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Spidey Test A by mikemayhew Spidey Test A by mikemayhew
On 9X12 Bristol in pencil with ink wash. Color in photoshop.

Here's a test for Spidey. Gonna be doing some art with him, so I'd love to know what you all think of this.
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I know this is just a sketch, but I'll note that the hand coming at the viewer is positioned poorly. It doesn't pop from the figure and gets lost in the other red and webbing of Spidey's suit. [It becomes a bit confusing in that whole hand-arm-shoulder-chest area.]

The back leg appears to be broken [and in an unnatural position] from the hip, like McFarlane did, he could get away with it being off because his drawing skills are not as strong as yours, and were based on his "own" rules. You have more traditional drawing skills, thus it sticks out to me more than it would on someone whose work is more stylized.

Last, I think the neck area is a bit overdone compared to the rest of the figure. Just my .02, for consideration.
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Your quick sketch certainly gives him the feeling of motion ( especially the out of bounds airbrushed coloring ) ... being only a test, I'm sure there will be much more going on in the final work - adding to the dynamism!

It also has that ol' classic Spider-Man look that I've come accustomed to after 30+ years drawing him myself countless times. I really like the way his body is twisting and reaching to change directions - without over-the-top contortions and exaggerations.

The only point I would change would be to have webbing starting to explode below his trigger fingers (it looks great without it, nevertheless ;) )

I really like the shape of the head, showing a slender jaw and neckline :spidey:

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67thy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Phenometron Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Fantabulous job!
Nippoten Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool work!
FelipeFierro Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Hour27 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god now I remember, I was at universal studios and I got my picture taken with spiderman!!!!!!! ^-^ he was so hot in that spandex!!! So sexy!!! :D
Musou-Enrai Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist
How should I say this? THIS! This is the type of cool foreshortened Spidey pics I'd like to draw but they don't turn out good enough/
neilpalf Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Daviash Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Spydi-mel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome:highfive: :superman:
ayelid Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
I guess critiques for this are long past due, but what the hey. Makes me think I'm a big shot for a moment hehe ;).

This is an awesome preliminary drawing. The positioning of the head and the "trigger" hand look spot on to me, and I don't think a classic Spidey swinging through the air pose could be done any better. The foreshortening couldn't look better, either, and definitely shows your skills as a draftsman. The one thing about the left hand that looks inaccurate to me is the area between the index finger and the thumb. It's probably b/c of the foreshortening, but it makes the thumb look longer than the index finger. There is also an indented area near the bottom of his hand which makes it look as if his palm were resting way far off from where it should be. The right leg does look a little off somehow, especially near the calf. And I think the area between the muscles that rest on his left thigh and knee may look a little too long. I agree that the neck looks too "sunken in" compared to the way the form fitting spandex rests everywhere else on the figure. There's no reason to point out the color that goes outside the lines, as this is a test piece. Overall, it is a dynamic action pose that with a little cleaning up would easily be an instant classic cover image or suitable for merchandising.
delusional11 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Wow amazing colour skill
WatertownRonin Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Student General Artist
This is a very interesting illustration.
TonyDennison Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Looks spot on Mike. I really enjoyed that Mary Jane artwork (with all the primary Spider-Man characters supporting). That was the first time I saw the M.J. character as a viable commerical entity in and of herself, your style/technique really grounds these characters in real world settings and quite frankly-- I think you're cabable of doing something really iconic with a character like Spider-Man.

You can do Peter walking through the campus halls with back-pack slung over his shoulder and you can do Spidey fighting Doc Oc on the Empire state building. My only concern would be who's writing the project?
SURFACEART Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Artist
outstanding job as always Mike, especially like the dynamic pose you have him in...almost 3D dude! ;)
rockthearts1212 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
alex ross like. not a bad thing at all
Spidey4 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
i am a young artist and i mainly draw spidey. i can look at anything and draw it identical to the picture but i want my own spidey drawings but idk where to start, could you give me any advice? thatd be great
mikemayhew Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
get some anatomy books by george bridgman and start to learn how the human body is constructed.
Spidey4 Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
alright thanks. i appreciate it
ddtmwf2 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
Dude this is good!
handyarts Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
simple yet effective:P
thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
really, so you're going to be doing more M work? I can't wait to own some=]
GracefulWings Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009   Photographer
WOW...this is absolutely perfect
The1Blur Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow.. beautiful job....

this is nice....

this style looks familiar ... like Marvels or Kingdom Come.. even the color style.
FallingFrozen Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
magnifique! :heart:
Rvers3 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
maybe a stupid question but why isnt a string getting out of his other hand? ( he presses it to fire )

other then that its amazing :D
MichaelDooney Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
great action pose. Since you use photos for figure ref. I'd be curious to hear how you deal with photographing extreme action. I think that you mentioned starting to use Poser so maybe that's a way to go.
wishmaster6 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
i think you can draw him more artistic.
CheshFire Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely brilliant. I'm lovin the mix of light purple, greens, and such on the blue parts.
MattKaufenberg Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Really digging this!
thedying Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
This is awesome. I like how you have managed to emulate acrylics in photoshop. Except maybe I don't think spiderman is that graceful. He has a unique way of swinging which is quiet crazy and not that graceful as compared to daredevil. Spiderman usually look like he can barely control his swinging with legs and arms going all over the place. Heck, at times he looks like hes flying crotch first into a building. Watta perv I tell ya :P
ElainePerna Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW! Really really awesome! :dance:
kevin-benefield Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
This really awesome i like how it looks like its coming right at you.
jpnunezdesigns Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This would look great on a wall!
wahay Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Your eye for lighting is impressive! That reflective lighting especially makes him pop right off the page.

A few quick seconds erasing would help this immensely. You went outside the lines a few times, and my following around SM's form is less fun every time my eye stops at colouring outside the lines. Also, the thumb needs to be coloured. ;)

This may just be me, but I'm losing the thumb in the red part of the torso, at least when I look in the thumbnail.
haius Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Hobbyist
I like this one better than the other, darker, airbrush-y looking one. this is clean, and has that crisp distinctive coloring style that I like so much in your work.
Moyashi-chan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
by gods, this is awesome
smuzliprof Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
it's pretty damn good
ErickCarjes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Odd poses, thats whats he is all about.

Well done! Spidey deserves you.
carlosranna Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
frmjewduhh Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
I love it. The pose is great and original. Line detail is really tight. I like the colors you used; the green hue is original and looks good. One critique would be to be careful with the heaviness/unevenness of the ink wash. It's not my favorite type of shading especially when it gets colored it can turn out really "muddy" like alot of Simone Bianchi's work ends up.
shaheenart Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Wonderful... Crazy about the shiny blues in spidey's costume ^^
fig Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Looks great! It retains that classic Spiderman look.
smbhax Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
I would say slightly too shiny on the blue parts of the legs, and on the black strip around the eyes: the highlight on the blue leggings looks like he's wearing PVC rather than cloth, and the eye highlight distracts from the shape of his mask and head.

The pose, figure, and webbing are stellar. : )
FunkCrusader Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
looks great.
the dilema is this: you have an extremely realistic style that works amazingly well. When dealing with an acrobat like spidey, I think its important to really exaggerate the body position past the limit of what a normal body would do. If you took this one and exaggerated the pose a lot more, i think it would pack some serious punch
shinlyle Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Man, that looks great. I like the pose and the foreshortening looks stellar.
xavier-119 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
looks great.
MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It's Amazing!It reminds me the way Romita SR. used to do it,it feels very classic, even the mask's visors. Personally I like to design him rather slender but still muscular, kinda like Mark Bagley did him on his earlier work.The only thing I could say is be carefull with the spider symbol, it's kinda easy to end up looking more like a cockroach than a spider.Later! :spidey:
Deero80 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! :omg: great dynamic pose...Love it!
Keep it up
Kubzeh Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
WOW @_@ nice work ! keep it up ! ^^
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