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.

One Prime To Rule Them All

Did anyone see this coming? Amazon Prime are going to be producing a Lord of The Rings TV series set in the years before Fellowship of The Ring.

I was a massive Rings fan when I was a teenager – the image above is a scan of the copy I bought when I was 13 or so waaaaaayyyy back in the early 80s – and loved the films in the early 2000s, but I’m struggling to think of much that happened before Fellowship.

I suppose they could focus on (if memory serves) the almost 80 years between The Hobbit and Fellowship, when Gandalf and the White Council were fighting a cold war of sorts with the newly returned Sauron – if I’m honest, the stuff with the Council, the freeing of the Nine, the confrontation with Sauron were all things I wanted more of in the otherwise lacklustre Hobbit films – so there’s that. Doesn’t make for spectacular TV, though.

Having never watched Game of Thrones (I know, I know) but being aware of the huge success it’s had, maybe the time’s right for a Rings series?