Wednesday, December 8, 2010

SHCC Break

Just letting everyone know we are still alive! The core group of SHCC contributors/creators are students, so finals week is upon us and making us severely bogged down with work. As soon as this week is over we'll be finalizing the theme and subject for the final post of the month of December! See you then!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Scarlet Witch in Literature

I was sad to see the lack of submissions this round--but still liking the results! If anyone would like to have more suggestions for who to do next/themes to do, please post them in the comments!

Joel Priddy's Scarlet Witch:

Juan Antonio Rodrÿffffedguez Armas' Scarlet Witch:

Urganda la Desconocida (Urganda the Unknown or Unrecognized) a character of Amadis of Gaul, the most important Spanish chivalric romance. She is a sorceress with magical powers and a talent for prophecy who favour knight errant Amadis de Gaula Also is appeared in Don Quixote as secondary character.

She was a witch and her name sound like the name of Scarlett Witch, (I know it´s a terrible joke)

Whitney Hubbard's Scarlet Witch:

I went with Medea as my literary inspiration. I picked the character Medea because both she and the Scarlet Witch had these really tragic stories involving their children being killed. Medea actually killed her own children as revenge against her husband Jason, and depending on the verison of the story you read, she may or may not have fed them to Jason too. Which is disgusting.

Alex Getts' Scarlet Witch:

The first thing I thought of when I read the "literature" theme was Breakfast at Tiffany's. Of course, I think the film is more well-known than the novella, so I used Audrey Hepburn as my template when redesigning the Scarlet Witch as a Holly Golightly-esque figure, switching the trademark black for the Witch's signature color.

The next hero and theme will be announced sometime tomorrow or Tuesday, December 6th or 7th. We will still be accepting Scarlet Witches whenever you are finished with them, so send them to whenever possible, and don't forget to post suggestions in the comments!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The next hero is...

The theme for this round is Literature. The challenge is to place her in a book--what would she be like in Harry Potter? Lord of the Rings? Ok...those are really lame generic examples, but I'm having trouble thinking of any on the spot here. But you get the idea! Be creative!

We're giving three weeks this time, so she is due by 12/5/10 so make sure to get them into before the fifth!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Blue Beetle and Booster Gold

Here are the Medievil themed Blue Beetle and Booster Gold entries.

Michael Walsh's Blue Beetle and Booster Gold:

Alex Barton's Blue Beetle and Booster Gold:

Mark Hartman's Blue Beetle and Booster Gold:

Robin French's Blue Beetle and Booster Gold:

Michael Nelsen's Blue Beetle and Booster Gold:

The next hero and theme will be announced sometime tomorrow, November 15th.

Monday, November 1, 2010

The next heroes are...

The theme for this duo is Medievil. You can feel free to redesign only one of the two if you wish, but doing them together is preferred. Here's the Wikipedia page for help.

They are due by 11/14/10 so make sure to get them into before the fourteenth!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

If you have any good Halloween superhero redesign costumes you made for Halloween, send them to! Here's Angel Bonesteel sporting a new twist on the traditional Robin costume for the holiday.

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fire and Ice

Here are the 1920s themed Fire and Ice entries. We will be accepting entries up until Halloween for this theme as well, because we got AMAZING results this time around and got a lot of e-mails expressing further interest in submissions/wanting to submit if more time allowed. So keep them coming guys!

Christopher Duran's Fire and Ice:

Maya N's Fire and Ice:

Marie Provence's Fire:

Michael Nelsen's Fire and Ice:

Ronnie Munter's Fire and Ice:

Stephanie Kern's Fire and Ice:

Jack Foster's Fire and Ice:

Fire and Ice...

Will be posted TONIGHT before midnight...get them in, guys!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fire and Ice Extension

Hey guys!

A lot of us who wanted to do Fire and Ice this time around were unable to finish in time due to midterms but still want to draw we're going to extend the deadline to next Saturday, October 23rd. So please make sure you have them in by the NEW date, October 24th.

Thanks for your patience...this will allow for many more awesome and creative entries!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Matt Ryan's Nightwing

I love Matt Ryan's Nightwing, especially his creative backstory.

After a long stint as the drummer for the hardcore death-metal band Dynamic Duo, Dick Grayson now tours with the Titans. The Titans, as you may recall, include Wally West on electric guitar, Raven on tambourine and Koriand'r on lead vocals. Garth Jackson Hyde replaced Roy Harper on bass and back-up vocals, during his long battle with heroine addiction. Victor Stone, though not an official member of the group, has worked on several collaborations with the Titans in the past, and is rumored to be featured in the Titan's next album titled "You Suck, Dan DiDio Please Stop Killing Us Off."

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The hero(es) for 10/17 are...

The theme for this duo is 1920s. You can feel free to redesign only one of the two if you wish, but doing them together is preferred. Here is a good site for some inspiration--there's definitely a lot to draw from.

They are due by 10/17/10 so make sure to get them into before the seventeenth!

Fire and Ice image courtesy of Adam Hughes.


Here are the musical genre/movement themed Nightwings! I'm impressed with the variety we received this time around.

Justin Wheeler's Nightwing:

Brittany Seiveno's Raver Nightwing:

Kayla Cline's Baroness Album Cover Nightwing:

Alex Barton's Metal Nightwing:

Elliot Boyette's Punk Rock Nightwing:

Michael Vinson's Jazz Nightwing:

I don't really have a description for him, other than he is a 1940's Jazz/Big Band Nightwing. You could always go with the obvious pun: "He had such a bland costume I thought I would jazz it up."

Brian le Golem's Disco Nightwing:

Erik M. Held's Nightwing:

"This next one's for Barbara...." Richard Grayson, performing live all this week at the Nightwing Lounge, Gotham City's premiere blues club! Really, this is a guy at a piano, save that the glasses have a modified version of his Nightwing (3rd costume) logo. Also, he's smiling a little, as Grayson is eternally optimistic, compared to his mentor, concert pianist Bruce Waynovitsky. Pardon the sketch; no time to ink or scan properly.

Juan Antonio Rodrÿffffedguez Armas' Glam Nightwing:

Calvin Vankeersbilck's Nightwing:

My design is Nightwing as a member of a mid 1960's Mod band. I think of them more similar to the Who, or The Kinks, rather than the Byrds or the Monkees.
I tried to combine Nightwing's whole costume history in the design, the tie represents the yellow wing pattern that was on his first two costumes, and the blue tones are also there to reflect that. I decided to go with a grayish purple rather than black for the jacket because the black really washed out the details.
For the Robins I decided to try and represent versions of their different costumes.
I also tried to embody the different personalities in each outfit, Damian was given an edwardian Arthur Rimbaud like style, the green is a lot more subtle.
And Jason's outfit looks kind of like he's trying really hard to be cool, and not pulling it off as well.

Jeremy Todd's Nightwing:

The idea was kind of a Jimi Hendrix-esque look for Nigthwing. I was trying to brainstorm what kind of look from class rock would work for Nightwing and came across a picture of Hendrix in this Hussar's jacket. I thought all the piping would make a nice parallel to his 70s look and allow for a big collar. The western shirt kind of continues the look. And the guitar strap pays tribute to the Robin/Batman utility belt.

Thanks for submitting to the regulars, and to the new contributors as well! As usual, the next superhero will be announced later tonight, so keep looking.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

What is SHCC?

I've gotten a few e-mails referring to what we do here at SHCC as a contest. It isn't, just to clarify. Anyone and everyone is welcome, and no one wins some splendid prize for the "best ever _____". It's just a way to network, share ideas, and enjoy each others artwork, creativity and love of all things superhero related.

There is indeed a core group of us from the Memphis College of Art that tend to contribute every time (more or less) and that I consider regulars, but there are also regulars NOT from MCA, people that I've never met.

It's not a contest, or an exclusive club...just draw, submit and enjoy!

ALSO to address a point brought up by a submitter, entries MUST be drawn by YOU. No tracing, generators or coloring line art drawn by someone else.

I hope this clears some things up and that I will get to see many entries from everyone, and many new faces in the coming months!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Shane McDermott's Nova

Shane McDermott never fails to impress with his redesigns!

Nova as imagined as Sir Richard Rider, the Celtic Knight with the powers of a sun or something.

ATTN: Nova Contributors

Justin got an e-mail from a blog watcher that took particular interest in the Nova submissions. It went as follows:

"As a main contributor for Nova Prime Page and Cosmic Book News and a long time Nova fan (I mean long time) I have to say coming across your blog and seeing how you taken Nova and re-interpreted him as mythical variations is excellent - especially the Ra ones - although out of all of them I love the first one as he's very near to my own Nova619 redesign. If you'd like to send any of them to the fan art gallery at Nova Prime Page (google it) - if you contact webmaster Doug Smith c/o I'm sure he'd be happy to put them in the gallery there!"

If you're interested in submitting your Nova to his gallery, the webmaster's address is listed above ( Thanks again for all the great work, guys!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Hero for 10/3/10 is...

We're doing another theme (and will probably continue to have themes in the future, due to popularity and the creativity on the part of the contributors), this time being to depict Nightwing as an artist in a genre of music OR depicted as a member of a musical movement. Feel free to go crazy with this...punk rock Nightwing, rockabilly Nightwing, country Nightwing...there are plenty of options to choose from!

He is due by 10/3/10 so make sure to get them into before the third!


Here are the mythological Novas SHCC received over the past few weeks! Great job guys!

Kyle Frink's Nova:

Not knowing much about the character, I decided to redesign Nova's suite to be more of a space/ survival suite and less like painted on spandex. As for the cultural theme portion of the challenge, I wanted to do a homage to Atlas in Greek Mythology with out being too obvious.

Joel Priddy's Nova:

No description given.

Kayla Cline and Justin Wheeler's collaboration Nova:

We both wanted to do a Baphomet inpired Nova, so we worked together to make this guy. Justin designed him, I (Kayla) drew him, Justin inked him, and I colored him and overlaid some Baphomet imagery.

Alex Barton's Nova:

No description given.

Matt Ryan's Nova:

I can't find a whole lotta justification for the sword and the wings, but I think they look awesome. I wanted him to appear like an archangel, or someone that would have been interpreted as one.

Pete Taylor's Nova:

I read about the Nova mythological designs and had an idea for a Norse Nova but somewhere along the way I forgot it had to be mythological and changed my design to a WW1 version! I think it was a doodle of a Nova-style flying helmet that did it.

Mayon Maxey's Nova:

Here is my submission for your Nova Redesign, Mythological version. I decided to recreate Nova as a Mayan superhero. My attempt to show a connection to the modern day Nova includes him having large feathers in place of the star on the front of his helmet. He also has three Mayan versions of the sun wrapped around his neck. Hope you enjoy.

Jeremy Todd's Nova:

I thought an Egyptian theme would suit the character pretty well. The gold and blue color scheme was pretty easy to transfer over. And the fact that Ra's head was that of a falcon fit well with Nova's crazy helmet. Had fun coming up with this. Hopefully I'll be able to work on the coloring and add a background later.

Elliot Boyette's Nova:

Witchdoctor Nova!

Cody Barnhill's Nova:

I was really proud of all the time I put in to it, the loving crafting of form and composition, the re-imagining of such a classic hero. I think I captured his larger than life presence here.

Derrick Dent's Nova:

Here's my Nova redesign put through an Ancient Egyptian filter. Lots of fun experimenting with hand drawn layers of texture.

Erik M. Held's Nova:

Hail Rikadu son of Ryadem, blessed of Shamash, God of Justice and the Sun! The basic interpretation is through Babylonian/Assyrian mythology (BabyloNova!). Shamash needs a hero and chooses Rikadu as his defender of Law (remember, Shamash gave Hammurabi his Code). He grants him a sword, shield (that, as pictured strapped to his back, manifests wings of a mighty eagle) and other articles of power. Shamash also gets his father Sin, God of the Moon and Wisdom to bless Rikadu with great knowledge, as well as the Wisdom to wield his Sword of Justice (notice the crescent moons on helm and hilt); Ishtar, sister of Shamash and Goddess of Love, War and Fertility, gives him her Spear of Beautiful Victory, which can pierce any foe's armor and heal any ally's wound. The three symbols on his chest (and elsewhere) are the ancient seals of these gods.

Thanks for submitting! The next superhero will be announced tonight, so keep looking.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Next hero...

The next hero, to be e-mailed to BY September 19, is...

This time, back by popular demand, he will be themed. Your job is to take Nova and interpret him through a culture's mythology. You could, for example, interpret him through Greek mythology and treat him like Apollo. (BUT, any culture can be used.)

Since he is basically (from my understanding of Alex's explanation of him) a friggin' sun and fights evil planets or something, he should fit into a mythological context pretty easily!

Shane McDermott's Storm

One more storm, this time from Shane McDermott!

I didn't know much about Storm so I did a little research and learned that she and her mother are from a long line of African witch-priestesses with white hair. She spent part of her childhood in Cairo, lost her parents there and even spent time as a thief before joining the X-Men. Or something like that. It was fun to hunt for images of African priestesses and trinkets that she might have picked up and held onto during her days as a thief in Cairo.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Derrick Dent's Storm

I don't encourage submitting heroes late, but it's really hard to turn down posting ones that are so awesome! So if you do turn it in late...just make sure it's really really ridiculously good looking. Like Derrick's!

I wanted to play with the idea of her being able to manipulate the weather of her immediate surroundings, so I tried to draw her as a composer/puppeteer type of figure.