Artist Nelson Blake Wields MAGDALENA's Spear of Destiny
I probably took more liberties with Kristoff than with Patience. I did a bunch of drawings for him, and Ron, Filip and Phil picked the ones that they like, gave some notes and we came up with what we have. So far Kristoff has been kind of in the background, but his coolness will emerge as the series continues.
The real task was to take what was already there and make sense of it. Ryan Sook has a great take on the Magdalena costume. For the most part, I think his version is a great, iconic depiction of this Holy Knight that fights the demons. The only thing I had to do was break it down and figure out how she gets that thing on. Besides adding seams so she's not just in a leather body glove, I added removable layers to give the armor some flexibility.
The two design goals I look to achieve are function and immediate visual effect. Patience appears as a dark figure bathed in the sea of red cloak lining--an allusion to her bloodline--and highlighted by the decorative but effective armor bearing the crosses. The inlaid gold is important to keep her connected to the Roman Catholic imagery, since they are the ones who acquired the spear and set up the station and function of the Magdalena.
One of the things I love about this property is that it's a rare opportunity to combine a lot of influences that don't always mesh together. I grew up watching anime and playing video games and with the large demons, gothic imagery, secret societies, high action and varied locales, I get to bring in a lot of stuff that inspired me to pursue this career in the first place.