Thanks to the lazy days of summer, Grace and I have been drawing but not posting. That ends here! In honor of Toy Story 3, which we have not seen yet, Grace wanted to take on the bestest buddies in the universe, Woody & Buzz Lightyear.
I really love the work Grace did on Woody’s face. And, she’s really starting to understand the use of shapes in drawing. She defined Buzz’s head as a “peanut shape” and Woody as a “pickle.”Good stuff. We’re spending the summer working on sketching first with shapes. She’s off to a good start.
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.”
Buried in that box of old comics my dad gave me was a ragged copy of Mystery in Space #103— the debut issue of this odd hero. Like Metamorpho, his body is divided into four quadrants. This time, an unlike astronaut is “zapped” by four different alien species at one time (don’t you hate it when that happens?). The net effect was that he was granted a share of each of their special abilities and became … ULTRA, THE MULTI-ALIEN.
Say what you will, he is a visually interesting character … and a lot of fun to draw.
Grace knows I designed a super hero after her — SAVING GRACE! (But, she doesn’t know I’m having artists draw pictures of Cate and Grace as Saving Grace and Cate-Tastrophe for Christmas … so SHHHH!) So, she wanted to draw herself tonight. And, I think she did a great job! Love the glasses.
When I was young, my dad brought me a giant box of old comics my uncles and he had collected. There was lots of goodness in there. And, it fired my imagination. One of my favorites from the box, was the colorful Metamorpho, the Element Man. I’ve been dying to draw this one. You can read about him here: http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Rex_Mason_(New_Earth)
Proud father moment #5,367. Grace drew and colored her picture and then excalaimed, “I forgot to ink it!” She promptly went back and added thick black lines. They obscure some of the delicate work she did on this, but the fact that we have progressed to her understanding that comics start with pencils and proceed to inks and colors … well, she’s getting serious, folks.
Grace wanted to go with a classic Spider-Man villain tonight … the Green Goblin. (Or, “Gobby,” as ol’ Spidey likes to say.) I can say with every ounce of humility, Grace blew me away on this one. Her Goblin is great. Mine looks like he has cauliflaur ear. 🙂
One of Grace’s favorite subjects we’ve drawn … and one she talks about often … is Bat-Mite. She’s been on a creative tear lately and came up with this … the mite family. She drew them for Jim McCann, not knowing the difference between DC and Marvel — as we are equal opportunity when it comes to subjects of our art here at 5MM. He did a great job of being gracious as he accepted a tribute to the Distinguished Competition. 🙂