Another round of reviews for ya. ;)
Magik: I’ve painted Magik a few times now so for this redesign I wanted to go far outside my comfort zone and probably the comfort zone of many Magik fans. I think her demonic form can often times take on cliche appearances, and I really wanted to avoid what has been done with her before. For some reason, the idea of her as an emotionless, blank faced statue kept popping into my head. Instead of her looking raged and possessed and out of control, something calm, collected, and unreadable seemed more dangerous to me. She comes off more fantastical than comic-y but I’m happy with the outcome.
Spider-Woman: I knew I wanted to keep her color scheme the same as her traditional outfit, but my main intent with her redesign was to make her look deadly, powerful, and menacing. Red and yellow can go very McDonaldsy if one is not careful so I had to make sure the color proportions worked in my favor. I looked up lots of colorful exotic spiders for inspiration and wanted to (and hopefully succeeded) in giving her facemask the essence of a deadly spider. In all honesty, I find her traditional costume kind of silly. The half-mask they give lots of female superheroes is so you can see her pretty lips, and the design around her boobs is ridiculous. Basically, I wanted to see her look toxic and badass and less sexualized.
Tarot - The Fool: I know next to nothing about tarot and have very little experience with it, so for The Fool, I just had fun with it all. I did a little research into the card and just went with what felt right. Sometimes, doing something outside my comfort zone allows a lot of freedom in the design. I’m particularly happy with how his smock and headdress came out, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s got a pouty, boyish face. I also just had a tarot reading by the wonderful Storm Ricon, and he’s famous for using X-men cards as part of his readings. So yea. He’s a badass and a wonderful person and you all should look him up. Promo :P.