Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 119

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Amazing Spider-Man #640, Page 14. 2010.
Ink on Marvel board with digital color, 11 x 17.25".

This series of photos was taken to help find a suitable pose for Spidey's left arm. I had a fairly clear idea of what I wanted for the complete gesture, but that particular aspect eluded me. When in doubt, I find it easiest to try everything and select the least annoying option. I also enjoy flexing in the mirror, so "everybody" wins.

Page Layout. Pencil on bristol board, 4 x 6".

Digital Composite. This was printed on copy paper
and traced via light box.

For the subtle 3-point perspective shot, I utilized Photoshop CS4's "extended" capabilities, which allow the importation of 3D models (including those from Sketchup) into stand-alone layers. Once there, they can be adjusted using standard camera and orbit tools into the desired position. The diagonals were an unintended artifact of the gridded cube, but they didn't hinder my primary goal. In fact, they offered guidance for the few planes that were at 45 degree angles.




  1. Awesome Paolo! So you said you imported the grid onto photoshop. Did you import it from sketchup or a different source?

  2. It was a Sketchup model, but it had to be exported as a .kmz file for it to work. Not sure why this is, but it's simple enough to do.


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