Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Supergirl Studies

Well, the Supergirl meme is bringing in a lot of new traffic to the blog, so, I thought I'd double-dip and present some of the sketches I made on my way to the design I eventually chose. Most of these were drawn during airplane rides to and from Toronto.

1 I was trying to go for a dancer's look with this costume, but it's way too... um, skintight.

2 Too Fifties cheerleader, right?

3 My attempt at the skirt-and-tights solution that a lot of other people have worked with more successfully. Also, Streaky and the Kryptonian bracelet make their appearance.

4 An attempt at more of a schoolgirl approach. I like this design, but I thought it entailed too much revision of the Supergirl concept.
On the facing page, you can see the first thoughts towards the costume I eventually went with.

5 is a little more of the ganglier, fourteen-year-old schoolgirl Supergirl.

And 6 is the costume I took to finish.


f is for Fer; he failed to floss said...

I enjoyed all of these, especially #5 -- Ramona Quimby as Supergirl! That concept is long overdue.

I know you have the sense to stop well short of Beezus as Power Girl, however, and I thank you in advance.

Pulpatooner said...

Wow, you sent me to Google twice with that post. My kid-lit fu is not strong.

chrishaley said...

Very glad you posted these.
I'm hoping to post mine today.

Pulpatooner said...

I'm looking forward to seeing how yours turned out, with the color and all.

Anonymous said...

I think my favorite part is the redesign of Streaky. Makes more sense for the cat to be a literal streak as opposed to being named for having a lightning bolt on its side (shouldn't that be Bolty?).

Pulpatooner said...

Thanks, Scott. It bugged me, as a kid, that not only did Krypton's dominant bipeds look exactly like humans (we'll give them a free pass on that one, right?), but that they also have horses, dogs, monkeys, and cats that look and act exactly like their Earth counterparts.

So my Streaky is not Kryptonian. He's a memeform from a higher dimension, and is probably related to Johnny's Thunderbolt. He operates on a quantum level, and has made a connection with Supergirl because there just aren't that many beings on this dimensional plane that can sense his existence, much less play with him. The cat shape is formed by Supergirl's frame of reference as much as anything.

Okay, I've just out-geeked myself. I better give up before I start retconning Comet, the Superhorse with a Forbidden Love.

chrishaley said...

So does our Sunday group have a name? I'm thinking "Memphis' Awesomest Draw-ers". True and it gives us cool initials for t-shirts, buttons, and bumper-stickers.
That or "Sunday Artists Club".. 'cause, you know, good initials there too.

Unrelated, here's my Supergirl.
Would you mind taking a look at it and letting me know what you think, like if it needs any tweaking.

Pulpatooner said...


That's one adorable SG. So cute! Alice deserves kudos on the coloring. I like that her leggings are a different blue than the hoodie. And, man, how cool would it be to have a hoodie with the old-style Flieschman Studios S-shield?

Very. It would be very cool.

As far as what our little drawing collective is called--I have to admit that I've been referring to it as "Team Geek." But I'm open to alternatives.

Pulpatooner said...

Erm, Fleischman Studios.

chrishaley said...

Just wanted to say that Sunday at noon is definitely a go for me.

mike weber/fairportfan said...

yup. #5 for me. wouldn't have thought of the "Ramona Quimby" comparikson, but now that it's been said... yup.