Check out Daredevil concept art by Ryan Meinerding!
Marvel has released concept art of the costume for the Netflix original series Daredevil. Joe Quesada, Marvel CCO and one of the series' executive producers, said, "The starting point is always story. We had to come up with a logical reason as to how someone with Matt Murdock’s means and ability to actually make a costume could make that dramatic of a leap from the vigilante costume to the super hero [suit]. Once that logic was in play, which was the Melvin Potter of it all, we had to build to that point. I think if we had gone to that red costume too soon, it would have caused a lot of viewers to bump on the material, because it was so grounded in the real world." One of the talented artists to contribute to the design was Ryan Meinerding and he did an interview with Marvel explaining the designs. He said, "Joe Quesada got in touch and asked if I could help out. Our whole team actually did designs, [including] Rodney Fuentebella, Andy Park, Jackson Sze, Josh Nizzi, and Anthony Francisco. I think we all did a round of designs as fast as we could, and they settled on one of mine. Beyond that, we did our normal process of modeling the head and the cowl [in] 3D with Josh Herman, and then I was involved throughout the costume creation process."
Meinerding is a professional concept artist who's Marvel Studios Head of Visual Development and worked on Hollywood blockbusters like Iron Man 3 (2012), Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
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"The tone that was really communicated was the sense of realism that they were going for," Meinerding said. "I think the way that [manifested itself in] the costume was through the armor and making it feel a little bit more padded than you traditionally think of Daredevil being. When we do these designs, there’s a concept of grounded and a concept of reality. The grounded nature that they brought to the vigilante costume was the simplicity and effectiveness, because you’re trying to conceal your identity but also [have to be] mobile enough to fight.
"When you do a super hero costume in that world, it’s hard to be as real as you need to be, because you’re making it heightened. So you try and find the touchstones for that with armoring pieces that you would want armored, like your shins and your forearms for blocking and hitting as well as having things be riveted on. The overall layout of that costume is really that it’s meant to look like a Kevlar vest with stuff underneath it. That’s what we were going for."
Quesada was extremely happy with the work and said, "Ultimately I think the silhouette is always what’s really important. Does it look heroic? Does it look like our character? If he stands on the parapet of a roof and turns his head and we see those devil horns, is it Daredevil? I think that’s where Ryan succeeded and exceeded all of our expectations. It’s Daredevil."
Here's what the costume looked like in the show
Here's what Daredvil looks like in the comics
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What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Daredevil what do you think of the costume?
Official Daredevil Summary
"'Marvel's Daredevil' is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses. Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night."Created by Drew Goddard
Starring Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Toby Leonard Moore, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Bob Gunton, Ayelet Zurer, Rosario Dawson and Vincent D'Onofrio
Release Date: April 10, 2015
Official Site: http://marvel.com/tv/show/216/marvels_daredevil
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