Superman 52 by tydesign

Sketch Fury Challenge No. 1

This was my first Superman sketch. Not the first ever, but the first in an unexpected number of Supermans I would (attempt to) draw for this first Sketch Fury Challenge. I chose Superman in part because I had recently and randomly did a Captain America a few months back. I also wanted to challenge myself by learning more about the new 52 Superman design.

The fruits of that study is this sketch, completed in under 1.5 hours one afternoon in a café before heading off to see Queen fronted by Adam Lambert (an entertaining show by the way). Little did I know that from this would be many more Superman iterations, all of diminishing quality. I was getting lost, struggling to find a pencilling groove. In almost all scenarios, I started with a rough yet fully-realized blue line sketch, using the Pilot Color Eno Mechanical Pencil. I would then move on to more finishing pencils with HB lead. This ultimately would be the point I would get lost. I think it had everything to do with the crosshatching technique, something I’m familiar with and have done in the past. Crosshatching is a technique I did less of when I was art school, where I tended toward more realistic shading methods (blends). I spent time retraining myself to approach my comic book drawings this way, watching videos of Jim Lee sketching. It helped clear my head.

The process of doing so many Supermans (somewhere around 8 in total attempt, submitted three) led to important lessons, mainly revolving technique and comic book drawing, which is the core of what I wanted to accomplish with these challenges: growth and development.

So after this first challenge, I’m looking forward to learning from the other Sketch Furyians!

Sketch Tools:

  • Pilot Color Eno Mechanical Pencil – 0.7 mm – Soft Blue Body – Soft Blue Lead
  • Pentel .3 Graph Gear 1000™ Mechanical Drafting Pencil, HB lead
  • Paper Mate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick
  • STAEDTLER 526 B209 Mars Rasoplast Black Edition Eraser
  • Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Board Pads
  • Utretcht Red Spiral Bound Sketch Book
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