Wednesday, February 02, 2011

On Spider-Man and Batman

I posted the black and white versions of these roughs on my Tumblr earlier today, two sketches I did last night as a cool down from the day.

I've been thinking about these two a lot lately. I get asked occasionally why I don't draw more of Spider-Man or Batman, given that they're arguably the two most popular superheroes in modern comics. The truth is I just don't enjoy them as much as I did when I was 10. That isn't to say I don't like them, but it's nowhere near as much as I did in '95. When I was a kid these were THE GUYS to me. Them and the Ninja Turtles. It probably helped that they both had popular Saturday morning cartoons at the time. And it's not that I think they've gotten worse since then either, only that my tastes have understandably changed since then.

So, no, I don't draw them terribly often for my own purposes but I do still enjoy the characters. They come up as requests in commissions often enough to where I can get my fix and move on to all the characters I'm goofballs about. After all, I still get chills when I hear the intro for the 90's Batman Animated Series.

3 comments:

Philip A. Buck said...

great stuff!
I dig your take on Spidey. I feel the same way about the Batman Animated series (now all on dvd!) Did you ever catch the recent Spectacular Spider-man series? it was great too.

Lee Sargent said...

Oh wow, I really love the use of shadow in these, Batman you expect it from but Spider-Man isn't as often relegated to the shadows which is a shame because the contrast of his colourful costume and the mystery of the night actually seem to mesh really well.

Great work as always.

(oohh long time reader first time commentor)

Dan McDaid said...

Oh my God, your Spider-Man is AMAZING. Draw more Spidey! DRAW MORE SPIDEY!