Sunday, 22 January 2012
Been a few weeks since my last post, but have been quite productive art wise, along with being busy generally, so thought I'd post some stuff.
As well as three pages for Too Much Sex And Violence #3 and continued contributions to the Weekly Themed Art Blog, I've spat out the above pieces:
From the top: a modern twist on Harvey Comics' Black Cat. I've been following a blog featuring artists submitting their own redesigns of Superhero costumes and decided to submit a few of my own. I'd drawn a few tweaked characters here and there before (the Sharon Ventura Ms Marvel, Gypsy Moth) but felt like doing a few new submissions. I wasn't looking at great pieces of art, just getting the costume down so won't post the others I did (maybe later), but I'm fairly happy with the art on this one.
Just finished reading Esperanza, the latest Jaime Hernandez Love and Rockets collection and fancied drawing something in his style. It was weird drawing with my wider-nibbed pens but I think this gives a nice Hernandez-finish. Getting the art right in the first place was the hard part, surprisingly difficult smacking down the urge to add definition but with Jaime, less is more.
Finally, Niko (from Runaways) and Amethyst. During my art save period recently, I unearthed earlier drawings of these two characters that I couldn't save (for instance, Amethyst being done for the A-Z of comic characters thread a few years ago and drawn at A5 wasn't suitable for saving) but wanted to do decent drawings of.
Niko is OK but still not great so no doubt I'll return to do a final pass but having started an earlier version of Amethyst a few weeks ago (sketch posted in a recent post), I decided it was just too stiff and no matter what I did, wasn't worth trying to save. Instead, I started over from scratch and am quite happy with the results, especially as I was using new pens instead of my usual Pilots. My natural habit was to fill in clothing creases on the dress and add shading but I decided to keep the art pared down and despite the annoying urge to doodle with the dress, I'm quite happy with this actually. I added a really quite backdrop just for a change but think I prefer the figure on its own.
Following Amethyst's abandonment and subsequent success, think I'll be erasing the Rogue I did at the same time and starting almost over from scratch on that too (though I really like the head so will be keeping that)...