Monday, July 27, 2009

Spectrum Is Green

As you can probably tell by now,I enjoy revisiting characters I loved growing up and give them a bit of a makeover.

Next on my list is the Indestructible Captain Scarlet,the Mysterious Captain Black and err... Captain Blue.

This one proved quite difficult as the Spectrum uniform was very hard to improve,the hat being the only thing that needed a drastic update...and maybe the shoulder pads.I stuck with the general design and trimmed the fat a bit.I cant say I remember any Agent use that horizontal zipper pocket on their vests,so that had to goand I gave the undershirt and pants a knitted mesh texture to help differentiate it from the vest.The hat is now less a drivers hat and more of a helmet and the cuffs on the sleeves replace the Spectrum logo cuffs with a more functional watch/pda feeling to them.

The great thing about the costume,just like the show,is that a simple recolour here and there and you end up with a whole bunch of characters.

I also came up with a few alternate designs that I hope to have finished soon.

This is the first set of pics Ive worked on completely digitally;usually I draw and scan and then colour,however I thought Id give it a go this time,so let me know what you think.


Captain Scarlett (c) ITC Entertainment

Sunday, July 26, 2009


I recently got a glimpse of the upcoming GIJOE:Rise of Cobra movie and I gotta say,it could be the best worst movie of the year or worst best movie of the year.

Either way,Im just happy that Snake-Eyes looks wicked and mildly miffed that Storm Shadow is being played by a Korean dude with hair appeal.

In light of this,Ive had some Cobra redesigns floating around my head that needed to get out;the first of which is my streamlined Cobra Commander.

From left,Field Commander,Hooded Commander and Crimson Commander

I always thought Cobra Commander would be quite an eccentric character who liked a good dose of pomp and cicrumstance mixed with a bit menace,so I devised a simple Cobra motif that ties in with his whole costume and provides a sleek military look that can be easily dressed up or down.

The Field Commander has the classic helmeted look,but one that more closely resembles the old Cobra B.A.T. as the the metal cowl never really made much sense to me.

The standard Hooded Commander features more a classic Cobra colour scheme that suits more day to day use.

And finally,the Crimson Commander;for those much needed parades and Crimson Guard rallys.


Cobra Commander (c) Hasbro

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Superman through the ages

As part of my folio,in another "stroke of pure genius" I reimagined the top tier DC Comics Super-heroes in an alternate "Ultimate" universe where I could strip them back of years of continuity and start afresh in a manner that made sense(to me at least).

The first to get such treatment was of course Superman.As he was the first Superhero in the DC continuity of the time,he was the greatest inspiration for many if not all of the DC Superheroes that followed him.In order to redesign his classic costume into one that could be instantly recognisable and still transcend his famous look,I decided to do up a gallery of his suits from throughout his history.

From left,First Appearance,Golden Age and Fleischer

From left,Silver Age,Modern Age,Kingdom Come

From left,Regeneration Suit,Superman Blue and Superman Red.

From left,Superman Animated,Justice Lord and JLU

Three of my own designs,essentially filling in the design gaps between the Animated and JLU suits with my personal favourite in the middle.


Superman (c) DC Comics

Streets of Rage

For a time I considered applying for a game development course and in what I cant only say at the time was a "stroke of pure genius" I decided to update the Streets Of Rage franchise as part of my application.What follows are the progressive model sheets I did up for two of the main characters;Axel and X.

As you can probably tell,both characters are based on two well known celebrities,WWE Superstar John Cena as Axel and X to the Z Xzibit as the ubiquitous X.

As it turns out,I never did apply for the course and these guys have been sitting on my pc for years.


And so it begins...

Hi there guys,

Its been a long time coming (some would say VERY LONG TIME),but my new blog is finally up on the webs...

So welcome to (duh duh da duh) Hiflyer Concepts;home to all my Concept Art,Character Designs and anything else Ive drawn.

My aim over time is to build a substantial collection of work,both professional and personal that shows my love for Concept Art and Character Design.

So sit back,relax and enjoy the cavalcade of art thats coming your way.

Also keep an eye out for ,my Custom and Kitbashed Action Figure blog coming very soon :)