We finally get to see the ATOM suit in full action in the latest episode of Arrow 'Suicidal Tendencies'. I was lucky enough to get a chance to go on set today to see the ATOM suit up close in person. This was probably one of the coolest and definitely proudest concept I've ever done. I was shocked when I first heard about the producers' idea of an exosuit from costume designer Maya Mani. I literally paused and said 'EXOSUIT ? for TV? Like EXO-Skeleton armor? Really?' and the answer was 'YES'. I was in joy of course. Not often you get to participate and help conceptualize in such ambitious design for a TV show, and it will have to be a functional practical suit that Brandon Routh will wear. I'm more familiar with the traditional spandex Atom suit from the comic and cartoon, and have only see a picture of 2 from some of the latest New 52 comic version where he has some sort of armor and helmet. I tried to emulate the feel of the traditional blue and red pattern as much as possible while keeping it still more on the grounded sci fi armor. I was so excited when I saw a little lighting test they did on a 3D printed 1/6 Maquette of the suit on Brandon. When they finally release the first photo of Brandon wearing the suit in full lighting, I had the biggest geek out moment screaming in studio to get all my coworker to check it out. Lots of amazing talents did lots of hard work into this suit, I'm glad that most people feel really positive about it. Either you like it or not as the ATOM, it is a pretty cool suit on an amazing actor. Stay tune, more cool stuff to come!
After the mid season finale, The Flash came back with a mind blowing episode that not only introduces the beginning of time traveling, but also revealed Harrison Well's true identity as Eobard Thawne from the future. We finally get to see Wells in the actual Reverse Flash suit. So here are 2 concepts of the Reverse Flash suits that are pretty close to the final suit in the show. The suit in the show ended up having a bit less dark grey armor than the concepts. It was pretty exciting that I got to illustrate the Reverse Flash, and I knew that it is Harrison Wells who is in the suit but I had no idea what his true identity was and the whole back story. Can't wait to see what other amazing plot twists the awesome producers and writers have for us as we are getting closer and closer to the end of the first season! Stay tune, more cool stuff coming!
Work has been super busy so I'm slacking on posts. Here is the concept of Laurel Lance Black Canary for season 3 of Arrow. After the dramatic cliff hanger mid season finale of Arrow, Starling city was left unprotected in the absence of Arrow. Arsenal and Diggle helped to pick up the slack and so did Laurel. Laurel decided to follow her sister Sara's footstep and become the Canary. I thought she would put on Sara's jacket and adapt to that but turned out she has her very own suit. She still has a long way to go to truly become the ass kicking Black Canary.
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Back in December, CW had a super awesome crossover event in the 8th episode of Arrow and Flash. During the Arrow episode, Oliver got some little upgrades to his suit. The 2 concepts above probably gives a little better look at the modifications. The strap for the quiver is more like a bandolier now that holds special trick arrow tips. There are flechette holders added to his left arm, lower back and his thighs. 2 seams were added at the lower front of jacket which makes it feel abit more like the lines of the abs which we all know Oliver Queen has, but also for the new jacket belt to loop through that holds 2 side pouches.
Now here is the fun one, below is a 'blooper version' which I added a green boxing glove on the bandolier with the other trick arrow tips as a homage to the classic boxing glove arrow. The awesome thing is that they actually figured a really smart way to create the classic boxing glove arrow in one of the episodes in season 3! I wonder if they saw the blooper illustration and got some ideas.
More cool things to come!
So Arrow is on the mid season break right now after the epic mid season finale. Please go watch it if you haven't because it was awesome! So here is my concept illustrations of the Demon himself once again working with the fantastic costume designer Maya Mani and her costume department. I did this illustration before they cast the actor Matt Nable. There were rumors that 'The Mummy returns" actor Oded Fehr was on the list and Niam Neeson from the Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight triology is interested, so I tried to gave my Ra's a hybrid of both actors' qualities. This was another one of those I can check it off my list illustration of an iconic comic book character that I wouldn't have thought I would be able to work on. I'm that close to the Batman world! I can't wait til the second half of the season starts again since we were left with the big SPOILER 'cliffhanger' and a much better view of the A.T.O.M exo-suit hologram. Much much more cool things to come so stay tune and have a great holiday!
So its almost mid season finale of Arrow, and they have been revealing some pretty cool characters. First they gave us the first glimpse of Ra's Al Ghul at the end of episode 4 'The Magician'. Last week they released official photos of Laurel Lance as Black Canary. At the end of this week's episode, they've gave a nice sneak peak of the hologram render of Ray Palmer's A.T.O.M exosuit that I have the pleasure to illustrate. It is one of the coolest thing I've got to do and definitely I can cross that one off my list, can't wait to see the full suit on Palmer.
In the second episode of The Flash, Flash faces a villain whose power is the ability to multiply himself. Cisco Ramon made up the name Captain Clone for him half way through the episode and at the end he gave him a name that are more familiar to the comic book fans - Multiplex. He was the the first character I got to worked on for The Flash. Like the first season of Arrow, the villains are not quite villainy yet and stilll very grounded visually.