Superman by tydesign

Things I know about myself when I draw:

  1. I need more patience with myself and with drawing. I rush.
  2. I draw with a heavy hand even though I’m very loose and rough in my style.
  3. I need to learn how to finish.

These are all inter-related with my first Superman submission. By “First”, I am referring to submission, even though I had a number of sketches. There are many “scraps” and redo’s that this was probably my seventh Superman attempt and not my first.

Why so many iterations? Well, frankly, I was trying to get back into a groove after a long hiatus—not from drawing, but from comic book figure drawing. I’m making a distinction because—as you’ll hear me mention in future reviews of my work—I have a traditional fine arts background. My instinct is for more realistic proportions than the exaggerated and Burne Hogarth-style dynamic anatomy utilized in comic books.

With that said, I felt good about the overall sketch. It’s a bit passive as a scene, but I do feel that I was challenging myself to push the figure after my first sketch, which was a more straightforward study of Superman’s new 52 suit.

Adding a city background and single point perspective helped with the overall feel of the sketch, giving it a bit of a grounded reality. However, I felt I rushed the elements and should have studied more architecture. Even though Metropolis is a fictitious city, I needed to do architectural research to give my sketch a proper finish.

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
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