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Silk Spectre by AdamHughes Silk Spectre by AdamHughes
Since the ART OF WATCHMEN book has come out, I feel comfortable posting the art I did for the 8 minutes I worked on the film...

First, the back story. I was contacted by representatives of 300 director Zack Snyder, while 300 was in postproduction, about doing designs for 4 of the 6 main characters from WATCHMEN. Zack wanted me to design the look of the characters, and then do 4 'cover-quality' color illustrations to hep convince the suits & ties at Warner Bros. Pictures to green-light his WATCHMEN film.

I did a first round of sketches, talked with Mr. Snyder, did a second round of looser sketches based on our discussions, and then was given the go-ahead to proceed with designing full illustrations. Since I was running late on CATWOMAN covers as well as other things, I was juggling the assignments. Since I do art for whomever yells the loudest, the WATCHMEN stuff took a minor backburner placing on my To Do List. I never heard from them, they never called or e-mailed saying "Hey, hurry up, you bastard!", so I worked on Selina Kyle.

Then, 300 came out.

It did so well in its opening weekend, Warner Bros. green-lit WATCHMEN the following Monday.

I guess my services weren't required, because I never heard back from the WATCHMEN people. I could've finished the color pieces on principle, like a good freelancer, but I'm so slow that my time is kinda precious, and I don't want to waste time drawing something that isn't going to be used. So, I just chalked it up to "That's business...".

The WATCHMEN people contacted me much later, asking for high-rez versions of the sketches for the inevitable ART OF book. I pointed out that, since I never actually did the assignment I was asked to do, I had never been paid. To their credit, once we agreed on a rate for just the sketches, they check arrived so fast, the envelope was warm, the ink was still wet, and the FedEx guy was out of breath. The WATCHMEN movie guys are a pretty respectable gang, as far as my experience goes.

*****Silk Spectre*****

When director Zack Snyder spoke about Silk Spectre, he confessed she was the one character he was really unsure of how to tackle, costume-wise. In the comics, she is pretty much wearing black lingerie covered in a gossamer camisole; he felt that was not gonna work onscreen.

I think he must've been relieved when I blurted out "Dude! Do her outfit in latex! You can make it have the same lines as her comic outfit, but it'll look cool onscreen and all the cosplayers will go nuts; it'll be a big fan-favorite!" When I saw the WATCHMEN trailer in front of DARK KNIGHT, and saw Silk Spectre in latex, I almost turned to the stranger next to me and bragged "That was my idea! Eeee!" Yes, I am functionally retarded.

OK, first sketch, on the left. Pretty basic. It matches Gibbons' design relatively closely, I think. I imagined it as a chin-to-toe full latex suit; that way the actress and stuntwomen would have some protection while kicking alternate 1986 ass. I even thought the gossamer cammy would work. Zack liked it, but wanted her to have a domino mask. Bless his zombies-that-run-fast heart, he wanted to make sure the Watchmen looked like damn superheroes. The second sketch reflects that, plus his request that she have some weapons. I thought those telescoping truncheons would fit the bill.

From what I've seen, the screen version doesn't have a mask, and shouldn't! The actress in the costume looks so PERFECT, they nailed it. Silk Spectre (both 1940s and 1980s versions) should have a fetich quality to the look, and what I see onscreen NAILS IT. I can't wait.
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MarcosTNH Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing sketch man :), your art would be awesome in Watchmen :D
Rugely Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow! These little bits of background just make the movie all that much more for me. Great call on the outfit :)
ForeverZeroDragon Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
silk spectre, what a beautie :D
DarkKnightJRK Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome stuff--shame you could design more, but it looks like you were influential in at least one costume. :)

I'm trying to figure out what that is surrounding both of them there--some kind-of clear cape?
cherry-mary Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Latex? LOL her name is Silk Spectre not Latex Lass! How can she be Silk Spectre if she doesn’t have any silk on her?
(Please don't take offense I'm a big fan of your artwork .^^;)
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
No offense taken. :-)

The director felt they couldn't have a female streetfighting crimefighter in silk lingerie, so they asked me for my input. I suggested latex. I actually suggested a gossamer silk wrap, but it was rejected. If you need any rationalization, she's actually Silk Spectre II, inheriting the name from her mother, who actually wore silk when she fought crime.

cherry-mary Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
XD Yes, that’s a good explanation. She was never that thrilled about being a super hero anyway so it would be in character for her not to care about the silk thing at all. Thanks for humoring me I always appreciate it when people can take a joke. lol
kickmaster123 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
that looks better then her movie adaptation.
kaffepanna Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
it still kills me that to see her without that poncho/cape of yours. PERFECTION.
Ziggyman Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
You really help a lot to the visual imaginery of the movie, Adam.
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