…And Justice For All

Here’s …And Justice For All by Metallica to set the mood.

The Daredevil Netflix series came out a few weeks ago and I recently just finished watching the first season and am suffering from withdrawals. I thought I’d try drawing Daredevil and Matt Murdock so here’s the step to step process of my drawing.

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1. I started off with a sketch and sort of cheated by using the symmetry tool. It can be very useful when you want it to be. I always start off my sketches with a different color other than black. I tend to use lighter colors and sometimes I lower the opacity if I really need to.

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2. I drew over the sketch with a darker outline but the opacity is still pretty low. I always start off with drawing the face and try to get it as similar to the character as much as I can. I actually did not use any reference pictures so it was pretty frustrating. I hope it remotely resembles Charlie Cox’s face haha

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3. I continue outlining with the darker color (still with low opacity so that I can see the sketch underneath). I start drawing the clothes and try to keep it as clean as I can because outlining over super sketchy drawings can be a hassle. Also why are suits so difficult to draw?!

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4. Now I start my real outline with the darker black. This is where making clean lines really counts or else it’ll look gross. Also I just added the beard and the detail in the hair.

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5. I accidentally skipped over the coloring of the skin, but I use the same process for coloring skin, hair and clothes. I start off with solid colors first. Then I use another layer over it with a different brush with is, I guess, sort of bristly. Over my solid base I start shading the outer areas with a much darker shade, then color inside with a really light shade and then fill in the areas with the original shade to smooth it out.  I usually just keep doing this until I think it looks fine.

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Here is the finished product! I thought I’d add a background and as you can see from step 5  to the finished drawing I changed how the scales and sword looked and their placement. I think it looks much better now. I hope you guys like it!

I used Daredevil from the Netflix series and Daredevil belongs to Marvel Comics.

 

The Last Halloween

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Somehow this comic manages to be cute, disturbing, gruesome, funny, relatable and beautiful simultaneously. “The Last Halloween” is a web comic by Abby Howard that is about a group of children, specifically Mona, who go on a quest and try to survive through the supposed last Halloween. A cursed doll, a vampire, a werepossum, a ghoul and a bodiless figure in wraps take Mona under their wing to help her with her current predicament. All of the monsters who used to hide in the shadows are now roaming the world, killing everything in their way because the king, Phagocyte, has been murdered. These monsters live in a parallel universe that use the shadows as portals. Each monster has a human counter part. If their human dies they perish as well, but if they are the one who killed their human then they are granted immortality. The purpose of the Phagocyte is to maintain the balance between the two worlds. Mona’s new friends are not considered monsters, but rather Anomalies. They are on a quest to find the Phagocyte’s son who can take his place to keep the worlds in balance again.

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The art is very Burtonesque in a sense, I feel that it would adapt beautifully into a Tim Burton film. The comic itself is in black and white and is focused heavily on lines. The detail in the panels are mostly found in the creatures and the background, adding a sense of eeriness. The characters themselves look very cartoonish and simple, but are entirely unique in their own ways. Despite being a supernatural and serious comic the dialogue tends to have deadpan humor. What I love about the comic is that it isn’t restricted to actual pages. The panels seep into the black background of the site and creates a much larger scene. Every page and panel is set out differently but share the black backdrop of the site.  Even the fonts in the dialogue of each character is different. It adds to their character and helps set a voice in your head for each one.

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This comic is still being updated, and I can’t wait for the next chapter. I’m falling in love with every character. There is even a bit of social commentary in the comic. Mona’s parent is nonbinary and is called “parent” and uses “they/them” pronouns throughout the comic. Shirley always calls out Dr. Fugue on his misogynistic comments. It’s a fun read and the art is beautiful, I would recommend it to everyone. It’s pretty short too. After reading this its easy to say Mona and Ringley are definitely my favorites.

 

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Author/Artist: Abby Howard

Where you can see her work:

The Last Halloween

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