Brother Ajax

I’d just watched “Kick-Ass” for the third time, and was inspired to do Big Daddy, who I think is a more-plausible version of Batman. However, as the under-drawings progressed, I got hung-up on the anatomy, and so this sort of evolved into just another muscled male figure. At the end, after first settling on the background you see, I added the eye-makeup, the dot on his head, and the emblem on his chest, just to sort of make a character of some sort out of him. The name was something I was kicking around from having recently watched the movie “Troy”. (Ajax was one of the Greek leader-warriors attacking the Trojans). I conceived of my character as thinking of himself as a reincarnation of the ancient/mythical Ajax, and that he is insane. This piece was done digitally from start to finish. No pencils involved, just a stylus.

Brother Ajax: final layout

Below are the steps from the final rough under-drawing (there were three under-drawings before that, that I failed to preserve) to the finished piece (save for the logotype and the final layout).

An animated gif of the above progression:

Before I settled on the final logotype, I tried a number of different fonts. Thanks to Kevin Parks for his input on this.


(to be) Supergirl: Fighting Stance (NSFW)

I know. I’m SUPPOSED to be finishing “Supergirl-1943″, but I’ve been too intimidated. And I hadn’t done any drawing lately that showed my skills were up to THAT challenge……until now (at least IMO). THIS will be Supergirl, and as you’ve probably noticed, I usually start out with the nude (mostly because I’m still not that confident with cloth). And, since I wanted to preserve this drawing in this stage anyway, I thought I might as well put it up for you to critique. If it doesn’t get TOO picked-apart here, I’ll go on with it, but in any case–NOW is the time for changes, so have at it (please).

Supergirl: Fighting Stance, WIP (NSFW)

(Click image for larger view). Will be Supergirl in a fighting stance. I usually draw the nude first, as I’m still not completely comfortable drawing cloth.

Note: no references here (you may be thinking that it shows), but it is inspired by another artist’s drawing, though I didn’t look at it to draw this. THAT drawing is here: Superchick_by threetoedmidget

Supergirl ©DC Comics

“Stretchy” Green Lantern for Illustration Friday

This IS a bit of a “stretch”, but these elongated images of Green Lantern were my attempt at drawing a dramatic, “forced perspective” pose, which I haven’t been able to nail yet.

Green Lantern ©DC Comics

The Rose Bandit

Not too long ago, I posted a portrait (included again below) on another thread about my attempt at caricature (link), and described the background/project that led to the drawing with the text quoted below. (BTW: The figure is nude, because I still suck a drawing drapery, and I have to start with the figure anyway. Eventually, when I’m up to it, I’ll put him in his cowboy garb). Here, I’ve now included all of the studies I did for that project:

“I started drawing studies for a project I’d had in mind for several years now: an illustration of a pulp-hero, cowboy: the Rose Bandit.

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This is my neighbor Matt’s self-appointed name, ’cause he’d often gone around the neighborhood, “stealing” roses off bushes that lay near the sidewalk on his way to or from somewhere. These he would then present to each of the women here in our apartment complex. Secondly: he is a big fan of Westerns, and has a pretty nice “cowboy” get up, when he wants to dress up. I’d always wanted to do an illustration of him as this cowboy/pulp hero called “The Rose Bandit” (dressed all in black, but with fancy trim and rose-themed embroidery. I always pictured him in a camera-at-low-angle stance, holding a rifle with one hand at his side, and the appropriate, turn-of-the-century lettering and scroll-work of “The Rose Bandit” behind his head.

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Up until now, I never felt I had the chops to bring it off, and still don’t see that I do in the way I’d envisioned it, but that’s another story. I sketched out the position a couple of times, alternating drawing just the head a few times. I felt like I was repeating myself after about six sketches, and took a break. Later, having reviewed all those drawings, and never having been satisfied with the “portraits” of the Rose Bandit/Matt, I started another one in earnest. Note that ALL of these were without reference, and me just trying to get kinda close to Matt’s look in a generic way, who is tall, wiry and gaunt in the face.

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This last portrait I drew began to strike me just how much it could be taken for Christ, and the more I looked at it that way, to more I decided that I had to at least scan it before I put the cowboy hat on him. And as I was contemplating this, I remembered that the “Rose” is a symbol of Christ, so then started coloring it in the computer with a mind to leave it so that it could be taken for Christ, but not insisting that it be so.”

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