Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains


Getting and finding inspiration is extremely difficult at the best of times. Yet I have been very fortunate to work with some people who push and inspire me every time I am with them, the students. No matter what I may think what they may have in store for me, the students throw those plans out the window and make up some new plans.

That was very clear when I did a drawing club with the students. They range in age from grade 3 – 5 with a large variety of skills they bring to the class. Within the class I helped them to learn how to draw three-dimensional objects but mostly how to draw in the style of popular comic strip characters. We drew Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and even some Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse.
They did a wonderful job with their creations and so close to the end of our time together I gave them a final assignment. I asked them what would they like to draw as a group theme? I suggested, superheroes, Greek gods, comic characters, animals, mythical creatures, etc. They decided to create superheroes, therefore I instructed them to create their own superhero or villain in the comic book style. They actually wanted me to draw them their character. They would describe it and then I would draw it. I said, “No way. I wanted to see what they could do and how creative they can be when it comes to creating a character from scratch, including their powers.”
They keep on asking me to create their character from them, then I said, “Ok, I will draw their character, however I needed their drawing first as a guide to help me with the drawing.” They said could they just tell me and I said, “No it takes time to draw these characters and I cannot do it with the hour we had.” So they agreed and created their own characters with up to 2 powers, a unique name and if they were either a hero or villain.
Over the next few weeks I will be posting some of my finished characters inspired by the students’ imagination and creations.

Villain 01 – Lord Ominous

I decided to start of the creative process with my own character.   I took a character I created from another class when we created a comic book with superheroes and villains. My character is a villain. Not just any villain but the leader of the Legion of Doom; Lord Ominous. I drew him as a cross between an ancient Spartan warrior and Lord Vader from Star Wars. His weapon of choice is a Scottish Claymore, not to mention a pair of Colt 45s.

The students inundated me with questions about him. I showed them the comic book my other class and I created. In it, it shows that he was genetically created from DNA samples taken from the League of Justice (good guys) and the Legion of Doom (bad guys). The Legion of Doom wanted to create a new super villain leader with all their powers to lead them against the good guys. His powers included, accelerated healing, super intelligence and strength, advanced combat skills, telepathy and telekinesis. They asked why did he need weapons if he had super powers? I told them, “He’s a super villain and he does not play by the rules. He will take any advantage he can to win. Also it makes him look menacing.” Which they thought it did.

I hope you enjoy the first character from Heroes VS. Villains – Lord Ominous.

Villain 02 – Dead Dule

Many of the students wanted to copy popular movies and comics of the time for their ideas. I have no problem with it, I feel that at least they are making the effort and hopefully it inspires some imagination. This student’s villain is obviously modeled after Deadpool, yet he did come up with unique super abilities; super speed & telekinesis.   He was very active in choosing his powers and on many occasions I would hear him debating with others how his character would hold up against another characters.

I took the student’s original drawing and simply drew him in an action pose and coloured him like the popular comic character. The only thing I did not draw in his character, and other characters, were the guns. Unlike swords, knives or bows, guns are very prevalent in our society and with the resent incidents of gun violence I decided to not draw him holding guns. Yet he does have them on his person, a compromise I made with the students.

I showed the student his character and he was happy with it. I hope you enjoy the second character from Heroes VS. Villains – Dead Dule.

Villain 03 – Green Animal

 

Many of the students wanted to copy popular movies and comics of the time for their ideas. I have no problem with it, I feel that at least they are making the effort and hopefully it inspires some imagination. This student’s villain is obviously modeled afterGreen Lantern, yet he did come up with unique super abilities; green lantern power & animal mimicry.

I took the student’s original drawing and simply drew him in an action pose and coloured him like the popular comic character. I questioned him about the swords saying, “Why does he need swords if he has a power ring and animal mimicry?” He told me that he would use the power ring to create the swords and so that is what I drew. I also made sure to give the character his unique hairstyle.

I showed the student his character and he was happy with it. I hope you enjoy the third character from Heroes VS. Villains – Green Animal.

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Villain 04 – Mnosa

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are used to, this student had an idea of what she wanted and never wavered. She wanted something unique from the costume to the choice of weapon and powers. One thing that she insisted was that her character has red eyes.

I took the student’s character and noticed that it looked like an elf from the Lord of the Rings. I asked the student if the ears of the character were pointed, she said yes. I drew her in an action stance making sure the “chain mace/flail” was in motion as if she was twirling it. I drew in the ears and coloured the eyes red, yet I wanted to add something a bit dramatic to the character. I noticed that the she drew the character with braided hair, so I drew in a braid but with encircling her. It added a more dramatic and mysterious look to the character.  

I showed the student his character and she was happy with a smile from ear to ear. I hope you enjoy the fourth character from Heroes VS. Villains – Mnosa.

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Villain 05 – John 181

 

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are used to, this student had his own idea matched with something he was use to. He wanted a character that was a bit of a cross with the Flash and Iron Man, yet he wanted a unique helmet and exoskeleton. He came to me for some ideas on the helmet and I gave a few ideas on the exoskeleton. He modeled it a bit from the storm troopers from Star Wars and football equipment.

I took the students’ image and the questions he asked about the armour and took it from there. It is very similar to the storm troopers armour with a few comparisons to Ironman’s suit. He wasn’t too particular with the colour but I decided on a blue base so that it was different from Ironman.

I showed the student his character and he was happy by saying that it looked cool; high praise indeed. I hope you enjoy the fifth character from Heroes VS. Villains – John 181.

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Villain 06 – Animal King

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are used to; this student wanted to do something different but similar. He created a great male figure with large muscles then he wanted to give him some unique abilities: revive or accelerated healing powers and animal mimicry. I did ask him about the swords saying, “If he transforms into animals, why does he need a sword?” He say the logic and decided to remove one and he asked me to not draw my version with the swords.

When I drew his character I first thought of a werewolf type character crossed with a ninja. I decided to create a character that was hairy, very similar to Sabre Tooth from the X-men. I took a few creative liberties by added the hair on the arms and legs and making his hair longer.

In the end the student enjoyed my version of his villain. I hope you too enjoy the sixth character from Heroes VS. Villains – Animal King.

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Villain 07 – Energy Charg

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with, yet this student knew what he wanted and he wanted to create something very distinctive. He researched and asked questions about which abilities he wanted for the character. What he came up with was one of the most unique characters I have ever seen.

He began with the abilities of energy absorption and force field generation. From there he decided on 4 arms instead of the usual two. One eye, what looks like scales and two-fingered claws for hands. When I saw this character I was immediately impressed and asked the student about his creation. He wanted to create a bad guy monster that would absorb energy power to generate force fields. Hmm, well thought out, I told him.

When I drew his character I immediately thought of the Hulk. I decided on a large bulky character but I gave him three fingers per hand, which the student said was all right instead of the two he had drawn. I also gave him green scaly skin with pointed ears and his signature one eye. I drew him in a stance to show that he was able to create force fields. His left upper arm is generating a force field.

The student kept asking me for his character every day and when I finally showed him it he had a smile from ear to ear. I think he also liked the fact that the other students in the class also liked his character. You could see a hint of pride in his eye when he showed it to his friends. I hope you too enjoy the seventh character from Heroes VS. Villains – Energy Charg.

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Villain 08 – Elelctra

 

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with, yet this student knew that she wanted to create something very unique. She wanted to make a character with wings but different then what we did in the class and from what the other students did.   I asked her, “What other wings could you use to fly?” and I had her look through my character guide of the Marvel universe characters.

She finally decided on bat like wings, something along the lines of a vampire. I showed her a few examples and she them came up with the style she liked. In the end her character looked very much like a winged vampire, with bat wings and dark hair.

I decided to draw the character in an action stance such as leaping up to take flight. I wanted to show her wings in that type of pose. I also wanted to show the long black hair she had drawn. The dress was simply modeled after the dress she had drawn.

The student handed in the character about a week early; therefore I had time to draw my version in my sketchbook while the class was still underway. During the next class she asked to see something in my book and she saw the character.   She asked me if this was her character but she had a smile from ear to ear when she did. When I said yes, I did not know how but the smile grew larger. She loved it and wanted it right away. I said I would give her a copy when everyone handed in their character, then I would give everyone their character and a group image at the same time. She kept asking for the copy every class after that to show everyone her character to the other students. You could see the pride in her eyes every time show showed it to her friends. I hope you too enjoy the eighth character from Heroes VS. Villains – Elelctra.

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