View Full Version : Requesting a Superhero Sketch

2011-09-08, 08:09 AM
Hi, I am going to play a Villains and Vigilantes game with a few friends and I am trying to put together a general sketch of how my character would look. I am not good at drawing so I figured I could at least try to get someone else to do it for me :smallbiggrin:

My character has the following powers which from a role-playing point of view have been decided to stem from my character's ability manifest extreme amounts of bioelectricity. I will describe how each one relates to the bioelectric effect.

Lightning Control (zapping people with the bioelectricity, probably from hands)
Vibratory Powers (able to become incorporeal by increasing the vibration of my molecules)
Regeneration (able to heal quickly because my cells are supercharged)
Revivification (My hands are defibrillators essentially)
Invulnerability (Can't really think of a good reason for this one... bio-electromagnetic shield?)
Speed Bonus (Muscles are supercharged)

The rules for this game have been extremely modified so if anyone is familiar with V&V and don't recognize the powers (many powers were added in this rule set) don't be confused :smalltongue:

As far as physical description:
Short (1-2 inches) blond hair, in a nondescript style
Approximately 6 ft tall
Not that muscular but definitely not fat at all
Male Caucasian (did I really not specify that until now...?)

Costume ideas:
The suit would flash randomly in fist-sized blips across the entire body when he is manifesting the power.
6-12 inch strands of wire that also float up and spark, also when using the powers. (only if the artistically minded think that this isn't a horrible idea) (would be attached on one end to the suit, probably only on the shoulders and arms)
The suit would be full body, without anything over the head. (includes gloves, boots, etc.)
Cooler colors (as opposed to warm)

Other than that, I can't really think of any thing that I want. Feel free to bend some of the details if it would look better, you are the artist not me :smallbiggrin:

I have not decided on any particular color scheme... Another thing for the artist to decide!

Also, as far as the art style... I guess I had it pictured in my head as like in a comic book. But there are many different styles within that set. Hmm. I guess like this (http://static.moviefanatic.com/files/the-flash-gets-a-new-director.jpg). If you don't like that style or are not very good with it, go ahead and do what you want. As long as I get something I will be happy.

2011-09-15, 10:24 AM
Do you have any idea how close you came to describing Colonel Volgin from MGS3? Aside from 'not too muscular' you're about spot on. He's pretty buff though.

I can't find a bigger image of him in his rubber combat suit, but you get the idea.


I could try to draw a character along the lines of what you describe, I'm new to drawing on the computer though so it might come out good, it might not.

2011-09-15, 10:28 AM
I have never heard of that guy, funny. He doesn't really fit the image I want for my character though.

If you are willing to draw me something I will be happy with what I get. Thanks

Another note, I think I would like cooler colors for his suit rather than warm.


And of course I am certainly open to other people drawing him as well. The more I have to choose from the better! Anyone...?

2011-09-15, 10:58 PM
I think I'm going to start working on him now. On the subject of colors, have you thought about the lightning at all? Yellow is of course the classic, but any color can work. Blue and white are popular, and I can think of at least one instance of red being used to good effect.

2011-09-16, 08:51 AM
I had been thinking blue or greenish. I don't think I want yellow, never liked that color. The color of the lightning should, of course, compliment the color of the costume.

The orange, I don't know. If it looks good go ahead, though I don't really want it to be a "big" color.

2011-09-16, 09:22 AM
Alright, I made it yellow as I was working, but changing colors in Inkscape is easy. Here's what I have so far, let me know if there's anything else you'd like different.


and the unpowered version


2011-09-16, 09:25 AM
Nice I like it, the yellow looks really good there but if it easy enough I would prefer to at least see other versions.

I should have specified, I was thinking only 3-4 sparking wire things on the arms. Might get rid of them entirely.

He also looks a bit fat at the torso. no problem though, if that is more difficult to change.


2011-09-16, 09:47 AM
Alright, here's a few different versions to take a look at. the spots on the chest can be changed too, I was just too lazy to do it for these examples.


2011-09-16, 09:52 AM
I like the blue one with the light background best I think. The blotches, since they are the suit illuminating, should match the suits color rather than the color of the lightning.

I really like how it looks so far, thanks.

EDIT: I do actually like the dark background, but you aren't able to see his boots very well, perhaps a dark, slightly colored background instead? Or maybe just a dark gray.

2011-09-16, 10:57 AM
Alright, here's a version on a navy blue background, I could also try something more conflicting like a deep red or orange. The face is finally added, and I slimmed his torso down and tweaked a couple other things.


Alternatively, here's another black background with the boots changed to match the gloves.


2011-09-16, 11:13 AM
I like the navy background. A orange or red one might look nice, but I like how the transparency of the electricity looks on the navy.

As far as the face, I think a little bit narrower on the chin and without the dimple thing. If that change is too difficult I am fine with what you have now. You slimmed him down really well.

Actually, his hair is a little helmety looking, if it could only go to around his eye level on the sides that would be great. Though I think a bit of texture in it would help too, I don't know how you might do that though.

Continued thanks!

2011-09-16, 11:33 AM
Minor proportion changes are ok, its major proportion changes and shifting the pose that's really tough at this point.

Anyway, here's a version with slightly altered head and hair.


2011-09-16, 11:37 AM
Wow, this looks really nice. I am almost ready to say its good. One last thing though, is it possible to make the blotches meld into the suits color on their edges? Like make their gradient match up to the suits color along the edge of the blotches.

2011-09-16, 11:52 AM
Actually, that's a super quick fix, don't know why I didn't remove their outlines before. That's done, and I added more detail to the hair. Enjoy!


By the way, is Villains and Vigilantes a palladium game? I only ask because it follows the naming convention of many of their books.

2011-09-16, 11:57 AM
Wow, that looks awesome. Thanks!

The version of the rulebook that I have is published by Fantasy Games Unlimited.