Gum Girl!

After drawing Andi Watson’s “Pricess at Midnight” a few days ago, the girls wanted to take a crack at his character, Gum Girl! Lots of fun. Check out more of Andi’s work here!

 

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Dad’s Doodles – Peanuts/BPRD Mashup

Francesco Francavilla is one of our oldest friends at 5 Minute Marvels and it has been an absolute pleasure to watch how his career has grown over the last few years. Even with the darkest of subjects, Francesco has a playful spirit in his art — I think that’s what the Big Two have seen and fans respond to in his work. So, when I saw his Peanuts/BPRD mashups on Comics Alliance yesterday, I was compelled to join in the fun with my takes on Marcie/Lobster Johnson & Franklin/Andrew Devon. See Francesco’s incredible art here!  

And, now, a word from Francesco!

 

Gracie’s Doodles – Bat-Man & Woodie

Grace fell behind a bit over the past few days and drew Bat-Man (LEGO Bat-Man) and Woody from “Toy Story.” She used a Disney instruction guide and did very well. I love Woody’s eyes and mouth.

 

Red Star! (Inspired by Art Balthazar)

Art Balthazar’s Tiny Titans book is a terrific romp for kids through the wonders of the DC Universe. When folks ask, “Are there any comics out there for kids these days?” they need look no further than this little gem.

A side benefit is for us – and for anyone working on learning how to illustrate – is that Art’s work (and that of his team) features a style that’s perfect for teaching kids and adults how to draw with shapes and how to get great expressions and character through minimal design.

Wanna have fun!?! Art’s Web site is here!

Watch Art work here!

Art Baltazar @comicvault from Hans verschooten on Vimeo.

Calvin & Hobbes! with Philip Murphy

I’m going to wax a little “comic book political” for a moment, but when you look at gorgeous images like the one to the left here, it’s mind-boggling to think about the fact that DC Comics has trouble getting Wonder Woman right. When I saw it up on Comics Alliance’s “Best Art Ever” last week, I had to reach out the artist of this work … Irish illustrator, Philip Murphy. Check out his DeviantArt page here. 

And, to my great pleasure, he turned out to be just a nice a guy as he is an artist, suggesting we draw a common inspiration – Calvin & Hobbes. He killed it! And, to make it more fun, my dad, who introduced me to C & H drew with us!

Philip passed these words of wisdom on to the girls and me:Don’t get bogged down in a single art style. Try different ones. I see a lot of people drawing in an anime style now which is great. I love anime and have nothing against it, they can do things in that style that others can’t but, there’s a lot of amazing other styles out there. Think of it like ice cream. If day in day out all you eat was strawberry flavour, things would get pretty monotonous. So why not change it up with some vanilla? Don’t be afraid to try new styles you might end up liking or even making a new one.” Thanks, mate!

Happy Birthday, Kelly!

 

Almost two years ago, when we were trying to get a fledgling little Web site called 5 Minute Marvels going, Grace and I came by someone who would go on to be a cheerful supporter of ours and a trusted friend — Kelly Thompson of Comics Should Be Good! and 3 Chicks Review Comics. She’s been our biggest supporter and a ready ear for many, many ideas.

In honor of hir birthday — and her devotion to strong women in comics — we draw more Jack Kirby creations, Big Barda and the Female Furies. (Psst! Kelly, all of them have high collars … just for you.) We drew two Bardas for her — helmet and no helmet.

And, Cate wanted in on the act, too. She’s on a kick drawing characters from the Little Mr. and Little Ms. books … so here’s Little Miss Birthday! (Yes. She’s a real character.)

 

Tempo the Time Monkey

Two words — Time Monkey. How can you now be compelled to get out pad and paper and draw the heck out of that!?!? So, we did.

I first saw David Bednarski’s work over at Project: Rooftop during their contest to redesign Aquaman’s costume. David’s stood out from the rest and made me learn more. A trip through his web site is like a trip through a comic book fan’s childhood — it’s chock full of his superhero creations, many of whom were inspired from names that shot out of the superhero name generator. And, the finest of them all, BY FAR, is TIME MONKEY. I love it. See more of David’s work at http://www.artofdbed.blogspot.com