Getting ready for my reboot of #DEFENDERS.
For kicks I decided to redraw the cover of Marvel’s Star Wars #2 (I can’t find a confirmation of the original artist but Howard Chaykin drew the insides so I’m assuming it’s him).
The original is interesting on a few levels. Most obviously, this scene doesn’t quite happen but regular comic readers know to take their cover images with a grain of salt. Chaykin and company seem to have had limited access to reference material but I decided to use actual cantina patrons (and tried to match them as close as I could to Chaykin’s choices).
One interesting and enlightening thing you notice when doing recreations of other artists work is where and how they fudge. The lower left part of the cover is very tricky—a realistic depiction would result in an awkward tangle of Luke’s laser bolt, Ben’s legs, Dr. Pignose’s legs and so on. In the original, Chaykin went with having Ben’s lower torso just kind of disappear. I went with a similar layout, with Ben’s robes kind of a blending with shadows on the floor (and I’m in no way trying to diminish Chaykin here—the fact that I only really noticed this bit of business 36 years after seeing this cover speaks to the overall strength of the composition).
It also amused me to once again have poor Greedo once again getting fried despite already having the drop on his mark. Oh, Greedo! Will you never shoot first?
There are other aspects of my own choices I’m not entirely satisfied with but this was a heck of a lot of fun to draw so fuck it. If I could somehow figure out a way to do make a regular income drawing stuff like this I’d be a happy boy.
Marvel Universe No. 5
9 x 12” pen & ink
I’m selling this art to benefit the Red Cross Hurricane relief! $125. If you’re interested, e-mail me and we’ll make payment arrangements!
Marvel Universe No. 3
9 x 12” pen & ink
This drawing is for sale for $150, all of which will be donated to Red Cross Hurricane relief. E-mail me if you’re interested.
Hoping your Halloween is a NIGHTMARE!
Watermarks: what’s the deal?
I have been toying with the idea of adding in some kind of “watermark” to things I post. I haven’t been ripped off by anyone or anything but with all the posting and reposting and copying that goes on the on internet I figured it might be a good idea.
Are there any sort of guidelines for this? Is the above example okay or is it too obnoxious?
Here’s a picture I drew of a drunk Hulk, inspired by the popular twitter guy. Also featured: Trippin’ Professor X and Stoned Thor.
Actually, has there ever been a story about alcohol’s effect on the jade giant? That could be an interesting twist they haven’t explored. Perhaps he gets all maudlin. “You are Hulk’s only friend. Hulk love you, puny man.”
Bring on the Bad Guys!
1) I tried to include some ladies in the drawing but Marvel’s bench is surprisingly shallow when it comes to female villains.
2) This is the first time I’ve noticed how many villains wear green (often combined with purple) and how few heroes do. I can’t think of any classic Marvel heroes who wear green other than The Hulk (who started off grey). I can swear I remember reading something where one-time publisher Larry Lieber had a rule that “green covers don’t sell” and it’s not hard to imagine he was parroting something said by his brother Stan Lee.
I changed the Mole Man’s costume to brown since I was sick of green and brown seems more “mole-ly.”