Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Elelctra


 

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 next few weeks I will post the student’s original character and my version that I gave to them.

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.

 

Comic Strips: Just A Bit … Eccentric


This month’s newsletter has been sent out and with it the latest installment of The Craziest Things.

If you live in the Ontario, Québec or the east coast if Canada you just had a record amount of rainfall this past couple of weeks. Here in Toronto we had a month’s amount of rain in the city fall in just 3 days. Many of the rivers and local streams are all running high and even the lake levels are the highest they have been. With all this I was inspired to create a comic with a little funny joke. The funny thing is that the student acting a bit … eccentric, I can see them actually doing this.

I hope you enjoy the latest installment of, The Craziest Things; Just A Bit … Eccentric.

Friday Two Cents: Joie De Vivre Within The Daily Grind


Joie De Vivre – the joy of living, enjoyment of life, a French phrase meaning joy of living, used to mean enjoyment or love of life.

Joie De Vivre, I have been exploring this phrase/way of living for some time now. I have found that trying to live my life in this way has its advantages. I have found that many things do not bother me as they once did. Yet this feeling has been stirring in me for quit some time.
Many years ago, when I was working as an early childhood educator (ECE), I also worked part-time as a graphic designer/print specialist. I worked on creating ads, print materials and other advertising related tasks at an ad agency. I found the work enjoyable but a bit unfulfilling. Many people there found me a bit too liberal-minded and my art/designs reflected that thinking. In the end I decided to leave and put all my efforts in becoming a teacher. I wanted to help others explore their individual wants and desires through their own creative expression. Either through writing, math, sports, art or something else that makes them happy. The rest, as they say is history.
This week I was working in a class and even though I have been trying to maintain a sense of order and discipline within the class, I have seen many examples of the students exploring the world through their own creative expression. Watching them explore and discover just enhanced my own idea of ‘Joie De Vivre’. Even in my daily grind, I am able to enjoy life, either through the smile of a child or in a conversation with a fellow teacher.
My interaction with the students are usually very enjoyable, yet I found talking or more often than not, listening to my fellow teachers about their lives, truly filled my life with joy. Not because they have problems but because I was able to connect with them on a human level. Talking to them face to face, instead of through some form of social media about their work with the students, interactions with the parents or just on life. Connecting to people is a part of my ‘Joie De Vivre’. Unlike working at a desk and creating things, I am able to interact with people.

In the end, these interactions are the most inspiring part of my life.  

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Energy Charg


 

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 next few weeks I will post the student’s original character and my version that I gave to them.

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.

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Animal King


 

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 next few weeks I will post the student’s original character and my version that I gave to them.

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.

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – John 181


 

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 next few weeks I will post the student’s original character and my version that I gave to them.

 

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.

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Mnose


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 next few weeks I will post the student’s original character and my version that I gave to them.

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.

Student’s Original – Mnosa

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