This illustration was done for the TRDL R3 Illustration Jam, the subject being Marvelís Ghost Rider.
I was never a fan of this character. I like flaming skulls plenty, but like a lot of 70s Marvel, itís so pop-culture heavy and therefore dated, itís hard to accept it. Sure, Silver Surfer still flies around on a surfboard. But thereís something about a flaming demonic Hellís Angel cipher that just never gets interesting to me. That said, I wanted to give it a try, so I did a TRDL Redesign, pushing forward to the year 3033.
In this design, the world of the 3000′s is one devoid of biological life. Artificial intelligence rules. Therefore, my Ghost Rider is a bot. I thought it was an interesting conceit that sentience, like the soul, is so little understood by science, that thereís no reason that if artificial intelligences could gain sentience, that they wouldnít gain souls, and therefore have one to trade to Satan. And so, a demonic bot, we have here. To make him more dangerous in this world, I made his core out of a recovered, damaged Chinese nuclear pile. The head may be familiar to some of you. The wheels are actually fission tesseracts, held together by ungravity fields. Heís carrying a container on his belt that contains the DNA samples of each of the men that were once Ghost Riders before freed from their duties. The gun, posture, and framing elements will be familiar to anyone into manga in the 80s, I hope!
You can find a larger version here: [link]
And really, you should see it BIG[link]
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: [link]
Or here, as above, on the TRDL blog: [link]
And you can see a larger view right off my TRDL Illustration Site, here: [link]
A choice for everyone!
Thanks for looking,
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