New Models

I’ve made a new sketch for Justice League Day on Saturday – took a little longer for two reasons: first, it has eighteen pictures in it, and second, I had to create some new models in SketchUp.

The previous ones I’ve done have had the figures in place but any hair (Superman and Commissioner Gordon) or masks (Batman and Calendar Man) have been hand drawn once I’ve taken a screen shot and dropped it into my image software. Sometimes it’s looked okay, other times not so much.

This really came home when I started the new scene with Flash, Cyborg and Wonder Woman. I was happy with the figures themselves but when I tried drawing on the masks and hair, this was the result:

Wonder Woman’s hair isn’t too bad, but Cyborg’s helmet (stop sniggering at the back) and especially Flash’s mask just look awful, and I would have had to draw each of those elements multiple times from multiple angles.

So many hours later (seriously – Mrs Earth-Prime hardly saw me last week) I’d played around in SketchUp, learning from my first attempt at Batman’s cowl (which you’ll see in the completed sketch on Saturday) and ended up with this:

which I’m much happier with.

Still need to work on Flash’s mask, and Wonder Woman’s hair is just a bit lifeless, but it’s better than my hand drawing.

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3 thoughts on “New Models

  1. Damn dude! Very-well done on those designs. Yeah I can see how the Flash’s cowl could give you fits, but you did good man. For me personally, the first version of Cyborg is better, although his metal half did need a bit more work as far as being smoother and more symmetrical.

    WW tho….just looks plain creepy in the face, especially the second version. Christ that’s creepy!
    Keep up the good work man.

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    1. Thanks – like I said, I’m much happier with the Flash. In terms of cowls/masks, I did Batman first, learned some stuff, did Cyborg, learned a little more, then Flash, so I think each one’s better. As and when I re-use Batman and Cyborg, I’ll definitely be re-doing the masks. And Batman’s cape as well – that’s still hand drawn.

      As to Wonder Woman looking creepy . . . hahahaha! I definitely need to work on some expressions, more than just mouth and eyebrow which is what I’ve done here.

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  2. Yeah that expression on her face looks like a mix of fear, “I don’t want to be here, but I’ll try and be polite”, and putting on a forced happy face, as if to say “Suuuuure that outfit looks good on you”

    You’ll get the hang of it man, I don’t doubt that for a second. The more practice you have doing these, the better and probably quicker you’ll get at doing them.

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