The last batch of Raven designs are in, and there's some amazing stuff in here!
The first time I saw Raven the word "sorceress" came to my mind almost immediately; so when I had to redesign her for me it was an obvious choice. As Raven is dark and mysterious I kept the most iconic color and features of her; the hoodie, the belt, the cloak and the blue, but for the rest I played with the concepts I was inspiring in. The leather wrist, neck and arm bands together with the leather corset and the boots were to keep all the some sort of medieval sorceress mood, and also to give her more support and covering, as she is indeed powerful and a warrior she deserved a little more protection, but at the same time I wanted her to look attractive in the mysterious way she is, so for that I kept the design as elegant as possible in showing her skin. The colors are simple as she is not a person that (intentionally) draws attention. Finally the feathers were used as a direct inspiration in tribes, where the reflection of these ornaments meant power, royalty or mystic and also to do an allusion to her name.
I always thought of Raven as a weird chick who marches to the tune of her own drummer. Socially awkward, not caring what anyone else thinks of her. Kind of goth, kind of punk. My redesign tries to speak to all of that. Black greasy hair, raven feathers everywhere, and no hood, because hoods suck when it comes to peripheral vision.
Being that I was so close to the deadline before I even started thinking about this, I just had to go with my gut here and it worked out rather well. I don’t know a whole lot about the character so I tried to keep the basic elements of her costume intact to avoid straying too far from the look of the character.
Sebastian von Buchwald
I gave Raven a more toned down look. I'd picture her as someone who's withdrawn and doesn't really like people, but also has a bit of a flashy side she likes to hide. I gave her a big hoodie/coat instead of the cloak so she could slink away and disappear into the crowds if she wants, but she keeps her shiny belt and high boots for when she wants to let loose. I also gave her a scarf for when she wants to hide her face and kept the jewel as a kind of scarf holder/clamp. Her hoodie can have long sleeves or act as fingerless gloves.Also of note, there are a couple of guys who were granted extensions and I'll be updating this post as soon as their submissions come in over the next day or two.
As I mentioned above, there were some fine folks who requested deadline extensions (Find out how do get in on that here!), and they are presented here now.
I wanted to keep in mind the original colour palette, using mainly blues. I wanted my Raven to be a sorceress-type character; her original costume and powers bring this instantly to mind. I tried to bring her namesake more into play here, with the feathering and head dress/hood. I wanted to reference her demonic side, referencing the six e-ed look Raven has had when possessed by her evil side in the past. The two "eyes" above and below her natural eyes are tattoos a constant reminder to Raven that she MUST stay in control.
What do you think of these designs? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out all of the Raven redesigns we've received! Stay tuned for the aforementioned update, as well as a new contest announcement that's unlike anything we've done before. We'll also be announcing the winner of this month's contest on Halloween.
I kept pretty true to the spirit of both the original comic book version and the animated version of Raven, keeping her clothes pretty dark and brooding, with a couple of additions to each. I got rid of the front flap, which I always thought was old-school and kind of awkward. Instead, I put a skirt in the back that bears resemblance to the tail of a raven when she flies. Her cape is attached to her dress, and when she flies, it extends to form the silhouette of a raven, which, weirdly, none of her canon incarnations have ever done. Lastly, the tattoos. Well, she is the daughter of a demon. That's gotta leave some scars on you, right? Plus, her hood pays homage to the four-eyes of her father.