Hipster Captain Marvel

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I’m not much in the habit of doing fan art any more, but every now and then I just can’t help myself.  I’ve been wanting to do Captain Marvel since she was redesigned, but I never really got to it — until a friend designed a hipster variant that she’s crocheted for a pretty amazing piece of cosplay.  I guess I wanted to celebrate her and her amazing craft more than anything else, so how could I resist?

6″ x 8″. Watercolor on paper.
Captain Marvel is copyright Marvel Comics.

Isn’t She Lovely?

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Isn’t she wonderful?  Yeah, she kinda is.

Last year I had the opportunity to show some work with a dear friend of mine and we both independently settled on doing super hero pinups.  I already posted Mystique, but I thought that now would be a good time to get back into showing the rest of them.

Wonder Woman was the only one I was absolutely sure was going to be included in the show, but I didn’t want to give her the same spandex treatment she normally receives, so I went more in line with the Greco-Roman Legionnaire aesthetic.  And now I just want to draw her like this all the time.

8″ x 10″.  Watercolor on paper.

Nora Valkyrie

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Friends of mine have teenage daughters and sometimes those girls ask me to draw things.  If nothing else it keeps me up-to-date on what’s popular out there.  (Otherwise I’d never leave my little hole, I’m rather certain.)

I promised to draw Nora Valkyrie — a character from a web series titled RWBY  — for one of my friend’s daughters if she got caught up on a comic project she’s doing for school.

9″ x 12″. Watercolor on paper.

Mystique.

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Back in November I had an opportunity to show some small paintings at a coffee shop here in town.  I was fortunate to share the show with a dear friend of mine.  I honestly can’t remember how we both wound up doing super hero pieces (I think it just wound up that way) but in the end I did twelve small watercolors — six from the Marvel universe and six from the DC universe.

It only recently occurred to me that I still need to post them to the blog.  Mystique will get the ball rolling for us…

8″ x 10″.  Watercolor on paper.

En Garde?

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Sometimes I find myself stuck with nothing much else to do, a sketchbook, and my watercolor kit.  When that happens, how could I not spend my time making silly little drawings?  These little paintings are getting fun.

Morning Stretches II

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So, I know of I kind of just posted this image, but after my last post someone commissioned me to do a colored version of it.  Redoing this piece was pretty exciting to see what’s changed in the style in the past year.  Also, I really enjoyed working in watercolor again.  It was fun.  I think I’ll have to do this some more.

A Different Way of Thinking.

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I forgot to post this last night — and of course by “forgot” I mean I was up too late and I got too tired to do anything except crawl into bed.

I have a tendency to think of things from dark to light and opaquely.  I understand glazing and other optical mixing techniques, but I never really use them.  So I’ve never really understood how to make watercolor look good.  With all of the dark-to-light work I’ve got coming up, I thought (as I often do) it’s good to flex those creative muscles and try something completely different for awhile — I’ll be experimenting with a light-to-dark approach in my free time.

I’ll let you know what I come up with.

-Valentine