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Gambit Redesign by DanielGovar Gambit Redesign by DanielGovar
At Heroes Con 2013 I had the pleasure of being on a Project Rooftop panel on redesigning superheroes. It was a lot of fun and the guys who submit and work on that site are uber talented. For the panel, we were asked to redesign the character of our choosing to be discussed at the panel, and I chose Gambit.

For the redesign connoisseurs:

My approach was to list words that I associate with the character, and things I like about his current and classic look - the aspects that Make Gambit, Gambit at first glance. I wanted to keep that grifter, slick, suave, sexy, roguish personality and at the same time, modernize him. His old hobo coat had to go, as it's just too tough to do sexy in that thing, and for a character that exudes style and panache, it just wasn't in that coat. I went with a sleaker biker style jacket - side zipper with slanted zip pockets and flared sleeves (for cards). I kept his color scheme though I made his jacket a darker shade, gave him alligator skin boots, a full-house belt buckle, card pouch, and a staff that unscrews into two pool sticks (you never know when you'll have to strike up a game!) The "X" over the heart is two-fold, he's a lady-killah!
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ScarletRage Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
I love this! Gambit will be in the future X-men movies and I would love to see him in something like this. Good job!
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! Me as well!
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Adan-Cricjer Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This redesign is perfect.  I can't say that that the character has ever had a good costume and even the iconic Jim Lee look isn't all that good.  This however gives the character something he has lacked for many years: a well-thought-out look that's properly designed and tells you want the character is about.  Even if I had no idea who this character was, I would be able to guess that he's a professional rogue or ne'er-do-well of sorts.  The slightly flared leather pants, snake-skin boots, and ornamented belt are the strongest give-aways, though the tattoo also helps cultivate that image.  I like the shirt and the 'x' on it.  Very elegant and simple as well as a creative way of squeezing in an X-Men motif. 

Also it's sleak.  No arbitrary armour, piping or other things that seem like they were tossed in.  The jacket is short and not bulky, which suits the character's image and profession perfectly.  It also shows a bit more skin and reveals more of his body, which makes sense.  For a character as a cocky and vain as Gambit, his costumes always seemed weirdly confining and asexual.  This is the kind of guy who would show off.

Well done Mr. Govar.  :)
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
This took me far too long to reply to but thank you very much! I too have never really liked his costumes - his current brown/orange one I think is my least favorite. If any of the artists spent any time in NOLA, they would have redesigned him to be more sleek but still flashy - a strange combination. NOLA styles are very specific to that region, (I go there at least once every year with my girlfriend - and is one of my favorite cities.) Thanks again!
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MIKEGILL Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist
I like this redesign a lot, well done and well thought out!
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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JY55 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Very awesome work!
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
merci beaucoup!
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Imaginary-Octopus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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beart17 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student General Artist
great redesign bit his coat was iconic now hes biker not gambit hes gambit becaus you cant perdict him not because hes based off gambling bit still amazing stuff ans as always this is my opinion
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I was never into that trench coat - it went against his personalty and I think was tied to the time he was created - I think he would be more fashionable, and jackets I think are still cool - so I went with a sleeker look - but something I've seen on the streets in NOLA.
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chiya76 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Wow, I am drooling....Sorry, I like Gambit a lot, because he is not try to be a good one at all cost. When I open your deviantion I am afraid that i would not like at all your version. Even if I can complain about the outfit (only for one thing), I like the boots, even the jacket (I like his coat but in a modern version I prefer your choice) and I love that, also in your modern version, he wears the gloves. I always thought that he had to use archer gloves when he focuses his power in the cards, I really like archer gloves, for not reason I suppose, but in a way they are sexy.
Last, but not least you really, really capture his personality, his sexy, violet (ahhh, I love the violet, I am drooling again....) gaze, sometimes sharp sometimes tricky. Good choice the hairstyle without any (classic) band around the head.
Thanks for the gift, great character choice, I hope you will repeat again this project experience!

Chiya
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Apolyon07 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice!
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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ShinRedDear Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
The most intelligent et effective redesign of Gambit I've ever seen. Though I admit I don't see a lot of Gambit redesigns out there... Great work again !
This panel must have been a lot of fun. ;)
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The panel was a blast, and thanks so much on the Gambit redesign :) It was fun to see everyone's take on their favorites.
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Freeezz Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
I like it. Pretty cool.
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, mate!
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Water-Fan2090 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This desgn has a gypsie feeling to it very Remy.
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I was going for that traveling rogue/no-place-to-call-home-but-loving-it vibe, so I'll take gypsy :)
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Water-Fan2090 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:XD: a gypsy is a traveling rogue/no-place-to-call-home-but-living type of people.
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shinjiluis Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
the redesing look great! (but i have to say the truth I miss the old hobo coat) non the less great job!
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! Alas, he's no panhandler :)
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thealicemalice Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Professional Artist
*faint* Love it.
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:) Thank you!
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santeg101 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He does look really awesome! I like that you posted your thought process, too :) makes me appreciate the design that much more.
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I go back and forth on whether to share that process stuff. I had a few people ask about it, though and thought posting it as an aside might work here on DA.
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MariaMjolnir Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
I think he looks cool *_______*
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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MariaMjolnir Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Since you replied to my message I'd like to add to my previous one that I think that the design is really clever! I absolutely adore flared sleeves and full house belt buckle. Pouch is a really neat and convenient element that really complements the whole design. Also his new jacket is just really awesome it makes Gambit really stylish and it also changes the whole thief style for the better. Tattoo is a nice element as well. What is it btw? An octopus? Because it looks like Hydra logo.
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