Here we are in the middle of the Canadian summer. It has been really nice recently, and I have spent more time outside running and going to the beach with the kids than drawing. A few pieces here and there, but so far none of my really big projects have come together. I have a request from my daughter for an awesome Poison Ivy, so I may break out the markers and some large bristol if I get some time. This spring/summer has been great for comic book geeks, with the latest Superman, Iron Man, and Wolverine movies. All were very good. Can't wait for Thor to come out in the fall.
My weapon of choice recently has definitely been my Copic markers. For a long time, I was working almost exclusively digitally, but then went back to more conventional methods. I would say I produce crisper artwork via Photoshop, but I just enjoy working with markers and paper so much. On one hand they are fast and easy, but on the other hand you have to learn to use them well (which I still am). And if you ever do decide to get some Copics, definitely get the ink refills as well. So economical!
The last couple of months have been really busy, so not as much happening on the art front. I got a whole bunch of new books over the holidays as presents, so they are certainly providing heaps of inspiration. I just need to find the time to let some of that inspiration out! I picked up Cover Run: The DC Comics Art of Adam Hughes, Apes and Babes: The Art of Frank Cho, and Alex Ross: Mythology. I also snuck in a few volumes of the Dark Horse Conan trade paperbacks as well (featuring Cary Nord's brilliant work). All awesome stuff, that I'd highly recommend. And yeah, it's pretty heavily slanted in the comic book direction, but that's the junk I love.
I am hoping this year I will be able to get some more larger art projects completed. I enjoy sketching, but I want to do some more complete pieces with my paints and markers. Keep an eye on the gallery and see if I can fulfil my objectives!
I recently got some ink refills for my Copic markers, as some of my colours have run dry. Re-filling one of those bad boys is super easy, and it is way cheaper to get refills than to get a new marker. So if you use markers a lot, do yourself a favour and get a decent refillable set. I don't care if they are Copics or not (even though I swear by them), just as long as you don't throw cash away at buying new sets all the time.
My wife has gotten me some proper canvases and asked me to do some larger format paintings for around the house. Not entirely sure what I'll do, but it'll probably be a bit different from my usual fantasy/superhero fair. Unless of course I can convince her to go with Red Sonja or something! Anyways, if anything interesting comes out of it, I'll scan them and put a few up.
Have a happy holidays!
I want to do a little series of Wolverine and his various costumes, and I started out by doing up Patch not too long ago. I hope I can get some more done. I think I'll aim for his original Hulk appearance one next.