Magneto vs. Dr. Polaris

SUPERHEROES/ART- Magneto vs. Dr. Polaris

Magneto vs Dr Polaris

This week’s Superhero vs Superhero drawing gave me a lot of trouble. Seeing it, you wouldn’t think it did.

This is Magneto (Marvel) vs Dr. Polaris (DC).   They’re both the “masters of magnetism,” of their respective universes. And of course they’re now chibi refrigerator magnets holding up a drawing my son Ambrose drew when he was two.

The reason this drawing gave a me trouble was because of the lack of real planning.

The first time around I roughed it out and showed it to my wife to see if the joke “read.” I had drawn the two characters their actual size, hanging off a refrigerator.  The problem  was, they were so big, they covered up the fridge and my wife didn’t realize they were magnets.  They just looked like they were floating in a kitchen, in front of a fridge.

I scrapped the idea and simply wasn’t going to do it. I drew the Human Torch vs Fire drawing I posted last week instead.

Then I talked about it with a friend who gave me the idea to make them chibi style magnets.  That’s what I ended up doing.

Thing is, then I got ambitious. I decided I should digitally paint this drawing and not simply ink it. And by “paint,” I meant, not just color but get rid of all the lines and do a full painting.  They’re simple characters, I thought it shouldn’t be a problem.

So I began the process, and quickly realized  two things, one, I couldn’t paint all that well, and two, painting the drawing was going to take WAY too long.

So I quit.  It left me feeling really frustrated and I felt, I’d failed. On top of that, I seemed I wasted a lot of time I need to get other things done.

I had roughed out and cleaned up the drawing digitally. The line work was pretty much done.  Only, I didn’t like it.  I wasn’t sure what to do, but I ended up turning the clean up lines into non-photo blue and printed it out  so I could ink it by hand. Which I did.

And then I had a fight with my Pentel Pocket Brush Pens because the ink was too saturated and wouldn’t let me make subtle lines.  I ended experimenting with a Zebra WF1 Scientific Brush (Small Size) which worked alright. Although,  I think I still like the Tombow Fude Brush Pen I used last week more.

So in the end this simple drawing gave me more trouble than I wanted it to and it left me wanting to paint.  Which I think I”ll start doing soon.

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Human Torch vs. Fire

SUPERHEROES/ART- Human Torch vs. Fire

Human Torch vs Fire



This time on Superhero vs. Superhero we have Johnny Storm, The Human Torch (Marvel) vs. Fire (DC).  Both of them turn on fire powers which make them both become beings of fire.  Which of course, would set off the fire sprinklers anywhere they went.

Not much more to tell about this drawing.  You can read more about each character by clicking the hyperlink for each person.

This drawing was done in my usual way of roughing it out digitally in non photo blue, but the inking was done a little differently.  I found the Pentel Pocket Brush Pens  I was using was producing too much ink.  The brush was so saturated I couldn’t draw thin subtle lines. I picked up a Tombow Fude Brush Pen and used that instead.  The flames on Johnny and Fire where done with the pen, as well as many other subtle details.  It’s really a good pen. I’m going to have to use it more often.

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The Vision vs. Red Tornado

SUPERHEROES/ART – The Vision vs. Red Tornado

Vision vs Red Tornado


The Vision (Marvel) vs. Red Tornado (DC)  this week on Superhero vs Superhero.

I didn’t realize how much these guys had in common visually until I started drawing them.   I had them fight because they’re both android that were created by a bad guy,  to fight good guys, but they both turned into heroes instead.

They’re only different because they don’t share the same powers.

But then I started drawing them and they both have Dracula capes, and the capes are attached by a cord.  They also both have nobs for ears and no pupils.The rest of their look is different but when drawing those three things, it really felt so similar.

If you want to read more about each character click the hyperlink above.

I did some experimenting with the inks this time around.  I started as normal. I roughed out the drawing digitally in Photoshop, and printed a non-photo blue version which I inked over.

This time I inked all the figures using a Micron Pen.  I then went in and used a Special Black Copic Marker
for the blacks.  The background was done using a N4 Copic grey marker. And finally I went in with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and thickened up the lines on the androids.

I wasn’t really sure how it would turn out.  It’s not bad. It was a fun experiment.  Next time though, I’ll need to design the reflective light to be more interesting.

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Flash vs. Quicksilver

SUPERHEROES/ART – Flash vs. Quicksilver

Flash vs Quicksilver


This week’s Superhero vs. Superhero pits The Flash (DC) vs. Quicksilver (Marvel).  Both have the power of super speed.  Who is the fastest delivery man alive?

Quicksilver is a mutant and is part of the X-Men universe.

For more info on each character, click the hyperlinks above.

I wanted to draw this mostly because I’ve really been enjoying the Flash TV show.  It’s  a lot of fun.

That said, Quicksilver has made his appearance in the feature film X-Men: Days of Future Past, and will also be appearing in the movie Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Once again, I drew the preliminary rough drawing in non-photo blue, on the computer, printed it out and inked it by hand.  The only thing I didn’t do by hand is the lettering, which I printed out black when I printed the drawing out to ink.

I mostly used the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, and for the background a Pentel Standard Brush Pen. But I also used a Micron Pen to ink the details of the character’s faces.

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Red Skull vs. Black Mask

SUPERHEROES/ART -Red Skull vs. Black Mask

Red Skull vs Black Mask


In this Superhero vs. Superhero drawing, we have Red Skull (Marvel) vs. Black Mask (DC.) Both characters are villains with skull faces.  But unlike the Ghost Rider vs. Atomic Skull drawing from a few weeks back, they’re heads aren’t on fire.

Since this post is being published in October, I thought I’d make a Halloween themed drawing.  The other theme here is avarice.

In case you weren’t aware, Red Skull is a Captain America villain and Black Mask is a Batman villain. Learn more about them by click the hyperlinks above.

I drew this my usual way, by roughing it out on the computer in non-photo blue, printing it out and then inking it with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen  for the characters, and a Pentel Standard Brush Pen with grey ink for the background.

I rushed this drawing’s rough. By the when I got to the inking stage I was really unhappy with what I had drawn so I did a lot of redrawing over the print out before I inked it.

I finished inking this at an automotive shop, while my car got an oil change.  That was new.

Even after I was done I wasn’t satisfied and ended up redrawing Black Mask’s face in Photoshop, after the fact.  This drawing gave me a lot of trouble, but I learned a lot doing it.

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Tigra vs. Cheetah

SUPERHEROES/ART – Tigra vs. Cheetah

Tigra vs Cheetah 01

For the Superhero vs. Superhero fight this week, we’ve got Tigra  (Marvel) vs. Cheetah (DC).  They fight because they’re practically the same character, only one is a Tiger and the other a Cheetah. One is a villain, the other is a hero.

Cheetah, by the way is specifically a Wonder Woman villain.

For more info on each character click the hyperlinks on each.

I drew this after having bought the image book GIANT-SIZE KUNG FU BIBLE STORIES anthology comic.  It had an eight page story drawn by Bruce Timm in it, and it made me want to draw girls.

This was drawn in my usual method of roughing out the drawing digitally, in non-photo blue, in  Photoshop and then printing it out to ink it by hand.

This time I used various pens like Microns, a Pentel Pocket pen, and a special felt tip brush pen, whose’s brand I don’t know.

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Rocket Racoon vs. Detective Chimp

SUPERHEROES – Rocket Racoon vs. Detective Chimp

Rocket Racoon vs Detective Chimp

This Superhero vs. Superhero match up is between Rocket Racoon (Marvel) vs. Detective Chimp (DC).  They fight because they’re both silly looking, talking animals, that taken seriously in their respective universes.

Everyone is famiiar with Rocket since he’s from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. You’ve probably never heard of Detective Chimp though.

While Rocket’s origins are science fiction based, Chimp’s origins are magic based. And yes, he wears a deer stacker hat, smokes a pipe, and wears a coat. He also has a bit of an attitude, similar to Rocket.

I became aware of him reading Shadowpact Comics.  Which were basically the pre-New 52 version of Justice League Dark.

You can read more about each character by clicking on their hyperlink.

This drawing, like the one I did two weeks ago, was roughed out digitally.  Although this time when I printed out the nonphoto blue lines, I printed them out 5% darker.  That way I could see the lines better when I inked it.

I was hoping that the blue line wouldn’t show up like with the last drawing.  Unfortunately it did show up.  You can’t see it if you’re not looking for it but it’s there.

Next time I’ll try decreasing the line brightens by 1% to see it shows up.

This drawing was inked using a Pocket Brush Pen.


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Dark Superheroes

SUPERHEROES – Dark Superheroes

Dark Superheroes

I was under the impression that the “dark superhero,” trend was dying off.  With animated shows like Teen Titans, Legion of Superheroes, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Batman: Brave & The Bold, and The Avengers: Earth’s Mightest Heroes, I thought we where now in an era where superheroes could be cool without being “dark.”

Then I read the news that Bruce Timm was going to be making some Justice League animated shorts, exclusively for the Machinima website called Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles.

This sounded great, until I read in the description of the shorts. It’s going to have a “darker” version of Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman.


So I drew the cartoons above.

It was all drawn digitally.

And yes, if Batman gets any darker, the only thing visible on him will his eyeballs.


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Ghost Rider vs. Atomic Skull

ART/SUPERHEROES – Ghost Rider vs. Atomic Skull

Continuing the “Superhero versus Superhero” theme that my friends and I started years ago, I drew Ghost Rider (Marvel) vs. the Atomic Skull (DC):



Atomic Skull versus Ghost Rider Drawing

They fight because they both have flaming skulls for heads.  Only the Atomic Skull’s flaming head is radioactive, not hellfire.

I drew this by roughing out the drawing digitally on Photoshop, then I printed out the rough drawing as non-photo blue on 11×17 paper and inked it with my Pocket Brush pen. I spotted the backs using my “Special Black” Copic marker.

I then rescanned the drawing in and the non-photo blue didn’t even show up, which was awesome. I wasn’t sure it would work as intended.

I liked doing the art this way. I don’t like inking digitally.  It’s nowhere near as fun as doing it with a real brush.


EB in the comments below wanted to see the rough drawing I did for this piece so I’ve added it below.

Thanks for asking EB!

Atomic Skull vs. Ghost Rider Rough

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4 Reasons Why “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ is Now my Favorite Spider-man Movie.

MOVIE – 4 Reasons Why Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Now my Favorite Spider-man Movie.

4 Reasons Why Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Now my Favorite Spider-man Movie 04Finally got around to watching Amazing Spider-Man 2. It’s now my favorite Spider-Man movie and this post is all about the four reasons why.

I didn’t get to watch Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theater even though I wanted to.  I recently bought the Blu ray version and watched the movie. It was a long movie.  I ended up watching it in two parts, only because I watched it at night, it was really late and I  had to get up early the next day.

I stopped it at the hour and thirty minute mark and really didn’t want to stop the movie.  I was really enjoying it.

I finished watching the movie the next night.

Why the Movie Isn’t Great

Before I begin though, I wanted to point out the “elephant in the room.” This movie is NOT the best told Spider-Man movie.  That honor belongs to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2.

I’m not saying that Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the greatest Spider-Man movie, I’m saying it’s my favorite.

4 Reasons Why Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Now my Favorite Spider-man Movie 01Amazing Spider-Man 2 has one critical flaw that practically ruins and taints the movie, namely, the Green Goblin.

The very fact that he’s in it at all ruins the movie.  Not because he’s a bad villain, but because he’s shoe horned into the movie at the end in such an awful way that it ruins the movie.

The movie is about two hours and thirty minutes long and the Green Goblin is in it for about ten minutes.  It’s incredible that in those ten minutes he pretty much manages to single handedly ruin the movie. It’s very disappointing.

However, there’s two hours twenty minutes of perfectly fun movie here.  If you focus on that instead of the crappy ten minutes of Goblin, then you’d see where I’m coming from.

Why it’s My Favorite Spider-Man Movie

Alright, so if the movie isn’t perfect, why is it my favorite?  Why is this my favorite instead of one of the Raimi movies? After all, it seems like the majority people like the Raimi movies and hate the Mark Webb ones.

Well, here are my reasons:

1. Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker

4 Reasons Why Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Now my Favorite Spider-man Movie 03I really like Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker.  I found him much more likable and relate-able than the Sam Raimi version.

In the Raimi version, Peter is a buffoon.  He’s a big clumsy goof.  He’s an awful lot like Jar Jar Binks.  People like that Peter because he makes them laugh and you feel bad for Peter.

In the comics though, Peter is never a buffoon.  If you read the very first Spider-Man comics drawn by Steve Ditko, you’d see that Peter is a smart, normal guy, who happens to be really into and really good at science. Because of this, he’s picked on by Flash Thompson and his girlfriend Liz.

Not only that but because of the way he’s treated, Peter in those comics is often an angry, emo, vengeful guy, who sometimes comes off as a jerk. Flaws he has to get over.

In the Ultimate Spider-Man comics Peter is written by Brian Michael Bendis as a normal but brilliant, kid who’s into science.  He’s not a goof or buffoon and he’s very likeable.

In The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2 Peter is portrayed by Andrew Garfield as a normal, and brilliant guy who also seems a bit anti-social since he doesn’t seem to have friends.  People seem to think he can be taken advantage of. As can be seen in that scene where the pretty girl tries to get him to do her boyfriend’s work.

He’s not a goofball, he’s just an “ordinary Joe.” I like that about him. We also see that he’s brilliant because he develops web shooters after becoming Spider-Man, in the first movie. Which is just like in the comics.

The Amazing Spider-Man movies also did something I thought was smart and necessary to Peter. It rebooted the series so he could be younger.

Peter works a bit better as when he’s younger. If he’s still in high school or even a freshman in college.  The Peter in Spider-Man 2 has just graduated high school. He’s still young and trying to figure out his place in the world.

Garfield’s performance is fun, sincere and believable. He’s also a very funny and sometimes awkward guy.

Peter is shown to be a good person, and a very smart guy.  This is a Peter I can identify with and he also rings true to the Peter from the comics.

I will also add here that his relationship with Harry Osborn is really nice in this.  There’s some really great tension in the movie between the two of them but you can also see that they’re friends.

I think that was done really well.

2. Emma Stones Gwen Stacy

4 Reasons Why Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Now my Favorite Spider-man Movie 06Not only is she pretty, she’s smart too.  Smarter than Peter in fact.

She’s also funny, courageous and very confident.  She has goals and seems like someone who’s going places.

From the moment she first came on screen in Amazing Spider-Man 1, you start to like her.  Emma Stone does a wonderful job portraying her.

You can tell that, if Peter wasn’t in her life, she’d still be okay.  She doesn’t need to be in any kind of relationship.  She doesn’t need to be saved from her life.  She has a great life from the start.

She just happens to also be attracted to Peter and you WANT her to like him.

3. Peter and Gwen’s Relationship.

4 Reasons Why Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Now my Favorite Spider-man Movie 05Spider-Man comics really worked best when they’re a combination of romance comics and superhero comics. Amazing Spider-Man 2 really captures this.  Amazing Spider-Man 1 also did this well though.

The relationship between Peter and Gwen really works in this movie. First, it works because, as I’ve said above, both Peter and Gwen are likeable people to begin with.  When they get together you understand why they like each other.

You can see that they complement each other.  They have he same interests, they make each other laugh, and they generally have a good time together.  Their relationship feels sincere.

It’s nice to see them together. You like them together.  It makes the movie fun.

There’s nothing false of forced about their relationship.

4. The Portrayal of Spider-Man

4 Reasons Why Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Now my Favorite Spider-man Movie 07I think Amazing Spider-Man 2 has the best portrayal of Spider-Man in any movie.

From the first moment I saw him on screen I couldn’t can’t help but smile. First, he looks the part.  His costume looks great.

Second, as he swings through the city, you can tell he’s having a blast being Spidey. He’s also hitting as many comic poses as the animators can cram into every shot.

Not only that but you get the thing that was missing in the Raimi movies, Spidey’s banter. As he’s going around preventing crimes all over New York, he’s cracking jokes.

It screams Spider-Man.  This the Spidey I always wanted to see in the movies.

There’s even a scene where he’s modifying his webshooters in order to help him confronts the movie’s villain.  This is classic Spider-Man. This is the kind of thing Spidey did in the comics.

He also protects little kids and tries to give other people confidence.  This is the most likeable portray of Spider-Man there’s ever been.

More Good Than Bad

4 Reasons Why Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Now my Favorite Spider-man Movie 02For all these reasons, Amazing Spider-Man 2 is now my favorite Spider-Man movie.  Most of the movie is full of what I wrote about above.

I didn’t write about Jammie Fox’s Electro.  He’s a decent villain and a good foil for Spider-Man to fight against.  The best part of the Electro scenes is how they emphasize how cool Spider-Man is.

He just let’s Spidey be Spidey, and in that respect, he’s  a great villain.

The Rhino is a good bad guy for the same reason.  He makes Spidey look cool.

The bad guys just make the good stuff about Spidey in the movie come out more.  Like I said at the beginning of the article, the weakest link in the movie is the Green Goblin. It felt rushed and taints the way you perceive the other good stuff in the movie.

Have You Seen It?

What do you think? I know this movie gets  a lot of hate from people.  I understand their frustration, but I also can see past the flaws.

Have you watched this movie? If  you have, what do you think?

If you haven’t, why not?

Sound off on the comments below.


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