Monday, May 12, 2008

Reilly’s Spiderman

Robert asked me to do a painting based on one of his all-time favorite comic book scenes. The scene is from The Amazing Spider-man #33. It is a Steve Ditko /Murphy Anderson masterwork of art and storytelling. Those guys wore giant boots, and my feet seem so tiny by comparison. What makes their scene so powerful is the multipage buildup that Stan Lee sculpted. I need to try to capture both the struggle and the triumph in one shot. I finally settled on this shot because it was very evocative of Ditko without simply reproducing his work. I'm also planning on going a little chiaroscuro with the lighting. I'm hoping that this ominous lighting will convey a sense of gloom even though the pose appears victorious.

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