Wacky Reference Wednesday, No. 152

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Daredevil (Yellow). 2011. Acrylic and gouache on paper, 9 × 12″.

The New York Comic Con has come and gone. It was absolutely exhausting, but I was able to paint a decent amount of commissions, all the while hosting my 'rents, who were visiting for the weekend. Aside from seeing a treasure trove of old friends, my weekend was filled with Daredevil fans who were not shy about showering the new series with praise. I can't thank you all enough for the kind words and continued support. The first 4 issues are all getting second printings, and that's all thanks to you!

I managed to get the above head shot finished just before the con. The patient commissioner had been on my list for nearly 3 years, so I was more than happy to  put a check next to his name. When he mentioned the yellow costume, I jumped at the chance, never having painted (or drawn) it before.

I tend to be pretty conservative with my convention portraits, but since I did this at home, I chose to paint ol' horn-head lit from below. To assist me in that pursuit, I enlisted my new digital Matt Murdock maquette, which I sculpted in a wonderful (and free) program called Sculptris. I've been promoting it on Twitter for some time now, but this is the first time I've mentioned it here. Download it. Please. This is the greatest sculpture tool I've come across since Super Sculpey.

These are just some of the lighting options available through the program.

The app — a lil' sister to Pixologic's ZBrush — is worthy of its own post, but I hope this quick intro is enough to convince some of you to experiment with it. It's already making my constant quest for reference a little easier.


  1. Paolo, always I comeback to your site (never write comments until now), because your work is amazing and because you generosity like artist for share you techniques and your approach to the work. Is a super interesting site for those that try to improve the art of drawning. Really thank for all, man and keep rocking with your art!

  2. Thanks so much, Luis! I like to think of this blog as a comic con that is convenient for everyone. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. One of the many who stopped by, said hi / pestered you with annoying questions - your blog posts are very helpful a la James Gurney, and much appreciated.

  4. Hi Mark, thanks for dropping by artist alley! Happy to share what I can.


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