Joshua James Shaw, the conceptual artist tasked with the creation of costumes for Deadpool’s big film debut (we don’t talk about the actual “debut”; it doesn’t count), has released a series of concept images from his work on the film.
As tradition dictates, an official movie art book for the film is most likely in the works and soon to be released, in which Joshua’s art and other behind-the-scenes workings from the team would feature more extensively. For now, let’s take a look at some of the tantalizing morsels he’s so graciously bestowed upon us.
Up first is a breakdown of the layers that make up Deadpool’s suit, used as a reference by fabricators who would bring the costume from a 2-D concept to a 3-D reality. Cosplayers, take note! Unlike most superhero suits, such as Spiderman’s, which are mostly one-piece (two if you count the mask) and reminiscent of skintight spandex, Deadpool’s getup has a lot more bulk, individual moving parts, and different textures. Just look at those knees.
That little nub on the back of his head is an essential touch.
Some of the finer details that show off texture and material; Shaw has an extensive reference board on his original post containing images of athletic/tactical clothing off which he could base his choices.
Although a supporting character who played a less than significant role in the comics, Negasonic Teenage Warhead has exploded (quite literally) into popularity after being chosen from a line-up of usable characters thanks to her ridiculously awesome name. One of the reasons behind the initial confusion, other than her obscurity, was that her film incarnation looks NOTHING like her original appearance, which was this:
Shaw’s initial vision for her costume and design seemed to follow along the same vein of a decidedly “goth” look, which was toned down for the final film and given more realistic teenager clothing.
The majority of Negasonic fans seem to agree that her final appearance really helps her stand out from comic stereotypes and rise from an unknown side character into a new fan favorite. The suit she wears underneath her clothing, revealed during her fight with Angel Dust, was designed to reflect those illustrated on New Mutant covers.
Shaw also shared a key frame illustration of poor Colossus getting decked by Angel Dust. Beautiful.
His original post features even more pieces of concept art, so drop by and take a look! And keep your fingers crossed that the Deadpool art book will soon be released into our waiting arms.
And thus concludes my first post! Until next time~