"Dots All Folks!" Work in Progress (Tight Pencils)
Since I haven’t posted in weeks, this may look like another abandoned project. I’ve just been busy with other stuff, but also have been correcting errors and enhancing style consistency in the pencil phase. Diary of progress (so far):
Page 1: Greater devastation, better flying pose, more Stuart Immonen style for modern page.
Page 2: Flying hair in panel 2 is better.
Page 3: Flying hair in panels 1 and 2 are better (using stills from Helen Slater’s Supergirl as reference). Stuart Immonen style more consistently applied. Made the Silver Age panels look like Steve Ditko’s Doctor Strange (aka The Ditkoverse. Agent K is now wearing 5-inch fetish heel boots.
Page 4: Silver age background now full-blown Ditkoverse. The visual style influence shifts to the Jack Kirby/Joe Sinnott run on Fantastic Four, John Buscema’s Black Window and Wally Wood’s Daredevil
Page 5: The villain’s bondage fantasy in panel 1 might seem too extreme for a kid-friendly 1960’s comic. However, this treatment is consistent with how captured superheroines were depicted at the time.
Page 6: Agent K’s 5-inch heel boots in greater detail.
Page 7: Flying hair is better.
Page 8: Still working out the background of panel 1. Repositioned figures in first 2 panels.
“It’s less about super powers and more about heart and intellect and a sense of right and wrong with a goodness in her. Often times, writers really want to take a male superhero and dress him up as a female – and that’s just not who she is.”
-Lynda Carter understands Diana better than her writers.
Over the weekend, author Saladin Ahmed posted images from the a story in The Eagle #2 (Fox Publications, 1941). I guess others have noted Spider-Queen and her web-shooting bracelets before, but I’d never even heard of the character.
The Spider-Queen stories are credited to one Elsa Lisau. There seems to be an online consensus (no idea where it came from) that it’s a pseudonym for Louis and Arturo Cazeneuve.
Bear with me for a moment while I backtrack to tell you about Cazeneuve.
In 1940, Fox Publications editor Joe Simon gathered some of his colleagues to moonlight on a project with Martin Goodman’s Timely Comics (which would later become Marvel Comics). Red Raven #1 included an adventure starring the title character—a collaboration between Simon and Louis Cazeneuve—and two stories by Jack Kirby, in his Timely debut.
Red Raven bombed—replaced on the schedule, I believe, by The Human Torch—and months later, Cazeneuve was still working for Fox, where Spider-Woman was published.
But within a few months Simon and Kirby soon delivered a new hero and began working exclusively for Timely/Marvel.
The hero, of course, was Captain America.
Holy Web Shooters!
10 typical perspective errors
Drawing perspective is considered one of the hardest things in art, except the mistakes usually done are pretty much always the same and can be avoided with a little care.
1. Lines not reaching the vanishing point
Well this is pretty simple to avoid but it’s the most common mistake. It’s probably due to either carelessness or really not having understood the basic of perspective. I encourage you to go back and find some basic tutorial for this.
Anyway, be ALWAYS careful about where to ‘send’ your lines, they NEED to go towards the correct vanishing point or it will just look awkward. Double check if necessary.
And always, ALWAYS use a ruler.
If your style requires lines that are a bit less geometrical (as mine do, I have a style of inking that’s sketchy so ‘perfect’ lines drawn with a ruler usually don’t fit well in the picture) use a ruler anyway for the pencils and then ink later by freehand. At least you’ll have correct guidelines underneath.
For traditional drawing be sure you have a ruler and be sure to use it for each one of your lines.
Modern drawing software will help you a lot with this if you draw directly on computer: painting software such as Clip Studio Paint or Manga Studio 4EX or 5 have perspective tools that will automatically snap your lines towards the vanishing point.
it’s quite a long tutorial, you’ll find the rest under the Read More or you can download the pdf file here
The most concise, easy to read and thorough 1-page perspective tutorial I’ve ever read.