Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Batman and Robin kick some ***

Here's my latest piece after the nice long break. I took a month off after having a blast being neck deep with actual comic work (all Gen 13 baby). I have to say Ben Abernathy is absolutely the best editor I have ever worked with (Phil Amara is a very close second - sorry Phil). This is a big thank you to Ben and I'll be sending it off shortly. I hope he digs it. I went through a lot of drafts to make a cool lookin Batman, and when I say a lot, I burned through I think about 8 boards. Batman is such an iconic character I really wanted to avoid the characteristic poses that everyone's done a million times. But then there have been so many talented artists that have put their mark on Batman, that trying to come up with something truly original was like trying to reinvent the wheel. So I thought of the coolest thing I could think of Batman doing and do my take on it. Hopefully, it came out great.

Now I have only 20 more commissions to go...
woo hoo...


Jason Meek said...

Whoo Hoooo!!!!! New art! I'm sure that Ben is going to enjoy it VERY much. My only question is did they not see the giant skylight while they were fighting on the roof? Anyway, I want to see more sweet art!!!!

phillip rauschkolb said...

Hi Sunny,
I just recently came across your work on the CBR forums. Awesome work man. Glad to see your doing well in the biz.
I'm an aspiring artist in Portland, OR. Trying to get my chops up.
I was wondering if you would be willing to hook me up with a scan of a blank comic book board?
So I can get a feel of how the pros do it.
I'd of course photoshop out any identifying logos.
If you can't do that, I understand, but figured it wouldn't hurt to ask.

Much Respect,

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Sunny Lee said...

Hey Phil. I think I have a better idea. You could try blue line pro (bluelinepro.com) for some comic boards. But in reality any 11 x 17 board with a 10 x 15 image area is all you need. Rough or smooth (vellum) surface is based on your personal preference. I usually use Strathmore board smooth surface if not drawing on DC or Marvel boards. Rough surfaces are too smudgy for my tastes. But if your looking to just get started, use the blue line pro pages. Hope that helps.

Sunny Lee said...

The crooks were going to break into a museum when the dynamic duo jumped em!!

phillip rauschkolb said...

Thanks sunny, I had seen the blueline board before....i guess im just a cheapskate ;)
i ended up taking that sweet batman scan and put in illustrator and just traced the lines to make my own board template. Printed it on some nice 60lb 11x17, probably a little thinner than the real stuff...but better than what i've been using.


Mark Winters said...

Awesome Awesome! I love the pop gun with the cork. Makes me think Bats kinda over reacted this time around. :D

phillip rauschkolb said...

Hey Sunny,
thought i'd show off my progress on my first "pro" style comic board ;)
It's my first attempt at Spawn-


Would love any feedback

Sunny Lee said...

The pic seemed solid as it appears you have a pretty good grasp of anatomy but there's one small but critical flaw... The lack of breakdowns. To me, this is the most important part as it is the foundation on which your art sits. For example, a breakdown would have revealed the abs problem. The abs needs more perspective that fits the angle of Spawns down shot. Also a big area of need would be his hands. The thumbs seem misplaced and a bit on the tiny side. But overall I think your close. Give some life drawing a try to loosen up your style. Mark Winters' blog will show you the advantages of such an endeavor. Good luck.

Sunny Lee said...

Click his name above to find his blog. Good stuff there.

phillip rauschkolb said...

Hey, thanks alot for the comments.
Is there any chance I could see an example of "blocking"?
Im not familiar with that term.
I did start with a rough and build from that.
Again, i appriciate any info.

Sunny Lee said...

Blocking is turning a major parts of the human anatomy into blocks. I.e., the head is a block, as would be the upper arm, lower arm, hand, chest... etc. Think of it like a marionette except with block parts instead of rounded pieces.

here's a somewhat quick (and not so good) example - but I found it on google:

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phillip rauschkolb said...

Hey Sunny-
Thanks for the comments before, I finished that Spawn piece a while ago, thought I'd share the final product with you.
Here's the link:
Finished Spawn

Any feedback is very welcome.

All of the great artist out there with blogs inspired me to start my own, I'm going to attempt to post everyday with a new piece or sketch. If you'd like to check it out, the link is:
Sketch Blog




Thanks for dropping it here for me to see.