Gargoyle is probably one of the more obscure characters on my Marvel A – Z list. He’s had his own mini-series or two and appeared in various titles, but his mainstay was the Defenders comic – specifically the ‘New Defenders’ era. I’ve seen him drawn as skinny, short and fat and of course the standard superhero stature. The wings too have ranged from tiny to huge, so have had to make a few decisions for this one based on my memory of the character. Inks with digital colours.
This A3 illustration was created as a prize for the Scotch Corner blog (won by John Owens) It was a good chance to draw a character i’ve never actually drawn before and get dirtier and grungier than i normally would with the inking. As i had never drawn the character before i had to decide which take on the character i would use. I’ve gone for somewhere between the Frank Miller/Klaus Janson version from Miller’s Daredevil run and the Mike Zeck mini-series as that’s how i picture the character in my head.
I made a light photocopy of my pencils onto a second artboard and used that to create the finished inked version, so that meant John also received the original pencils as well as the finished ink version. John was kind enough to donate the pencils to a charity auction at Hi-Ex.
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.
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