“Storm: All-Weather Wear” Honorable Mentions!

Note: Storm is one of my favorite characters in comics, and the artistically-minded readers of P:R have made me proud with their stunning renditions and redesigns of the character. After unveiling Storm: All-Weather Wear‘s Top 3 and the Top 20 earlier this week, here are the Honorable Mentions. – Chris A.

Fredrik Hägg

Andrew Good

Andy Rodriguez

Christian Tomas

Craig Spence

Daniel Fu

Daniel Olsén

DC Stuelpner

Edward Michael Atienza

Erica Henderson

Jackson Edge

Jamie Malcolm

Joe Bucco

Johan Santos

John Cantrell

John McGuinness

Josh Lynch

Kate Lint

Katie So

Lee Chen Fang

Lia Almeida

Liam Alkamraikhi

Luis Gaspardo

Manuel Preitano

Moffat Nyangau


Nick Wali

Pasi Pitkänen

Patrice Martinez alias MARTI

Rai O’yek

Ray Christian

Rogan Josh

Ruth Redmond

Sherwin Viray

Tarun Padmakumar

Ted Brandt

Thomas Fummo

Todd McArthur

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23 comments on ““Storm: All-Weather Wear” Honorable Mentions!
  1. Awesome designs here.. Surprisingly most of my favorite designs of the whole contest are found here in Honorable Mentions! Great job people!
    These are the ones that stood out to me:
    John McGuinness — I actually can’t believe this didn’t make the top three, or runners up. I love this design. Perhaps it lost some points for being too busy in a few places.. but I could totally see this being canon. I love the use of Storm’s classic black – white – gold color scheme, and the design of her top is very striking. The skirt is a nice change from her usual cape.
    Luis Gaspardo – LOL.
    Manuel Preitano — Also surprised this didn’t make top 3 or runners up. Perhaps too busy in some places, but a very cool design nonetheless.
    Todd MacArthur — Very clever asymmetrical variation on the classic cape. Love the neck piece.
    Jamie Malcolm — Beautiful design. I could see this being more of a ceremonial outfit for Ororo.. or for when she’s off-duty, hanging around T’Challah’s palace.

  2. Oh snaps! So you’re telling me I made it to honorable mentions? Really? I am shocked and honored to be included among so many great artists. This was my first redesign and first time I ever even colored something in PS so it means quite a bit to me. So many great ideas and inspiring redesigns, great job to everyone who participated. Looking forward to the next one. :)

  3. While Im bummed I didnt make the cut, the Top 3and Top 20 were great ofcourse.
    Im glad I made the honorable mentions at least! :)

    Great job everyone! All the judges gave great insight on the entries too!
    Can’t wait to take part in the next contest!

  4. Someone needs to tell Craig Spence that Africa=/= every tribe everywhere. I’ve actually been to the area of East Africa Storm is supposed to be from, and there are zero tattoos. The whole design seems more closely based on Disney’s-Atlantis-meets-Battlefield-Earth or even the Mongolian inspirations of Queen Amidala’s wardrobe than anything else. As you can tell, I have very little patience for grouping all non-white cultures as “tribal” or “ethnic.” Same goes for Viray’s hair. For reference, when researching a design that life ended up veto-ing, I found that the information out there about Storm is most consistent with the Mang’ati or possibly Pare (both ethnic groups have a reputation for rainmaking).
    I know art isn’t supposed to be a component, but why is Jackson Edge’s design melting? There’s not even much of a design there, it’s just black jeans and a “tribal” jacket.

    Of what’s here, my favorites are McArthur (particularly the cape and, to a lesser extent, top, although the pants need design and the color isn’t very royal), Almeida (would probably be perfect if the black were replaced by blue or purple and the grey blocks were something slightly better integrated than, well, grey blocks), Olsen (cape and angles are more techno-hero than unstoppable cosmic/natural, but I’m a sucker for the way white implies sufficient power and wealth to never worry about scuff marks in battle), and the hair in Christian Tomas (perfect hair for the character).

  5. Man, this contest draws in a lot of amazing talents here. I think the top 20 and this honorably mentions have some entries that also deserve the prizes too. I guess I didn’t know the character good enough to make it even the honorably mention :P. Haha.

  6. Not even an honorable mention? Well, maybe next time. I’ll keep sending my designs in anyway, no matter if they put them up or not! XD Congratulations to all who made the cut!

  7. @scalfin I based mine mostly off of jewelry/ patterns from what I believe are a people called Himba because they dont or didnt have a concept of money. I thought that would be an interesting background for the future child thief. The rest of the design was based off of the clothing choices of what I considered strong female pop stars like Erykah Badu and Solange with added flair. She is catching water from a tiny storm cloud.Anyways, why so prickly?

  8. Really chuffed to have made it into the honorable mentions :) Thanks guys! Really glad to see a lot of my favourites featured here as well! Every single one of these has something new and interesting about them, and I particularly like McArthur’s, Viray’s, MARTI’s, Pitkänen’s, Lynch’s, Malcolm’s, Stuelpner’s, Henderson’s and So’s designs.
    Well done everyone!

  9. Wow, I can’t believe I sneaked into the Honourables! This is my first go at this sort of thing, being a graphic designer by trade it’s not quite my element (zing) but who could pass up a chance at a Storm redesign? I’m beyond thrilled to be in the same space as such talented folks, a lot of these I’d say were my favourites.

  10. darn, didnt even make the HM. meh, i’ll keep working on it. its tough when so many other great entries come in. stop being so good everybody! also, i absolutely adore Fredrik Hagg and Patrice Martinez’s designs

  11. WOW! the winner killed it!!!! I agree it’s the best one!
    My personal top 3 are Thomas Branch (amazing design as always) Randy Bishop and Scott Ngo.
    For my part i’m a little sad Project Rooftop only considerated my third entry because i think the first two designs i submitted were better. I asked them and they said we were allowed to submit multiple entries but i didn’t understand only one of them would be noted… :(
    You can see the other two designs here if you want: http://ptiluis.deviantart.com/

    can’t wait for the next contest
    happy Halloween everyone :)

  12. Luis: We considered all your images, and thought the third one was good enough to be in the Honorable Mentions. There were over 100 entries, and we only post the ones we consider the top ones.

  13. AH ok! Sorry, i didn’t read “honorable mentions”, i thought it was all the rest of the entries. My bad! Hope i didn’t sound bitter with my comments because i’m very pleased and honored to see my image on your site, so i apologize if it came out that way, not my intent at all! Even more pleased and honored now that i know i got a honorable mention! :)))
    It was a very cool contest and it was amazing to see how everybody grabbed the essence of the character and mixed her history and ethnic backgrounds into some fabulous costumes.

  14. Yeah, great stuff, overall. Really enjoy seeing the skill that’s prevalent, out there. Just as glad that I made the HM cut, even though I really wasn’t happy with how it turned out.

    Quite the inspiration, on this site… Looking forward to more contests and fan-art opportunities. It’s a lot of fun to get to draw characters I wouldn’t otherwise have even thought of tackling.

    And seeing the entries, it certainly lights a fire to want to improve and do better!

    Good job, all.

  15. scalfin: Someone needs to tell Craig Spence that Africa=/= every tribe everywhere. I’ve actually been to the area of East Africa Storm is supposed to be from, and there are zero tattoos. The whole design seems more closely based on Disney’s-Atlantis-meets-Battlefield-Earth or even the Mongolian inspirations of Queen Amidala’s wardrobe than anything else. As you can tell, I have very little patience for grouping all non-white cultures as “tribal” or “ethnic.” Same goes for Viray’s hair. For reference, when researching a design that life ended up veto-ing, I found that the information out there about Storm is most consistent with the Mang’ati or possibly Pare (both ethnic groups have a reputation for rainmaking).

    As an avid Disney fan I shall take that intended snarky remark as and wear it as a badge of honor (admittedly the Battlefield Earth comparison did make me chuckle). Storm is not a character whose heritage is bound to one continent let alone region of Africa, she has both Kenyan and American parents was raised in Egypt and became a hero back in America. While her Ultimate incarnation is Moroccan. My point is I wanted her to have a visage that was one of regal strength and primal elegance while being X-men without necessarily tying her to one particular group. The tattoos are actually based on a sailors tattoos depicting the weather and are not at all tribal while the facial tattoos were not actually supposed to be tattoos but face paint (that may not be clear, but I am after-all only a hobbyist-).

    So I apologize,unreservedly, for not having “actually been” to that part of Africa or meeting every single African person and making note of all visible tattoos and hair-types while I was there, I’m genuinely sorry if this tests your patience. After all this is about Superhero design first and foremost.

    I am just ecstatic that as a long term fan of the site and X-men geek of some magnitude that these industry experts deemed my entry worthy enough of a mention.

  16. Wow! This contest had a seriously deep bench. I really like a ton of these as well.

    In particular: Rodriguez (though I’m not sure about the pink pants), Alkamraikhi, Prietano, Pitkänen, and Martinez.

    Well done, all.

  17. Andy Rodriguez — love the illustration, though I don’t feel that Storm would choose pink pants. Also, I think rainwater will collect inside those boots (I’ve never been a fan of giving Storm loose boots).

    Craig Spence — this is reading more as Ahsoka Tano than Storm.

    DC Stuelpner — love the drawing style and the short cape, but the white top feels more like a Jean Grey outfit than Storm’s.

    Erica Henderson — this whole getup is Black Canary lol! I like the illustration, but this is too much of an entirely different character for me to not be distracted by it. It’s like Ororo cosplaying as Dinah.

    Jamie Malcolm — I like the drawing, but that outfit is not a combat outfit. It’s something she’d wear for a soirée, I think.

    John McGuiness — I like the outfit, but I feel it needs refinement. There are too many details that seem to exist just to add detail (the boot stripes, the hip cutouts, that red x-logo that is thematically inconsistent with the rest of the outfit, etc).

    Kate Lint — This actually delights me for its whimsical nature, but it looks like it would trigger Storm’s claustrophobia. The materials seem too thick, too heavy, and far too enveloping.

    Katie So — I like it well enough, though that might be because I like the drawing style. I’d probably need to see it in other angles and action poses to see whether or not the costume is totally working for me.

    Lee Chen Fang — I like that jacket. I don’t know about her styling (too many x-logos all over the place, and the accessories seem really fussy).

    Lia Almeida — I like the concept of it, but I think it needs editing (the wings on the boots seem unnecessary, as does the bracer on the left arm). I like the geometric patterns on the outfit a lot.

    Liam Alkamraikhi — love the drawing style, though the actual design is reading like a hospital patient’s pajamas (especially with an ID tag hanging prominently at the end of the gold stripe). Maybe altering the cut of the top, and adding more details to the pants would help?

    Manuel Preitano — I like this a lot, but it needs editing. The cutouts on the back and the gold piping going down the front seem superfluous.

    Nick Wali — I like the drawing style, but the design doesn’t seem like an outfit Storm would wear. It seems very culturally-specific (I’m getting an urban street fashion vibe out of it), and I think Ororo would be more along the lines of Erykah Badu (Americanized high-fashion version of ethnic wear).

    Pasi Pitkänen — I love both the drawing style and the asymmetrical outfit. The belt buckle seems unnecessarily pointy, but other than that I like the rest of the design.

    Patrice Martinez — I like the look, but I think the lightning bolts are overly jagged. The chest area needs refinement (specifically the armpit lightning feels really awkward; maybe it’s the unevenness of the drawing), but I like the rest well enough. I especially like the asymmetrical lightning bolt for a belt.

    Rai O’yek — I like it a lot. It’s a muscular Storm wearing a sporty top that still has an elegant design to it. I don’t think the buttcape needs to be attached to her bracelets, but I’m fine with it as is.

    Ray Christian — I like the design a lot, but it doesn’t feel like Storm. It’s more like Dazzler or Lila Cheney because of its stage performer vibe. As an aside: the link to his DeviantArt is botched up and actually redirects to a spam site. That link currently goes to “deviant.com” rather than “deviantart.com”. Plz fix kthx.

    Rogan Josh — I like it, but I think those lose strands will act like whips when she’s riding her hurricane winds. Self-flagellation seems likely here.

    Sherwin Viray — I like the coat and the top. I’m not quite feeling the knee trim nor the boots. The hair seems to be an allusion to the Stargate movie, so I’m assuming it’s a deliberate shout-out to Storm’s Egyptian upbringing. I don’t think it’s as random as scalfin’s comment implies.

    Tarun Padmakumar — I like the drawing style, and I like the concept of the design, though the back view of the cape doesn’t look good in that image. It’s probably just the way the cape is drawn hanging from her outstretched arms that gives it an unflattering silhouette. I think it would likely sag in a more pleasant manner than what the illustration shows.

    Ted Brandt — It’s very super heroic. I like it. The x-logos on the boots seem unnecessary or need to be relocated elsewhere. Also, I’m not sure if those are cutouts on the thighs, or transparent material (the lighting on the left thigh implies this), or colored panels that just happen to match her skin color.

    Todd McArthur — I like this one a lot. The color scheme is new for Storm, but the whole outfit looks very good. That asymmetrical cape is beautiful.

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