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Justice League - Aquaman Redesign by Femmes-Fatales Justice League - Aquaman Redesign by Femmes-Fatales
Justice League redesigns, part 4 of 12.

Having asked you all pick your favourite Justice League members from a selective list, Aquaman placed second last. Out of 90 votes, he only received three.

The illegitimate child of a fisherman and the Queen of Atlantis, Arthur Curry was spirited away from his home as a baby and given to his father in fear that the child would be assassinated for his impure blood. Arthur was raised in a Lighthouse and learned to love the sea, slowly honing his abilities as he grew older. He eventually learned of his true heritage and returned home to find it in the midst of a political upheaval. He was appointed as their ruler and soon after fell in love with the enigmatic Princess Mera of Xebel. Though he was dedicated to his post in Atlantis, Arthur felt the pull to return to land. After adopting the mantle of Aquaman and fighting villains as a hero on-land, Arthur and Mera were deposed for their apparent 'treachery.' Having to find a new purpose in life outside of being a hero, Arthur founded his own company utilizing Atlantean technology to better the environment. He's also become a founding member of the Justice League and is finding himself tempted by the presence of the beautiful Princess Diana, also known as Wonder Woman, with whom he shares the battlefield.

Aquaman is probably my favourite male member of the Justice League. He's a strong and aggressive man who wears his passion on his sleeve like Wonder Woman wears her heart on hers. He's incredibly transparent but he's also self-referential. He's aware of what others say but as he says in Aquaman v3 #9 "Oh, the fish man. Easy pickin's. The superhero fall guy. Well go on thinking that while I stack your bodies in a pile twenty leagues deep." In my opinion, he's the second most badass League member (with Wonder Woman obviously coming in first). He's a survivor who has been hunted and haunted his entire life but he fights back with tremendous tenacity. Of course, it helps that he has Mera to keep him on his toes. I don't think there's ever been a love interest quite as fierce as Mera in any comic book.

For his look, I pared it down. I did away with the orange scales but referenced it beneath one of his gauntlets. I gave him a more simplistic look but definitely wanted him to come across as a warrior so I gave him a gold spiked shoulder piece and golden gauntlets. The green pants were a must but I kept them muted so as not to have it look too cartoony. The choice to show his feet was moreso to try something different with my designs and it works since Arthur can stub his toe and cause more damage to whatever he's hit it on than to himself. More generally, I wanted him to look like a cross between a handsome prince and a biker. As such, he's got this slightly rugged vibe going on but at the same time is incredibly dashing. The piercings say he's not your average hero for sure. The trident and fishnet were chosen as 'weapons' for him. Obviously, the trident is more crooked and imperfect and this is meant to reference Arthur as someone torn between worlds. He's not the perfect ruler so that is reflected in his weapon. Oddly enough, his finished look kind of looks reminiscent of a Predator. If they can be badass in a fishnet top, so can Aquaman.

The other Leaguers can be found in my gallery.

**Please note - much of the character content here is altered from their biography in comic continuities and is intended to be my personal interpretation in a series independent from the comics**
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Fierydemise23 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 4, 2015
If you had made it so the net was some magical or technological silvery metal net he used in combination with the trident and then wore it on across his chest like a sash that would be better but as it stands the fishnet shirt just doesn't work for me especially being as it would be to easily destroyed or torn.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Since this is what I consider an ancient piece of mine, it's not reflective of how I'd design him now. Always weird getting comments on outdated art. :/
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ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unlike Canary, he's wearing literal fishnets :rofl:
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep.
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biospike Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist
awesome redesign always loved Aquaman no matter what other people thinks
love the fishing net in his hand
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)
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L1701E Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
To be honest, this the only Justice League redesign you've done so far that I'm not really fond of.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As the old adage goes, if you have nothing nice to say - say nothing at all. The only reason someone would have for telling someone they're "not really fond of" something is to hurt someone else's feelings which isn't something very respectful to do. After all, it's more tactful and respectful to provide a comment that is weighted equally between positives and negatives because otherwise it makes the person leaving the comment seem rude.
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L1701E Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
That's not what I was trying to do. -_-
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Think of it this way, when you write a comment ask yourself the question "Is this the kind of comment I would want to receive from someone?"
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L1701E Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Fine, I will. I'll keep it in mind.
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thegreenyeun95 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Nice! ^^
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RakaiThwei Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Aquaman is one of those superheroes who simply can't catch a break. He has been sterotyped as this useless hero unless there is evil afoot underwater. This even transitioned to the New 52 comic when the Aquaman title was rebooted, however it had worked to actually make the character quite bad-ass. When people actually mention that he is useless or no one's favorite superhero, he actually goes very far by proving them wrong in the most bad-ass ways possible. Even Green Lantern made fun of him, and he responded by having a group of Great White Sharks jumping out of the water and biting into numerous enemies, and that just made Lantern eat his words.

This is a very interesting design here for Aquaman here, and it's radically different from the traditional outfits including his New 52 costume. I like the fact that you did away with the orange scales but instead opted to reference it beneath one of his gauntlets. Being the ruler of an undersea kingdom, it does make sense for him to be bare chested. A wet suit would serve little to no purpose for him because considering his Atlantean heritage, he would naturally be accustomed to the cooler temperatures of the ocean and even the pressure of the depths. Good idea in keeping the pants because that is half of the main core design of what Aquaman is known to wear. You don't want to stray away from the core design too much because if there is too much of a change, then this wouldn't be recognizable as Aquaman. So good idea in keeping the pants and the golden A which is on his belt. That is another core concept design to the original design that's rightfully Aquaman's. After all it does help us identify the character as such. However I do think that the dual toned pants could be a bit brighter, not vividly bright but bright enough to see the details in the pants with the line work here. Also you do have a point that Arthur wouldn't really need to wear shoes because the environmental pressures of the ocean and his heritage are an explanation for his strength. Why would he really need to wear shoes when he's superhumanly strong and durable?

Now this part made me laugh: "Oddly enough, his finished look kind of looks reminiscent of a Predator. If they can be badass in a fishnet top, so can Aquaman."

That was the first thing which I thought that when I saw this piece here. While there is some subtle differences, the resemblance is right there whether it was intended or not. I have to ask was any reference to the Predator used in the design of the fishnet top? I highly doubt that the design was intended but you can't deny that the look is there. And to add ontop of that, you have a necklace which is made of shark teeth, something which a Predator would similarly wear. Never the less, this really works quite well for Aquaman here and I am going to tell you why. There were probably a lot of nets discarded into the seas from fishing boats, and maybe some Atlantean tailor could theoretically fashion it into something of a top. It makes sense in a lot of ways when you think about it.

A really cool and awesome re-design of Aquaman here.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aquaman proving himself isn't exclusive to the New 52. In fact, his mid-'90s series was largely responsible for poking fun at all the people who called Aquaman useless. Similar to the Green Lantern situation, Superboy thrashes Aquaman while making fun of him saying that he wasn't impressed by Aquaman. Aquaman retaliates by returning to battle on the back of a whale while riding a tidal wave coming back with the line "Impressed yet?" Of course, Brightest Day also served to show off how badass Aquaman could be when Black Manta cut off his hand and Aquaman proceeded to fight after briefly having Aqualad cauterize the wound.

Thanks for all the compliments on the design. Aquaman is an interesting character since his physiology is so different from other heroes'. In the past, he's been explicitly stated as being always warm and in the "Time and Tide" storyline he hung out in the Arctic in a pair of cut-off jean shorts and a jacket. He also had sex with an Eskimo woman in the middle of an expanse of the Arctic after she playfully told him to keep her warm. The interesting thing here with the design is that the Predator look was accidental. The necklace was a nod to the one Jim Lee had him wear in the early issues of Justice League while the fishnet top was originally supposed to be solid. I was going to have it be an actual shirt but since I liked the way he looked shirtless I made it fishnet since I didn't want to lose the high collar.

Again, thanks for the comment. I appreciate it.
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