This is a design that I did in 2006 (2,000 years ago) for the X-Men leader, Storm. I wanted to make a rendered version of my initial sketch [link]
just to see her in full color. But then (again), I ended up doing a full artwork. I got carried away (everytime!). So fast forward 2010, I decide to unearth her from my old files from a burned cd, made some changes, and reveal her for the world to see.
I guess out of frustration has what led me to creating my own design. Back in 2004 Marvel did X-Men "Reload". Bringing the X Teams back to costumes, after years of them wearing mostly black. Most of the members got new designs...except for some few members. One of the members was Storm who had a recycled costume from way back. I got a little upset that my poor Stormy didn't get a new one! It's not my least favorite, it's not a bad costume in anyway...but I just think it lacks something.
One of her best looks, and her most recognizable look, was the Jim Lee era white costume made even more popular by the animated series in 1993. Her look was current at that time. She looked really cool! So I wanted to bring back her coolness. I want to bring back the attitude. I wanted to create something that made her stand out from the rest of the team (after all, she's the leader).
I combined the old and the new. I wanted to go the John Cassaday, Astonishing X-Men style of costume design. Minimal, contempory, effective. Her classic colors black and gold has always been a good color choice for her, so I decided to go for that. I combined looks from 1975 Uncanny X-Men, the Jim Lee era and the X-Treme X-Men era. I wanted her to be current again! A contemporary, minimal look. The material that I imagined for the suit is similar to what the Fantastic Four is wearing in the movies. I gave her sharp shoulders made of leather (which is the current addition to the design). The 80s is basically back in fashion. The difference is that, now it's architectural. It has structure. I really love Phil Jimenez's take on Storm. Seen on the pages of New X-Men 132 (2002). The cape was very dramatic. She looks regal. Absolutely stunning! So I made the cape a similar style. Now the 'stand out' in her look is her gold corset. Not the usual corset that just hugs the waist. This one is a 'mid-hip corset'. The lightning bolt design is similar to her X-Men: The End costume. I decided not to give her the head dress. I think she looks more modern without it.
So there you go. A slick, minimal, contemporary look for Storm.
I talk too much. Sorry.