Further Design Development for The Red Corsair…

Red Corsair - Ready For Action

More sketches towards THIS project… here some simple storyboard style thumbnails and a thought or two about the idea that their outfit might change over time… as their notoriety increases…

Red Corsair - Attack

Moving from an ad hoc commando/pilot look, to something more superhero/super-agent like…

x Corsair 001

In particular, the goggles and face mask/scarf being replaced with a WWI firefighters style mask, the strange moustache of which might add a sense of androgyny to the “costume”…  something that might be of benefit in 30/40’s Europe.

x Corsair 002

Finally, we thought the adoption of the tricorn hat, to give a more theatrical slant to the costume, the wearer reading contemporary pulp fiction magazines comic strips in which early costumed-heros appear in fanciful garb, influencing their choices… As well as reflecting the characters Spanish heritage (their mother is Spanish – @wildflowerfaery, Ed.), Zorro, the Flanders’ Cocked Hat etc.

The Needle

Above – One of The Red Corsair’s Spanish Ancestors?

This last image is an initial stab at the Red Corsair’s base of operations… I had thought about housing it in a university a research base, but with the recovery of artefacts being the primary mission of the protagonist, and some knowledge of said objects being necessary, I thought better and decided to house it in the basement of a museum, in this case, possibly the Royal Institute Hall as was on Albion Street, here in Hull.

The Lair of the Red Corsair

Usual paraphernalia abounds, books, records, maps, radio comms, telephone hotline, global time clocks, filing cabinets, assorted seating and storage, and even a chill chair for those quiet contemplative moments. The map in the bottom right shows a further two rooms adjoining this main meeting space (one of which I thought could be the costuming and kit stores), and secret corridor leading up and out into the city by a different route.

In the comics we will see much of this in close up as well or behind characters heads, and so I also wanted to acknowledge the characters interests, posters might be political, books and pamphlets that show the philosophical bent of the characters as well as their attitudes to the characters they find in magazines and comics such as popular magazines such as Modern Mechanix, Dark (or Miss) Fury, Wanda The War Girl and others…

More to come…

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