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Title: Remake/Remodel #3: Captain Planet

Quentin - September 7, 2007 11:15 PM (GMT)
The rules for this are simple: I give you a character, their description, and a brief summary of their history. Your job is to take that and provide your own reinterpretation of that character. How you think the character should be, not how the character is already portrayed. What I want is original thoughts and ideas about the subject.

The only thing is that I want art, no write-ups (since I'm already giving you a description of the character and everything).

Medium doesn't matter- pencils, ink, markers, crayons, MSPaint, Photoshop, chalk on a sidewalk, that South Park character creator... Whatever you can use to get your ideas across. I don't even care if you don't think you have any artistic talent, this isn't a showcase, it's interpretation.

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Captain Planet

(here's a full body pic)

QUOTE (Wiki)
Captain Planet was created by Ted Turner [Note: I actually didn't know that.  -Q ] in 1990. The idea behind the series was to create an entertaining action program that was meant to make viewers aware of environmental hazards. The villains Captain Planet had to fight included Verminous Skumm, Sly Sludge, Duke Nukem, Looten Plunder, Dr. Blight & Hoggish Greedly.

Captain Planet is an ancient entity, who has served with Gaia for many centuries (possibly even longer). While his appearance and certain mannerisms are taken directly from the minds of the Planeteers, he is a sentient being, with his own will. He is also quite aware of current events, even those that occur when he is not active, as well as the modern world and even some knowledge of pop culture. His modern-day superhero attire and name seem to stem from the modern world, as even Gaia does not give his name in the beginning - he appears to actually name himself. Any previous names or forms were never revealed, however. Note that the story Gaia told of his being called in the 1940s just seemed to be that - a tale of fiction she used to entertain the Planeteers. A later meeting with the real Don Porkaloin gave no indication the story had been true.

Captain Planet is the combined and magnified powers of all five of the Planeteers' rings, and stands for all that was good and environment-friendly. The Captain is sky-blue skinned, with a grass-green mullet and eyebrows. He wears red shorts, a half-shirt and gauntlets with matching red knee-high boots (his boots were missing in the first episode). His body is composed mainly of a crystal compound.

Captain Planet has a very impressive array of powers: he can fly, has great strength, the ability to blow hurricane force winds, telepathy, telekinesis, shapeshifting, matter transmutation, and virtually any other super-power required by the circumstances currently facing him, which, in fact was one of the criticisms against the show. Much like Superman and his kryptonite, however, Captain Planet also possesses weaknesses to pollution, radiation, toxic waste, smog, etc (In addition to Pollution, sheer hatred seems to weaken Captain Planet as well, as noted in the 6th Season Episode "A Good Bomb is Hard to Find" where Hitler's mere presence weakened him). The powers of the Planeteers' rings are also diminished by excessive pollution in the environment around them; as well as powerless when Captain Planet is made manifest. He, like Gaia, is also bound to the physical realm of Earth: while capable of flying into space, his powers -- and even his very existence -- begin to fade the further away he gets from the planet. Conversely, Captain Planet is often healed from the damage he sustains from pollution by absorbing solar energy. However, despite his abilities, even he knows that he cannot solve all the world's problems and that humans must change. Even if he were to clean up all the pollution on Earth, it would matter little if humans continued polluting.

Though powerful, he has become depowered at least twice in the series. In one episode, when the powers of heart and earth could not return to their rings due to being in outer space; Captain Planet was re-formed with only those two rings, effectively leaving him with only the earth and heart abilities (wind is necessary to fly); this could be taken as meaning that Earth and Heart are the bare minimum requirements for his existence, with Earth representing his "body" and Heart representing his "soul". In another, when Gaia was taken from Hope Island and turned into a regular human, both Captain Planet and the rings lost their powers, leaving Captain Planet powerless and weak as a normal human. In this story, he was also forced to wear an old hat and coat taken from a dumpster to "blend in" while they searched for the missing Gaia.

Possessing a classically heroic, noble personality not unlike the one associated with characters such as Superman and He-Man, Captain Planet is formed by combining the powers of the rings of the five Planeteers, which represented the four Classical elements: Earth (wielded by Kwame), Fire (Wheeler), Wind (Linka), Water (Gi) - and the additional power of Heart (Ma-Ti). All of these people represented a major ethnicity and each one of them came from a different continent. Upon his formation, he proclaims, "By YOUR powers combined, I am Captain Planet!"

Captain Planet generally does not get angry, let alone act out with intense violence. However, he may be capable of some degree of anger even if he never shows it. Especially in later seasons, his dealings with the Eco-Villains was a bit harsher, if not overly so (in No Place Like Home, instead of simply saving a drowning Doctor Blight, he opts to "sell" her a life raft for a small price - enough money to build low-cost housing for the homeless population of the city Gaia had become trapped in). Though his strength may force him to be overly cautious at times - he is strong enough to tear steel in half. He could easily injure or kill a human if he wanted to, but never would.

Marvel Comics printed a Captain Planet series in 1991, but the series did not continue after the cancellation of the show in 1993. Issues of this series are considered collectors items.

Basically, what we've got is an Elemental entity super-Superman that looks like, well... that. As always, the physical description given isn't a set of guidelines to go by, you've got a being who can command the the full power of Mother Nature herself, so with that, make him look like he can do what he can do.

And if I see one green mullet, so help me I'll...

Sweet Malaysian Skunkweed - September 7, 2007 11:38 PM (GMT)
But, just so I'm clear, blaxploitation is still in, right?

Quentin - September 7, 2007 11:39 PM (GMT)
*checks Calendar*

Huh. It actually is 1974...

Sweet Malaysian Skunkweed - September 7, 2007 11:42 PM (GMT)
Actually, I love Captain Planet, so I might go serious on this one.

As long as the next remake/remodel is Captain N.

Quentin - September 7, 2007 11:46 PM (GMT)
I haven't given any thought yet on the next one.

Steve Danger - September 7, 2007 11:58 PM (GMT)
Damnit... I was going to go MacGyver on him...

b8amack - September 8, 2007 02:07 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Quentin @ Sep 7 2007, 03:46 PM)
I haven't given any thought yet on the next one.

A girl, next time?

Steve Danger - September 8, 2007 02:19 AM (GMT)
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TA-DA! The power is YOURS!

As you can see, I still went with a traditional feel to the character, red and blue, grass hair and eyebrows, but it's the little things I changed that I feel should reflect the character. First I got rid of that crystal look he sports, replaced it with a liquid feel, like solid water, with that I got rid of all the sharp points on the costume, rounded them off. I kept the trunks, if anything just to break up some color, but I made them larger to look more like swimming trunks instead of a speedo. I did however keep a sharp outline to his body, it works with the body better. I also changed the color of his eyes to purple, if I'm not mistaken that was Heart's color in the show... I made him a bit buffer than before, just because he should look like a champion. The final thing I added was the Kirby crackle, as an afterthought. I just felt like drawing one. I made it purple to show that he's currently making everyone love one another. Peaceful solution and all of that, he doesn't like to hurt people, he teaches kids morals.

Oh yeah, and he only has three fingers and no adam's apple. He's not a person, he doesn't need an adam's apple or five fingers, this might not be his true form, but it's one close enough to human... maybe.

Steve Danger - September 8, 2007 04:05 AM (GMT)
I liked the costume, but not the design, so here are two more sketches of Captain Planet. I might draw some Planeteers.

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b8amack - September 8, 2007 05:47 AM (GMT)
Ha ha... I love #2. Is that flames or foliage, though?

I might have nothing for this one.

Quentin - September 8, 2007 11:53 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (b8amack @ Sep 7 2007, 07:07 PM)
QUOTE (Quentin @ Sep 7 2007, 03:46 PM)
I haven't given any thought yet on the next one.

A girl, next time?

I'm telling you, Jem. ahahaha

Yeah, I'll make next week's a girl.

Sweet Malaysian Skunkweed - September 8, 2007 01:14 PM (GMT)
Yeah, I played this one straight.

Letting their power combine to summon a seperate being seems a little weird to me, so what I did here was have it so the energy from the rings themselves mix and combine into a humanoid Captain Planet, whose form is decided by the Planeteers' collective subconscious.

The colors that look like they're made to help an army commando go undetected at the circus are all the rings' energies, swirling around like a multicolored Rorschach (Watchmen, not the print). The idea is that whatever power Captain Planet is using, that's the corresponding color that would be most prominent on his body, i.e., if he's shooting fire he's mostly red, if he's controlling wind (or flying), he's mostly light blue, and so on.

The only colors that wouldn't be shifting are the pinkish purplish ares, the eyes and "belt". That's because those are the colors of Heart, the source of his sentience and his soul. For the most part, the good Captain is sure of what and who he is, and he knows he's doing the right thing, so his soul is always there, immutable. If he ever began to doubt himself or his actions, the Heart color would begin to mix with the others. If the Heart color ever fully mixed with the others, he'd discorporealize and his power would be returned to the rings.

The red on his torso and the green on his head were meant to evoke a suggestion of his original look, but it doesn't really look like it worked too well.

(And yes, they're supposed to be human-normal sized hands. I just suck at art, despite all jokes about my Paint prowess to the contrary.)

(edit: Also, if he were human, he'd be sterotypically 1970's black.)

Steve Danger - September 8, 2007 02:52 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (b8amack @ Sep 7 2007, 09:47 PM)
Ha ha... I love #2. Is that flames or foliage, though?

I might have nothing for this one.

Flames. I was originally going for a plant look, but changed it when he started looking too much like Plant Man from DC's Swamp Thing. So I changed it so all of his powers were visible, his body encases gasses in a hard water shell (woooo... mystical) (the whole moving crystal just doesn't fly with me), fire where the red on his costume should be, actual grass growing out of his head (that's why I drew each strand instead of just building a "helmet of hair" like I usually do, should have seen the leaf afro) and again, he should have purple eyes for heart.

And Joe, I love the idea you put together. I might actually try and draw that.

That Guy - September 8, 2007 03:26 PM (GMT)
Really? Thanks!

And I do like that last one you posted. The flaming clothes especially add something, I think.

Steve Danger - September 8, 2007 06:11 PM (GMT)
Joe's Amazing Technicolor Dream Captain Planet

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This actually took a bit of time... even added a lightning effect in there.

That Guy - September 8, 2007 06:31 PM (GMT)
It's... it's the most beautiful thing I've seen all year. *sniff*

Awesome job, Steve!

Steve Danger - September 9, 2007 10:51 PM (GMT)
Soo... where's our fearless leader's drawing?

Quentin - September 9, 2007 11:21 PM (GMT)
Haven't started yet. Or were you referring to Ian ?

Steve Danger - September 9, 2007 11:22 PM (GMT)
Well, you in this thread. Ian's Fearless Leader with capitols to indicate "overall", but in a small region such as this the defaco leader's name uses lower case.

Quentin - September 9, 2007 11:41 PM (GMT)
Should be starting it tonight, have it finished, scanned, and colored in a couple days.

Right now I can't be taken away from The Time Machine showing on tv. Aside from during commercials.

Though I've had my ideas for the character pretty much since I posted the Rom thread.

Quentin - September 11, 2007 05:43 AM (GMT)
I lie. End of the week as usual.

I'm actually drawing the Aimsley vs WereBear page right now.

Steve Danger - September 11, 2007 06:06 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Quentin @ Sep 10 2007, 09:43 PM)
I lie. End of the week as usual.

I'm actually drawing the Aimsley vs WereBear page right now.


John [>H] - September 11, 2007 11:43 AM (GMT)
Heh, some of those are really good! Shame I can't draw for peanuts or I'd jump in too - keep at it guys.

Quentin - September 11, 2007 06:00 PM (GMT)
Not being able to draw doesn't stop DK...

Not really a requisite to these threads either, like I keep saying.

I don't even care if you don't think you have any artistic talent, this isn't a showcase, it's interpretation.

John [>H] - September 11, 2007 06:45 PM (GMT)
Heh, right then - I'll give it a go.

Wiggy - September 11, 2007 09:59 PM (GMT)
You really dont want to see my attempts at drawing.

Quentin - September 12, 2007 12:17 AM (GMT)
Fingerpaint ?

Simply Joe - September 12, 2007 12:29 AM (GMT)
Crop circles?

MPagar - November 1, 2007 02:59 AM (GMT)
I'm a little late with this, but here's drawings of my version of Captain Planet drawn while watching that Ghost Hunters special.

The one of the left is one of the last ones I did. I wanted to add more of the elements into the character. I saw his skin as being water-like ins substance, so I kept most of the shiny surface look. I added rocks to his arms and a little to the costume, with the risk of making him look like Super Skrull. I originally had the character from the waist up drawn with everything below looking like a tornado, like the Samurai from Super Friends, but ultimately I thought it looked ridiculous. I did add the wind twirling around his hand, which I thought looked cool, specially if it surrounded his lower half while flying. I also set his hair on fire, ala Firestorm, except I kept the general feel of his hair, which would be a mullet with slight alterations.

The image on the right is the final one I've settled on so far. I made the hair even wilder, but I miss the older look of the left image. I also added darker portions of his outfit to distinguish from the shine of the skin, adding a clear barrier that'd work well when spotting shadows. And, yeah, I messed up the foot. Bah.

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MPagar - November 1, 2007 03:03 AM (GMT)
Here's a couple of simpler action shots. Played around with an organic look of fire around his hands on the top image. Still missing the fire mullet hair from the older scene. The one on the bottom's more of the classic flying pose. Looking at it now, I realize that I forgot the dark costume barrier going through the thigh, which would have looked better. Well, that's it. Happy Halloween, folks.

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Quentin - November 1, 2007 07:58 PM (GMT)
Wow. We had a lot of the same ideas.

I need to scan mine already, it's been finished for a good two weeks.

MPagar - November 1, 2007 09:17 PM (GMT)
I didn't even know if I'd get the chance to scan it since my scanner was acting weird for the last two days.

b8amack - November 2, 2007 03:47 AM (GMT)
Yeah, those feet are messed up for sure. But still, these look great. And hallowe'en-ified!

Quentin - November 2, 2007 04:59 AM (GMT)
Well... to get technical about it, it isn't the feet that's the beginning of the problem. First off, the lower thigh muscles and calves are too big and the shins a little short. If you decide to fix those, the feet will look much better, even if you just leave them as very basic shapes with a very sketchy look.

MPagar - November 2, 2007 05:52 AM (GMT)
Yeah, you don't draw seriously for a few weeks and your anatomy turns to shit. I hate it.

Quentin - November 2, 2007 06:43 AM (GMT)
Yeah, it's been about a month since I've drawn a female figure and I'm having a bit of trouble getting through my Blonde Phantom re-did.

Not to mention that I still have to post #5, which I'm thinking now won't be Captain America. Maybe.

b8amack - November 2, 2007 02:13 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Quentin @ Nov 1 2007, 08:59 PM)
Well... to get technical about it, it isn't the feet that's the beginning of the problem. First off, the lower thigh muscles and calves are too big and the shins a little short. If you decide to fix those, the feet will look much better, even if you just leave them as very basic shapes with a very sketchy look.

That's wrong. It's not the calves, even though they are huge. And yeah, he's stubby for sure, but that's not the issue. Look again, there are no ankles at all. There's a shin bone and then a foot. And the foot looks like a woman's shoe.

This isn't meant to make you feel down, M, because those are still awesome sketches.

MPagar - November 3, 2007 03:17 AM (GMT)
It's cool. I'm always open for critique.

Quentin - November 11, 2007 12:22 PM (GMT)
I did not seriously think it would take me two months to put this up.

As always...
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the pencils.

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And the colored version.

I went off the idea that Captain Planet's physical condition relied heavily on the condition of the Earth itself... so why not make his body the Earth ? Oceans, landmass, continents, weather systems, volcanic activity... and a polar ice cap for hair.

I saw Captain Planet as being in tune with the planet being more than just figurative, it's something you can literally see.

My friend and I also joked about how he should have a moon revolving around him.

Quentin - November 12, 2007 03:58 AM (GMT)
I should mention that he's not perminantly fixed like that. The continents move to where he needs them to be, ie: landmass and mountain ranges moving to his hands to punch, land moving to his chest or jaw to take one, and so on.

As far as powers go, he's got the typical flight, super strength, and control over natural forces, both from the Earth and from his own body. I'm questionable on the telepathy with animals thing, though.

I might go on with this and draw the Planeteers and Gaia. Maybe.

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