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Superman

PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:08 am
by reibergraphix
Christopher Reeve - The one and only Superman. What do you think?

22"x28" strathmore illustration board, lots of graphite. maybe 8 hours



Re: Superman

PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 3:18 pm
by Russ
Total quality =D>

Re: Superman

PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:13 pm
by Brendan
Fantastic ! =D>

Re: Superman

PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:44 pm
by Plissken
Why is the image so small?

Re: Superman

PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:25 pm
by reibergraphix
Can you follow the link the larger imageshack version. If that's not big enough do you guys want me to post a larger version?

Re: Superman

PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:58 pm
by Larc-Romeo
Really nice work. :)

Re: Superman

PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:10 am
by ajcurly
Amazing....how can this only take 8 hours? This would take me 30 hours....really...how do you do it?

Re: Superman

PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:16 am
by reibergraphix
Its funny you say 30 hours and I think "what the heck would I do for 30 hours". I think I have been doing it long enough and have my drawing area setup. Also I don't use very many tools. I sort of have a routine down, where I always know what the next step is. A year or two ago when I really got back into drawing it was taking me like 12 hours a drawing but the more I do it the less I have to erase a part and do it again or keep going back and forth with tone in an area

What really saved me time on this one was establishing the dark value of his hair along the hairline. Normally what happens to me is I get the face to where I think it's good, then I do the hair and the face looks too light by contrast and I have to go back and reassert the darks and blend it back out. This is especially a problem with dark hair

I am rambling. But I hope someone can get something from it

I am thinking of drawing Eva Green next

Re: Superman

PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:07 am
by ajcurly
I guess my biggest downfall right now is drawing to light. I end up redrawing almost everything because i draw so stinking light. Every drawing I make myself draw darker, soon I will use nothing but a 9b....lol. 8 or 30 hours......your drawing is awesome keep it up!

Re: Superman

PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:13 am
by reibergraphix
try identifying the few areas that are dead black and go to black with those areas, o mean seriously black, then blend out from there it will help you establish the full tonal range. and remember the skin tone almost never goes to full white except for maybe a couple highlights

Re: Superman

PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:39 pm
by ajcurly
Thanks for the tip....I will put it to use next drawing!

Re: Superman

PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 5:27 am
by jan
It is really excellent and does show something I have huge problems with. I dont for the life of me understand how ppl can get values that dark with graphite. Maybe I just dont have enough strength in my wrist and fingers but my drawings never get darker than a darkish grey. :P

Re: Superman

PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 8:52 am
by reibergraphix
high quality 9b


layer, blend, layer blend. repeat until black

Re: Superman

PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:27 pm
by Xartist
I like his dark hair and the light on his neck! Great drawing!

Re: Superman

PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:44 pm
by dustboy76
great work! captured his look - it's spot on!