Haven’t drawn anything in months, and I’ve been itching to. Itching worse, this week, because I started playing YouTube comic con sketch demos on the tablet next to me while working at my desk. I should have resisted, because there’s really no time, but finally I dug the sketchbook out of a box. I just wanted to do a little Superman head, something along the lines of these. It started off badly, though, as it was bound to, and I kept playing with it for a long while — contrary to plan in every way.

In the end, though, there are a few things to like about it. I like the idea of a 1930s Superman, just a muscular white dude in a circus suit, and although part of me wants to see if I can do convincing superheroes in the outsize-proportions style that’s reigned for most of American comics history, this feels a good deal closer to the sort of super-figure that makes sense to me — which is satisfying. (Looks a little like James Garner, incidentally. Why did he never don a super-suit? Could be the love child of Cary Grant and Mandy Patinkin, alternatively.) Sometime, somewhere, I hope to explore this further. Also to take some satisfaction in is the sense that my anatomy chops, while nothing worth a competent pro’s attention, aren’t so far gone in my own estimation that I wish I hadn’t picked up the pencil it the first place. Encouraged to think that if I can get in a little doodling a few times a week, it could be fodder for renewed comic books discussion here again before long. I would like to do that.



4 Replies to “Muscles”

  1. Thank you. More Henry Cavill than Christopher Reeve hair, come to think of it. At any rate, I hope it recalls Siegel & Shuster’s superhero a bit — the idea on my mind as I kept fooling with this thing last night.

    Drawing hair might be a nice point to spring from whenever I come back to this topic.

  2. love it, Darron! you have so much talent – thanks for sharing your sketches when you do ’em. i’m always inspired when i see your artwork. this is wonderful. : )

    were you ever a Calvin and Hobbes fan? i would love to read a blog post by you analyzing Bill Watterson’s art style and inking technique. i was just admiring his work again last night.

  3. Hey Dave, thanks!

    Yes, of course a Watterson fan. He’s the greatest strip artist of his generation, no question. I don’t have much of a collection, though, I have to admit.

    Wonderful thing we learned about Watterson in the last couple of years: he’s a big fan of Washington’s own great Richard Thompson.

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