some sketches I did last week, practicing some female faces from the great Frank Cho. these are taken from Shanna She-Devil, which is actually a really fun comic read!
so, after the last few sketch nights and coming off of jamm week, I realized I am distinctly weak on drawing female faces, or at least making them attractive! so, as I’ve always done when learning, I start by emulating some of the greats. for this exercise, I’ll be imitating Dustin Nguyen, specifically an issue from Superman/Batman. if you’ve never heard of Dustin, do yourself a favor and check out his deviatart page where you’ll find great watercolors of Batman’s rogue gallery.
joe madureira came and went. went he came onto the scene back with uncanny x-men, i thought that was some of the best pencils ever. then he went on to do his own thing with Battlechasers, which to this day, i don’t know what it was about and if the series ever finished. BUT, it had fantastic art. and i think i heard he went on to do video games. anyways, here’s hoping to returns to comics one day.
slightly longer than 30 min, we finish off our lesson on Steve McNiven with the debut of the Sentry, from The New Avenger #10. at first, when the Sentry debut, i thought “what a weak character!” but looking back on him, it’s actually impressive how Marvel was able to introduce such a brand new and powerful character, then take him away. as for McNiven, i’m def learning the art of just adding details where it should it go. don’t be afraid.
ok, don’t take this the wrong way, but Steve McNiven has a nice back! again, digging into Steve McNiven’s art style, we focus on the body this morning. as i flipped thru The New Avengers #7, i couldn’t help but notice how nice his character’s backs are! anywho, here we are.
next up in my study of some of the great artists these days is Steve McNiven. i first took note of him back in The New Avengers #7, which is where the below face examinations are from. from what i can tell, small eyes for eyes, drawing the bridge of the nose and that thing above the lips, and just no fear in drawing line details all adds up to his unique style.