going up for auction soon. I've never seen a McFarlane original, so I was checking it out to see if I could learn a bit about his drawing process. Or, at least, his drawing process from twenty years ago.
At the time, McFarlane was no stranger to drawing the web-slinger. He'd been drawing Amazing Spider-Man for about two years prior, so he had a pretty good handle on how he wanted to approach the character visually. So head on over to the Heritage Auction site for a good close-up of his art.
The first thing I noticed is that there's very little corrective work in the inking. Despite a lot of lines going on in all sorts of different directions, McFarlane's original art is fairly clean. Looking a little more closely, you can see some of his blue line sketches underneath the inks. Here again, things are pretty clean for that stage. It looks like he had a few minor issues with the specific placement of the lines defining Spidey's left leg, but by and large, it looks like he had a clear image of what he wanted and basically just had to copy that to paper.
Here's the one thing that really stands out for me though. Take a close look along the webbing of Spidey's costume. Here's a detail of his mask that I've color adjusted a bit to highlight some of the lighter linework...
This is why I love examining original art. Even though comic art is designed to be printed in a mass production process, checking out the original art gives some insight into a creator's process and ideas. Fascinating stuff!
- ► 2016 (202)
- ► 2015 (253)
- ► 2014 (259)
- ► 2013 (342)
- Today's Art Lesson: McFarlane's Spider-Man
- Links For How-Is-May-Not-Over-Yet Wednesday
- Tastes Like Sith
- Today's Frazz
- Is That Line Supposed To Be There?
- Gestalt: Always Room For Pleasant Surprises
- Jack Kirby's Julius Caesar
- Happy Towel Day!
- Getting To The Fun In Comics
- I'm Running Out Of Clever "Links" Titles
- Comics Philosophy & Practice Summation/Review
- There Are Too Many Comics
- Comics Philosophy & Practice Day 2
- Comics Philosophy & Practice Day 1
- Me & Crumb
- Visual Impact?
- Time For Some Wednesday Links
- Avengers Isn't Feminist
- Jack & Roz Candids
- A Variety Of Thoughts About The Avengers Movie
- Thoughts On Thoughts
- Shout-Out To Murray, Sanderson & Theakston
- Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent? Review
- Post-Pig Links
- Where Did My Heroes Go?
- Go Buy Snarked!
- So, This Happened
- FCBD Loot
- Make-Up Post
- No Gnus Is Bad Gnus
- Links, Pre- Free Comic Book Day Edition
- Hands Of Vision
- ▼ May (32)
- ► 2011 (367)
- ► 2010 (382)
- ► 2009 (365)
- ► 2008 (358)
- ► 2007 (382)