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KISS - Keep It Super Simple by zeustoves KISS - Keep It Super Simple by zeustoves
Let's just get this over with right?

Superman is the character I messed with the least. I don't like the idea of armor, for someone as strong as he is I have always imagined he should be just as intelligent. Sneaky humans always try to put the deadliest weapons front and center like insecure insects - Superman should be just the opposite.

Think about it for a second, Superman is our fictional elder statesman, an emissary from a dead planet. How often do you see elder statesmen wearing body armor? That's what the rest of the members are for. Just kidding.

Seriously I don't mind the underwear, I could have made a design with it as well, but if we are going to make a Superman update it really is the only thing to lose - and as an old design saying goes a design is often done when it is not that more can be added, it is that no more can be taken away.

I kept everything very subdued, colors hopefully, details are very small, the glyph on his chest is something that concerns me. I always liked the idea from the films that it wasn't an "S" but a glyph or sigil of his family but to us it meant something else. That's a basic truth of Superman - we imprint an awful lot on this guy. And that's the biggest reason to keep his design as minimalistic as possible.

The best reason I think I had for not doing too much with him though is he is often thought of as the centerpiece of the JLA - the most inherently powerful. All the characters I have designed have a basic idea relative to their mortality - the more complicated their images become the more you sense it is a comepnsation for their mortality. That will become more apparent as the designs sit together on a page I think. It is actually fairly apparent from the current designs as well but I really wanted to capitalize on that.

Anyway - like I said I may lose some people with this. As Artists I know a lot of us want a shot at pencilling the boy in blue - he's one of the few icons I would actually relish the chance of working on professionally, but not if it meant in anyway dilluting the ideals.

Anyway there was alot of thought put into this even though there really isn't a lot changed and I am sure that is one of the problems that faced the recent Superman Returns film - too many opinions on the simplest of designs. It forces debate. SO be it.
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HeroXero Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good Job! I agree with you on why Superman shouldn't wear armor, bullets can bounce off the dudes face, he has no need for armor.
zeustoves Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks - yeah the armor thing was the whole reason for doing all the redesigns I did. I didn't think they should all look like they had the same tailor. Hehe!
lolth2112 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
I love it! Epic, simply to remember but remarcable at the same time. Classic "spirit" and "modern" urges perfect armonized. AMAZING!
zeustoves Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yay! Thank you!
Kerevon Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I like your thinking. Moreover, I like how you simply took away unnecessary parts of the old outfit (briefs among them) instead of simply adding on new stuff. The overall result (while different) feels far less controversial. To me, anyways.
zeustoves Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks - yeah I guess I really have a lot of reservations about changing Superman very much - addition by subtraction as some people like to say.

And yes - so many people get into the mix when you try to change Superman that it becomes paralyzing.
DRMidnite08 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
zeustoves Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
dreaminpng Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like what you did, and I loved reading your explanation behind it. I agreed with what you said, and feel like you executed what you intended spot on.
zeustoves Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! And thanks for reading, sometimes people gloss over that part hehe.
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