Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 35

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Man, that's a lot of hands. It may not jump out at you at first, but once you see all the reference I had to take, you realize how much "action" is going on. For those of you who don't recognize it, this is a page from Mythos: Captain America, in which our patriotic guinea pig, Steve Rogers, consents to the administration of the Super Soldier Serum.

In this case, I just used iPhoto's print feature to organize and edit my series of photos. I'll often do this when faced with a lot of small, complicated details.

The finished pencils, prior to painting:

The requisite digital color study:

And the 4 x 6 inch pencil layout:


  1. Whenever I see your computer color or bw roughs , I wonder why you then, repencil everything, seems like you could just out put those color pieces, mount them on something like illustration board coat em with some acrylic medium and then just paint on top of those. I've done it and it saves a ton of time.

  2. Yep, I've done it too, but I haven't invested in a big printer yet, so I can't paint at the size I want. Also, there are certain techniques I like that require a blank ground. I've done many revisions this way, though, painting on top of a digital printout if I didn't want to bother with the original.

    Of course, the time issue is one of the main reasons I don't do painted comics any more. Maybe if I do a creator-owned project some day, I'll paint over my studies.

  3. The last panel with the small bottle and the syringe it`s definitively my favourite. It looks just beautiful.

  4. Thanks, Julian. It's not too often I get to do a still-life. The script actually called for a more complicated shot (which can be seen in the layout sketch) but I liked the simplicity of the objects. Plus, I thought we needed to see that the bottle was empty, precluding any future super soldiers.

  5. Your work is fantastic! The design of he people, color, composition, everything looks so cool. I am a fan.


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