More hidden treasures from Dan Christensen (http://dcdrawings.blogspot.com/) and his sons. These are three really fun Deadpool sketches!
I took most of the 90s off as a comics fan, so I missed the advent of Deadpool. A character I admittedly know little about, other than he looks like sarcasm and violence rolled into one … which means I probably should enjoy him. But, as a subject for the girls … not so much. But, some fans requested him, so we went with a weapons-free baby version of Mr. Deadpool. Whatcha’ think?
A few nights later, she asked me to draw with her. A few weeks later, Cate decided it might be fun to join in. 5 Minute Marvels was born. And, It’s been so much fun these last two years, creating memories the Miner family will remember forever.
We’ve made so many friends around the world — professional comic book creators, aspiring artists and writers, kids who dream of making comics someday and adults who’ve never stopped dreaming about it.
Here is art created to celebrate this 500th post by just a few of our many wonderful friends. Thank you so much for being part of this journey. We hope to draw with you for years to come! And, for those of you who’ve followed us and drawn with us — I hope it’s been half as much fun for you as it’s been for us.
Grace Miner (8)
Cate Miner (7)
Kelly Sue DeConnick: http://kellysue.com/
Kelly Thompson: http://1979semifinalist.wordpress.com/
Tara Abbamondi: www.tarabba.com
Jordan Gibson: http://flavors.me/jordangibson
Joel Carroll: http://www.joelcarroll.com/frontpage/
“Calamity Jon” Morris: http://calamityjonsave.us/
Erin Kelly: http://literateknits.wordpress.com/
Jamie and Tyler (10) Cosley: http://www.jamiecosley.com/
Janet K. Lee: http://www.j-k-lee.com/Home.html
Calliope den Ouden: http://www.inktspatten.nl/
Karine Charlebois: http://kantharasloft.net/
Meredith McClaren: http://iniquitousfish.blogspot.com/
Philip A. Buck: http://www.philipabuck.com/
J. Robert & Samantha (6) Deans: http://icrvn.com/blog/
Josh Bowron: http://discernland.blogspot.com/
Jason & Marghread Enright: http://wecomics.com/
So, a few of our pals got caught up in our little hiatus. The first is this incredible Spider-Man sketch by 5-year-old, Charlie Breedlove. Charlie’s mom, Jessica, has an amazing site called kidsART2canvas.com where she puts her spin on children’s drawins to transform them into works of art. You need to stop and check it out here!
Charlie is a chip off the old block.
The second is a little sketch sent in by my buddy, Father Josua Bowron, who proves that priests can be geeks, too … and tremendous Dave Sim fans.
As you can see, we’ve been having a lot of fun with the Ed Emberley fingerprint cartoons … me probably more than anyone else. I was inspired to create a “thumbs-eye view” of the classic Amazing Spider-Man #50 by the great John Romita, Sr. I really had fun with it, but now that I’ve finished, I want to redo it … “thumbday” soon.
Gracie is excited about her school studies for Black History Month and asked to draw a black superhero. There aren’t enough of them, but there are some great options from which to choose. She wanted to draw Storm. Excellent choice in my book.
As I started reading Uncanny X-Men with issue #191 (my very insightful mom got me a subscription as a surprise), there is only one Storm … angry Mohawk Storm. Grace was really nervous about attempting a profile, but I think her drawing is adorable.
Our favorite comic-lovin’ cousins are back with an “X-Men: First Class”-inspired ode to Magneto. A word from Maddy, AKA “College Girl”:
The other day Erin (24), her cousins Miranda (18) and Jessica (15) and I (18) all watched X-Men First Class. It was Miranda and Jessica’s first time seeing it and they loved it, so we decided to celebrate by doing 5 Minute Marvels of Magneto! Erin and Jessica both focused on Magneto’s Jewish heritage whereas Miranda and I went for more general shots. We all cheated by the bucketloads. But Jessica wants me to tell you that she cheated the least.
Don’t worry ladies, as long as you didn’t stress out while drawing, cheatin’s okay by us.
Grace and I were looking through Polly Guo’s amazing DeviantArt gallery and were inspired by one of her “Kawaii” style drawings of Thor.
So, we each created our own “cartoonier” version of the Odinson. Hope you enjoy.
And, we have a collaboration with Polly coming up soon!
Artist Jon “Calamity” Morris runs one of our favorite comic art blogs out there — Cornered! To celebrate the Fourth, Jon put out a general call for patriotic entries and the Liberty League, featured in Marvel Premiere and The Invaders in the 70s, was calling out to be drawn. Featuring Timely Comics characters — The Thin Man, The Red Raven, Jack Frost, The Whizzer, Ms. America and The Patriot (as well as The Blue Diamond) — the League is one of those little corners of the Marvel U. just bursting with color and fun.
Last week, we learned of Logan Riley, an artist who has dedicated himself to drawing a new comic book character every day out of his love of comics and desire to improve his skills. Well, that’s a noble pursuit we can appreciate around here. You can check out Logan’s art at http://literarybandit.wordpress.com/
I contacted him and he suggested we draw a Kirby Klassic — The Super Skrull. And, away we go!
As I’ve said before, fashion and superheroics are a winning combination in the 5 Minute Marvels household. But, when you add popstar into the mix … watch out. Dazzler is just about the ideal superheroine for Grace. (P.S. Yes. Cate is on strike … again.)
Popping over to Project: Rooftop for inspiration tonight, we didn’t have to look much further than Erica Henderson’s many, many redesigns of Dazzler’s costume. But, it was this, clearly Gaga-infused, model that was Grace’s pick.
Amazing work, Erica. We hope to draw with you soon!
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!
Grace and I first saw Francesco Francavilla’s art on ComicTWART and then met him in person at HeroesCon last year to buy a copy of his Black Beetle comic (of which we can only hope there’s more on the way).
Since then, Francesco has blown up big time, drawing for DC and Marvel, where, in July, he’ll transform the Black Panther into the American Panther. I know this iteration of the Panther probably won’t last, but it was fun drawing a colorful version of a classic character.
See Francesco’s work here!
Tonight, we draw for our pal, Janet K. Lee. We are so proud of her and the ground-breaking work she and Jim McCann did on “The Return of the Dapper Men.” And, now Janet is bringing her undeniable style to Marvel’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic, “Emma.” From an art perspective, my favorite thing about what Janet does (and what both Archaia and Marvel are letting her do) is ink and color her own work. In a world where so much is done with computers, being able to see the artist’s hand and stroke in the art is a reminder that computers help, but humans create. Janet — keep knocking ’em dead.
A now, a word from Janet …
Dean Trippe has been a wonderful supporter of our work at 5 Minute Marvels from the very beginning. In truth, his incredible Web site, Project: Rooftop, was a major source of inspiration for us. And, if you haven’t been there lately, it’s really hitting its stride with some superhero costume redesigns from both professional and aspiring artists.
So, when he tweeted last week to say he wanted to hit us with a 5-Minute (or 25-Minute) Marvel … we jumped on it. And, it brought out the best in us. I am particularly fond of the drawing in the middle, which looks like the alien lovechild of Uatu and J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter.
And, now a word from Uatu …
Sometimes, the best ideas take a little time to germinate. But, this one — well, it’s so blindingly simple, I don’t know why it took this long to materialize. For over a year, we have been posting the work of our buddies in Minnestoa — Maddy, Erin and George. But, we have never really drawn together. Until now …
We’ll be challenging each other on a regular basis. And, first up was Power Pack! Born in the 80s, this comic wasn’t a mega-hit, but the adventures of the Powers family keep coming back, most recently in a group of Marvel Adventures limited series. The group of made up of Alex (Zero-G), Julie (Lightspeed), Jack (Mass Master) and Katie (Energizer).
All five drawings are great … but, HOLY COW, MADDY! That’s great.
On a side note, I had the pleasure of meeting June Brigman, the original Power Pack artist, at HeroesCon last year. That is one amazing, talented and classy lady!
Banshee started his life like many of Marvel’s best heroes (like my beloved Hawkeye), as a villain. But, this pipe smoking Irishman was soon added to the X-Men roster and has been an underutilized fan favorite for many years.
We opted for his original appearance, which was much closer to his namesake — a shrieking ghost. Great suggestion. We had a lot of fun.
We had a request from our buddy Jen Richards, the Mockingnerd, for Namora, cousin of Prince Namor — The Sub Mariner. Recently, she’s resumed an active role in the Marvel Universe as a member of the Agents of ATLAS. Thanks, Jeff Parker, for finding a role for this classic character from the golden age of comics.
Grace and I opted for her original design by Ken Bald and Syd Shores. We hope you enjoy.
P.S. I must admit … I really had a hard time with her hands on this one. The clock was not my friend.
The girls and I popped by Heroes Arent’ Hard to Find yesterday to pick up our books. Cate choose vintage Baby Huey and Grace went for Marvel’s adaptation of “Ozma of Oz” with Skottie Young’s incredible art. So, tonight, we took a trip to the Land of Oz … and Skottie inspired some of Grace’s best art to date!
It’s been a few days since our last post. Sorry, I was on the road last week and I missed a very important date — THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF GRACE’S FIRST FIVE MINUTE MARVELS!
It was January 18, 2010, and I had just unlocked Ms. Marvel on the Super Hero Squad Wii game, and Grace was inspired to draw. And, a family tradition was born. And, here it is …
I know I’m a proud father, but Grace has come a long way in a year … learning what she can about anatomy, facial features, drawing with a pencil, inking with a pen and learning the most important lesson of all — having fun while drawing. To celebrate the year, here is our first anniversary take on Ms. Marvel. I think it’s fun to see how Grace has progressed. Along the way, I remembered how much I love to draw. And, Grace has reminded me to have a good time and not be a perfectionist.
We had no idea the journey this little blog would put us on and how many friends we’d make along the way — Colleen Coover, Maddy and Erin, Ross Campbell, Stephanie Buscema, Ming Doyle, Evan Shaner, Adam Koford, Dan McDaid, Mitch Gerads, Chris Eliopoulous, Kate Beaton, Francesco Francavilla, Chris and Laura Samnee, Jon Morris, Joel Carroll, Alexis Farjado, Chris Houghton, Tara Abbamondi, Katie Cook, Ben Cohen, Janet Lee, Joey Weiser, Dean Trippe, Jen Richards, Ryan Cody, Jason Garrattley, Nathan Fairbairn, David Lopez, David Gallaher, Jill Pantozzi, and more. The fact that these amazing individuals and many parents embraced this concept of kids drawing comics was amazing. And, a whole lot of fun. Watching Grace walk around a convention and hand out art is amazing. There is a pure joy and lack of self-consciousness about that gets lost with adulthood. I hope she never loses it.
But, there are no better friends of this blog than my lifelong pal, Jim “Uncle Jimbo” McCann and Kelly Thompson of www.1979semifinalist.wordpress.com. Jim restored my love of comics and has encouraged Grace, and Kelly has believed in us early on, guided us and has had flawless timing in encouraging us to keep going. Thanks to you both. You are wonderful friends.
And, there is no more appropriate way than to end with Kelly, who joined our celebration with a Ms. Marvel of her own. You’re awesome, KT!
Last Friday, Grace and I were honored to have some of our art featured on Jon Morris’ new Web site “Cornered.” In the vein of the Covered and RePaneled blogs, Cornered invites artists to interpret the corner images of classic comics. Grace and I chose Defenders #42. And, Check out Jon’s awesome Web site at http://corneredblog.blogspot.com/
So, we’re starting the year by delivering on a debt. Weeks ago, I promised a young lady in Greensboro that Grace and I would draw Kitty Pryde. So, Carly, here you go. I wanted to draw the classic blur Shadowcat costume and Grace was enchanted by Katie Cook’s drawing of Shadowcat as cat here.
And, to prove that we’re about sketching and having fun and not perfectionism, check this out. Umm … unless Kitty’s mutant power is having her thumbs on the opposite side of her hand, I kinda’ messed that up. 🙂
At C2E2 earlier this year, we met artist Katie Cook and bought the charming Thing/Human Torch card here. It’s been up on the bulletin board next to the drafting table Grace and I share and she drew inspiration from it last week.
We’ve been trying to learn about different drafting styles/techniques lately, and this was a good example. Grace laid down the color shape first and then went back and added the detail, just as Katie did here. Grace was very proud of this work. Sorry the Torch’s dialogue baloon cuts off. That’s the edge of the paper. 🙂 Happy New Year!
And, to see more of Katie’s work, visit http://katiecandraw.typepad.com/
And, Holy cats! Cate has come out of retirement to draw Hyperion. She was inspired by an episode of “Super Hero Squad.” Give her love, ya’ll. We need to keep her drawing.
Grace and I are the proud owners of the incredibe sketch of two of my favorite Kirby Kharacters of all time — Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy. They were rendered by the uber-talanted artist, Jon Morris, who drew them for a 30-days of Marvel he unertook on his blog — www.Ape-Law.com. Best of all, there are several other works from this event available for an amazing $10 each at Jon’s Etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CalamityJonSaveUs
So, tonight … we drew. And, I think this is Grace’s best work yet. Grrrrrrrrrrr!
Hold on tight, True Believers! The amazingly fun and talanted Wahl family is back with this amazing ode to your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man! And, while all of it is fantastic, you have to admit … someday you’re going to be reading comic drawn by Maddy Wahl! Here’s here lead in to this art:
“We got quite a few for you today. My birthday was like a month ago and I got my family and some of my friends to all get together and draw Spider-Man with me! (Ultimate of course. He’s my favorite! (: ) I’ve been savin Spidey for something really special and I was not disappointed. We got 10 whole adorabible Spider-Men… Nar, too tired to describe all o’ them but from Dad’s bearded Spider-Man, to Erin’s chicken eatin’ Spider-Man, to Brieanna’s Spidey chillin’ with bats, nannerpusses, and gosh knows what else, they all awesome.”
At San Diego Comic Con, the House of Ideas revealed a glimpse of the new Spider-Girl by Paul Tobin and Clayton Henry. Grace and I dig the spikey hairdo (kinda reminds us of Cate) and the wild ponytail. So, we drew her. Enjoy!
The only thing Grace loves more than superheroes? TEEN-AGED superheroes. So, she jumped at the chance to draw the entire crew of Avengers Academy by Christos Gage (www.ChristosGage.com) and Mike McKone (www.twitter.com/Mike2112McKone) — Finesse, Mettle, Striker, Veil and Hazmat!
What about Reptil, you say? Well, Grace chose to omit him. But, she promises that, “I’d draw him with a dinosaur head …” Stay tuned.
And, read up on Avengers Academy here: http://marvel.com/news/comicstories.11568.i_am_in_avengers_academy
And, speaking of leaving things behind, Grace, Cate and I were treated to this sketch of Doctor Strange by our friend and previous collaborator, Jen Richards (www.twitter.com/mockingnerd) some time ago. I am sorry it took so long to get it up, but I think it inspired Grace to do some really solid work on Dr. S’s face.
To enjoy more of Jen’s awesomeness, head on over to http://themockingnerd.blogspot.com/ and fall in love.
A few weeks ago, I posted two drawings from up-and-coming comics bad ass, Evan Shaner, and his nephew. But, this incredible drawing of Daredevil got left behind. Seriously, if Evan can do this in 5 minutes, imagine a whole book he’d draw.
You know what? Don’t imagine … visit www.EvanShaner.com!
Wow. You take one day off … and it becomes six. We haven’t been posting, but Grace and I have been drawing. (Umm … Cate, not so much. She is making a statment at home by not drawing … flexing those 5-year-old muscles.) I am especially proud of Grace’s cat. She got a book on drawing for her birthday last Wednesday and has been tearing it up drawing portraits of her favorite counselors at day camp and taking on animals. Check out the cross in the middle of the cat’s face. See … she’s using it to arrange the facial features! Joy!!!!
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.”
These are great.
BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT!!!!! (Okay, you probably didn’t.)
Today on Twitter, writer Paul Tobin suggested that The Hulk should have a pig named Juggles as a sidekick. As Grace had already invented Scratcher, an animal sidekick for Tigra, she loved the idea and wanted to draw it. And, of course, we used a drawing of The Hulk by Paul’s Wife, Colleen Coover, as a guide … http://www.colleencoover.net/?p=566
Enjoy it, True Believers!