Sunday, February 15, 2009

Marvelman (or Miracleman)


This one's a quick painting I did as a commission request, and its a portrait of Marvelman (or Miracleman as copyright demands he be called here in North America). I was a fan of the character in the late 80's when a friend lent me all 15 (or so) issues of Alan Moore's superb take on the character. Seriously, I read all those issues in like, 1 night because I just couldn't stop. Anyway, I hadn't really read or heard much about Marvelman since that one time, but I still kept a fondness for the character based on Moore's writing. So when I got a request to draw him, it was fun to spend a day revisiting him. I also liked the opportunity to draw a superhero that fit a more contemplative composition, as opposed to the usual "Wham! Cominatcha!" type of shot.

The final painting was done in gouache and ink, about 10"x15" in size. Usually, I draw a pencil sketch first, but for this one I thought I'd experiment and draw a rough digitally in software, which you can check out below. It was a novel thing for me to draw the sketch on my computer, but it actually took longer than a pencil drawing would. And I kept thinking throughout the sketch "here I am, using a $100 piece of software, and a $1000 tablet...to replace my $1 pencil."

I think I'll just stick to using the tablet for touchups and revisions.

17 comments:

Brian Churilla said...

Super rad awesome.

Dan C said...

Great job, Mike. Your linework, composition and effective use of color never cease to amaze me.

Plus... Miracleman! What a great way to start the week...

Dan

Tim Baron said...

Beautiful work, I like how the mountains and dust particles in the background are white and blue minus the black. Subtle and beautiful.

Jason Chalker said...

Wow! That's great Mike. I especially like the little touches. Like the cloud of dust his foot kicks up.

Craig Zablo said...

Very nice. Like you, I read the Alan More stuff back in the 80's. You're drawing makes me want to pull them down and revisit them.

Eric Orchard said...

Stunning! I want to be you when I grow up, this is so inspiring.

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, everyone. This one was fun to draw, and it was great to take a break from my illustration assignments to paint it up.

Gerry said...

as the lucky owner of this piece, im absolutely delighted with it !
thank you !

dribbs said...

an absolutely stonkin' piece of artwork. Hat's off to you sir

inkdestroyedmybrush said...

nice work. I just resurrected miracleman in a post to try and explain to all those who don't have the books just how amazing a story it is.

http://inkdestroyedmybrush.blogspot.com/2009/02/in-praise-of-miracleman-saga.html

Honolulu Dogfight said...

That looks awesome. I haven't read those stories in years, but I remember tearing through them very quickly as well. Going to have to go back and take another look now...

alan said...

Marvelous Miracle Man drawing.

I loved the Alan Moore stories too. I only read them in Warrior magazine, so have mised a lot of the later stories. I thought Garry Leache's art in those early episodes was breathtaking too.

Best Fantasy and Science Fiction said...

Mick Anglo was a great writer/artist and you have definitely done his original work justice! It's beautiful! I'm now following your blog. Thanks for the great inspiration!

Mr. Hawthorne said...

Looks amazing, Michael!

Mike

Joel C. GIll said...

You have great work Michael.
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Gnarlzilla said...

great blog. first time here, will be back!

Will Dockery said...

Very nice work... sort of the direction I for one hope Marvel will let Marvelman go in. In other words, not just another typical part of the "Marvel Universe".