Note: Our recent Spider-Man: Webhead 2.0 contest propelled a really strong debate, and got people really thinking about what works (and what doesn’t) with a Spider-Man contest. After the entries came in and the results were tallied, California artist Mika Dimayuga came out on top as winner of the contest. Now that the dust has settled, we wanted to ask Mike about his choices that led him to the winner’s circle. – Chris A.
Mike Dimayuga's Winning Entry
Project: Rooftop: First thing’s first – when you first heard about the contest to redesign Spider-man, what were your thoughts on the original costume and what needed changing – and why?
Mike Dimayuga: My very first thought upon finding out about the contest was “dang, this is gonna be another difficult one.”. In my opinion, Spider-Man’s original costume is perfect. It’s iconic, relatively simple to draw, but detailed enough to be visually interesting to look at. Its sleek, fashionable and just so right for the character.
So really, what can I change while still making it “Spider-Man” since the costume was near perfect already? well, having drawn Spidey since I was a kid I knew the least fun for me were the web patterns. They were really tedious to draw. Also, I knew I can play around with the red and blue portions of the suit. I figured I NEEDED a theme, since I was so stumped in the beginning. thinking about Spidey and having just been watching some anime, I realized Spider-Man’s kind of a ninja, so I wanted to do Spidey as an urban ninja. Hardly original, I know. But hey, any port in a storm, right?
To that, I add my other philosophy: when designing a costume, I imagine how iI would design a character if it were meant for a real monthly book. What would an artist have fun drawing over, and over, and over, again? What would be simple to draw, yet still have some interesting detail that would draw the eye? Something distinctive. So with those parameters I was able to finally narrow down what I wanted my design to be.
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