A post about The Flash where I refrain from talking exclusively about the Flash and more about the picture itself?
I know, I even surprised myself, Dear Tumblr.
Fun winter flyers from a series of flyers I did for 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu San Francisco with new promotions and fun illustrations each season.
The full post was longer and much wordier, so I will spare you from that, Dear Tumblr, and anyone wishing to investigate further can read it here:
2000 - First off, this picture is tiny. I sketched it in the margin on a Japanese test I was taking at the time, so it is only about 1.5” x 2”. It’s actually probably bigger than life size on your screen, but I really liked the way it turned out, I even remember liking it so much as I was doing it that I started to get gunshy about doing more work on it. I kept wanting to stop so I wouldn’t ruin it, which is probably the reason it didn’t progress into a drawing of a complete head. I mean, that and I was taking a test, so I probably had to spend some time filling that out as well. Though I do believe I removed this square of the paper before turning the test in.
April, 2000 - 1.5” x 2” - Ballpoint Pen on Test
2000 - I drew this picture shortly after the pic I posted on Friday. The lady turned out so well that I wanted to try drawing kids, another area that I wasn’t super confident in. I think this little guy turned out alright.
Just this guy today. Happy Monday, everyone.
2000 - 3” x 4” - Pencil
Originally posted: http://smaupin.com/youngster/
2000 - I wasn’t much for drawing women at this point. I rarely did, and when they turned out decently I would be sort of amazed. After college I realized this shortcoming and went on a stretch where I drew only women and the female form over and over again until I felt more capable with depicting it. I think this early attempt at a woman turned out quite well, though. I remember starting with the face, head and hair. I have always been a fan of ears poking out through hair a little bit, so it is no surprise to me that I drew that here.
I do see however where my roadblocks and shortcomings with female anatomy come in at this point in my life. I feel good about the boobs, which seems weird to say, but growing up reading superhero comic books, depicting a woman with less-than-gigantic boobs that are not in skin-tight clothing is quite the achievement. However, those kudos do not transfer to the rest of her undrawn body. I probably abandoned those arms because I wasn’t sure how to draw ‘not-man-arms’ and I was liking the head I had already drawn too much to experiment with drawing my first ever ‘girl-arm.’ Same thing with the waist. I tried to draw hips and legs and when my initial attempts were not working out, I decided to crop at the bottom of the shirt.
I will definitely expand upon my struggles with drawing women when I begin posting all the drawings of women I talked about earlier, but as I have been critical of how women are portrayed in comics, I would be remiss not to also include a few of the artists for whom that is not true. I know there are a lot, but who immediately comes to mind is of course Terry Moore, of Strangers in Paradise fame. Terry is a master and has long been lauded as drawing some of the most realistic women in the history of comics (both physically and emotionally) and he also once emailed back a young Scot Maupin who had sent him some question about making comics a long time ago, much to my complete surprise and delight. Both he and his art are a wealth of knowledge about great ways to handle the female form on paper. Also springing to mind are David Mack of Kabuki, Christine Norrie, who I fell in love with during Queen and Country, and the idea-smith Carla Speed McNeil, who pens the amazing indie comic Finder. More on all of them for sure in future posts.
2000 - 3” x 6” - Pencil on Paper
Original Post: http://smaupin.com/whats-this-a-lady/
2000 - Another doodle I love from the side of some old college notes. Being restricted to blue and red pens is of course not too restrictive if you choose to draw Superman. I love motion, speed, and movement, particularly if I am able to convey any of those ideas through a static image. The clouds and composition for this almost certainly harken back to one of my all time favorite artists Scott McDaniel, whom I was obsessed with during his run on ‘Nightwing.’
On his website there is a great section with tutorials for people interested in drawing comics. I actually first found those tutorials back when I worked at a place with unlimited printer ability, so I have a binder filled with the complete contents of those tutorials (I know, I know. Print out an entire website? But this was back when I wasn’t sure things that were online would always be available…and I had no internet access at home.)
Anyway, that is neither here nor there. This doodle is meant to be of Superman, though I am no longer sure if I had meant for it to be a shot of Supes taking off or coming in for a hard landing. I guess either way works. The only thing the image really needs is a sound effect for a sonic boom.
2000 - 3” x 4” - Blue and Red Ballpoint on Lined Paper
2000 - I drew this sketch on a bus from London to Bath during my trip to England on spring break in 2000. The tie out to the side was a last minute idea, and I decided that they would be engaging in fisticuffs on the top of a speeding train. Very ‘Skyfall’ and James Bond presently, but the actual inspiration was all the amazing Warren Ellis comics I was reading at the time. The Authority was blowing my mind back then and this sketch can be directly traced back to my love for the character Jack Hawksmoor on that team. Whenever I drew guys in suits running around outside with no socks or shoes, Jack was the inspiration.
My main critique as I look at this now is the positioning. The heavy neck pressure and cross-facing is good, but the guy on top really should have stepped all the way over into a full mount before raising up for a strike like that, especially with the guy on bottom having his hand around your leg. I mean, if we want to get technical.
March 2000 - 8” x 11” - Pencil
Original Post: http://smaupin.com/tiger-strike-suit/
This one was long too, Dear Tumblr, but for good reason. I explained the process or finding, choosing, and then executing a copy of a watercolor painting that I had to do in my last watercolor course, and talk a little bit about a fantastic watercolorist from the UK named Ronald Jesty, who painted the original image that my painting was attempting to duplicate.
Full post/explanation/bigger pics on my blog here:
We moved! Huzzah! The unpacking process is even over ongoing. I apologize for the week away, but back i am and with some art from THE YEAR 2000~~~~!
2000 - I do like drawing lumpy humans. Here is a sketch on yellow lined paper, so I know I did it during a class lecture sometime with a cheapo Bic blue pen that I was taking notes with. Not entirely sure why I went with a smoking guy, perhaps I had just been watching a bit too much film noir. But here he is, in all his splendor.
Short and sweet today. Happy Monday, mon.
March, 2000 - 8.5” x 11” - Ballpoint Pen on Yellow Lined Paper
2000 - I would love to sketch out a normally proportioned face and then start moving around some of the pieces. How far can you scrunch up everything on a face and still sell the image? This pic pushes it pretty far but I still dig the face. Surprisingly now when I look at this I see a modern-day Bruce Willis, circa ‘Looper’ or this upcoming ‘Die Hard.’
There are probably more profile shots with very similar proportions coming up as I remember drawing a number of versions of this face experimenting with different things. Well, you’ll see.
February, 2000 - 3” x 4” - Pencil
By the way, as I write this I am listening to an old favorite. If you haven’t listened to ‘No Angel’ by Dido in a while or even ever do yourself a favor and find it or throw it on. The whole album is great. Good grooves, well written songs, and an especially excellent choice for this Valentine’s Day.
Still moving! Everything in boxes! The end is near? Should be soon!
1999 - Guys, I like superheroes. I read and collected comics big time when I was a teenager, and making comic books was the only job I had in mind for adulthood. Moving to Japan finally made it impossible to keep up with my weekly trips to the store on ‘new comics day,’ so even though I didn’t know it at the time, that was really the beginning of the end of my immersion in the world of comic books. I still hold a huge fondness for those characters, and a deep respect for the writers and artists who crafted their tales that helped shape my thoughts and opinions growing up. This is just a routine drawing of the Batman. If I didn’t already have another character in mind when I went to plan out my picture, the default was usually Batman. There will be lots of comic book characters coming up from my older work, and I know many of them are Batman, so while I am in the midst of moving I will save most of those stories for later posts of different Batman drawings.
1999 - 9” x 12” - Pen and Ink; Colored Inks
I got wordy again, Dear Tumblr, so I will spare you. All you need to know is that this is a portrait of a young Marlon Brando done entirely in collage with manga (Japanese comics). You can read more about that on the full post here:
or if you just want to see a larger version with better detail you can find it here:
2000 - Another from the series of monochromatic watercolor portraits like Christopher Walken or Mr. Pendergast, this one is from a photo I found in an old National Geographic Magazine. Even though I know for a fact it is some un-famous regular guy in Central America, I have a hard time seeing anyone other than Cheech Marin in this. Still painted late at night in my sister’s London flat.
March, 2000 - 9” x 12” - Watercolor Monochromatic on Paper