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!
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