All right, let’s forget I drew Starfire before now. Here’s the follow-up:
Tackled the design again last night, and I’m much happier with the results. Again, the goal was to merge her original metal bikini costume with her more modest animated series costume.
I started by writing down some keywords for the character, to focus the redesign: alien warrior princess, sun worshipper, paradise world, and then a couple notes about her backstory.
I won’t bore you with the whole thought process, but there’s some obvious stuff - the gauntlets and leggings have some doodly-oodly patterns on them, but are meant to be fancy alien plated armor, so expect this Starfire to get in close with knees and elbows during a fight as often as she’d used her (ahem) “starbolts” (In the comic, she had been trained in close combat as a warrior, the laser beams were a later addition, yet she rarely gets in close to fight. I’d like to see that change).
Part of the ‘sun-worshipper’ and ‘paradise planet’ things come out in her bare feet and luxurious locks. I thought she’d probably have slightly more ornate hair, braided and pinned back from the face. Usually, her ‘special effects’ are focused on her hair - it creates a sort of luminous ‘chemtrail’ when she flies - so I expanded it in such a way that her hair glows warmly AND I expanded that to her skin, too, so rather than just being an orangey color, it’s actually glowing much like the hair.
Anyway, then it’s all purple and gold and I’m muuuuch happier with this version, so I’ll stop here. I’m not even sure what the inspiration to re-do Starfire was (The New Teen Titans was the hot book when I was a kid, and while I read it and liked it, I was never gaga for it. It was my mom’s favorite book for a time, though), except for all the froo-frah about her slutty reinvention in the NuDC, PS god I hate that “NuDC” bullshit …
Original redesign here: http://bit.ly/pxYcSO
Starfire’s actual costumes here: http://bit.ly/pvPq1C