As I was designing my Martians for Martian Debut in 2010, I made this particular drawing while I was thinking about how to visualize the Martians nearly instantaneously traveling from one place to another. The pose made me think of Marvel’s Silver Surfer, so that’s what this image became.
I imagined that the metal surf board would, for a moment, become elastic and stretch from where the surfer is in space to wherever it is he means to go, creating a path around any obstacles. Upon his departure, while still anchored to its destination, the board would snap back into its original shape, its form traveling along the established path and pulling the surfer along with it. The surfer’s feet would remain fixed to the board and his reflexes would allow him to balance himself as he is pulled incredibly quickly, in any number of directions, through space as he approaches his destination.
This drawing was collaged with some panel art from Martian Debut in 2012.