Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Thor Ink Wash

This is Thor, the Norse God of thunder and also a Marvel superhero from outer space. Punished for his arrogance, Thor's father Odin exiles his son to the Earth. His hammer, Mjolnir, allows him to fly, wield the power of lightning, and travel to other dimensions. Thor is also strong and is nearly invulnerable.

This piece started off as a line drawing with the plan to ink in clouds into the background. I decided to try my hand with an ink wash and next thing I know I am inking everything. I guess if you give me a paint brush then I am going to paint. It was really fun and felt like painting.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Wolverine First Apperance

Everyone's favorite Canadian superhero, Wolverine. This was his costume when he first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #181. Wolverine, an agent of the Canadian government, is sent out into the Canadian wilderness to hunt down the Hulk.

My goal when I started this drawing was just to draw Wolverine out in the wild. Eventually I realized that this would be the perfect opportunity to put him in a story context. I would like to maybe do a second drawing of Wolverine when he finds the Hulk. We shall see, but for now, enjoy!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Thing

Out of all the Marvel heroes I think The Thing is my favorite to draw. I think it is because he is made of geometric shapes and the fact that seeings how no one has ever seen The Thing in real life they cannot say "He doesn't look like that". So there is a bit of room for error I guess.

I remember drawing the Thing many times from one image in How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way when I was a kid. I think he is a really good character to practice drawing because of the planes and shapes his body is composed of. It really allows you to step back and analysis how the light would react to the figure. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Antman on an Ant

My girlfriend asked me a few days ago who my favorite Avenger was. This was a tough question, but I eventually settled on Antman. He gets to ride around on an ant!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Iron Man - First sketch of the New Year

My first sketch of the New Year, Iron Man! I'm fresh off winter break and I have been dying to draw some characters. I have been practicing my inking skills and it feels good to finally put the brush to the paper. Its always fun when I draw Iron Man. I like the freedom to experiment with his armor and think about how it forms over the figure. Its also fun to think about all the little compartments and what might be in them.

When I started inking this drawing it was morning and I had just drank coffee. Not a good idea when you are trying to get really delicate lines with a brush. I am using a cheap #6 sable brush to ink. Because the figure is in somewhat of a rigid pose I wanted to add a little bit more interest, so I added a background. In the past when I have done this I have noticed that I lose the figure in trying to put too much detail in the background. To combat this I tried to minimize the background detail and create contrast with the figure.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Winter Break

Hello everyone, I hope that you all had a great holiday! Mine was very relaxing, though a lot of it was spent studying. I received many awesome books for Christmas that will help me out with my drawings and paintings. I even received a digital painting issue of Imagine FX so I became a little side tracked and dabbled into the world of digital painting (more on that in another post).

Mostly I was happy to have time to study my figure drawings. Drawing is like anything else, you have to constantly go back to the basics to make sure that you are not forgetting anything.This means for me that I have to make sure that I am creating new and interesting poses. I am also drawing from life when I can. This allows me to pick up on the little nuances that make the human body look three dimensional.

Also I have received comments from bloggers and even professional artist that my figures are tending to be a bit rigid. So gesture drawings are really helping me to loosen up and make mistakes. The idea was to find something that I was weak at and do it 100 times or more. Alot of these were taken from Muybridge's, The Human Figure In Motion. I highly recommend it as a drawing source and to study movement. Be on the look out for new drawings coming soon!