Comic Stuffs for Joe Quinones & Maris Wicks

It’s hard to believe it, but this time next week, we’ll have enjoyed the first day of HeroesCon. (Okay … we’re really excited.)

Two folks we’re really looking forward to seeing are Joe Quinones and Maris Wicks. Apart, they’re awesome. Together? It’s hard to imagine that must amazing working in one studio at the same time. The girls and I had fun rummaging around their blogs for inspiration … and you should, too.

And, now a word from Joe!

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Krypto the Superdog! with Loston Wallace

We had the very great fortune of finding the work of Loston Wallace over at KirbyVision, where some of his amazing, Kirby inspired work was recently featured. Loston has had an extremely varied career – illustrating everything from Flash Gordon and DC Licensed Products (like Krypto!) to Elvira and Lorna, Relic Wrangler.

What is really great for us (and any artist) is Loston’s ability to provide clear instruction on illustration.  Case in point, his “How To’s” on drawing the Superman Logo or The Thing from the Fantastic Four.

Here are some great words of encouragement from Loston: Drawing should be fun, and that’s the most important thing to keep in mind when you’re putting pencil to paper.  If you’re having fun when you draw, you’re doing it right! Drawing is also about learning on the job.   Every time you draw, you get just a little better at it.  That, I can guarantee.

Click here to see more of Loston’s Work. And, look below our work for tips on drawing Superman’s faithful hound, Krypto.

How to Draw Krypto the Superdog (from Loston Wallace):

  • Krypto’s snout is straight on top, and round on the bottom to form his mouth.
    His actual nose is kind of shaped like a slice of watermelon, and is a very similar shape to his snout. It’s straight on top, and round on the bottom like a circle.
  • Our Super Dog pal has three small freckles on his snout, stack triangularly with one on top and two on the bottom.
  • Krypto’s lower lip only extends about half the distance of his nose just under his mouth.
  • Krypto’s eyes are circular in shape, and his pupils are large dots.  Usually, two little marks under the eye farthest from his snout are used to indicate his cheek when he smiles.
  • The Dog of Steel has thick, black eye brows that kind of look like check marks. In a 3/4ths view, the outer most eyebrow tends to be more of a chevron shape.
  • The top of Krypto’s head is only slightly rounded. When the top of his head meets his snout, the outline shape of his head might look a little like a playground slide.
  • Krypto has two ears of course, and both should be visible in a drawing. The ear that is farthest from Krypto’s snout tends to look like an upside down triangle with slightly rounded edges. The other ear closest to the snout is much different in its shape. It more closely resembles the number 7, and even looks similar in shape to one of Krypto’s feet!
  • Krypto has a long neck that is more narrow near the head, and wider as it connects with his torso.
  • Our dog’s body is kind of interesting. The Super Dog’s chest is round and larger than his belly. He has almost a whistle like shape to his torso.
  • When drawing Krypto’s arms (front legs) remember that they taper sort of like a baseball bat. They are wider at the top, and narrow at the ankles.
  • Krypto’s feet look similar to the head of a golf club. The bottoms of his feet are straight and flat, with the heel of his feet coming to a point. The area near the toes rounds upward from the bottom and curves back into his ankle.  His back feet are longer than his front paws, and are flatter on top.

Ed Emberley’s Justice League of America!

I had so much fun drawing my rendition of the Avengers a la Ed Emberley’s style, that I had to give it a go with their DC Comics counterparts — the Justice League of America.

To learn more about Ed Emberley’s work, here’s link to his site, which has lots of fun activities.

Superman and Lois!

I am way, way, way too late in getting up this incredible art by our longtime friends and collaborators – Maddy, Erin and George. I’ve been so remiss, that they’ve gone and started their own blog … which is sure to packed with awesomeness. I am so excited for them and hope you’ll check out and favorite – http://wahlgreen.tumblr.com/

As for this art, this is what the guys have to say:

We billed this as our double-sized Valentine’s Day Spectacular, because we took ten minutes to draw two people, but we had so much fun drawing our subjects (and we cheated so much on the first set) that we did a second group of pictures, making this a QUADRUPLE-sized Valentine’s Spectacular of the only people we could possibly draw on Valentine’s Day: Lois Lane and Clark Kent/Superman.
Lois Lane is one of Erin’s favorite characters. Erin grew up wanting to be a reporter and Lois Lane was always a model of what she wanted to be.  It doesn’t hurt that Lois and Clark and the height of adorableness. Also, she thinks next year we should draw Big Barda and Mister Miracle.
  

Hyperion! by Cate (5), Grace (7) & Dad

The guys over at Comic TWART are drawing Superman this week, so we thought we’d draw Marvel’s “homage,” to the Man of Steel — Hyperion of the Squadron Sinister/Supreme!

 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.