Saturday, March 8, 2014
Like the previous Cyborg post, Darkseid is drawn because I needed a reference for a future drawing. Darkseid was also redesigned recently by Jim Lee, but unlike Cyborg, I like Jim Lee's design a little bit more.
So I ended up not changing that much of the comic's design. I simplified some of the lines and made the boots look different, but it is relatively untouched. For me, simplicity is key to having a good costume design.
There is a very specific need to have comic book characters' costume designs not be overly busy. It is time consuming to draw and is easy to go off model. If you don't believe me, look at how many different variations there are of Cyborg. No two artists can draw him the same.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
This is Cyborg of the Justice League (formerly of the Teen Titans). I initially drew this because I needed reference for another post. Cyborg was recently revamped with a new look as a part of DC Comics New 52 initiative to make their characters more modern.
The new design by Cyborg is done by Jim Lee and as much as I love Jim Lee as an artist, his designs are overly complicated and not attractive. Cyborg definitely got the worse design in the New 52 revamp in my opinion.
Nevertheless, I greatly simplified his design so I don't spend hours drawing Cyborg. I got rid of a lot of panels and unnecessary lines. I also slimmed Cyborg's figure down, because he looks ridiculous as a bulky suit.
|New 52 Cyborg by Jim Lee|
Monday, March 3, 2014
This is the last in the Lantern Corp Folders series. This is one of the Blue Lanterns, who are powered by the blue light of hope. These guys are like the saints of the Green Lantern universe. This character is literally named Saint Walker! How can you not like this guy? He is just so happy all of the time!
I really like this picture a lot because it is probably the most action packed of the Lantern Corp Folders series. Like all of the previous pictures in this series, the sketching is done with a G2 gel pen and covered with a fat tip Sharpie.
For reference, here is a couple of the Blue Lantern Corp members from the comics:
|By Doug Mahnke|
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
This is Indigo-1 of the Indigo Tribe (not corp) from the Green Lantern comics. The Indigo Tribe is powered by compassion and has the ability to take any of the other lantern corps' powers and using for their own. They are also made up of criminals who are brainwashed into believing in compassion.
This picture is nice. I am pretty proud of it. However, it was a somewhat big anatomy error in it that I will not say what it is. This is one of the drawbacks for drawing without a pencil on a slick folder paper. The Indigo-1 picture was actually the first folder picture that I did. But my initial attempt to try to draw on a slick folder was not very successful. But, here it is for your viewing pleasure:
Also, here is what the Indigo Tribe looks like in the Green Lantern:
Monday, February 24, 2014
This guys is hilarious in the comics, and this picture maybe my favorite of the Lantern corp drawings. Like the rest of the drawings, I sketched Larfleeze out with a G2 gel pen and then inked him using a fat tip Sharpie. The background army of possessed aliens were done with a dried up Sharpie. I also did not have the benefit of sketching those background creatures because there would have been too many messy lines, so I had to free hand draw them. It is much harder than most people think.
Larfleeze is probably one of the most popular new characters in comics in recent years. He has only been around for, like, five years, and he already has his own ongoing series. He is also a source of a lot of comedy because of his simple, child-like urge to own everything. Here he is with his catchphrase: "Yuh-oh!"
|By Doug Manhnke|
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
This is the Red Lantern a.k.a. Atrocitus. He is a relatively new character in the Green Lantern comics. Red Lanterns are powered by rage. So the more rage and vengeful one is, the more powerful they are. In the comics, Red Lanterns are known as being these wild dogs who cannot even speak, with the exception of Atrocitus. The Red Lanterns have been so popular that they even have their own comic.
|By Ed Benes|
|By Jim Lee|
Oh well. I have to be mindful not to draw Atrocitus like that again in the future.
Monday, February 17, 2014
This time I drew Sinestro in order to represent the entire Sinestro Corps (yes, he named an entire army after himself). Sinestro has been a long time Green Lantern enemy. He fought the Green Lantern for decades before wising up and thinking how much more effective he could be if he created an entire army to help him. The result is one of the most epic Green Lantern comic story lines in years called The Sinestro Corps War. Seriously, it's great.
|By Ivan Reis|
Oh and yes, that is an evil robot Superman in the back there. It's a long story.
I drew Sinestro on a slick yellow folder with a G2 gel pen and a thick tip Sharpie marker. Funny thing: Sinestro's mouth was not supposed to be opened like that, but since the Sharpie tends to bleed, the set of teeth became an opened mouth. Let that be a lesson to those who use Sharpies; they can potentially bleed all over your picture if you are not careful. So beware when you need to draw fine details in a picture.