Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Venomous Shadow


As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters could have up to 2 powers/abilities; a unique name and they had to indicate if they were either a hero or villain. The students also wanted me to redraw their character, in the comic book style, once they had handed their original in. I needed the original as a reference, I told them and I wanted them to do the work. The variety I received was amazing and it inspired me to create a wide range of characters.

I began with my version of the villain’s leader and in the next few weeks I will post the student’s original character with my version that I gave to them. In the past few weeks I posted the Villains now its time for the Heroes to make an appearance …


Hero 06 – Venomous Shadow

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with and this student had one character in mind from the start. When I first saw the character I immediately thought of the character Venom from Spiderman. I asked him if that is who he modeled the character after and he said a definite yes.

Therefore with the image of Venom in mind I began by trying to come up with a stance that was different from most of the characters that I drew. The first thing I wanted to draw was to have him in a pose that was hunched over in an attach position. The student drew the character with shoes but I decided to draw it with dragon/dinosaur feet, complete with claws. The same for the hands but I also made it very muscular like the character Venom, as well as the face and eyes, similar to the student’s drawing.

I showed the student my version of his character and he was ecstatic. He said this is exactly what he envisioned. Some of the other students said that it looked too scary to be a hero but I reminded them that looks could be misleading. I reminded them of Beauty and the Beast. I asked them who was the hero in that story? They all agreed it was the beast and that the student more pleased with his character.   I hope you enjoy the sixth hero character from Heroes VS. Villains – Venomous Shadow.

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