptually and in terms of execution. I'm not even really thrilled with it completely, but I'm glad I finished it.

OK! So first of all, I read up on Cyborg, and decided a key element of his character early on was that he felt like a monster after his dad cyborgized him. That said, I decided to play up the monstrous quality of his look, by both exaggerating the look of his prothestics, and showing the remains of his injuries on his few patches of original flesh. The super thin, almost skeletal limbs and torso were made to seem inhuman and alien, to contrast his human face and mind.

In terms of the actual costume, its very close to his Teen Titans animated look, filtered through the lense of like, Evangelion or something. Honestly, I think his redesign for Teen Titans was so good, it was hard to get away from it. I also tried to pull in elements from Android Kikaider as well. The electricity was added to give it some visual flair, and to allude to some Frankensteinishness. Yes.

I like Cyborg conceptually, and wanted to do him justice, but I don't know that I succeeded.

I probably won't do any more of these for a while, because they started to get very time consuming as I got more into them, and I really need to work.
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WonderWoman Redesign by jmatchead
WonderWoman Redesign
Here she is! Pretty simple goal - make her look like a physical match for the likes of Superman, without compromising the inherent feminity of the character. There's alot of criticism of WonderWoman's costume, and not without reason, but part of my feels like the somewhat revealing costume helps to show the character's confidence, and disregard for the norms of society. Much like Supes, Diana is pretty damn near a god, so as far as I'mm concerned she can wear whatever she wants.

Alot of this design is actually based on her earliest look, such as the tight curls of her hair and slipper type shoes. I beefed up her gauntlets to have a little heft to them, and added some dimension to her bodice to give it the look of weathered armor. 

As for her physique, I genuinely feel that female characters are really pigeonholed into looking "attractive", so we rarely see body and face types that deviate from a kind of mainstream view of beauty. I've actually designed several commerically released Wonder Woman products, and for each one, the pressure was to make her look as "pretty" as possible. This always bugged me.

I tried to create a Wonder Woman that exuded power, confidence, and beauty. Hope it worked.
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A Batman Redesign by jmatchead
A Batman Redesign
Not gonna talk at length about this one. Played up the ninja aspect of Batman's approach to crime fighting, added a bat-like nose to his helmet to make him look more bat-like. The ninja pants and scarf/cape make for a bad ass silhouette, or so I am told.

I got a Wonder Woman in the pipeline that will either make me a bunch of new fans, or make people really dislike me I think. Or it will just do nothing. One of those things.
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Superman Redesign by jmatchead
Superman Redesign
Not exactly a huge departure for Superman, but here me out. For me, this is all about embracing what makes these characters iconic, and in alot of ways, Supes really is THE classic super hero. The cape, the undies, the chiseled jaw and unwavering devotion to justice... he does it all. To me, changing up his costume to be more "practical" or "modern" is pointless. 
So what did I do? Well, first of all, I tried to give his suit a little bit of dimension and texture, so that he didn't just look like a nude man painted blue and red. That meant rendering his booties a little more realistically, and trying to really depict the stretch and pull of that kind of bulk. Speaking of his physique, I really felt that Supes is at his best when he is just a towering block of justice, so I REALLY beefed him up with a kind of lovable chubby muscle. His expression had to be pleasant, sincere, and maybe just a little pandering, because I think of Superman as kind of the ultimate good neighbor; he may not have your problems, but he'll listen to yours and help out as best he can, even if he thinks you're a nut and might not like you all that much personally. Finally, the skin tone. Supes is from outer space, so no particular nation or race can really claim him, but since he's allegedly powered by the sun's rays, I thought giving him a little color would make sense.

At the end of the day, it was important for me that Superman had a kind of quaint charm about him, and I think these slightly goofy, probably homemade threads get that across.
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Green Lantern Redesign by jmatchead
Green Lantern Redesign
Another DC redesign from a few days ago. I wanted to emphasize the "space cop" element of the Green Lantern corp, so I gave him a more sci-fi look, with the visor and headset to make him look a little more proffessional. I also figured somebody that had a magic ring that could make anything didn't need to have a great physique, so I left him on the trim side.
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jmatchead
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Favourite style of art: 1980s anime :>
Favourite cartoon character: Foghorn Leghorn
Personal Quote: "I-I-I know what you're gonna say, son. When two halves is gone, there's nuthin'
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Haven't posted anything here in QUITE a while. Literally two days or so after my last post, I got a full time job doing designs for a toy company, where I currently work with pretty major clients, including comic giants and like every major sporting league, so I've been pretty focused on doing my best on that front. It was a major career change for me, and was a lot to get used to , but now I'm finally used to it and have been trying to start building my private work back up again. I'm back to posting on my blog, which I have often linked here, but I thought I would drop by and update anybody still keeping an eye on this page, as I still get a surprising amount of traffic here.

First off, although I'm gonna try to get some stuff up here now and then, the bulk of my work is gonna show up on my blog first. I'm posting pretty regularly lately, including comics, posters, and random art, so if you like my work (which I hope you do!), I encourage you to check out DokiDoki Arcade! I post all sorts of other stuff too, including articles and discussions on games, toys, and cartoons, and am always trying to expand with new kinds of content.

Secondly, the comic series that I have been illustrating for over a year has come a long way since I first posted about it here. Nova Phase, written by my buddy Matt Ritter and published by Slave Labor Graphics, is 4 issues deep into a 6 issue run, and has had two print volumes released! The comics are available digitally through Comixology, and the paperback volumes can be found on Amazon. Both are extremely inexpensive for what you are getting (the paperbacks are full color and over 60 pages for less than ten dollars!), and have gotten very positive reviews from some fairly credible sources! I swear!

I think that's pretty much it!

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SolarisInk Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the watch bud!!!!!
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jmatchead Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
No problem man!
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ElinorBrushwater Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey there, thanks so much for the fav! Totally unexpected and much appreciated! I'd give you a llama as thank you, but I already did that ;D
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jmatchead Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Hahaha thank you! The llama was appreciated! Your water colors are very nice!
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ElinorBrushwater Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
<3 heeehee *blushes* thank you.
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Advent-Axl Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
Hey thanks for the fav! Very much appreciated!
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jmatchead Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
No problem! Good to see you posting again!
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Advent-Axl Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
Really? That means a lot to hear that. I fell off hard and I'm working harder than ever to not let that happen again.
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jmatchead Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
Believe me, I have been there. Still trying to post more often myself!
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LunarDrolf Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love my icon so much I can't thank you enough!
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