I usually try to leave a lot of material from the original site when I borrow stuff for here, but since my browser keeps throwing up invalid security certificate warnings, you might think twice before enlarging/visiting. The artist's text...
So I was rummaging in sketchbooks and found a few pencil sketches of various DC Comics characters from 2002. I had this idea back then to re-design several dozen of them, but only four seem to have gotten beyond thumbnails, and those were the most conservatively kept to their known appearance.
I decided (at least with this one) to give them a quick ink (analog) and color (digitally).
I know the pose is somewhat odd (it looks like he’s doing a diagonal cannonball dive into an imaginary pool) but hey, it’s based off a doodle, and I still like how it turned out.
Comic book material (at least the traditional costumed hero variety) offer simple tropes that can easily be manipulated into many variations, and occupy a kind of guilty pleasure for me….at least they would, if I actually felt any guilt about not always working on “serious” material.
I never thought to go gray, and it works so well I didn't even notice at first. I also like the Walt Simonson meets Mike Mignola meets Kent Williams styling.