Avengers Assemble!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mythos: Captain America, Page 18-19. 2008.
Gouache and acrylic on bristol board, 22 × 17″.

In case you couldn't tell, I'm excessively excited about The Avengers, and have been anticipating its arrival since the plans were first made public. Iron Man hit theaters while I was in the midst of painting Mythos: Captain America, and while the movie was a certifiable success, it was tough to imagine how all those potential teammates would ever come together to share 2 hours on a single screen. It's hard enough to draw and paint that many characters on a single page, so I can't even imagine the challenges associated with creating an ensemble movie of this magnitude. The logistics alone would require a super-team.

I'm fortunate enough to be invited to a Marvel screening this evening and will be hooting and hollering and clapping the whole time. There's nothing quite like seeing these movies with an all-Marvel audience, and this is the mother of all Marvel movies.


  1. I know we've only met once and all, but I can only assume I'LL be your +1 for the Avengers movie this weekend.
    My inbox awaits your invitation.

    Seriously though, I can't wait to see this!

    Have you had a chance to see Joss' other recent release, Cabin In The Woods? As a horror fan, I LOVED it.

    When painting, do you do an "underpainting" in a monochromatic theme, or just straight from pencils to color? It looks like pencils to color, but it's hard to tell

    1. Haven't seen Cabin in the Woods yet, but I plan to.

      I usually do a monochromatic underpainting in burnt sienna (or the like).

    2. What does an underpaint layer actually do and how does it effect the colour layer affter? Ive seen Adi Granov use a grey layer with his inks before painting and im just wondering what it does? Thanks

    3. It's just a divide and conquer approach. Worry about the drawing and shadows first, then add color layer. It does affect the color later on, which is why it's usually a light wash. I tend to use a warm color, since I find it easier to make colors "cooler" later on.

  2. Your study of Cap, Thor, and Iron Man is an unfortunate condemnation of the movie's decision to update Cap's costume for the modern era: as you paint it, the 40s suit looks so damn good alongside the other outfits as to obviate the need for any updating. Hope you enjoyed the film!

    1. Yeah, there are definitely some things I would change about the final costume, but the image I based my painting on was from the very first concept sketches that were released. The new one works well enough in the film, and Cap never keeps the helmet on for long, which is a good thing. I'm just glad they finally got the Hulk right!


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