Creative Mondays 139 – Doctor Octopus

Doctor Octopus poster design

“What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

Doctor Otto Octavius, one of Spider-Man’s greatest villains get’s the silhouette style treatment in this week’s Creative Mondays. After doing several superheroes I thought I’d have a crack at a villain and Doctor Octopus has the iconic look that I think applies to this style perfectly.

I built up the imagery in Photoshop but the metallic arms were a little tricky and I decided I could get the necessary detail I needed in Illustrator. For now, I’ll be continuing with the superhero designs but I may throw in a few other villains every now and then.

Creative Mondays 135 – Spider-Man

Spider-Man poster design

“What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

The Superhero silhouette collection continues and I couldn’t resist creating a design for one of my all-time favourite characters. There’s no stopping this collection now and I’ve got a couple more creations in the works so stay tuned!

Creative Mondays 65 – Venom

Venom Illustration

“What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

On my continuing challenge of revisiting “old works” I decided to flesh out a sketch I did last year of one of my all-time favourite Spidey villains. The sketch was something I did during a lunch break and I actually lost the drawing itself but I remembered just how I wanted it and decided to have another crack at it. This time around I sketched the characters separately and combined them afterwards within Illustrator. It gave me more focus to concentrate on each individually as Venom proved a bigger task than I had previously thought.

Venom and Spider-Man sketches
Early sketches before scanning the drawings and outlining/colouring in Illustrator.

I also thought that this poster would fit a slightly elongated framing giving Spidey enough room to dangle above Venom. This was great fun to create and start from just a simple idea/sketch in my journal, I hope you get a kick out of it too!

*UPDATE* A lesson has been learned! After posting my original image I was made aware that Venom is actually undetectable to Spidey’s “spider sense” and have therefore removed that element from the illustration. Despite the shame of claiming to be a Spidey fan-boy and missing this obvious fact it’s an important lesson to always do your research folks!

Spider-Man: Web of Night Poster

I’ve always wanted to do a poster featuring my favourite web-slinger and I can now show you the finished piece! I like to make sure at some stage throughout each project to learn something new and this poster was no exception. I’ve never really gotten into illustrator before so I decided this was a good opportunity to dive in head first.

The entire poster was created in illustrator (all except a few touch-ups with lighting and the text) starting from a sketch I’d scanned in. As Spidey is frequently seen swinging through New York’s amazing cityscape I felt I could take advantage of Illustrator’s new ‘perspective tools’ and create a convincing backdrop. It takes a little getting used to but once you let the perspective do the work for you, you’ll get a better idea of the composition you’d like. Within Photoshop I added a few textures to the buildings, added his webbing and created the glow effect you see around him.

I’ve always sketched out comic book characters as a kid and it’s really where I started in terms of my interest in drawing so to be able to transfer those skills to digital art was a really fun experience!