Monday, August 23, 2010

Son of Fan Expo Superheroes!

Two more paintings from the recent batch I've been working on for Fan Expo. The bottom one is of Lara Croft (of Tomb Raider videogaming fame), while the top one is of everyone's favourite fin-headed spaceman, Adam Strange.

This is actually only the 2nd time I've ever drawn Lara Croft, even though I was a fan of the games back in the original playstation days. Of course, back then I actually had time to play epic, 40 hour adventure games -- something I no longer have. Looking at it now, I prefer my pencil sketch to the final painting, something that happens from time to time. You can check out the sketch for it here on my twitter feed.

As for Adam Strange, he's always been a personal favourite of mine. I even have a few Adam Strange stories that I've plotted, sitting in a folder somewhere. I think his appeal is that he's less of an action hero than a romantic lead -- all the classic stories of him feature Adam at the end, staring up at the stars, longing for his girlfriend Alanna who is billions of miles away. When I sat down come up with a composition for this piece, that's the image that came to mind most vividly.

As always, these were painted in gouache and ink, and are fairly large; about 12"x17" approximately. I'll be bringing these to Fan Expo, so if you're at the show, you can check out the original art there.