Friday, September 17, 2010

Flash in the Pan

Another day, another drawing of a superhero. This time it's that zippy little rascal, The Flash. His power, for those of you outta the loop, is that he is fast. Really fast. This guy is never late for anything, I bet.

I've been doodling a lot of superheroes lately. I don't know why. I've never been asked to draw them professionally, for reasons the illustration here makes obvious. I don't even read superhero comics all that often. 

Recently, though, I did read a comic book featuring costumed heroes. A big one.  A very nice friend gave me a copy of "DC Comics' Wednesday Comics". It's an oversize collection of superhero tales done by  various writer/artist teams in the style of the ol'  Sunday newspaper adventure strip format. It's a fun concept, and the artwork is,  for the most part, fantastic. The stories, though, are a bit hum-drum. Just a lot of the same old heroes facing the same old challenges. Kind of a yawn, for the most part. 

As I said, though, the art is (mostly) great, and I suggest you check  the book out, if you have a chance. 

Or maybe I can just keep posting my crappy superhero drawings here for all of you to "enjoy". That's a lot cheaper than buying the book!

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Flash is always on time, but poor "slowpoke" Barry Allen, the Flash's secret identity, is late for everything! Ah, the Silver Age of comics!

A typical line by Barry's girlfirend, Iris: "Oh, you, Barry Allen! I can't believe that you're late for dinner again! You must be the slowest man alive!"

Steve D

September 18, 2010 at 1:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're being silly! these drawings are quite good! dc would be lucky to get you as an artist on their kids' line of comics!

eeteed

September 18, 2010 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Chris Sabatino said...

I love your super hero posts almost as much as I LOVE your super hero drawings!! I've always liked The Flash. I know what you mean, old time DC comics had such predictable stories...but whenever the modern world gets too complicated for me, I find myself digging through my old comic collection to enjoy a good old fashion, extremely innocent, good triumphs over evil DC super hero comic!

September 19, 2010 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger SNeelyArt said...

Yes, unfortunately, the cartoony versions of characters barring Tiny Titans or Batman Brave and the Bold cartoon style are seemingly shunned by hardcore fanboys/babymen as not being "realistic" and they want all the art nowadays to be phototraced for realism. Pick up an issue of Amazing Spider-Man to see the sad results.

Also, for some reason, they seem to think that cartoony is EASIER to draw! Which is completely wrong. Much harder to draw animated Batman and put the one mouth line in the right spot or the drawing is off. You can cover up mistakes easily with cross-hatching on a realistic drawing, but that's the comic world of today.

By the way, Bill, you asked about the process of and I posted a loooong post on it at my blog for a cover I just did. Check it out.

September 20, 2010 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger Bill White said...

Thanks for the kind words, all, but really, I wouldn't be looking for my work in DC Comics anytime soon.

Scott, you are right that the Bruce Timm designs are very unforgiving. Fortunately, my loosey-goosey style hides all such flaws!

BTW- The post Scott mentioned is required reading for the serious cartoonist.

September 20, 2010 at 10:23 PM  

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