copycat sketch – Steve McNiven

slightly longer than 30 min, we finish off our lesson on Steve McNiven with the debut of the Sentry, from The New Avenger #10.  at first, when the Sentry debut, i thought “what a weak character!”  but looking back on him, it’s actually impressive how Marvel was able to introduce such a brand new and powerful character, then take him away.  as for McNiven, i’m def learning the art of just adding details where it should it go.  don’t be afraid.

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copycat sketch – Steve McNiven

ok, don’t take this the wrong way, but Steve McNiven has a nice back!  again, digging into Steve McNiven’s art style, we focus on the body this morning.  as i flipped thru The New Avengers #7, i couldn’t help but notice how nice his character’s backs are!  anywho, here we are.

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copycat sketch – Steve McNiven

next up in my study of some of the great artists these days is Steve McNiven.  i first took note of him back in The New Avengers #7, which is where the below face examinations are from.  from what i can tell, small eyes for eyes, drawing the bridge of the nose and that thing above the lips, and just no fear in drawing line details all adds up to his unique style.

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copycat sketch

ok, so i’m gonna try out something different for my morning sketches.  i’m definitely still learning how to draw and trying to figure out my style.  so, how better to learn than to emulate some of my comic book artist idols!

first up, Oliver Coipel!  a french artist who i think first started off with the Thor reboot a few years back, he’s also done the major crossover, The Seige.  as you can tell from my copy below, still need to work on my proportions cause i’m skewing!

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sketch night!

it’s that fantastic time of the month again, known as sketch night!  again, hosted at the great Geek Easy of A Comic Shop, i’m joined by Wheezy and Chibar.  tonight’s model is a burlesque model and goes by Kza Von Addams.

with each of these sketch nights, i try to practice a particular skill.  for this month, i was trying to go a bit more extreme and exaggerated with my art, ala Skottie Young.  as you’ll see, i think i failed that goal miserably.  that’s ok, as long as i have a drawing utensil in my, it’s all good.

let’s start off with these 30 second sketches.  instead of the Copic Sketch marker, i’m using a Copic 0.5 multiliner.

followed quickly with 1 minute sketches.  the model was moving quite a bit, but still good.

for the first 5 minute sketch, i got a bit frustrated with my lack of ability to capture the pose and even the emotion quickly enough.  i thought a change up of tool would help, and i liked my third attempt with the Copic sketch marker.

for the lone 10 minute sketch, i was all over the place.  i thought i’d start off with thick pencils to get the form first, but i quickly grew frustrated with where i was going.  got to some inks, but not much.

tonight’s challenge was to incorporate a peacock into the picture!  even though i had drawn one before, apparently it’s been too long because when i started drawing it, it looked more like a turkey!

the night concluded with two final 15 minute sketches.  i took liberties with this time to just work on some faces.  i desperately wanted to capture more of her emotion.  i know for every line i drew on her face added like 5 years to her age, but i’m experimenting!  as always, though, lots of fun, especially with friends.

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sketch night!

one of my favorite nights came and went last week – sketch night!  hosted the first Wednesday of every month in The Geek Easy at A Comic Shop in Orlando, FL.  quite the contrast from last months model who was seriously in character the whole time and didn’t so much crack a smile.  this month’s model was interactive and smiling, which gave a very positive vibe for the night.  as always, we start off with 30 second poses and i’m working in Copic Sketch markers.

next, the one minute poses, still with the Copic Sketch.  so, i should mention, our model is dress as an anime character.  i have no idea which one though!

for the 5 minute poses, i quickly went to a rough thick pencil to get an idea of the form and shape.  then quickly to Copic 0.5 multiliner for the real inking and adjusting on the fly.  on the second image, i poke fun Rob Liefield, a famous comic book artist from the 90’s, who was notorious for not drawing feet or if he did, it’ll look like tippy-toes!

next is a 10 minute pose.  again, i did roughs with a thick pencil.  what happened here though (and often does) is that i realized i got the proportions wrong.  in this case, her torso was too long.  so, when i moved onto the inks, i adjusted on the fly.  obviously not the best practice, for quick drawings, it’s been working well for me.

for the contest sketch tonight, the model weighed in and wanted to incorporate Transformers and a rich 80’s famous singer. why? because she switch costumes and is now from Jem and the Holograms!  specifically, she was the green haired leader of the Misfits!  if you don’t know what i’m talking about, you gotta go find this cartoon classic!  and guess what, i won for tonight!  sweet deal!

and we finish off the night with two more 10 minute sketches.  boy does the night fly by when you’re having fun!

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