Friday, May 30, 2014

Black Widow!

Ya know, sometimes you make a picture because you think it will go well with another one of your pictures. Maybe in my subconscious I just assumed that The Black Widow would just go good with my Captain America picture. Was that based on anything other than the fact that they were both featured in The Winter Soldier? Most likely, yes! I don't think I would have paired them together mentally before that movie came out. And to be totally honest here, I am not even that big of a Scarlett Johansson fan! I mean, she's a decent actress I think but I have never gone out of my way to see her in a movie. I know I will take a lot of heat for that but I am just being honest.

Some people have pointed out to me that I don't paint enough women. That is true but not intentional either. I know that I suffer from a form of "hero worship" and simply gravitate to the hero of the comic or movie. If I had to psycho analyze myself I am sure that it is some deep rooted insecurity that I have for losing my father at a very young age and turning to comic book heroes for escapism and a positive male role model. Good thing I read comics from the sixties and seventies growing up! I don't know how much of that type of role model still exists in modern comics. If you have noticed, we are pretty much over-run with the "anti-hero" now and when a tried and true hero is shown, like Captain America, he is perceived as an anomaly. Maybe I am just getting old. Didn't I start this blog thinking I was going to talk about the Black Widow?? This is also what happens folks when the aging, hero worshipping artist can't sleep and gets up to blog!!

Enjoy the picture tho!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Jelly Baby?

I know that many people consider Tom Baker to be the definitive version of the Doctor. Like many, I adore Tom's portrayal of the time lord but he is not "my Doctor". I actually discovered him after Peter Davison and Jon Pertwee and for an American, that is a bit odd. But that was the timing of it when I first got turned on to Doctor Who and what was airing at the time. Tom is very fun to draw tho with that big expressive face! All "teeth and curls" to be sure, and not to mention those eyes!! This was a fun one to work on. I hope you like it.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dallas Comic Con!

If you are in the Dallas area, stop by and see me in Artist Alley A51, May 16-18!! My first time in Texas and am looking forward to it!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Dude Returns!

No. This is not about a sequel to the movie. It's really about me being not as satisfied with my last venture with the good Mr. Lebowski. I know. He's not Lebowski; he's the dude. The first picture I painted of The Dude was very much inspired by sheer inspiration and not much thought was given to composition or much else. Not that it's a bad thing, it's just what it is. But I decided that I wanted to re-explore the possibilities of the characters and dip into the waters for a second time. Plus I had the portraits of Donnie and Walter already done and it was a waste to not let them be seen. I have to say that I am pleased with how this came out. I enjoy adding the little touches like the name of the bowling alley and the sponsors on the bottom and think that it really shows that I do care about the small stuff too. I hope you enjoy re-visiting this again as well.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Does Whatever a Spider Can!

Spider-Man has always been pretty much at the top of my superhero food chain. Maybe it was the fact that Peter Parker was basically a kid or maybe that he was very rooted in New York which was so close to home. I remember just about every weekend we would visit relatives across the bridge and I was always looking up to the tops of the buildings imaging, and waiting to see, Spider-Man swinging. My old sketchbooks and drawings in the backs of notebooks are FILLED with Spider-Man! I love drawing him. I find it ironic now that for the very reasons I loved drawing him as a kid is what bothers me now as an adult. The simplicity of him makes it easy. Once you figure out how the web pattern works, it's just a naked figure with no facial features to worry about. No nose, eyes, mouth, ears, etc. I see now that it was a stroke of genius when he was designed for an artist who had to crank out those comic pages back in the early sixties. Well done Mr. Ditko (and Mr. Kirby!)!! But for a painter who looks for all the nuances in facial features, he is harder to nail down for that very lack of detail. I admit that I really struggled getting this one done. I actually thought I had it finished a while ago only to scrap it and start over again. I am happier with it now but to be totally honest, I would not be surprised if you see another Spider-Man picture from me very soon.

As I was writing this post, it occurred to me that in the drawer right next to me is one such notebook that I mentioned. So I thought I would dig it out and scan some of the drawings in it and share. You can see the dates on most of them and are from 1983-1984. I did most of these BEFORE Spider-Man had his black costume and obviously, years before Miles Morales came along.