Rethinking Irma Vep (TQP0121)
One of the best features of Warren Ellis’s old Engine forum was the occasional call for redesigns of old/disused/public domain characters. Ellis has resurrected the notion on his current forum, Whitechapel, and he picked a doozy to start out with.
Irma Vep is a character from a 1916 French serial “Les Vampires.” She is, essentially, a French goth ninja jewel thief in a black winged bodystocking.
There is absolutely no way to improve on this design. It is simple, elegant, functional, and stylish.
I tried just the same.
I am not what one would call a great artist. “Serviceable” is the term I’d use. And god help me if I’m drawing anything that isn’t a person or something I can use a ruler for.
But I like thinking of new ways to look at old designs. So expect these periodically, as Ellis puts up the requests.
I also recommend heading to the Whitechapel site proper (linked above). The post just went up yesterday, so it’ll take a while before submissions start pouring in, but when they do, look out. People have some brilliant, gorgeous, and terrifying ideas in their heads.
And who doesn’t want to see the results?