Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Captain Marvel vs. The Punisher




These are another couple of quick pre-convention sketches, which I painted in gouache. Like the last two, these were drawn for pick-up at the Fan Expo show, coming to Toronto in late August (see sidebar for more details). I've been enjoying drawing these, as they give me an opportunity to geek out and paint some images of super-heroes after I've finished a day of freelance illustration work.

Both of these were painted in ink and gouache on 9" x 12" paper, and then scanned and colour corrected in pshop. I did things a bit differently this time out, and drew the rough sketches digitally, using Alias Sketchbook before painting the final art in traditional media. You can check out the roughs for them below:

14 comments:

Massacremike said...

Nice work, Michael. I'm loving that Punisher. I've always been a fan of the character.
One question about your method this time out. You say you did the roughs on the computer an then moved painting the pieces conventionally. How did you transition from the computer? Did you print your roughs and paint over them or did you replicate the computer roughs via freehand drawing?

Thanks so much!

jason quinones said...

that punisher one is pretty damn excellent . nice shadowing and use of the black and white with blue tones.

i was thinking something similar about your work process...

does the guy who commishoned the work from you get both the original painting and a print out copy if you manipulated in PSD? or do you manipulate the pic in PSD and then repaint it as such PSD corrections dictate??

jason quinones said...

and ALWAYS dig your brushstroke lettering as well! your lettering style works really well with your art style!

Rich said...

More excellent drawings! I've been subscribed to your blog for sometime and this is my first post.

I was wondering what sort of paper do you print on so that you can finish with traditional afterwards?

I was thinking of doing something similar with the Bamboo paper by Hahnemuhle but I'm just not sure how well the media will stick to the paper.

Thanks!!!

damon said...

that rocks

Paul Conrad said...

First off...these are beautiful. As always.

Second off... I was incredibly disappointed when I saw the header "Captain Marvel vs. The Punisher" and didn't get to see what would've been a titanic graphic showdown handled by your amazing talents.

You tease.

Michael Cho said...

MassacreMike: thanks, dude. To answer your question, I print these sketches out on paper and paint them on a separate sheet of bristol, with the original drawing taped under it on the lightbox. I don't retrace the drawing, I just paint directly onto bristol, while looking at the drawing thru the lightbox. Hope that helps.

Jason: thanks, Jason. In regards to your question, no the client gets the original art. They don't get a print of it. The prints I make are special giclee ones on high-quality archival watercolour paper, so I charge separately for those.

Rich: thanks. I just paint on regular bristol, and like I explained above, I don't paint on a print-out of the art -- just a blank sheet of bristol on a lightbox. I used to paint on watercolour paper, but it doesn't scan as well, unless I use the really expensive hot-press kind.

Damon: thank you.

Paul: thanks, dude. Sorry that the title was a bit misleading -- I kinda think that a fight between these two guys would be 1)totally one-sided, and 2) kinda silly -- like that Archie meets the Punisher crossover a few years back.

Paul Conrad said...

;)

Jay W said...

Michael -

God, I love it when you post stuff like this! Great work. Just curious - is there ever a chance to buy a piece like this online? What do you charge? I'm a huge fan but never seem to be at a Con that you're at...

Steve said...

One Hello from Treviso Italy.
Stefano said: You're the best!
I love your style!!!Really
Ciao

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Michael Cho said...

Thanks, everyone.

JayW: I sometimes take commission requests via email. But I have a bad schedule lately, and there's a backlog of drawings to do right now. I also wish I could go to more cons, but right now I prefer to stay close to home to look after my baby daughter.

charles said...

I really like the Captain Marvel. Your art is very unique. It reminds me of vintage rock bank poster art. Do you have a name for your 2 tone style?

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, Charles. To answer your question -- nope. I just call it my regular drawing style. :)

ByTito said...

great! great! maravilloso!