Monday, December 05, 2011

Sketch A Day #8 - Golden Age Green Lantern

OK, I fully admit that not only do i have no affinity for the Golden Age DC heroes (outside of Bill Finger/Bob Kane Batman), I really don't even like Green Lantern.

Of course, in going through the Levitz DC book again, I found myself sitting down to do tonight's sketch with an aim todo something different.

So there you go. The Alan Scott Green Lantern. Deliberately tried to ape some of the Golden Age "simplicity" but I don't think that i comes through at all except for the face. Ah well, they're not all winners.

I really get dissatisfied with inking with markers. There is a flatness that i can't stand to the line, and it makes me think of all the artists who went to them in the '80's and '90's and just how much got lost in the art. Obviously they're fast and easy, but they lack nuance in all but the best of them.

Pencils, inks with markers (Staedtler Lumocolor, Pigma Micron, Sharpie), color in Photoshop

So what kicks butt in the golden Age DC books? The first Hawkman story, totally off the rails crazy and pulp with great art, the early Batmans with their great nior world and Kane's stiff, representational art, and the early Spectre's, which are incredibly tame compared to where he would go later, but they're interesting in their own way.


Alex Sheikman said...

Alex Toth's style was one that worked with markers and I think Arthur Adams is able to do something special with markers. Your's turned out nice too. The most important thing is to experiment and have fun :)

surrogatecitygal said...

Out of hatred still comes a great drawing though!