It's been more than five months since my last entry into Earth's Mightiest Sketch Blog. Admittedly, this is in large part because I've focused on other stuff and fallen behind, but I haven't abandoned the project altogether. In fact, for quite some time after that last Iron Man piece, I was hard at work ("hard at work" being a relative term here, of course) trying to draw Thor, but I had a lot of trouble with it.
I didn't expect the Thunder God to be such a challenge, but he's really tough to draw. I got through the head (and that long luxurious hair) a lot more easily than I thought I would; I even did what I thought was a decent job with the arms and upper body, but trying to draw Thor's legs was giving me fits.
The challenge I found with Thor was one I imagine I'd encounter with Superman as well, though to a lesser degree. When I drew the Hulk, conveying his physical prowess was relatively easy because you can go very over-the-top and exaggerated with his musculature. With Thor, he's supposed to be a big dude with huge muscles, but he's not freakish; I had trouble balancing giving him a bodybuilder physique and not overdoing it, wanting to keep him somewhat slender.
So I'm starting over from scratch and think I'll probably cheat a bit on this one and use reference, most likely from Scott Kolins' awesome work on Thor: Blood Oath (I love that book). Hopefully I'll have something to share sooner rather than later (fingers crossed).
And despite slouching on the sketch blog, I have done some successful art work since 2008, as Rickey and I did a jam piece of the Superman Family for our buddy Kevin Mahadeo, who moved to North Carolina. I drew Superboy, Mon-El and Brainiac. We actually told Kev we'd toss a few more figures on it before we send it to him, but maybe we'll post it here first or after.
Have I mentioned how much I respect actual artists lately?