A Patriot's Legacy - I had been wanting to do this for awhile, and finally found a program that can run on my CPU. The program is the free version of BSR Screen Recorder 5. I’ll try to keep doing more of these from here on out, and may even stop doing the blog altogether. Anyways, here we go.
I wanted to do a piece on Marvel Comics’ Isaiah Bradley, as well as Patriot, his descendant. While trying to figure out what exactly I was going to do, I came up with the idea to do them both together, and add Josiah X into the piece. So, the first image in the video is actually the conceptualization I made in Sketchbook Pro, and used as reference.
Using that reference, I started on Isaiah first. Outside of the shoulder strap & boot covers, I basically used the uniform from the comics. The pants specifically were just what I threw on him, as I couldn’t find any consistent images, whether he wore the Cap tights, or standard issue WW2 combat trousers. The collar is also colored black instead of blu...
Hal Jordan - I was going to do a picture of Hal Jordan as the Green Lantern, but at some point, I decided to try and do something that would also encompass more of his history outside of the GL Corps.
The first one was just him as the GL. He’s kneeling on the ground, representing his fall in the 90s comic series. He had sort of gone crazy, and killed much of the GL Corps in the process before finally being stopped.
The second picture is of his emergence as Parallax. I used the color yellow, as the Parallax creature is represented by that color in the comics now.
And the final picture of Hal is of his rise as the Spectre. When I read comic regularly, I thoroughly enjoyed this character arc. It was later abandoned, as many fans wanted Hal back as the Green Lantern.
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Dwayne “Milestone” McDuffie - Video games introduced me to comics, via Captain America and the Avengers for the original NES. I gravitated toward Captain America himself, and have gravitated toward like characters every sense. But, while Cap brought me into comics, his partner, Sam Wilson, The Falcon, was who I latched onto. Reading his origin got me hooked immediately. A black guy who was studious and academically proficient & athletic, while also being a trained martial artist, going to college, and returning home to help the defenseless. In other words, The Falcon was everything I was as a kid (nerdy black kid doing combat sports), and represented what I wanted to be as an adult. He was “my” Spider-Man so to speak. Unfortunately, I soon found out about the retcon of “Snap” Wilson fairly soon afterwards. This was not the hero I wanted to identify with. I didn’t want to be an ex pimp and convicted felon. And so, The Falcon, and Captain America for that matter brushed aside. All the comics my mom got ...
X-Men First Class - This is what I started before I got to the Green Hornet picture. I had, for a while, wanted to do a picture of the X-Men’s real 1st Class. There were so many starts and stops with this, and I finally got around to this and finished. So, here we go.
For years, he was my favorite of all the X-Men. This picture of him has a uniform that I slapped together, right up to the point of finishing this piece. It’s literally an amalgam of various uniforms over the years, most notably, the 90’s version mixed with the Ultimate version.
With Angel, I had been trying to get his full body in the picture, and just never could. I just decided to draw the whole thing and figure it out later. His costume isn’t mine at all, just a costume I saw online while looking for reference photos of him.
Beast’s uniform is based off of a uniform I saw from an artist who’s name I can’t recall. It’s basically the same for the most part, with the exception of the neckerchief, which I got from F...
The Green Hornet - I started doing another piece before this one, and ended up abandoning it. I’ll come back around to it some time in the future, but I moved on to this. So, lets get started.
I began with the concept shown in the very beginning , and went from there. For what I wanted, there was going to be a large background, similar to the one I used in the Patriot picture. So, I took the Green Hornet emblem, and made a large poster like picture from it.
Next, I started on a picture of The Green Hornet himself. The outfit is only similar in that he’s wearing a fedora & trench coat. The details on the outfit overall where added as I illustrated it.
Here, I began illustrating a Tommy Gun. I know The Green Hornet, carries a stylized pistol, but I wanted to give him a weapon that represented a sort of mafioso feel. And so, the Tommy Gun it was.
Kato was literally done exactly like The Green Hornet. I just made up the costume as I drew it. All I knew was that I didn’t want...
Captain America Super Soldier - This is a picture of Steve Rogers, the original Captain America and Marvel’s resident Super Soldier. I was introduced to the character via the Captain America & The Avengers video game on the original NES. That lead to my introduction to comic books in general, but that’s a story for another time.
I start off with the concept as always. It’s Steve standing at the bottom of the page, with another image of himself as Captain America, behind and to the left. The concept is completed with his Vibranium/X factor shield behind them both.
Next, I start my illustration of Steve Rogers. The uniform used here is his current Super Soldier version in the comics.
Then, I start the illustration of Captain America’ as seen in the upcoming movie. This uniform is a sort of hybrid of the original 616 uniform, and his WW2 BDUs from the Ultimates comics.
Afterwards, I start on the shield. This didn’t take long, as I knew I was just going to use the circle tool and stack mult...