Hey ohhh. My entry for Project Rooftop’s Black Canary re-design. Regardless of outcome, I definitely aim to enter future contests for practice. I hope they do a villain one sometime because I would be all over that.
To be fair, my only familiarity with this character is from the Justice League cartoons I marathon binge from time to time while I’m drawing, so I started there. Black Canary has this great tough looking silhouette that goes hand in hand with her bare-fisted, no holds barred fighting style. The general elements of her costume consist of a black half jacket, tunic, and fishnets. I love strong broad shoulders in female superheroes, and Canary’s half jacket is a great feature for framing/emphasizing that. The short cut of the tunic has a nice hourglass shape and also puts the focus on those gams of hers.
For my swing at this, I went for something that might be worn in a wresting match/ring as Black Canary is more of a practical fighter. It’s also a nod to her mentorship by boxing great, Wildcat. The design might be too conservative overall... oh well. One noticeable thing about Black Canary’s costume is that it lacks any real connection to, well… “canary-ness.” I don’t really have a problem with it since I don’t see her as the type of superhero to sport a big brazen logo/emblem. I think it would just seem like commercial advertising or Nascar. I gave her a semi-cape-let for her shoulders that mimics feather shapes, and also on the bottom of the tunic. I was never a fan of the black fishnets (how 80's!), but I did want to incorporate tights or hose (no giggling, now) into the design somehow. The tights fade into a pair of boxing boots with free access to the laces. You want those boots snug when fighting baddies. Lastly, I stuck to her black/blue color palette for the most part but put in a smidge of yellow on the shoulders, inspired by red-winged black birds. So there you have it, I laid out all of that horrible nerdery in plain sight. I warned you.