|Spider-Man Proportions. 2010. Pencil on paper, digitally manipulated.|
I draw Spider-Man all the time (or at least I did before Daredevil), but this project was uniquely challenging — we needed to depict a younger version of Spider-Man, while still maintaining the physique of a (slightly) more mature adult. From the beginning, it seemed like the team was asking for opposing ideals: he needed to be bigger, more muscular, yet still look like he was 15 and nerdy. In order to graphically chart the challenge, I composed this diagram to compare and contrast differing proportions.
The far right figure is how I portray Spidey in most situations (though I often stretch anatomy to fit the gesture). To his immediate left is an almost laughable bobble head that served as an example to avoid. As we went back and forth in the sketch phase, I finally realized what was needed: big hands and feet. By adding that extra detail, it gave him an awkward quality that could communicate his age without taking away from his superheroic build.
I'm saving my final Spidey turnarounds for next week, but tomorrow I'll reveal my character studies for Doc Ock, including some incorporated reference from Marvel Studios. And while I have your attention, I've also got a new interview with the nice folks at Thought Bubble.