Starting a redesign of Markos. The more I thought about it, the less I liked the duster. The Sparrow is supposed to be a superhero comic, and I think I should be designing with some superhero tropes in mind. I don’t want to go full-on spandex and tights, but I do want the characters’ appearances to read more “superhero” than “urban fantasy.” The duster is just too cliche, too Dresden Files for me. Not that there’s anything wrong with urban fantasy/supernatural stories! That’s just not the feel I want.
My ultimate goal is “functional superhero.” In other words, I want my superhero characters to wear comfortable clothing that people could actually wear, but still look like costumes. The new Batgirl costume is one inspiration. Others include Kamala Khan’s costume, several of the Ghost Rider outfits, that sort of thing. Costume but still clothing.
The duster was intended to be the Hide of the Nemean Lion in modern form. It was intended to protect Markos. The Hide cannot be penetrated by any weapon, so as long as he wore it, he’d be impervious to most damage. I want him to keep the Hide, but I want to redesign it to be more superhero than Constantine.
Presented is the first sketch I made. This one is a hooded jacket. Shorter, with some kneepads/greaves to help protect his lower legs. I was thinking about having the hood cover his face in such a way that it resembles a ferocious lion, and perhaps the his sleeves have retractable claws or something that he can put on his hands for combat.
I’m going to try a few different jacket cuts and silhouettes. I also want to try a cloak as opposed to a jacket. That might be an interesting silhouette to work with, and it’s one none of the other characters have right now.