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Green Lantern Concepts (John Stewart) by NateHallinanArt Green Lantern Concepts (John Stewart) by NateHallinanArt

EDIT: I originally did these concepts a while ago, but I came across them going through some folders. I just made some updates that I've wanted to for a while. I'd still love to do an illustration with one of them eventually.

These are some Green Lantern concept variations I recently did in my free time. In contrast to the first film, where the suits seemed to reflect the anatomy of each GL, I decided to explore the route of a galactic defender; considering stars, nebulae, and elements (like alloys/minerals/crystals) imagery. While the overall quality of a film falls on the various people working on it, I believe Idris Elba could easily take the character of John Stewart to that level we all hope for. Personally, he's easily one of my favorite actors when you consider the TV series Luther and many of his other blockbuster appearances.

What do I know, I'm just a concept artist. Anyways, I hope you enjoy these as much as I did making them.

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:iconapollo594:
Apollo594 Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
These are absolutely amazing! Can we ever hope to see more of these from you regarding other characters such as the various aliens?
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necrotox Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Awesome!
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DazenCobalt Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do wish they would get Idris for this! it fits the part perfectly
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Seriously. 
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Caballero-Luna Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great concepts!
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turbosuo Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I totally agree about Idris Elba.  However a GL movie is always going to be difficult to pull off due to the nature of GL's power and the scope of the story.  But if a furry raccoon can be pulled off Green Lantern can be as well.   These rock so much.  Great work.
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smlshin Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Perfect man. He would look great standing along side Ryan Reynolds. Would have been awesome. 
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CommanderRogers Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Awesome!
And you're right about Idris too.  I mean, I like the Rock and all, but Idris is actually BLACK like the character is supposed to be plus he's a great actor.  Johnson is good, but he's actually south Pacific Islander (I keep getting Hawaiian, Maori, Polynesian, and tons of other responses. There has to be a definitive answer on that one). 
And personally I'd go for the better actor anyway, which would be Idris here.

As for your designs, that middle one really blows it away!  It really gives the feel that the whole universe is at his beck and call or that the power of the universe is almost contained in those shoulders. Really powerful imagery here.
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SupaNerda Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Really nice variations!
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TheDaidoji Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
the middle one!!!! AWESOMEEEEE :D luv that
great work
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TurkishJade Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like them all, especially the first one. However, to me, the one that fits Stewart best is the last one. It invokes more of a "military" feel to me, probably due to the different greens.
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Tiancum Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love it! probably the coolest GL design i've seen. if i had to pick one it'd be the first version, but they're all really well done. :nod:
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Dancing-Kitten Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Filmographer
These are super pretty!
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DavidAdhinaryaLojaya Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Filmographer
wow, awesome costumes
really cool
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DrawMonkey Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Wow.  I just started watching Luther tonight.  This is such a cool design/casting idea.
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nekrosith Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome :)
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Euxiom Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Frankly I'm very upset the Green Lantern movie didn't have Idris Elba playing John Stewart with one of your designs here. This is such a fantastic idea it just makes me want to keysmash.
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MrWitchblade Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Mr Perfectionist :)
One hair out of place, and you're not happy.

Face it, we all love it :)
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goor Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great Work
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Tikatu Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

The second one looks a wee bit ST:TNG to me, especially across the shoulders. I like the first and third best, especially the third one's treatment of the legs and feet.


I agree with you on Elba as John Stewart! He'd be fab!

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DromeP Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

These look pretty fantastic.

I've only seen Elba in Pacific Rim but I'd love to see him as John Stewart as well.

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KasugoKage88 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
1 or 3, but I think I like 3 the most!
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PeterMan2070 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
These are amazing, and I totally agree with you on actor choice.  Each one has it's own unique feel and there are parts of each that I love.  Definitely hope to see an illustration in the future!  Nice work.
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RgDraw Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
the all 3 are very good but i think the 3rd one is the best! it looks very powerfull!
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shaqfu93 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Dwayne the Rock Johnson as GL would truly be an oscar worthy performance.
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MeganEliMoon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
As cool as Johnson is I really don't think he would do GL justice in all honesty. He's a decent actor for sure but I wouldn't want him as GL unless he played one that wasn't one of the existing earth ones ... I could see him with a bit of makeup artistry to turn him into one of the other GLs from other planets though ... that would be cool
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shaqfu93 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
I don't see Dwayne being a good architect either.  That is Stewart's job, right?
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MeganEliMoon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I believe so, though I'm not 100% sure on that one
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KsiazeKrzysztof Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Love the one in the middle
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Egghead-RJThompson Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
So glad you didn't go with Hal. He's my least favorite GL 
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Egghead-RJThompson Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
simply brilliant. 
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saphir93 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014   Traditional Artist
Idris Elba!!!!! *______*
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BellaSylph Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm loving the one on the Far right. Though I kinda like the thing you did with the shoulders in the middle, almost looks like the top of a cloak/cape and the icon on the far left one is pretty eye catching, plus black men always seem to be cooler to me with bald heads. Idk, maybe it's a Samuel L Jackson or Seal thing but they just seem to kick ass.
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CromBomb Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
If this design was used in a film, I'd love to see him just casually swoosh from one design to another whenever he switches focus or changes moods or whatever. I like This design better than that Slim Goodbody design from the movie
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NickNightshade Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Super cool!  I was wondering if that was Idris Elba.  That dude is fucking excellent.
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool Nate. I dig the hell out of that middle one.
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NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks Eric!
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TheCoreOfAllEmotion Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The left one is my personal favorite. John Stewart is best lantern.
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mhamiltonjr Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Artist
that middle suit design is amazing just put the head of the dude on the left on it and im sold
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Matt-Olson Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work... and I totally agree Idris Elba would be a perfect cast as Green Lantern.
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NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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nitroxvi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I kinda like the one on the far right, but I think it'd work better if the shiny green bits were on the fronts of his legs instead of the outsides.

I really like the upper body of the middle one, but the legs seem a little weird to me.

and I'm sure I'm imposing, but I think they'd all work a bit better if the costume had some definition to it - shoulder or knee pads of some sort, raised armor in places, or shaped boots, maybe.

Just my opinion.
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SympleArts Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is beast.
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IridescentCatalyst Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Awesome!
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lucwiz50 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Idris tweeted that he wants to play John!
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Sweet, thanks for the heads up! I tweeted my picture to him.
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lucwiz50 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Good! I am sure he will like it.

Can you retweet Elba's original tweet to Snyder, Goyer, and Affleck? The more people know about this the better. And I do not have a Twitter account, haha
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Avary18 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Nice job like it a lot
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Horrorcain Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He totally looks like Idris Elba. So lets piece this together. Keep lefts leg desgn, middles whole upper torso, and rights facial appearance. And BAM! Perfection. Nice job, btw. But if I had to pick middle hands down.
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, sounds good to me.
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