Holy Vampire Bats!
April 27, 2008

So my favourite way to improve my drawing - particularly drawing people standing in poses that aren't utterly stiff - is to find someone else's work and copy it. It's a time-honoured tradition and it's earned me a few friends along the way. I first practiced some of Mike Rohde's excellent SketchToons back in December of '05. Later it was "RubberyJido" over at deviantArt just this past September as I learned how to use my Copic markers.

Earlier this month, I discovered Drew Moss over at deviantArt. I instantly adored this comic book page he drew introducing a "new" Batgirl. So far as I can tell, this isn't something from DC officially, just a concept that Drew came up with. You should check out the full page he did - the text and design had me thinking this was going to be an actual Batgirl book.

His Batgirl concept is on the left and is inked, so the blacks are quite stark. Mine is on the right and is just a pencil sketch, so the blacks are muted.

Vampire Batgirl . . . Vampire Batgirl

Not too shabby. I can always see plenty of flaws, the most irritating of which are the changes I made to the face. Stare at it long enough and it's quite obviously off-balance. Meh. Still, it was good practice for me and I think I'll probably try to draw the bulk of the remaining panels as well. I need the practice and I enjoy the stark b/w drawings to help me really concentrate on shadows and light.

Posted by Red Monkey at April 27, 2008 5:33 PM | Sketches | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |

 

Joe said:

Dude, you gots talent, but you knew that right? I can draw a mean glass of ice water (from the tap).

April 28, 2008 3:46 PM

 

Maria said:

I had something to say - but Joe stole it, and then made me laugh too hard to think of anything new!

April 29, 2008 12:21 PM
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