P:R Approved: Christopher Duran’s Starfire!

Note: There’s been alot of attention focused on reworking the costume for DC’s Starfire, and artist Christopher Duran is taking his turn… and what a turn it is. Duran’s fired up the Tamaranean princess’ fiery locks, and added to that with the flowing scarf around her waist. I love the cut of Koriand’r clothing, giving her a very visible sexinees without veering into more lascivious territory. – Chris A.

8 comments to “P:R Approved: Christopher Duran’s Starfire!”
  1. Oh, I like that. It’s a sign, I think, of how set the usual aesthetic of costume design is, that the neckline on that outfit strikes me as really unusual (and really appealing because of it). And yeah, it’s sexy without being porny. I think if this had been drawn in a different pose, it would work even better — with her feet together and her arm across her body like that, she looks like she’s trying this on at the store, and is afraid her friend outside is going to laugh at how she looks. It’s too shy and self-conscious. But the design is cool, and with a more confident posture, I think it would be great.

  2. I like this, and oddly feel like it can be drawn sexier and still not be objectifying, which is rare for Starfire designs. Though I’d add something up in the hair just to add a bit of cohesiveness. Superman has his spit curl. Gl has his domino mask. Starfire needs a purple band, a head dress, something.

    The shorts feel like they’re at an awkward length, or at least the inward parts are. Sloping down like that when the boots also have a pointed top creates a weird line. You might do well to have the shots share the hem shape with the boots. It’s a minor nitpick, but one I’d make as an editor.

    I’m on the fence with the sash. Practically it can cause problems, but who cares when it looks so good and creates such potential for dynamic illustration? It’s a bit too Mid 90’s accessorise the superhero outfit/Jean Grey as Phoenix, but it is something I can see Kori doing. I love it and still question it. Maybe if I saw action poses with it

    To;dr- good work, keep them coming

  3. I like this a lot. I agree with Marie that the pose doesn’t show it off in it’s best light (unless Duran is reimagining Kori along with her costume). I really like the use of the gems and the fiery hair. I wonder if the gem at her neckline couldn’t be more in a star shape to hint at an icon for her. The gloves also have a bit of a gauntlet look to them – which is appropriate for a brawler like Starfire.

    I do wonder if the sash and the cut of the boots wanders too far into Phoenix territory. But that is a small quibble. Overall, well done.

  4. Glad someone else sees the Phoenix similarity. It’s definitely not a bad thing as Phoenix is one of the most well thought out, easy to draw dynamically, pleasing to the eyes designs in the history of comic designs. I like the darker purple lines to it. Now all I’d ask for is a better pose and maybe a tweak to the seams (that’s entirely a personal request, you don’t have to do a thing for my sake) and this will replace Harem Pants Starfire for my absolute vision of the character

  5. It’s very striking. I like it, but I wonder if it’s too far removed from her usual aesthetic. I do feel that this captures “warrior” more than the usual Starfire. She’s built more like Barda and has strong forearms. I’m sold, but I think you’d have an uprising because she’s not “cute” the same way she has been, even in her non-sex-kitten Teen Titans Go! appearances.

  6. Hate the sash, the boots, the shoulders, pretty much everything. How is she supposed to fly around and fight in this? It doesn’t even look good enough to compensate for how unpractical it is.

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