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TRDL 2015 Series, No. 06 - Ultron [TRDL Redesign] by TRDLcomics
TRDL 2015 Series, No. 06 - Ultron [TRDL Redesign]
TRDL 2015 Series, No. 06 - Ultron [TRDL Redesign] 

This one was done for the R3 Art Challenge, the subject being Ultron. This is a soft TRDL Redesign, again aimed at being a familiar enough look to readers to be able to identify the character, but my own take on it. Unlike my last Ultron redesign, this isn't a sealed armor, but rather adamantium held in place by a Kirby Krackle core. 

Process pics and notes here:…
TRDL 2015 Series - Nightwing Redesign by TRDLcomics
TRDL 2015 Series - Nightwing Redesign
TRDL 2015 Series, No. 05 - Nightwing [TRDL Redesign]

This one was done for the R3 Art Challenge, the subject being Nightwing, from DC Comics.
On this one, I chose to do a soft redesign, the premise being to design Nightwing today in the manner of Nu52 or Marvel Now or whatever, where readers should theoretically recognize the character, but in the story this is a new event. My Nightwing, Dick Grayson, is a former Batman sidekick now adventuring on his own but remaining a proud member of the Bat Family. He doesn't wear the cape and cowl, but he carries the bat symbol with confidence, as the inevitable successor to the line. My Nightwing has bare arms for some freedom of movement at the expense of armor, on the basis of having a strong acrobatic background, and his legs are clothed but not armored for similar reasons. On his back is a compressed, retracting glider wing. He clips the hooks that are resting at his hips into sockets on his gloves/wrist bracers, and then extends the wings outward with an electric assist. He carries two billyclubs. He wears no mask. Unlike his mentor, his identity is public. 
I had a blast designing this one. Part of the reasoning for the maskless face is the fact that Grayson/Nightwing is something of a sex symbol for fans, and I liked the idea of him being handsome. I never got that Nightwing in the comics would have this salon hair and be a dreamboat... with a domino mask... 

Process notes and pics here:…
TRDL 2015 Series No. 4 - Agent Peggy Carter by TRDLcomics
TRDL 2015 Series No. 4 - Agent Peggy Carter
TRDL 2015 Series, No. 04 - Agent Carter

This one was done for the R3 Art Challenge, the subject being Agent Carter, from the mini-series of the same name. I've really adored Hayley Atwell's portrayal of the character in the Cap films and into the BD extra short film and now TV series. I think of her much like RDJR: she infused so much personality and charisma into a difficult role that it's hard to imagine anyone else doing it. I'm not much for drawing likenesses so this is more a sketch of the character, rather than the actress. Originally I planned a beastie behind her, but I've done variations on that theme too many times so I aborted that and just focused on her. 

Process notes and pics here:…
Trdl1503 Zatannabombz by TRDLcomics
Trdl1503 Zatannabombz
TRDL 2015 Series, No. 03 – Zatanna [DC Bombshells]

This one was done for the R3 Art Challenge, the subject being Zatanna…from sometime last year. I liked the sketch when I first did it, but found problems in the leg positions, so it languished until now. The DC Bombshells series is great, I have to say. You know I can’t get enough of old timey pinup versions of supers… so this was based on a statue related to that series, itself modeled after the pinup art of Ant Lucia.

WIP and process stuff here:…

Trdl1501 Hnyz by TRDLcomics
Trdl1501 Hnyz
TRDL 2015 Series, No. 01 – Happy New Year! [Batgirl + Harley Quinn]
By Thom Chiaramonte

This one was done to celebrate the coming of the New Year 2014-2015… granted Joao worked on his in the days leading up to New Years Eve and I did mine ON New Years Eve, and wrapped it up today. But it’s been a busy year all over. Please welcome back Joao, who you will see more from this year under the TRDL banner. Our concept for these illustrations was the idea of the holiday truce, inspired by the famous (if exaggerated) holiday truce in the trenches during WWI. We each picked hero/villain pairs to toast the new year. Actually, this project was originally envisioned to be an Xmas lingerie pinup thing like in years past, but we were just too buried in December to pull that off. Anyway, have a great holiday and we look forward to an exciting and productive 2015!

Copious process notes here, where you can also see Joao's companion piece, featuring Dazzler and Mystique:…


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Third Rail Design Lab - Thom
Artist | Professional | Design & Interfaces
United States
I am a designer overall, architect by profession and comic illustrator and concept artist through my own imprint, Third Rail Design Lab. I publish a comic through TRDL that is free to view, and over a pretty extensive library of original characters which include powers and origins, etc as well as a generic RPG stat system for conversion to any game, which are available online and in trade paperback form. I also do commission art and design work for collectors and commercial applications. Lastly, I host a weekly art jam that can be found here: :icontrdl-r3-weeklyjam:

2015 TRDL OC Art Trade

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 29, 2014, 5:51 PM

As long-time followers of my work know, my bread and butter is a world-building RPG sourcebook series called the TRDL Sourcebooks, offering original supers characters with stats, origins, etc available for conversion and use in various RPG formats. I've been creating characters since I was a kid and the TRDL Original Universe offers over 300 original characters (about 100 are available on  now, and another 200+ will be released with the new sourcebooks later this year). I have collected a number of fan art pieces friends and fellow artists have done of TRDL characters for inclusion in a special gallery. I have also done my interpretations of other artists' OCs here and there as time permits. 

The TRDL OC Fan Art Swap began in 2012 and continues into 2015. While my commission schedule and official TRDL product work is pretty full, what I wanted to do was try and squeeze in some OC fan art to celebrate the design work of fellow artists here on dA. 
The proposal: reply in the comments below with your intent to participate, and include a link to the character (or a collection of characters for me to choose from) and I'll slot you in on the list below. My goal is to hit one of these per month. I will do full color rendering fan art of your character, and in exchange, you can pick one of the characters from the TRDL Universe and draw them for me, and I'll include it in the upcoming TRDL Fan Art gallery here. When thinking about the OCs you want to submit, consider that they can be entirely original designs, or your own redesigns of mainstream characters. If you put some design thought into it, I'll draw it!

So get your name on the list below and lets do some art trades!

10. :icona-deadless-mad-man:

11. :iconartdewd:

12. :iconp-toons:

13. :iconsavvyred:

14. :iconkingleonuniverse:

15. :iconwolfprime:

16. :iconkrthompsonart:

17. :iconthecosmicbeholder:


Previous TRDL OC Art Trades: 

1. :icondawnsknight: TRDL - Anansi by TRDLcomics

2. :icontulio19mx:TRDL- Mixtlicoatl by TRDLcomics

3. :icongwdill: TRDL- Bluejaye by TRDLcomics

4. :iconfemmes-fatales:TRDL- Nichelle by TRDLcomics

5. :icondeeplydapper:TRDL - Mister Pale by TRDLcomics

6. :icondarrentaylor: Trdli1319 Vanguardz by TRDLcomics

7. :iconsdmccarty: Trdli1353 Kalisisz by TRDLcomics

8. :iconcj-williams: Trdli1421 Wwcjz by TRDLcomics

9. :iconyncke: Trdl1434 Oghakkoraacaz by TRDLcomics

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Cyneburg Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for joining and affiliating with :icongive-me-a-prompt:
Your group is really cool btw c:
TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
no problem! Participate anytime...
merkvmerkv Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav!
TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
No problem, let's see more!
merkvmerkv Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the comment..
TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Join :icontrdl-r3-weeklyjam: if you want some good drawing challenges!
lockett730 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
if you ever want to display your original superheroes or villains and bios please check out our site.…

thanks Rodney
JAYNE-HZ Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav! I am a dummy! +fav 
SouthernAllure Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Photographer
Welcome to S.H.I.E.L.D-LOCKDOWN- You have been granted Level 7 access. We are very happy to welcome you Agent :)
TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Level 7! That was even quicker than Skye...
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