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Fantastic Four: Fashion Forward by WhereIDrawTheLine Fantastic Four: Fashion Forward by WhereIDrawTheLine
Project: Rooftop is an online competition for all who want to enter to redesign the costumes and looks of popular superheroes - often judged by the artists who are actually working on the comics themselves. Last time it was for Invincible, this time it was for the Fantastic Four, so I thought I'd give it a go, after all, I made it to the 'honourable mentions' list for Invincible, and this time I actually KNEW who the heroes were :P

However, and AS ever, time was not on my side, and due to taking all the overtime available to me at my new job, I wasn't able to finish this in time for entry. Sad Face.

Still, it's here now, so please, let me know what you think (be nice, I'm still a little fragile over it) all the images are compiled into this one image at under 1000 pixels as part of the brief, but I may post the originals up on my blog, which I'll link to on here at a later date - Thanks for stopping by San Diego...

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EDIT: I've now created another post on my blog showcasing my rough sketches on this project, as well as larger versions of the finished pieces, so you can have a closer look - please feel free to visit and have a look, you can find it here: [link]
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Concept Notes

For me, change needs a reason - for Invincible's redesign I gave him a helmet to a) disguise his face or b) as a breathing apparatus incase he needed to be in space for longer than a week/there was a threat of a virus - in the FF's case, that reason is the recession...

Reed Richards, Mister Fantastic

Reed is an Inventor, and seems to come up with some new gizmo every week. Unlike Tony Stark however, he doesn't sell his tech to the highest bidder - instead their funds seem to come from their celebrity status or some mysterious trust fund (weren't the Storms rich?). However the recession has hit everyone hard, so Sue Storm (the Invisible Woman) suggests selling some of his inventions to earn some extra capital.
Reed reluctantly agrees to share his Fantasticar technology with the US Airforce, under the proviso that Ben Grimm (The Thing) keep an eye on things. He also agrees to hand over the patent on his 'Unstable Molecules' clothing technology to Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) so that he can start his own clothing brand of highly fashionable, yet easily adaptable and durable clothing. The thinking here was that it would finally give Johnny something to do where his strengths lie, it would earn money for the group/brand, and it was in his contract that he MUST supply this durable/adaptable to the homeless, or mutants that need it once every month.
Sue Storm takes control of the business side of things, and therefore has less time to spend with Reed. With Sue not around so much to keep him grounded, Reed becomes increasingly lost in his own work, forgetting to shower regularly or shave, giving him a slightly wild, unkempt look.

With Reed's costume I wanted to highlight the fact that as he can stretch, there's literally no part of his body he can't reach, and therefore I overloaded him with straps and a high-tech back-pack - this doesn't need to look the same for each comic, and in fact would be better if Reed 'packed it' with technology he thought would be relevant to the mission/some new gizmo he wanted to try. The uniform Johnny designed for him is meant to resemble a college professors shirt and waistcoat combo (to go with his fuddy-duddy attitude), complete with white scientist jacket to complete the look. As a traditionalist, and a pragmatist it was Reed himself that insisted he keep the old-school gloves and boots - they were more practical.


Sue Storm/Richards, The Invisible Woman

Because Sue is now head off the FF brand, she becomes much more focused and business orientated. Her costume resembles a lady's trouser suit, and her hair is always in an up do these days - it just looks more professional. I wanted to give her a long coat, as I thought a) it goes with her new 'business woman' look and b) it would look really cool with her invisibility powers - it would appear as if she were floating around like a ghost.
With all Sue's attention on the business, and all Reed's attention on on other dimensions and the horrors they might contain, their marriage is suffering, but neither seems to be noticing...

Note: In case it's not clear in this smaller version of the original picture, Sue is using her ability to project force-fields in whatever shape and size she wishes to type with multiple 'force-fingers' on her Fpad (TM)


Ben Grimm, The Thing

Ben spends a lot of his time at the recently reopened and refurbished Mitchel Air force Base, New York, where together with some of his old air force buddies and contacts from Nasa they work to design new fighter jets based on Reed's Fantasticar designs, and train the young pilots chosen to fly them. Requesting that Johnny design him something a little more suitable, Johnny creates a large, replica of an Air Force Jacket, complete with various patches to showcase his military background - even an FF belt buckle styled after the USAF Logo. Ben Loves the Jacket so much, he'll take it off before charging into battle, usually shrugging it off to his famous catchphrase "IT'S CLOBBERIN' TIME!". A practical joke Johnny likes to play is to stick a note to the inside of the jacket, so whenever he does take it off, it's there for all to see, stuck on his back where he can't reach - this could be a running gag in the comic (a different insult every time).
Being away from the Baxter Building so much is also causing Ben to become distant from the others... cracks may be appearing in Marvel's first family...
Note: You might be able to see a tattoo on his right shoulder - it says 'Petunia' in reference to his 'sweet Aunt' - It's chiselled and painted on, so every now and then it needs to be re-done



Johnny Storm, The Human Torch

Being the young, fame-hungry impetuous hot-head of the team suited Johnny well for a while, but he needed a project to focus on, a goal to achieve. Always being something of a clothes horse, Sue's idea of him starting his own clothing brand (known as 'Perfect Storm') seemed ideal. Perfect Storm is a huge hit, with Johnny having a natural flair for fashion design, and now supplying clothes to celebrities, and custom uniforms for superhero's worldwide. He's even branched into his own fragrance 'Flame On' (for him and for her), with the only negative draw-back being that his already super-heated ego has now gone supernova...
Capitalising on the FF brand, Johnny converted the bottom floors of the Baxter Building into a Perfect Storm Store, and refusing to 'live above a shop' lives in a huge apartment over-looking Central Park.

Johnny has designed all the new FF uniforms, but as fashion is forever changing, and he's something of a style icon, it's rare for him to wear the exact same uniform twice - this gives the artist liberty to change the uniform depending on the fashion at the time, or some bizarre trend a celebrity in the real world happens to be sporting this week (as a parody) - Imagine Johnny Storm wearing a Lady Gaga style meat costume...


The Logo

I went through several Logo designs, and this one seemed to fit best. The logo comprises of four blocks that are arranged into an 'F' - the shapes of the blocks also correspond to the powers and sizes of the four superhero's - 2 are the same size, one is the same width but stretched out, and the last is a large, solid block, and I've coloured one of the logo's in the style of the individual to highlight this. I also think that on Reed and Sue's costume designs it resembles a VIP or Visitors badge, and on Johnny's it could be a price tag. The variants below are just to show what can be done with it, but personally I prefer it as it is.

Fantastic Four and all characters mentioned above belong to Marvel Comics
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benshark92 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I love the designs! but the trippiest part to me is the PERFECT STORM idea....... I am doing my own redesign for the FF and I am using the same name for my own idea..... Weird lol
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WhereIDrawTheLine Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional Artist
Haha, great minds I guess...
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benshark92 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Sounds right to me ;) hahaha
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TBolt66 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
I just stumbled across this, looking for ideas to revamp my FF figures.  I really like that they really aren't in the spandex and look more like adventurer/science heroes instead. Too bad it didn't make it to P:R.  Much better than some of the ones that made the cut there.
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WhereIDrawTheLine Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Artist
Aww thank you! Yeah I was pretty annoyed at myself... I think Ben's design alone might have got me SOME attention... ah well, lesson learned I guess!
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TBolt66 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
I finished up Ben, he's in my gallery. 
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WhereIDrawTheLine Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional Artist
Nice work dude!
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PankakeCarnivor Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student
Not bad! I definitely like Sue and Ben's..the designs suit them well!
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WhereIDrawTheLine Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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vulcangirl14 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
This is brilliant, you should just send it to Marvel. I think your background stories are pretty cool and the outfits are cool too! Though I'm not a big fan of Reed's straps( but I'm willing to overlook that, I just need to warm up to them) . I'm also a bit wary of Jonny being into the fashion buisness. Jonny pretty much is my little brother grown up: wild and a car geek, but you know what I think you could pull it off, it'sjust one of those things that either flies or sinks. I'd read this comic. :D

Once again, Brilliant, it's dissapointing that you weren't done before the dead line.
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WhereIDrawTheLine Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks for all the kind words! Yeah I was so annoyed at myself... oh well :/

I sent it to Project Rooftop, but I've had no answer... maybe they're waiting until the competitions all over? Who knows... sending it to Marvel's a good idea though, I wonder WHERE exactly I do that?
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vulcangirl14 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
well that's good at least they're somewhere were they might get published, or whatever; I hope they get back to you on them though, that'd be really cool if they used them. As for contacting Marvel, I wish I knew, my bet is that they're somewher in New York, That's where they're heroes are ;). If I knew I'd definatly tell you. :D
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WhereIDrawTheLine Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Artist
The results of the competition are up now - some of them are great, some of them... not so much :/
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vulcangirl14 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Oh, well you'll always see some not so great ones and really great ones, yours would have ended up in the Great catagory.
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WhereIDrawTheLine Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Artist
You are too kind *blushes*
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vulcangirl14 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
It's all true, you did a marvelous job :D
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ll Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well this is jolly amazing work and I'm only sorry you weren't able to submit it to the competition in time - I hope you'll still send it off to the site because it still deserves to be shared - I'm particulalry loving your logo idea - its got a great deal of thought behind it, but is such a simple solution! :D
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WhereIDrawTheLine Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks so much, it feels so nice to get some feedback from this piece (especially such positive feedback) I worked so hard on it and have so far received almost no interest! Makes you wonder; why bother? haha :/

Yeah I plan on submitting it tomorrow actually - I'm going to follow my original blog post up with another one showing more of my build up work (including the logo design's that didn't make it) so i can link them too it - i'll also post it on this deviation if you fancy a look

Thanks again :)
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ll Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well alas not every piece can have loads of comments, but yes please do post up more when you get the chance - always interesting to see how ideas develop :)
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WhereIDrawTheLine Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Artist
I'd settle for a flamin' RT at the moment, but oh well!

I posted the roughs I was talking about, the link's now in the description above if you fancy a look sometime
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ll Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Indeed! Went and left you a comment - thanks again for sharing it!

Did you still send it off to Project Rooftop? sometimes they feature late entries too - might help to get it some more exposure! :)
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WhereIDrawTheLine Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Artist
I read it, thanks :)

Yeah I did - nothing from them so far, but I imagine if they DO do anything about it, it won't be until after the competition to avoid any confusion
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