Monday, December 6, 2010


Digital Coloring Sequences

First I'll show some step-by-step artwork, then we'll delve into current movie developments for the reboot of the New Amazing Spiderman Movie debuting in the summer of 2012.

I presented the inked version of this poster previously Here, in the DSNG facebook fan page. And over the weekend, I've completed the colored version. If you take a closer look at the colored sequence, you will see an evolution of the image in four stages.



The colored version of the second Spider-man poster above is archived HERE.

I've noticed that concept artists tend to create what I've tagged as visual illusions, by integrating numerous layers into a picture, thus presenting a digital collaboration that yields a lot of depth to the work.
They go the extra mile when they color, in order to ensure that there are several layers exploding out of the canvas, almost transforming it from a 2D to a 3D image.

Consider this Spider-man speed painting by freelance illustrator/animator Nico Di Matta:

Very impressive work...

It always helps to showcase realistic environments when drawing a character based in a known city. But even when fictitious/futuristic locations are presented, as long as the greenery, landscape, buildings, roads and other constructed elements are expertly done, the pic will be readily accepted by fans.

Spider-man 4 / New Amazing Spider-man Movie Reboot

By now everyone should be aware that there's a new Peter Parker in the upcoming 2012 Amazing Spider-Man movie. The popular role is set to be filled by Andrew Garfield, shown below:

He is an American-British actor who stared in  The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus [in 2009] and The Social Network [in 2010]. Not too sure if he'll be undergoing some sort of training camp to buff-up slightly for the Spidey role... but on the other hand, no one is truly certain of what direction this forthcoming movie reboot is going to take.

A few days ago, via the, it was stated that Campbell Scott and Julianne Nicholson have joined the cast as Peter's parents [who will be shown in flashbacks].

And there is a new villain, played by Rhys Ifans, who is joining the cast of bad guys [he'll be playing playing Dr. Curt Connors, a.k.a. the Lizard]. Rumors of another Green Goblin character are also circulating, but details are still sketchy.

The role of Gwen Stacy, Spidey's love interest, will be played by actress Emma Stone [she recently starred in Easy A, Crazy Stupid Love, and Friends With Benefits].


Now lets clear up the cobwebs: Sony has officially Cancelled Spider-man 4, so no more Toby Maguire and Kristen Dunst. This forthcoming movie staring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone [slated for a 2012 summer release] is designed to relaunch the franchise, and have sequels of its own. Many fans have already said that the Amazing Spider-man costume shown above is really not that cool, but of course it will always be a matter of personal opinion.

Marvel execs are on board for this, yet I'm not sure why. They did this with the Incredible Hulk, giving us two strikingly different movie interpretations based on diverse origin stories, back in 2003 and 2008. Both of those movies grossed over 240 million dollars in profit, so apparently Marvel is more interested in producing lucrative franchises as opposed to constant chronological feature films.

[Above: The Classic Spider-man Costume, Digital Painting / Concept art]

[Spiderman vs lizard poster by Marvel artist Mark Brooks]

And here is the second trailer for the Amazing Spider-man Movie, which debuted over the past Superbowl weekend:

Personally, I would push for a different direction in this new "Spiderman Reboot" movie. We all know his origins, so just skip the origins and do a completely dynamic story; one which kicks off with Spidey already having his powers and struggling with his life as a college student. From that springboard, an extremely dynamic arc can be presented, involving a lot of classic characters and villains, along with critical flashbacks that show why the antagonists at this particular stage have got lethal vendettas against the web slinger.

I'm thinking out loud. You can leave a comment with the direction you'd prefer for the movie's plot to take. Anyway, director Marc Webb and his team have got over a year to work on this reboot. Lets hope they get it right...

Wonder Woman poster:
Mighty Thor poster:
Power Girl poster:
Superman and Supergirl:
The Blackcat:
Pencil artwork:
More pencil art:
Article on the classic Cheesecake art style:

And for a brief review of Terry Dodson's Bombshells sketchbook, head over here: