I wanted to do something as a sort of companion piece to my Batman Rogues pinup from a long time ago, with Superman. I've been so busy over the past several months that I haven't had the time to make anything just for fun, and Superman is my favorite thing to draw. I was also really inspired by the recent trailer for "Man Of Steel" that was played at SDCC.
I'm always playing around with Superman's suit. A lot of times, I'll approach it with a bit more of a utilitarian look to it, using seam lines and boot straps and whatnot. This time I wanted to embrace the idea that it has a Kryptonian origin. It's largely inspired by the design of the suit from the movie, but I wanted to ad red to the midsection. Not briefs, but more of a color accent that runs down the inside leg a bit and up the waist a little. With the "S" I usually go for something a little more traditional, but I wanted something that could be an "alien" symbol mistaken for a stylized "S", rather than what is clearly a terrestrial "S" from the roman alphabet.
Finally, I wanted this to be a visual representation of Superman with "the world on his shoulders", but in a subtle way. Also, I think it's cool that Superman can just go chill out in space for a while if he wants. It's a bit dark, but that's because the main light source is behind him.
Anyway, thanks for looking.
Superman Copyright DC Entertainment 2012.
Artwork copyright Ibrahim Moustafa 2012