Batman Bust Convention Sketch

Convention sketches are like a box of chocolates… you never know what you’re gonna get! 🙂 With my humble apologies to Forrest Gump, begins the tale of a convention sketch from last weekend at the Raleigh Comic Book Show.

Once I was settled in and had said my hellos to fellow guests and the show organizer, I decided to begin a convention sketch on a blank 7×10 comic backing board. Admittedly, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to draw when I began, but since I had drawn a Spider-Man last December I was at least not going to do that. So, pencil to paper and at some point I decided I wanted to draw Batman.

Had I decided to draw Batman sooner, it would have started out looking less like Orion from the New Gods! I realized I had a little bit of work to do to bring it back to being a Batman drawing and not Orion. Nothing against Orion, incidentally, and I probably should draw him too… but I was going for a more immediately recognizable character for this unsolicited sketch and I figured more people would recognize Batman.

Batman Convention Sketch

I think I managed to save it… but you can be the judge!  Oh, and in case you wonder… I found myself without proper flesh-coloring markers so I improvised with a few different colors and going for the patchwork illusion of skin tone through color overload! It just didn’t look right leaving his face white once I had colored everything else. So, my least favorite part of this one is the faux flesh tone result here, even though the illusion works from a distance… it just doesn’t hold up quite as well to up-close scrutiny.

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  1. Did you do that flesh tone with markers? I like that effect! Maybe not for batman, but for something / someone else.

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    1. Yes… orange, yellow, purple for sure. I feel like I might have used four colors (maybe brown also) but I can’t remember for sure. I criss-crossed the colors so they filled in gaps but also left some white showing through too. It’s a little easier to do with colored pencils because I can smooth those together better than I can some of the markers I have.

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      1. Do lots of artists draw at comventions?

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        1. A lot, but not all. Some new artists aren’t prepared to do it (I always try to practice a little bit before the shows so I can be more comfortable)… established and more popular artists are sometimes in high demand and don’t have time to draw at shows because they are already booked up before the show starts! But there’s a nice range of artists from novice to professional who will at least do quick sketches… sometimes pencil only or ink only… every once in a while someone will also do at least a little color. Prices vary according to experience and popularity of the artist as you might expect. So far, though I still haven’t sold a lot at shows, I tend to sell more prints of things I’ve already drawn than I do new sketches at the show itself.

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  2. I’m nit familiar with Orion, but this even looks like a bit like the Batman I recall from MY childhood (and that was a very long time ago)! Nice job!

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    1. Thank you. I feel like I mostly rescued it from not looking like Batman very much originally! 🙂

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      1. I’m enjoying your cartoons; they’re unique and quite entertaining.

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        1. Thank you. I got back and forth between silly and (hopefully) insightful… I probably enjoy the silly more, but every now and then I hope I’m at least accidentally profound. It’s always good to have someone tell me that they like what I’m doing. Feedback is always cool so I know if what I think is working is actually working.

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        2. I like silly, and sometimes dark too. Keep up the good work!

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