Joining my friends at Cantina Creative I was tasked to create HUD elements for the Royal Talon Fighter, piloted by Okoye in the early part of the film. Functions ranged from ship controls, steering and idle states to the more active weapon systems used by colonel Ross later in the story.
The designs needed to fit into the vibrant palette of styles and colors that had already been set in the Black Panther world, and I was thrilled to get a chance to contribute to it. For the windshield HUD, I wanted the elements to feel primal, and mimic the wingspan of a bird of prey. The steering elements were heavily influenced by African masks and jewelry patterns, to complement the beads present in the other Wakanda’n tech. The gold was a natural choice not just for royalty, buy also as an element present in much of Okoye’s suit, and finally, shining like the golden feathers of a great bird.
The end results turned out amazing, and I am honored to have been a part of this production. Thanks to everyone involved, and all the people at Cantina for their support and contributions. Wakanda forever!