SOD.124 – Things

Just some studies of Ben Grimm. As you can see, I haven't quite got it figured out yet, especially the profile view. Fitting the brows in to the head, and understanding how the mouth opening works, are particular challenges, as is the general placement of the brick lines. It's fun figuring it out, though.

6 Responses to SOD.124 – Things

  1. Tristan says:

    Looks good, just some helpful critisisum the bottom thing with the shoulders looks like stacked slates on his neck rarther than tightly packed rock skin :O)

  2. Tim K. says:

    The “lips” on the open mouth looks odd. I think its because they are separately rocky (smaller pattern) than the rest of the face.

    It actually reminds me a bit of some negative stereotype pictures because of how its lined. I’d avoid that if you can.

  3. MartianBlue says:

    I think the first one looks great.

    I found a couple of drawing books on a website earlier.
    -How to draw comics the marvel way – Stan Lee & John Buscema
    -How to draw comic book heroes & Villians – Christopher Hart

    Curious as to whether or not these are a good starting point for a beginner to learn to draw?

  4. Jeff Hebert says:

    Good point Tim. I don’t understand how his lips work, frankly. A mouth is flexible and rock is not, and I am twisting my brain in two trying to make both of those statements work in the same face.

    MartianBlue, my buddy John and I disagree about this, but I think “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way” is a good starting point for learning how to draw for comics, but you need to already know how to draw pretty darn well. It’s not what I would recommend for a true beginning who doesn’t already have a pretty solid set of illustration skills.

    What WOULD I recommend for that? Um, I honestly don’t know … it’s been way too long since I started.

    The best advice I can give is that if you want to learn how to draw, draw. All the time, on everything you can, about everything you see. Try to see the basic shapes — spheres, pyramids, cylinders — that make up most objects and get those blocked out. The rest comes with practice. And I’m a big believer in face-to-face learning too, if you can get into a life drawing class at your local community college, that’s invaluable. There’s nothing like drawing from life.

    A fact Mr. Hartwell harps on me fairly regularly about, and one I need to get off my duff and do personally. Do as I say, not as I do!!

  5. MartianBlue says:

    Thanks Jeffy boy. If I can see it, I can pretty much draw it. Cars, furniture, whatever. I’m especially good at drawing characters like the looney toons and classic hanna-barbera style. Not good in the least at creating something original.

    DC Style Hero-O-Matic

    I had a pic of wylie I had drawn, but I’ve removed it, or just can’t find it.

  6. MartianBlue says:

    The pose was a original try. That’s why it looks awful 😀