Ms. Marvel sketch by tydesign

Sketch Challenge No. 11

Artist’s Notes

What a fun character to draw. If you haven’t picked up this book, you should. Ms. Marvel is a fun read.

It’s been an extremely busy few weeks with work, so I have made a real effort to block out time to draw. As I mentioned before, since we’ve gone to a biweekly format I have been tasked with not only drawing one character, but both. This was primarily to challenge myself since I tend to churn sketches rather quickly. I’m posting my Ms. Marvel now, but be on the lookout for my Batgirl (in the works).

Composition

I decided to try something very characteristic of the young Kamala and do a pose where she’s celebrating a win. I wanted to capture her joy of using her superpowers as well as challenge myself with more of a perspective view. It’s a bird’s eye view with the figure drawn in perspective.

Process

With the figure in perspective, it was important for me to draw through the figure elements, making sure all the structural cylinders were in the right perspective and scale. Even though the composition is largely smoking embers, groundwork, and shadows, I’m quite pleased with it. There’s a great sense of space and environment. It doesn’t feel flat like some of my other sketches.

Challenges

Because of Kamala’s shape changing ability, it’s easy to distort proportions and still have it feel natural. The danger from an artistic learning moment is that the distortions hide anatomical faults. I realized that I need to practice sketching hands. In particular, to make them less cookie-cutter and more natural. To do this, I need to observe the nuances of the hand—how a fist is made, how the fingers move, and dynamic expressive poses. It’s something to build on.

 

Positives

  • I really had fun with the character. I almost seemed to feel her joy as I drew her and that was a treat because I found it carried over into my pencilling.

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

  • I’ve been doing a lot of studying and practicing anatomy. Hopefully this is showing up and you’re paying attention to all the details.
  • Better hands. It’s my next focus.
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