Like a lot of children of the 70s and 80s, my education on drawing cartoons was largely shaped by the masterful Ed Emberley. I had five or six of his books, which break down the complex art of drawing bodies and faces into simple shapes and step-by-step instructions. I loved it.
So, naturally, as we’re working on both drawing with shapes and faces, Grace and I spent some time with Mr. Emberley’s books. She really took to it and was able to understand his lexicon. I decided to have some fun and draw the Avengers as Ed might have!
One of the most entertaining Web sites on the net is Project: Rooftop, an amazing creative blog where artists redesign costumes for famous superheroes. They frequently hosts contests to see who can do the best job breathing new creative life to an iconic costume. This time it’s Captain America. And, Grace wanted to take a shot at it.
I am a little frightened about how tied into deep Southern culture Grace tied Cap, from the American flag trucker hat to the camo pants and the freakin’ cannon she gave him.
Me? Well, I went a little odd. Although Project: Rooftop’s artists clearly take amazing amounts of time with their work, Grace and I stayed true to our 5 minute sketches (although adding color put an extra 5 on it for me). I decided to draw Cap in a motorist get-up from the early 20th century … tying Cap into the old Trustbusting days. With all the hits corporate America is taking, why not have Cap make a statement and go after the Fat Cats? (Okay, I admit it … I just really didn’t have a vision on this one. )
Okay, so I’m excited about this one. When I really started looking at artist Web sites, one of the first … and favorite … sites I found was that of up-and-coming artist, Evan “Doc” Shaner. And, it isn’t just me … or Grace (she LOVES Evan’s rendition of the Agents of ATLAS) … the whole interweb is falling in love with this guy and his work. We expect great things from him. Check out his work at http://www.EvanShaner.com
You’ll understand why I was so jazzed to finally get 5 Minute Marvels from Evan, who visited his nephew last week. Here’s a fun passage from his e-mail:
“…Aaron’s 3 years old. There were some really funny conversations during the drawing, for instance Aaron was drawing Human Torch and accidentally filled in one of his eyes. He decided that the Human Torch now has to wear protective sunglasses “because the bad guys have laser beams”. There was a bunch of stuff like that but I can tell you the rest some other time maybe.”
Cate loves Captain America. Loves. Whenever it’s her pick, she has to be persuaded to pick someone else. So, it wasn’t hard to move her to Cap’s WWII sidekick, Bucky Barnes. Hers is on point. Mine is Bucky Barnes, Frat Boy.