This was commissioned by Marvel UK as part of a proposed superhero puzzle magazine. The brief specified only that the Fantastic Four needed to be in it but i had complete freedom over everything else. I decided to create a battle scene where Franklin Richards has been captured and the the maze is formed from Mr. Fantastic’s outstretched arms.
I think this was possibly my first fully digital attempt at a comic illustration from a few years ago – not a pen or pencil or even layout doodle in site. The Silver Surfer figure was created in Poser (ver 4 or 5 i think) and dropped into photoshop to be painted up along with a spacey background. I would probably change most of the techniques i used on this now – at the time i was busy just concentrating on experimenting with different digital techniques rather than the composition and overall image, but it served it’s purpose at the time and i learnt what i needed to from it.
Firelord is one of Marvel’s ‘cosmic’ characters and an ex-herald of Galactus. I don’t think he’s had his own series at any point but makes regular appearances in books like Silver Surfer, Thor, FF, Avengers etc. I was introduced to him as a kid in old Marvel UK weeklies and always kind of liked him because his attitude was a bit different – basically a bit of a prat (that’s the PG description). Guess he had the same appeal to me that characters like Gregory House have now – outside the norm of expected/accepted behaviour, doesn’t give a monkey about others opinions – so entertaining to watch from a distance but you would hate them if you knew them in real-life.
The first villian thrown into the mix for my Scotch Corner Marvel A to Z set. Doctor Doom is one of Marvel’s classic and longest lasting villians and probably one that most people will recognise or at least have heard of outside of the comic community.
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This was something i cobbled together just for fun a little while ago – basically just a play about with a few marvel movies that i could edit together from various online trailer clips – i would have included more movies if i could have found more good quality trailers at the time. The clips that are used came from Wolverine, X-Men 3, Hulk, Iron Man and Fantastic Four 2.
A Marvel heroes poster digitally coloured with photoshop directly over the pencil work. No remit on the characters – i decided most of them as i went along, placing some smaller characters in the front rows followed by larger behind them and then the ‘flying’ contingent in the ‘back row’ in order to cram as many characters in at a decent size while still trying to retain the correct relational proportions and perspective. A fun illustration to do but very time consuming to colour over pencil line-work with that much detail going on.
This was originally a self portrait sketch done with a standard day-to-day biro, but at some point while sketching it i decided to experiment with some digital colouring on it to finish it off and turn it into a Human Torch sketch instead.