TRDL 2011 Series, No. 19: Iron Man Series – Space Armor [Iron man #142]
This round I finished up a penciled/inked piece that actually predates last round’s Stealth Armor, not only in comic continuity chronology, but in my drawing order. I skipped ahead to finish rendering the Stealth Armor, but I wanted to get this one wrapped up before starting the next project. At the time, I liked this armor because it was the first, since the original one and its repaint, to be big and bulky. In comic parlance of the day, it still had abs and quads and the like, but the proportions were decidedly thick, which offered a nice sense of real-world spacesuits, if unnecessarily for the Iron man technology world.
I didn’t redesign the details of this armor, though I tried to differentiate it from my original armor, but giving it contoured armor segments to evoke musculature, and a normalized helmet size. I tried to make it, as it was in the comics, a beefed up version of a normal scale Iron Man armor, as opposed to the original suit, which simple was what it was in a more primitive state. I did include some edges at the terminus points of the armor components to imply plate overlap when joints bend or sockets swivel, however. At this point in my series, I am not yet accepting the ‘smart-fabric’ business they’ve relied on in the Iron Man books for decades. What I DID change, however, is the temperature of the colors. I wanted to differentiate each armor from the others as I can, and this time I wanted to play with different colors that would still read as the classic armor I’m drawing: I took inspiration from the shiny copper surfacing you see in some satellites and space equipment, and pushed the colors of his suit int eh golds and oranges.
The process notes and step by step looks at the work below…[link]
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Third Rail Thrills is a series of pin-ups inspired by classic cheesecake art. Some of these pieces may also occur in my other series' such as the Propaganda Art or Bomber Girls, but the Thrills series puts them against the showcase background and they are part of a growing collection on the main site.
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