Tuesday, January 13, 2009

More Marvey Superheroes


Here's a couple of quick test sketches of the Hulk & Peter Parker (aka. the amazing Spider-man) that I did while breaking in some fancy new brush-pens. Done in ink and gouache, with a little photoshop cleanup for good measure.

12 comments:

Brian Churilla said...

Those ARE some fancy pens. Fancy drawings too. I digs them real hard. You rule the school.

Josh said...

What kind of brush pens do you use? I just use brushes, but I want to get a brush pen that's as good as a brush, but less messy.

Michael Cho said...

Brian: they are pretty fancy-pants pens, aren't they? They were obviously designed with artists in mind. I ordered 2: the brush version and one fitted for a hunt 102 nib. I can even load em with a medium thickness gouache. Been testing them out for a week or so.

Josh: the link for the brushpens used on those drawings is in the post. They were only used for the tone colours, though. I used a regular brush for the blacks.

As for finding a brush pen that's as good as a brush -- from my experience there is no such beast. Real brushes, especially the good ones, provide far more flexibility in the kind of strokes and marks you can make than any brush pen I've found. I do use a couple different brush-pens regularly, though: the Pentel & the Faber Castell Pitt-pen. Both provide enough versatility to fill in for real brushes when I'm feeling lazy or rushed.

Brian Churilla said...

Staedtler makes a really cool brush pen called the Mars Graphic 3000 Duo. The brush tip is made of some of rubbery material (unlike the felt-tipped Pitts), and never looses it's point. In fact, you'll run out of ink before you lose the fine point on these 3000's. So ends my endorsement. Hey, did you know the tips on the Pitt brush pens can be turned around, and there's a bran spankin' new one on the other end? You just pull the tip out and flip it around. You probably know that though, 'cause you've been working with them for so long...

Peace out, yo.

~Bribbles

Michael Cho said...

Dude, wasn't I the one who told you about the double-ends on the Pitt pens? :)

Brian Churilla said...

Ha! Yeah. Crap. Now that I think about it. My memory is shot, man. But I probably scooped you on the 3000's! I'm still a slave to the sable though. Death to the robots!

Nikolaj Bourguignon said...

Looks like a cool brush pen!

alan said...

Awesome drawings. How'd you get such an even coverage with the tone colour. And since the green areas on the Hulk look like they were done with vertical strokes, what did you do when you got to the outer points delineating Hulk's shape? There don't seem to be any strokes that indicate following the direction of the outline. You're gonna say skill and practice aren't you?

Josh said...

Thanks for the response, Michael. I ordered one of the brush pens you linked, because it says you can use it with any ink, so it should work for comic cons and sketches, but like you said nothing beats a true brush. I hate that!

Dan C said...

Really liking the smooth linework on these, Mike. The facial expressions are fantastic as well... I'm almost getting a Jack Davis vibe from them (which is a huge compliment). Glad the brush pens are working for you. Can't wait to see more!

Dan

Michael Cho said...

Brian: Keep it real, buddy. Thanks for the tip on the 3000's: I think I've tried em before: they're real watery aren't they?

Nikolaj: they're worth a look. I've found them useful so far.

Alan: Thanks, Alan. The answer to your question is...photoshop. :) The gouache goes on smooth and streak-free, but I still did a bit of cleanup digitally.

Josh: hope they work out for you. My personal preference for con-sketching is the Pentel brush-pen: its more like a #2 size, than the ackerman which is a #3.

Dan: aww...thanks, dude. I never woulda seen any Jack Davis in my work, but you're right: its a HUGE compliment. I'm a big fan of early EC-era Jack Davis, myself. Especially the stuff on the war books with Kurtzman.

lucas said...

Real nice. The pic of Spidey sort of reminds me of this boy. :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fVDGu82FeQ