Hey! It’s pick on Ed Benes day! I didn’t realise until I uploaded this that this Wolverine picture was also by Ed Benes. Guess what we’re not seeing in our faces? Logan’s ASS. And I’m very sorry about that, believe you-me.
So, I have wanted to do this picture since the blog started. Now, ridiculous male musculature is something I can’t stand in comics, and there’s no real gender politics to it that I’m overly concerned about, it’s just shitty anatomy. I love tearing shitty anatomy apart.
So anyway, I decided to do a correction, and guess what I discovered? I am TERRIBLE at making Logan look all gritty and scary. He’s always got this fluffy sexy teddy-bear undertone to him when I draw him. I mean, look at that chest hair! Don’t you just want to snuggle into it and ride him like a pony?
… No? I’m the only one? Okay then!
The main correction in this was his weirdly short arms. Plus I drew Logan with muscle groups I actually saw on this stocky little muscle guy in a picture I downloaded from the internet (he was pretty hot, actually).
One of these days, I’ll draw ol’ Logan and he won’t look like he’s irritated that you drank his last Molson. He’ll look like he wants to rip your face off. Unfortunately, today isn’t that day.
I have a book on facial expressions, but I’m leery of using it on established faces, because I over-worry about how that person’s face pulls into a grin or a leer or whatever. Because that’s different for everyone. I still feel I need a reference, and if I’ve never seen *them* cry, I can’t draw it. My over-reliance of reference is deep-seated.
I have an awful time making Wolverine especially look appropriately menacing. I do have a T-shirt of him around here somewhere where I don’t think I did *too* badly, but for some reason my T-shirt work doesn’t count. It’s the only time I pull out a brush or colours, and I can’t make it carry over to anything else. I wonder if I should try it again…
As for the topic of the post—fixing impossible Wolvie…Benes is definitely one of the artists guilty of just putting in more muscles, more striation, in order to make the bulkier characters look more menacing and ripped. So shoulders and forearms get insanely rippled. Back to my over-reliance on references, this isn’t hard to find pics of. I don’t know why they don’t…and there must be a rule about fabrics and their lack of substantialness. No matter how many horizontal wrinkles there are on his jeans (perfectly appropriate), there’s still a clearly defined inner quad there (a little less likely). And the A-shirt might as well be lycra. I love fabric. I love folds. I love texture. Again, I get too dependent on references, and can’t extrapolate my own folds, but I’d rather see a void of form than a duplication of the musculature beneath it, if it’s just supposed to be cotton.