Saturday, February 27, 2010

Cyclops W.I.P. - Step 3 - Underpainting

Scott Summers is that much closer to being brought to life!

The colors have all been laid down with watercolor washes, though some will have to be dulled a bit so as not to take away from the optic blast.

Unfortunately I made Cyclops' eye beam a bit too pink. I'd like it redder still. So much to tweak!

I was toying around with the idea of coloring with markers instead of watercolors for my comic book art in the future. It seems like the natural choice. I've been using the marker/ink combination a lot recently for my Mail Art on my other blog.

Ink tends to sit on top of the paint (which sits on top of the paper) and can easily run and smear while drying. But markers absorb deep into the paper so the ink is much easier to control when applied IMHO.

The next and last step is the most labor-intensive one. Inking the entire illustration and adding any last minute details.

Before you know it, that optic blast will be doing some serious damage!


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cyclops W.I.P. - Step 2 - Tighten pencils and panic!!

What to do. What to do.

I thought things were off to a smooth start on this until I had to draw Cyclops' optic blast.

Given the angle of the face, the beam would have to obscure part of the figure and I had to decide which part!

You see Cyclops doesn't shoot laser beams out of his eyes, he emits concussive force blasts! Ahh, see the difference?

Every single comic representation of Cyclops' optic beams have all been shown to be solid NOT transparent (as seen below). So it's inevitable that the blast would cover something.

Look out!!

Not wanting it to look puny, I made the beam as wide as possible and then had to make a decision. Either obscure the nose, mouth, and shoulder or hide part of the hand and forearm.

The profile of the face and bulge of the trapezius muscle really appealed to me and I didn't want to lose either one, so I went ahead and had Cyclops shooting off to the side instead of down the middle.

I hope I made the right choice!

With that settled and the shadows penciled in, the next step is the fun part.....laying down the paint!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cyclops W.I.P. - Step 1 - Concept sketch


Cyclops, team leader of the X-Men!


My first real comic book drawing since launching this blog!

I'm excited to see where this goes as I plan to make it a fully-rendered painting! I thought it'd be nice to show you this work-in-progress step by step.

It's just a loose sketch at this point to get the placement of the hand, face, and shoulder in place. Things are definitely able to be tweaked at this stage and probably will!

The next step is to tighten the drawing and lay down the shadows.

I'm pleased so far!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Something wonderful.....

High school was hellish for me and that's putting it mildly.

I didn't fit in and had only two friends my senior year. Lunch periods were spent in the library and I'd try to remain as invisible as possible in class. I became a loner who'd escape into the world of comic books for refuge.

During that dark time period when I was feeling like a strange outcast....afraid and suicidal, SHE came to save me.

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman! Pencil on paper - 8" x 10" (NFS)

As a child I'd watch the Wonder Woman TV show in rerun form and eventually forgot about it. Then here in Chicago during my high school years, FX started rerunning the series again and it got me hooked just at the right time.

Here was this amazingly beautiful woman, who was not only powerful but courteous and nice! A fully-functional, capable, and confident superhero who tried to save the day and do what was right!

She inspired others and gave them hope! She was, well, a wonder! With a spin she became something more.....something wonderful! And her costume was F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S too!

Lynda Carter as Yeoman Diana Prince! Pencil on paper - 8" x 10" (NFS)

I was a junior in high school when I drew both of these portraits. They aren't exact likenesses but they're pretty damn good considering I was 17 at the time!

For these drawings I'd pause a specific scene from a Wonder Woman episode on my VCR (remember those!) and quickly sketch in front of the television. It'd take anywhere up to an hour to finish a drawing! The damage I must have done to those poor VCR heads!

Nonetheless, it was in high school when the dream of becoming a comic book illustrator was at its most hopeful. I was certain all the pain, sadness, and misery I was feeling up until then would be gone once I became an adult and finally became a success. Oh, how naive I was! Little did I know.....little did I know.

But the past is the past and I'm hoping to tap into that passion and excitement that I once had and turn it into, well, something wonderful.....