Avengers #5 Variant Cover. 2012.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on Marvel board, 11 × 17.25″.
Avengers #5 is out today, and I did a variant cover. You can see a preview here. I haven't drawn Hawkeye much in my career, but I enjoyed this attempt. Bows are always a challenge for me because so many things have to line up, geometrically speaking. Top that with sticklers for proper form (like myself) and I had my work cut out.
|My trusty scissors!|
After searching for images of olympic archers and modern recurve bows, I began posing in order to get a "feel" for the correct form. These photos are taken with Photo Booth on my (immobile) iMac, so I had to lean back a bit to get a slightly lower perspective. Originally, I was going to depict him post-release, but I wanted to show the bow line digging into his lip. The effect is tough to convey from this angle (and without fully rendering light and shadow) but I did my best. These photos were more for proportional reference — the final perspective is from a different angle.
|Kiss the string!|
|Inks by my Pops|
|Blue-line print that he inks over|
|Pencils (with increased contrast)|
I toyed with the idea of including the Avengers' Quinjet, but I saved myself the trouble and left it out. It's certainly more graphic without it. You can see the Marvel-provided 3D model in the digital composite.
|Almost had a flaming arrow|