Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Korra


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 08 – Korra

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with, yet this student wanted to create something very unique. She asked me about creating wings but not bat wings like another student but one with feathers. The student also wanted to create a character with another student so that they would be twins that would look like each other but have some different abilities.

I thought this was very imaginative and showed them how to draw wings and showed them the character Archangel from X-men. Those where the wings she and her friend was looking for therefore I drew her character with this character in mind. I started with the body pose and then I drew in the wings.

I showed the student my version of her character and she was ecstatic. She loved the pose and the wings. I hope you to will enjoy the eighth hero character from Heroes VS. Villains – Korra.

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Invisible Man


 

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 07 – Invisible Man

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with but I was not sure what this student had in mind. I think that he wanted a simple character with the abilities of invisibility and super speed. He wanted to show that his character was invisible so he drew his character with no torso and only the extremities. I found this take on drawing an invisible character very interesting and creative.

I decided to draw his character with a simple body type in a running action pose. Then when I coloured it I increased his transparency except for the eyes, sword and the logo. I then added the background to help give the illusion of invisibility.

I showed the student his character and he was happy it and he liked the transparency. I hope you enjoy the seventh hero character from Heroes VS. Villains – Invisible Man.

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.

Friday Two Cents: What A Piece Of Work Is A Man


 

This past week I have been enjoying my vacation time by indulging in some of my favourite pasts. Bike rides and walks along the lakeshore, reading, writing, drawing and painting. During these long periods of activity, my mind has been free to wander and think of endless possibilities and things that are right in front of me.

The best way to make any sense of what I have been thinking can be best said from a quote in Shakespeare’s Hamlet …

Hamlet
What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how
infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and
admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like
a god!

Hamlet Act 2, scene 2.

 

Hamlet said this little speech in irony. Perhaps Hamlet intended to fend off the questions or nosy inquiries from the kings’ spies, yet he finds nothing too impressive about man (humanity). Yet what Hamlet says in irony I take as my conviction.
During my activities I have had time to reflect on what we (humans) have done with our time on this planet. For I have seen the evils of what man can and have done to their fellow-man, yet I have seen many examples that man has the capacity to do good as well. Art has given me the means to look into the soul of humanity and try to understand what makes us tick. Engaging in my own art projects helps me to understand the soul of humanity and our desire to understand the world around us. What other creature on this planet can create something as breathtaking as the Mona Lisa or apiece of street art I see in downtown Toronto. All of this is an expression of us trying to understand why we are here. Art has developed and grown as our civilization has grown. Humanity’s journey of self-discovery and understanding can be reflected in its many forms of artwork. In many ways our art is a window into our very soul.
My own exploration and experiences in art has given me some insights, yet I am far from finding the answers to these questions; but I know the journey is worth it. Lao Tzu once said …

 

‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.’ Lao Tzu

I would add to this …
“Sometimes the journey is as important as the destination.” Paul Gauchi
  

Here’s to the journey into the soul of humanity and my own.

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Lord Awesomeness


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 05 – Lord Awesomeness

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with and this student may have had something specific in mind. He asked me to help him create armour that was similar to the type that the clone troopers and the storm troopers from Star Wars wear. Then I saw his characters abilities I knew he was going for a cross between Ironman and a Jedi.

After he gave me his character I thought of a Jedi like Obi Wan and his battle armour yet I want to show the character in a different light. I drew the character in an action pose like jumping or leaping. I then too my cue from the armour he drew to recreate it on the character. I tried as well to model the hair and face to the student’s for a little extra touch.

I showed the student his character and he was happy with it especially the pose and that it looked a bit like him. I hope you enjoy the fifth hero character from Heroes VS. Villains –Lord Awesomeness.

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Super Coco


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 04 – Super Coco

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with and this student may have had something specific in mind. I asked her why she drew her character this way and she said it was like she was doing gymnastics. I thought that was a great why to pose her character.

I thought of what kind of pose to place her character in but I did not want it to be a standard pose. I knew that her character had the ability to stretch or elasticity therefore I wanted to show that ability. I decided to draw her character in a standing pose but stretch out her arms and hair into a shape of a heart.

I showed the student his character and she was happy it but she had a question. She asked, “Why is her hair in hearts too?” I said because her entire body, including her hair, has the ability to stretch or has elasticity too. She loved the thought of it and wanted to picture right when I showed it to her. I hope you enjoy the fourth hero character from Heroes VS. Villains – Super Coco.

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Braidie


As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters had to 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 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 past few weeks I posted the student’s original character, the villains and my version that I gave to them. Now its time for the heroes to make an appearance …

Hero 03 – Braidie

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with, yet this student wanted to create something very unique. When I first saw this student’s character I right away thought of a hippie from the 1960’s. Overalls, long braids, sandals/flip-flops and then when you add her abilities are healing others and talking to animals, it just screams tree-hugging hippie.

This is where I started when I created the character. I incorporated all of these elements but I pictured her sitting down so that she can be close to the animals. I also made sure that the braids are long enough to fall around her. I then added a cute little bunny that she is hugging; it seemed appropriate for the character.

I showed the student his character and she was happy it and she also loved the addition of the bunny. I hope you enjoy the third hero character from Heroes VS. Villains – Braidie.

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