Sunday, October 16, 2011

Monstrous X-Men Pages

New portfolio pages from the batch of scripts I got from Marvel.  These are from Astonishing X-Men 37.

Overall I am pretty happy with how they came out.  I never draw dragons, so I am not sure why I decided to pick this script.  Dragons are tough.  I think I just wanted to draw the city.  I am most happy with page 2, but I really do like the Foom head on the bottom of page 5.

So these have been sent off to a dude at Marvel to look over.  I am sure it will be a while before I am up in the queue, but once I hear back I will be sure to let you know any pointers I get.

If you guys want to leave me some pointers, I'd love to hear them. I really did learn a lot from these pages. Mostly what works and doesn't work for me. The other thing I learned was just to finish the page. Sometimes I know something is wrong, but I just don't have the time to rethink every move and erase an hour of work just because something is wrong. I have to file away that learning moment and use it next time I draw a page. Otherwise I would never finish.  Plus you also get to learn how to try to hide mistakes.  :-)


  1. Inspirational Wally. Love your control of light and darks.

  2. I think I have some pointers. Take them if you like them, and throw them out if you feel like they don't apply.

    I'll start with what you do well...

    1) Your architectural rendering in perspective is good... You draw buildings very well.

    2) You make your characters come alive. The character in the right corner of the splash page is not stiff at all. His tie is sweeping around his body while he's turning his head around to look at the dragon with a look of fear on his face. I believe the term is contra posta. It's when you twist the body to give it a sense of movement. It is almost like your characters are acting. Anyways you have good motion and gesture.

    3) As Shawn said in the previous post... your "control of lights and darks" are great, which makes for a balanced composition.

    Now for the pointers...

    1) The neck of the Dragon in the splash page looks like it is almost flat and bent in half. I would suggest that you use a curved cylinder shape to construct the neck next time.

    2) On the first page, in the 1st panel, when Wolverine is running towards the tree, it looks like Wolverine is almost as big as the building on the left. It might be a good idea to scale the character down. Although I do see how that would be tough, considering the figure is already small.

    Overall, I'd say you did a Fantastic job... keep up the good work.

  3. Thanks for the compliments and the pointers. Really helpful. I'll be sure to try to pay more attention to that stuff next go round. Thanks for check them out.