Saturday, June 19, 2010
169: Barbara Gordon (Oracle) Commission
It’s obvious that I’m not part of the “photo-realistic” school of thought that has permeated the comic book landscape in the last decade. My style leans toward the animated or “cartoonish.”
That being said, setting up this piece was a real challenge, and it’s one that I put upon myself to try. I could have drawn Barbara sitting in a wheel chair in an open white space, but I had a picture in my head that I thought would make for more dynamic drawing.
I kept the computer screens and circuitry very minimalistic, remembering those computers in the Batcave on Batman: The Animated Series. They had barely any detail at all, that I can recall. And yet it worked.
For better or for worse, that’s what I tried to do here.
I’m very hard on myself when it comes to my art. And that’s a good thing, I suppose. There are several commissions that I’ve done over the last couple of years that I’ve never posted anywhere because I just don’t like the job I did. I really need to outgrow that.
I’ve improved quite a bit in the three years since I started drawing regularly after nearly a decade of casual doodling, but I still have a long way to go.