Last Thursday, I did this drawing after finishing the latest Jet-Pack Jenny strip. I know everyone is drawing Alpha-Beasts, but I didn’t think I could meet the obligation, even though after seeing everyone’s great work has tempted me a couple of times.
So I drew Storm. I used to hate this outfit, but as I get nostalgic for some of the costume and character designs of the 1970s, I find I keep coming back to the work of Dave Cockrum. Some of the best Legion of Super-Heroes costumes came from Cockrum, and a few of the new X-Men that debuted back in the 1970s sported designs he had intended to use in the Legion, but hey DC didn’t want to give him some of his art back.
So we have Ororo Munroe who inevitably got fetishized in an era when being the new girl on the team meant showing up naked from time to time. Some artists have really done great work featuring Storm in her 80s punk days, but give me a Dave Cockrum 70s costume any day of the week.
Her outfit has been redesigned numerous times since thenincluding in ways that artists couldn’t consistently render. I imagine this as a shiny leather or vinyl fabric, and when a character can’t feel the weather extremes, it really doesn’t make sense for her to wear sleeves.
I do like the look on her face, and the weight in her stance. I need to work on the shadows a little bit more and I really don’t like those abdomen highlights the more I see them.