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 Quinonesand 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!
@5MinuteMarvels Great stuff! Thanks for sending it along. We'll see you next week at Heroes!
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.
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.
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.
Okay … so this drawing is amazing. A few weeks ago, Grace and I were contacted from across the pond by Mark Hughes of the Swansea Comics Collective. Mark and his kids will soon offer their work, but, to tide us over, he sent this terrific Son of Krypton.
Our second guest submission comes all the way from the UK, where Jason Garrattley, curator of the Kirby Museum’s “Kirby Vision” fan art blog, and his daughter, Eden, sat down to draw the Man of Steel. It should be noted that clever Eden produced this from memory. Jason, you’re doing something right over there! And, pop over to Jason’s blogto see some truly amazing art inspired by King Kirby!