This illustration was done for the R3 Jam on TRDL's R3 Forum. Artists
can participate in any open jams by heading here
. This time, it was the Outsiders, from DC..
This is part of my TRDL Pin-Up series, which includes bomber girl
nose-art, fictitious advertisements and propaganda, and other
not going to lie: the original Outsiders gave me hives. But I'm a
Marvel guy. I just could never get my head around Batman, even the
goofy yellow and powder blue and pale grey high-eared Batman of the
day, would leave the Justice League and mentor a bunch of punks. That
said, there was more than enough ridiculous crap that like going on at
Marvel (I mean, Defenders? WHAT?) but anyway, just wasn't my thing. BUT
I do remember this: I was all wound up about a new character I had
created called Katana: she was this Japanese bad ass martial artist
hottie with, you got it, a katana (actually two) and man she was ra----
and boom, my friend pointed out the Outsiders and there we were. So, I
always sort of resented that character. "Huph! DC named that
stereotyped Asian character after her own weapon! MEH!' Even though I
had done the same, in all my 5th grade brilliance. Anyway, of course I
had to return to Katana for this jam. The DC version, mind you. I chose
a more recent iteration of her look. I was really delighted by how
incongruous her dark gray gloves are in that costume, so i think that's
what drew me in. Sometimes it's the most random thing, I guess.
There's a film nod in this one, too...
Click through to read more about it and see process pics and the like,
if you enjoy such behind-the-scenes business.
Artists, come join us on R3 and submit to the jams!
You can see this illustration here on the R3 Forum:
Or here, as above, on the TRDL blog:
And you can see a larger view right off my TRDL Illustration Site,
A choice for everyone!
Thanks for looking,
Third Rail Design Lab