This one's probably about a year old now, but it's still one of my personal favorite things that I've done. It was for an assignment in my Business Of Art class at the Kubert School. We had to choose an old, unpopular character from either the DC or Marvel universe and come up with a new, reinvigorated story for them, along with a new costume. I chose Marvel Comics' Texas Twister.
The Texas Twister was a rodeo clown turned superhero who could create and control tornadoes. Somewhere along the line he fought some demon alongside the Avengers and was possessed by said demon. It was exercised from his body before too long, but his possession is important to my revamp of the character. I came up with the idea that while he was possessed the demon pushed his powers to the limit so that when it left his body he was weakened. He quit superheroics and dropped the ridiculous costume for normal farm-running attire, moved back to Texas, and became, well, a farmer. He also got glasses because I decided that he's now in his forties and his eyesight's failing. Anyway, he still has his twister powers, but they're not what they used to be and they tire him out real fast. Just for kicks, I re-invented a villain named Deathurge as well. He was a cosmic villain who could sense when people weren't feeling positive about themselves. Essentially, if you were feeling down on your luck you couldn't hurt him, but if you believed in yourself you could theoretically beat him. Also, he could turn his black, oily body into different stabbing weapons. I decided that Deathurge has come to Texas to prey on down-on-their-luck folk on a worldwide killing spree. When he starts killing people in the Twister's town, he takes up his lasso and tries to stop him. Before he can do this though, he must once again believe in himself and make a positive effort to stop his enemy. A very heart-warming tale, no?
Anyway, it's a 10"x15" image area, completely done in ink and acrylic paint. Huge props go out to instructor Darren Auck and fellow classmate Chris Staggs for helping me push my boundaries on this picture, making it one of my favorites, as well as a personal victory for the period during which I completed it.