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My Psylocke Redesign by FoxxFireArt My Psylocke Redesign by FoxxFireArt
My Psylocke Redesign

A conversation I heard a while back on the padcast partially inspired me to try mmy own hand at redesigning Psylocke's costume. The classic skintight bathing suit design makes no real sense. I have nothing against the original Psylocke outfit. Back when I first started reading X-MEN comics, I remember it was Jim Lee's work that I was first exposed to. Pslocke played a noticeable role in getting me to come back. I was a preteen/pubescent boy at the time. What do you expect? Well, I grew up and became mature-------ish. I can notice how ridiculous that outfit can look.

Sometimes, it feels as if people who make comics shouldn't design the clothes. Too many artists are stuck in the mindset of what a comic costume should look like, and they don't think out of that box. A lot of redesigns have characters in full body suits, which is equally as impractical. In my redesign, I took a lot of inspiration from the BLEACH character Soi Fon, a little bit from the NARUTO series, and some stuff that's my own taste. I wanted her outfit to look like clothes, but I leaned more on Japanese culture to match her ethnicity.

Here is some interesting trivia. The Japanese word for "female ninja" is くノ一(kunoichi). This is actually the woman 女 (onna) kanji broken apart. Look closely at the onna kanji and you can see the three parts of kunoichi. It's even the proper writing order for writing "onna".

I hope you enjoy my design, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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FenrirBralor Featured By Owner Edited Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As an eternal fan of the impractical, illogical Baywatch Psylocke outfit... I gotta say I love this redesign.

Not a fan of the "green eyes" thing, because Miao Yin is the only Asian who gets a pass on that one, but... I still love the concept. :XD:

(I'm half-white, half-Korean myself so the eye color thing has always been a pet peeve.) LOL
Andarion Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
About the practicality, I like how her top is properly secured from the front unlike say... Wonder woman. I just can't help but facepalm at her patriotic bikini. It occurred to me that if someone Would get a hold of her top she could probably undue the knot on her back and slip out of it downwards.
Mind if I ask what exactly is that pattern on the sides of her top? Leaves maybe?

All around I really like it, practical but light and easy to move around. Good job!
kymil01 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
i hope you colour this it is great
Jay-Jay3 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with your sentiment on clothing in comics. If your on a superhero team doing superhero stuff,
tight spandex and body suits aren't always functional and often do look a bit silly. I'll always adore
Jim Lee's designs too, but your redesign just makes so much more sense for Psylocke's character.
FoxxFireArt Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional Artist
It's also the body suits. How will they use the bathroom without getting naked.
TheSolWing Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
i like the normal cotume she has,but i always tough she was gonna look better in an actual ninja outfit,you proved that with this redesigned man!
FoxxFireArt Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Artist
TheSolWing Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
you're welcome
RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Awesome work here dude. All that a side this a nice design, but it's a bit erm 'Too ninja' I mean you did draw inspiration from to series that while they feature giant explosions, but are a bit on the generic side in terms of design. I mean this looks more like something she'd wear to kick Wolverine's ass in her dojo or something than an bit of ninja gear. IE Snake Eyes and the 2000s Ninja Gaiden series but that's just me(though to be fair batman's a ninja and no one gives him crap about having a cape lol )
FoxxFireArt Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Artist
Being too ninja is better than being too impossibly skintight costume. You are aware that Wolverine walks around in a bright yellow leotard?
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