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Harley Quinn, to the Rescue?

I’ve been meaning to do a really good Harley Quinn drawing for a while. I’m admittedly partial to the more classic Bruce Timm look, from the Batman animated series… but I finally found a few good stills from the new Suicide Squad movie that I liked, depicting actress Margot Robbie in a good pose.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn

I like the looking down the “barrel” of the baseball bat pose here, and the movie costume has a lot of nice details to capture. I admittedly burned out a bit and didn’t put all the tattoos she appears to have in the movie, nor did I put all the signatures on the bat, as most of that would be illegible at the size of my drawing anyway.

Being completely honest, I’m actually happiest with how the jacket looks. Her jacket and shorts kind of have a Two-Face design working for them (half one style, half another) which I enjoyed drawing. I wonder what the Joker has to say about that choice in design? 😉 I also think I’m continuing to get better at getting the shading to look as I see in my mind when I’m drawing people.

I haven’t seen the movie yet… maybe by the time it hits satellite I’ll get to catch it. In the meantime, please let me know what you think of this one. Remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

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Batman vs Superman Movie Logo Revisited

As I mentioned when I posted my recreation of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie logo the other day… I went back and made those cutouts around the “S” shield full cutouts so that the logo can be used on any background, and not just a black one as I had originally done.

Batman v Superman Logo RevisitedWith this updated version, on a white background, you can more clearly see how the “S” shield is formed within the bat symbol.

Batman vs Superman Movie Logo

The more I kept looking at it, the more interesting it became. Speaking, of course, of the logo from the movie posters for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. For some reason, and on not much sleep, I decided late last night to tackle this… so tackle it I did!

Batman v Superman LogoAs I was drawing this, I was having a hard time visualizing everything that was going on with that “S” in the middle. For some reason I couldn’t wrap my brain around it after staying up all night… but I kept methodically plodding along until it felt finished. When I woke up this morning after about 8 hours of sleep, and looked at this again, I was pleasantly amazed at how I now easily understood the construction and that somehow I had managed to capture it correctly with my brain on autopilot!

The only thing I didn’t do… that I might do later…  those cutouts for the “S” in the middle aren’t really cutouts. It all looks better with black behind it, so I did it that way… but in truth, these should be cutouts so you can see through them to the background behind… whatever that might be. I’ll probably tweak it and make a version with true cutouts later just in case I need it for something else.

Let me know what you think and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

Batman vs Superman Bust Composite

So… there’s a new movie in town… Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Some people like it, some people hate it. I haven’t seen it. I tend to not see movies until they hit satellite or home video. That’s how I roll! But I was inspired to create a little thing here.

Henry Cavill Ben Affleck Batman v SupermanThe characters are based on some movie stills of Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman. I was really only interested in doing bust drawings, but I went a little farther… Look ma, no hands! 🙂 Oh, and I realize Wonder Woman and a few other characters are also in the movie… but it was going to get complex fast if I drew everyone, so I just went with the two primary characters. Maybe I’ll draw Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman as her own picture at some point.

It’s all digital, vector art… from start to finish. No preliminary sketches this time. I didn’t time anything, but it felt like it all came together pretty quickly. Either I’m getting better at this OR worse at keeping track of time!

I think I generally captured the look of these recent movie versions. I probably could have worked a little more on the faces… especially the mouths and Superman’s nose… but I think these mostly do the trick. Let me know what you think and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

Gleefully, Melissa Benoist as Supergirl!

So… there are a lot of comic book TV shows on right now. It’s something of a renaissance of comic book heroes on TV. I’m watching most of them, at least the ones on traditional TV and not the ones exclusive to streaming services to which I don’t subscribe. I hadn’t drawn a new picture in a little while, so over the weekend I tackled this one.

Melissa Benoist as SupergirlThis is, of course, Supergirl… and I had a promotional still of Melissa Benoist from the CBS TV show to use as reference. She does a really good job in the role, and the show itself is generally entertaining. She’s the second person to be grabbed from the Glee TV show (Grant Gustin plays the Flash on the CW) to play a DC hero. I wonder who might be next?

I tinkered with this one for quite a while. I tried something a little different with the nose than I was doing last year.  Basically, less line-work and more shading. I like how that turned out. The more I look at it the more I’m happy with it, though initially I wasn’t sure I had captured the actress in the likeness as much as intended. I was sure I had successfully drawn a pretty woman, but wasn’t sure I had drawn the one I meant to be drawing!

Please do let me know what you think, and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

Deadpool Valentine

So… there’s a Deadpool movie. You probably know about that. It’s also Valentine’s Day tomorrow… You probably knew that too. But what happens if you combine them?

Deadpool Valentine

I wanted to hand-draw something Deadpool related for the movie this weekend… and inspiration struck when I realized it was also Valentine’s Day and I thought of a (hopefully) humorous way to combine them. For anyone wondering, it’s meant to be fairly cartoony. It helps take a bit of the edge off of the implied gore. I also probably couldn’t have hand-drawn a non-cartoony Deadpool without more practice anyway. 😉

I didn’t scan in a rough-sketch image this time, because I kind of alternated between sketching in parts of this and inking them… so, for example, I sketched then inked Deadpool first… then the bow and quiver, and then the doors in the background. I’m not sure why I did it that way, as opposed to a complete rough sketch before beginning inking… but there you go.

Whenever I do something like this, as I’m finishing it I start thinking how it would look cleaner if I digitally inked and colored it instead… but then I wouldn’t have a piece of original art in my hands. I would also lose a little of the organic feel to the lines that I get from hand-rendering. This particular gag wouldn’t suffer either way, but sometimes the too-clean digital rendering actually distracts from the funny. At least it seems like it to me.

Let me know what you think, and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

Batman Day 2015

Just something quick and simple for Batman Day 2015! It felt wrong not to acknowledge it somehow… and I haven’t drawn a Bat-anything in a little while now. Let me know what you think, and have a Happy Bat Day!

Batman Day 2015

Batgirl 1966 Costume Bust Illustration

Because I demanded it! The costume bust illustration series continues… As already established in a previous blog entry, I am a fan of the classic Adam West Batman TV show from the 1960s. As such, it was only natural to create an illustration of the Batgirl costume from that TV show.

Batgirl 1966 CostumeI’m really happy with how this one turned out! I decided to draw to her waist on this illustration, because it just didn’t feel right not to include those gloves. Feel free to imagine Yvonne Craig in there, even though I didn’t draw her. Who will be next in this captivating costume-only series? Will the annoying alliteration be amped further? Stay tuned to this same bat-blog for the next extremely exhilarating entry!

By the way, here’s a link to the inaugural entry in the costume bust illustration series, in case you missed it. Remember, if you are interested in requesting my services as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

Reverse Flash Costume Bust Illustration

People like my comic strips… and people have really liked my recent Technical Illustration posts… but one of the most consistently searched areas of my blog continues to be my logo and insignia work; in particular, my Spider-Man head and my Flash and Reverse Flash insignias. Check out my Comic Book Company Logos and Insignias post from last year to see what I’m talking about.

I attribute at least some of this popularity to the recent success the CW has had with shows like Flash and Arrow. So, never let it be said I don’t try and give people more of what they want! Here’s my rendition of a bust-style illustration of the Reverse Flash costume from the Flash TV show.

Reverse Flash CW CostumeYour eyes are not deceiving you, by the way, there is no person inside the costume! I’m actually thinking of doing a series of bust illustrations in this style with various costume-only renditions. If you have a favorite character, please let me know and I’ll see if I can add it to my queue.

Remember, if you are interested in requesting my services as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

Support the Fist of Justice!

Here’s a Kickstarter project from Digital Webbing Studios that you really ought to take a look at, especially if you’re a fan of comics from the 1970s and 1980s!

Fist of Justice Volume Two Trade Paperback Kickstarter

Fist of Justice is a love-fest for classic comic book stories. A totally retro-style superhero dropped into the modern era. Fist of Justice: Changes is the second trade paperback in the series, clocking in at 128-pages of full-color goodness! There is also a brand new comic featuring character Amy Andrews as the Fist of Justice that is only available via this Kickstarter project. It’s all brought to you by Mike Imboden and Eduardo Savid, plus a host of others.

Click the image above to be taken to their Kickstarter page for a full accounting of the trade paperback and the pledge rewards. This Kickstarter project is in the stretch run, ending on June 1st, so don’t delay… support the Fist of Justice today!

Fist of Justice is also on Facebook, so be sure and check them out there too!

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