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Angel Redesign 1 by Grailee Angel Redesign 1 by Grailee
Submission for 2010 December Superhero of the Month [link]
Redesign Contest, Angel/Archangel

I did this piece in support of a new Comic Character Redesign website, SuperherooftheMonth.
Though I did't manage to win the popularity poll, I manage to find a spot as one of the finalist.

Doing a redesign of Marvel X-men's Angel/Archangel is not as hard as other prominent iconic Characters like Captain America. There is not much of a limitation to how he should look like. Other then he need to have a pair of wings, the rest of the design element is rather boundless. There had been many official designs for Warren. However other than the Archangel design that is rather prominent the rest are rather not as memorable.
The only issue is not to make Angel look like DC's Hawkman. And at one glance people should still recognise that he is Angel/Archangel from the X-men. Therefore I retained the color scheme of his costume and played around with his costume making it more relevant to the real life. Imagine a grown man flying around in tights...

Being a Horseman of Death of Apocalypse, I gave him a hood to make him look more like the image of death that we are so accustom to seeing.
The hooded trench works specially when he is on the run and he doesn't want to be seen by others
Initially did thought of giving Warren a scythe but it turned out rather bulky and not a sleek. Therefore I ditched the idea and gave him an organic metal sword that he took from his metalic wing.
Almost gave Warren a skull mask, but put it aside as I want to potray the remnants humanity in him. However I retained the skeleton inspired armour all over him to reflect that he had being a horsemen of Death.
The organic metal wing and the feather wing is a sign of Warren's constant internal conflict between good and evil.
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mephion Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
Excellent redesign! :) (Smile) 
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ACEnBEAKY Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
What are his powers, anyway? Guess I should look that up. Nice drawing.
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ACEnBEAKY Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
And the idea of turning his metal wing parts into an organic sword is pretty cool.
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asgharumar12 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
maybe instead of the skull on chest take it out and make it an X
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asgharumar12 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
maybe because of the 2 wings 1 can be used to heal people and the other to kill i bet u can guess which one has which power
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asgharumar12 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
speechless this is awesome
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Estonius Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Wicked cool look!
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Prue84 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Awesome re-design. :)
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LuKarius Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
I really dig it!It's the kind of creepy thing I would like to see more in Angel?Archangel.
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Grailee Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Thanks! Glad you like it. :)
The whereabout of Warren is currently uncertain after his Dark Angel Saga from the Uncanny X-Force.
Hope he survive the ordeal. haha
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mariosilvaartdesign Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
i really like the fact that you took both concepts and cashed in on the anime-manga demon-angel imagery in this fashion.
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Grailee Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Hey glad you like it. :)
Out of curiousity, regarding how others see my artwork, do you think its inclined toward anime/manga or more of the western? :)
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mariosilvaartdesign Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
clear singular outlines, slight gradient cell coloring, slightly exaggerated anatomy to pursue style over exactitude, heavy gaming design inspiration. You're closer to anime and animation than to manga or comics. but if i had to pick, i'd say your designs tend to lean for the east.
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gwdill Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist
Kinda cool!
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Grailee Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Thanks! Glad you like it. :)
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Student Artist
very cool design! i think the 2 different wings are a really interesting element, though they might be a bit tough on any artist who works on them, hehehe. i'm honestly more of a fan of his more human look, though his archangel look has its place. have you seen the latest series he's in titled "Uncanny X-force"? he switches back and forth and the way its written is very clever. i'm a really big fan of the colors u uses, and its sad for me to see that shade of fuchsia not being used on him anymore.

good design! i'll check out that redesign site, since it seems a bit more active than P:RT.
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Grailee Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Hey Thank you. Glad you like it.
A character have to go turn changes to be interesting. Like Angel here. But with regards to the character design, Marvel have yet to give Angel a definitive look other than his wings.

Fantastic! You have been reading the new installment of Uncanny X-force too! The story and art is just phenomenal.

I was just about to message you privately regarding SHoM. Wanna get you to take part in the fun too. Some veteran P:RT are there.
Thought I'm not too crazy about the idea of choosing a winning design through voting system. Well, its just for the fun of it. :D
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Student Artist
ah! you've been reading it too! haha, thats awesome. I actually wrote about it extensively on my tumblr. if you wanna read about it you can check it out. [link]

i'm definitely considering making a black cat design, even though i don't LOVE the character that much, its still a good exercise in design.

You're right about angel not having a definitive look but i think marvel is close. I enjoy his blue and white out fit and his red and white outfit, but none are absolutely iconic.
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Grailee Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
I hate to say this by Marvel's writing is actually getting better and more interesting. I hope they keep up the good job.
haha do the Blackcat! The more you don't have a liking to the character. The easier you can create something out of the box. haha Some notion. regarding the Blackcat. To me Blackcat is just Marvel's answer to DC's Catwoman.
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Student Artist
most of the books i buy are marvel comics, honestly.
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