I was recently at Fanboy Expo Orlando and to be honest, it was pretty slow. So, I had time to draw on my iPad. Maybe it was the fact that Sarah Douglass and Jack O'halloran were at the show that inspired me to draw a Christopher Reeve Superman too. I went for a more whimsical look and wanted to keep it simple. Eagle eyed observers may notice the heavy influence of the wonderful work of Steve Thompson as well.
To build upon another recent post, while on vacation I got the inspiration to draw a fun picture of us all in the van and some of the sights that we were seeing along the way. I wanted it to be fun and I was itching to draw in a retro style again so why not! I kept it loose and didn't force it as I knew that most of the "real" work would be done after we got home. I plugged away little by little usually while watching television at night with the family. It was a nice way to wind down and relax as I felt no pressure to finish by a certain date or anything. So here it is, and I hope you enjoy it.
34 years ago, Maureen was about to begin her career as a schoolteacher in northern New Jersey. She was understandably nervous. She asked me to draw a HUGE Superman drawing to hang on her door. I did. That drawing has been hanging there for 33 years even making the move to Vermont to where she still is. I have teased her about burning that drawing for ages. She said she would if I drew her a new one to replace it. Well, Maureen doesn't have her own door anymore as she began a new job with the school and had no room for it. I took the opportunity to re-draw the same Superman by hand using the same reference as the first one even. I and drew it and framed it (8x10 so she can squeeze it in her room somewhere). So, Superman is set to continue flying for Maureen and to always remind her that "she's gonna be fine". I scanned it and touched it up just a bit and then added some digital color to it. The original reference was done by John Byrne for the back of the original trade paperback of Man of Steel in case you were wondering.