Captain Canuck by tydesign

Sketch Fury Challenge No. 9

Artist’s Notes

What I love about these challenges issued by The Commish is that they are often unique and most of all researched. I mean I could only name a handful of Canadian superheroes. How many can you name? I immediately thought of the mutants, but when The Commish had informed me of Captain Canuck, I knew what my sketch submission had to be. I love paying respect to lesser known creators and this is my homage to creators Ron Leishman and artist/writer Richard Comely. Please make sure you check out The Official Captain Canuck page to view the animated web series as well.

Composition

If you haven’t noticed in the past few sketch submissions, I’ve been essentially working on the same or similar poses. As they say, practice makes perfect and that’s what I’ve been doing. Each iteration seems to improve over the one previous. For me it’s a muscle-memory exercise. I want it to be natural and automatic, no thinking involved, just flow. The pose essentially is a twist of the torso, right fist coming at the viewer, left arm cocked back.

Process

I’m definitely in a groove, remembering my cross-hatching techniques. I start as always with the blue lines, but I’m being more deliberate this time around, making sure that everything is where I want it and looks proportionately correct. I try not to erase too much at this stage, because it does affect the surface of the paper and subsequently the finishing pencils as well. After the figure structure is built, I moved on to tighter graphite pencils. I’m getting cleaner at my approach and I’ve avoided my second-guessing so that my lines aren’t as sketchy. I’m not sure there will ever be a point where my lines don’t feel sketchy, but I am working towards that especially since that’s the style I often reference. The work of Jaime Hernandez, Arthur Adams, and Joshua Middleton come to mind.

Challenges

I’ve gotten positive feedback already on my Captain Canuck sketch, which is great because I’m already dwelling on the faults. As I mentioned earlier I’ve been really concentrating on this pose, trying to work out the imperfections. It’s a common pose and not that original, but one that’s needed in my repertoire. I need to be able to draw this without relying on reference (especially since proper reference isn’t always easy to find). What I have realized though is that I need to revisit anatomy, particularly how the muscles work and are defined. You’ll hear more about this in the coming weeks I’m sure.

 

Positives

  • I’m pleased with the overall style and dynamism of the pose.
  • I’ve captured the heroic nature of Captain Canuck.

Sketch Tools

  • Pilot Color Eno Mechanical Pencil – 0.7 mm – Soft Blue Body – Soft Blue Lead
  • Ohto Promecha 500P Drafting Pencil – 0.4 mm
  • Paper Mate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick
  • Tombow Mono Zero Eraser – 2.3 mm – Circle – Black Body
  • STAEDTLER 526 B209 Mars Rasoplast Black Edition Eraser
  • Utrecht Red Double Spiral Sketchbook, 70 lb, 80 Bright White Acid Free Sheets

Coming Weeks

  • Continue to work on anatomy, foreshortening.
  • After reaching this stage in my drawing development, I do need to do some studying again, which means a lot of anatomical drawings particularly musculature—bending, stretching, foreshortening. I often return to this study after I feel that my sketches are returning to old assumed habits, guessing at structure versus knowing it.
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