Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 130

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mythos: Spider-Man, Page 7. 2007. Acrylic and gouache on bristol board, 11 x 17".

In this scene from Mythos: Spider-Man, Peter Parker's newly-acquired Spider powers allow him to dodge a speeding car by leaping up a wall. I had a tough time with his face, trying just about everything to get it right. Years later, I'm still not happy with the result, but at least I got the expression I was going for. You can see below that I gave up in the pencil stage, thinking I could "fix it later." Sometimes this strategy works, but it's usually easier to solve problems of draftsmanship before the application of paint.


Digital Color Study

Layout. Pencil on paper, 4 x 6".


  1. 1st panel,is he kenny power?...great work

  2. Hello,
    I like to see your work ! It's very interesting.I Learn drawing, and that the sketch is very important to reassure me ;)

  3. I still say you nailed the expression. Pete's face reads: "Did I just do that?"

  4. Awesome Mr. Rivera.
    I am a big fan of your work.
    Any chances to see a Marvel Mythos new shot?
    I really would like to see you visiting The Black Widow story.

  5. Andrea, I wasn't familiar with the character, but I can see what you're talking about. When I painted it, I was thinking of my super.

    Thanks, Sandy.

    Narco, I think I got the expression, but his face just looks wrong to me. I know how to fix it now, but at the time, I it was beyond my powers.

    S.H.I.E.L.D. boy, we're probably not going to do any more Mythos books, but Black Widow sounds like fun. Thanks!

  6. I just imagine you painting some beautiful frozen scenarios in old USSR.
    Think about a "Cold War" tale, would be awesome!

  7. 'Twould be cool. I won't rule it out for the future.


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