Out of all the superheroes I’ve drawn, Batman took me the longest to complete so far because the figure he cuts is a mix of freedoms & restrictions.
I can go a little crazy with the cape & anatomy but then I have to keep my brush in check when I go into strokes & shades. I had to constantly remind myself that he’s supposed to be a dark, brooding character.
Batman was created by Bob Kane & Bill Finger. The Batman first appeared in Detective Comics in May 1939. He is also known as "The Caped Crusader" & "The Dark Knight", among others. Batman’s character is further strengthened by the most authentic array of super-villains namely: Joker, Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze & many others.
Some inside illustrations of ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon - Old Tales from the North’; illustrated by Kay Nielsen. Published 1914 by Hodder and Stoughton.
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My final illustration on the subject of Composition: The Phantom of the Opera, which is possibly my only favorite stage play.
I tried out a style found in comics where the figures are tilted within a frame. The drawing looks fine when viewed both ways, portrait or landscape.
What do you think of The Phantom of the Opera - was he a fiend or just a hopeless romantic? You know, he died of a broken heart in the end :P
If I am the phantom, it is because man’s hatred has made me so. If I am to be saved it is because your love redeems me. ― Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera
Superman has always been one of my favorite comic book heroes. I can say a gazillion things why I think Superman is so great but Jay Morton says it best, “FASTER than a speeding bullet, more POWERFUL than a locomotive, and able to LEAP tall buildings in a single bound…”
Anyway, here’s the Man of Steel in brush & ink.
I wish I could have covered him in tight inks the way E.R. Cruz does but I’ve yet to learn how to do that! For now, I’ve inked him in traditional simplified strokes.
We are learning Balance in Composition now. This is the first drawing I came up with. I haven’t submitted it for grading yet because I’m not sure if I did it right. In any case, I’m making another drawing on the subject so I have something to fall back on if this one fails.
The story behind it… When I was younger (this was in the 80’s), our school warned us about a Satanist Cult cruising our community. Members of the said cult kidnapped kids to sacrifice to Satan. Our school even gave out printouts to help us identify Satanists (They often wore black & had tattoos with specific designs). I was scared but I sort of thought it would be cool if I actually saw one.
I used characters from a panel drawn by Yu Kinutani in one of Go Nagai’s Devilman mangas as reference for the 2 lackeys in the back.
I handed in my first assignment on the subject of Composition today.
It took me days to get started on it because still life just does not interest me in the first place. But since it’s a requirement to come up with a still life arrangement (my grade’s on the line, here) I had to think of something fast. The solution: put some of my favorite things together, which worked like a charm!
Good enough to eat? Well, ENJOY!