After all the buzz around Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" I think it's time for we pay our tribute for the most commented superhero of 2013 (and probably the most iconic comic hero ever). So here's a beautiful collection of artworks based on Superman by many artists, illustrators and designers out there, hope you appreciate it. Unless you just arrived on earth right now, you probably know it's Superman, anyway let's put here a brief description of it: Superman is a fictional character, a superhero that appears in comic books published by DC Comics, and is widely considered an American cultural icon. Superman was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster. Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June 1938) and subsequently appeared in various radio serials, television programs, films, newspaper strips, and video games. Superman's appearance is distinctive and iconic. He usually wears a blue costume, red cape, and stylized red-and-yellow "S" shield on his chest. This shield is used in a myriad of media to symbolize the character (Wikipedia). everyonesname Fikkoro Jackademus paint4you PhantomxLord SaiyaGina Superman8193 Rennee FionaMeng ronsalas The origin story of Superman relates that he was born Kal-El on the planet Krypton, before being rocketed to Earth as an infant by his scientist father Jor-El, moments before Krypton's destruction. Discovered and adopted by a Kansas farmer and his wife, the child is raised as Clark Kent and imbued with a strong moral compass. Very early he started to display superhuman abilities, which upon reaching maturity, he resolved to use for the benefit of humanity. Superman resides and operates in the fictional American city of Metropolis. As Clark Kent, he is a journalist for a Metropolis newspaper called the Daily Planet (Wikipedia). Medusone Roberto-Flores mikemaluk marespro13 JPRart nefar007 CyrilT samrkennedy BlondTheColorist pujaantarbangsa
Today is the release of Man of Steel in theaters here in Brazil, and I'm really pumped for it. I know some people didn't like it, but seriously, it's Superman, the greatest superhero of all. Unfortunately, as you may have heard, Legendary Pictures is no longer working with Warner Bros, so there's a great possibility we won't get a JLA movie with the same team that came up with Batman and Man of Steel. So, cheering for a good JLA movie in a near future, I'm sharing with you guys some great character designs by artist Franco Spagnolo. These are super great... fresh takes on the characters we all love. I hope you enjoy these as well! For more of Franco's design, check out his portfolio at Behance. He'll definitely enjoy your visit. Cheers! ;) Superman Batman Wonder Woman Flash Green Lantern LJA
We all have been anxiously awaiting the release of Man Of Steel since it was announced a few years ago. The words are not mine but I cannot agree more with the guys from Will & Tale that put together a simply fantastic title sequence for the movie. They created everything in 2D and 3D animations, voiceovers and other mind-blowing processes. I have watched it more times than I'd like to admit and of course we want you to watch it too. So, in this post we celebrate the Man of Steel title sequence created by Will & Tale. There's a little making-of but we highly recommend that you check their website out for more information at http://www.willandtale.com/?p=1253 Video Making of For more information about Will & Tale visit http://www.willandtale.com/
Last week the new Man of Steel trailer was released and it is simply amazing. I remember watching the Superman movies when I was child and seeing the reboot of the movie brings me back to a lot of good memories. The visuals of this new movie are also really something, much darker and realistic than the previous ones. The Superman logo follows this same aesthetic and since the first time viewing the trailer I knew it must be the subject of a tutorial. So in this tutorial we will show you how to create the Superman, Man of Steel logo using Illustrator and Photoshop. We will also utilize some stock photos for textures and the original poster for reference. The whole process will take from 3-5 hours depending on your pace. In the end it will be really fun to create and well worth the time spent. Step 1 Let's start the symbol in Illustrator. With the Pen Tool (P) start creating the shield. Maker sure you have red for the stroke with a nice weight and using round corners. Step 2 Now still using the Pen Tool, start creating the S. You can use the real logo for reference. Step 3 If you notice, the Man of Steel logo has some details in the center, so let's try to replicate that using the Pen Tool. The stroke here is not really necessary because we will edit that in Photoshop later on. Step 4 Go to Effect>3D>Extrue & Bevel Options. For the Angle use: -4º, 0º, 0º with 120º for the Perspective. Change the Depth to 35pt. Step 5 Remove the caps of the 3D and then change the color to grey. Go to Object>Expand. Then go to Window>Pathfinder. Select Unite for the Shape Mode so you have one object. Step 6 Now let's go to Photoshop. Create a new document. I am using 2880x1800 pixels. For the background use a gradient with white in the center and black on edges. Step 7 Copy the objects from Illustrator and paste them in Photoshop. It's important to make sure that each object has its own layer, so you will have one for the 3D extrusion, one for the red symbol and 2 layers for the yellow details. Step 8 Select one of the yellow details and go to Layer>Layer Styles. Select Bevel and Emboss and use the values below. Step 9 Select Inner Glow and use the values in the image below. Step 10 Last but no least, select Drop Shadow. Again use the image below for reference. Step 11 You will have an effect like the image below. The idea of the layer styles was to add a subtle white stroke with a shadow. Step 12 Group each layer into a folder, then for each folder do this: Go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal All. With the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush using black, paint in the areas marked below to hide some parts of the details. Step 13 With the Brush Tool (B), and using a hard brush, paint a little dark detail in the center. If you look at the orginal, they have some sort of the same detail. Let's create now and adjust later on in the tutorial. Step 14 Add a layer on top of the red symbol, the one that has the S and the shield. Group this new layer into a folder. With the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush, paint some dark areas with black at 20%. Step 15 Select the layer of the red symbols and go to Layer>Layer Style. Start by selecting Bevel & Emboss and use the values below. Step 16 Select Contour and use the default values. Step 17 Select Inner Shadow. The idea of the inner shadow is to increase the strenght of the highlights. Step 18 Now let's add a radial gradient on top with Multiply to create a more dramatic light effect. Step 19 You can add more layers to make the dark areas a bit more strong, but in the end of these steps you will probably have something similar to the image below. Step 20 Let's start adding some textures. Select the 3D layer and go to Layer>Layer Style>Color Overlay. Use yellow for the color. Place your metal texture on top of this layer, the one we are using is courtesy of Shutterstock and it's titled Metal plate steel background. Hi res texture by R-studio. After that, holding the Command(MAC)/Control(PC) keys, click on the thumb of the layer of the 3D object, that will create a marquee selection of the 3D area. Select the texture layer and group it into a folder, then with the folder selected go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. You will mask the layer and make just the 3D area visible. Change the Blend Mode of the folder to Multiply. Step 21 Add another layer and group it into a folder, repeat the masking process to make sure that everything you do will be only visible over the 3D area. Change the Blend Mode of the folder to Color Dodge, then with the layer select, paint some highlights with the Brush Tool (B) with a very soft brush and white for the color. Note: Start painting with 30% opacity to not make it too bright. Step 22 Repeat the same process, but this time it's going to be to create the shadows. Use Linear Burn for the Blend Mode for the folder however. Also use the Lasso Tool (L) to create the nice transition in the 3D sides (1-4) Step 23 Select the 3D layer and the red symbol layer and duplicate them. After that merge those 2 layers into one and fill this new layer with black. Move the layer down to create a little shadow and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 pixels for the Radius, also change the Blend Mode to Multiply at 80%. Step 24 Let's import a new texture. This time we are using another image from Shutterstock, it's titled Metal background by Phiseksit. Use Soft Light for the Blend Mode. Step 25 Duplicate the texture layer and move the layer position so it is on top of all other layers. Maker a Marquee Selection of the symbol only and go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. The only area visible of the texture will be the one over the symbol. Change the Blend Mode to Overlay. Step 26 Let's add another texture. This one this time is from Google Images and you can find it here http://www.texturex.com/albums/Metal-Textures/TextureX%20steel%20textur…. Place it at the top of all other textures and use Soft Light for the Blend Mode at 70%. Step 27 Now let's add the final texture, this one will be underneath the last 2, but still on top of all other layers. You can download it at http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs50/f/2009/262/3/f/Scratched_Steel_Texture_… . Use Soft Light for the Blend Mode as well. Conclusion Add another layer on top of all layers and group it into a folder. Change the Blend Mode of the folder to Linear Dodge at 80% Opacity. Select the layer in this folder and then with the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush, paint a spot light with white at the top of the symbol. After that your design is pretty much done. You can of course improve the details and textures, but the process won't change, so now it's up to you to make it the way you want it. Download Photoshop file Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial
We don't really post trailers on the blog but this one is just so incredible. We just couldn't help it. Superman returns in a new world with this trailer for MAN OF STEEL. We'll be looking forward to this upcoming summer! Directed by Zack Snyder (300) and produced by Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight Trilogy) brings back this superhero to a new era for a new generation. As we all know the story but here's the synopsis: An alien infant is raised on Earth, and grows up with superhuman abilities. He sets out to use these abilities to guard his adopted world. via IMDB.com For more information about the movie MAN OF STEEL, you can visit the official site of MAN OF STEEL. All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers All Rights to Warner Brothers
Superman has always been my favorite super-hero... but it's been sometime that Batman caught my attention, since he's the only DC hero who doesn't have powers: he's just one tough dude. And they launched the Superman and Batman comics, I've been a total fanboy of them. So, I went looking on DeviantART for some illustrations and found a whole bunch of great ones. These are amazing, seriously, and I just wish that some day there will be a Sup+Bat movie written by Frank Miller. It's always good to dream, right? I hope you enjoy these. Cheers! ;) Jorge Molina Manzanero Pencils by Jim Lee, Colors by Jeremy Roberts Pencils by Joe Madureira, Colors by iANAR duss005 duss005 Pencils by Brian Buccellatto, Colors by Francis Manapul Pencils by Ian Churchill, Colors by John Rauch Pencils by Jim Chueng, Inks by Mark Morales, Colors by spidermanfan2099 Pencils by Gerardo Sandoval, Colors by Teodoro Gonzalez Pencils by Ryan Ottley, Colors by Joshua Ravello Pencils by Rags Morales, Colors by Nei Ruffino Nacho Fernandez HalBaby Zuccarello Alex Garner Pencils by Gregg Paulsen, Colors by Mike Adams Pencils by Jim Lee, Colors by clunkworld Pencils by Rob Liefeld, Colors by Vincent "V" Brouard Pencils by Jon Buran, Inks by burningloveletters, Colors by Cliff Benoit David Williams Pencils by Clayton Henry, Inks by Mark Morales, Colors by Galon Philip Tan Pencils by Adi Granov, Colors by Steve Schaffer Mark Hossain
One thing is for sure: you've been exposed to Bruce Timm's work at least once in your life. Any of you. And now you ask me, who the heck is Bruce Timm? Well, Bruce Timm is one of the most famous comics/cartoon illustrators alive. If you ever caught the morning cartoons, then you know his work. He's the owner of a totally unique style, easy to recognize miles away. He was the producer of the great Batman: The Animated Series, also he worked with Superman and mostly recently, he helped to create the Batman Beyond cartoon. That's right, that's all his traces. This guy is a freaking comics jedi. Anyways, here are some of his work, which I know you'll like very much. Unfortunately, I didn't find his own portfolio, but I did find a lot of his work at the awesome Pop Culture Shock.
In Part Two of my Comics and Graphic Novels inspiration articles, I will be looking at the caped crusader, Batman. Arguably the most famous superhero without super powers, "he makes use of intellect, detective skills, science and technology, wealth, physical prowess, and intimidation in his war on crime" (Wikipedia, 2008). Our second look at comics and graphic novels takes us to the most enigmatic hero of them all: Batman. With the amazing success of Superman (see Part One), DC Comics requested more characters for their titles, and artists Bob Kane and Bill Finger came up with the Bat-Man. Originally intended to wear a domino mask, Finger suggested using a cowl instead of a simple domino mask, a cape instead of wings, and gloves, and removing the red sections from the original costume. With the disguise complete, now the task was to think of alter ego's alter ego. The name Bruce Wayne was devised from the Scottish patriot, Robert the Bruce and former American army general Anthony Wayne. Much of the inspiration for Batman's look and personality came from the films of that time, including The Mark of Zorro, The Bat Whispers and older characters such as Doc Savage, The Shadow and Sherlock Holmes, for his master detective skills. From then on, Batman's adventures began, starting with The Case of the Chemical Syndicate in the Dark Knight's debut in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). As the issues rolled on, Batman's character grew and grew with every new villain, but with the war in full flow, DC Comics decided to alter the dark and bleak atmosphere of Gotham City and change it to that of a "bright and colorful" environment, where Batman became the commendable "father" of Gotham. By the 1960s, Batman's popularity had begun to wane dramatically, thanks in part to the lack of interest in the genre. In order to regain fans, massive changes were made, including the yellow background added to the Batman logo, the removal of characters such as Batwoman, Bat-Mite, Ace and butler Alfred and a redesign of the Batmobile. In 1966, the well-known Batman TV series was released, starring Adam West as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The show was in initial success, with Batman comic sales of nearly 900,000. However, the camp undertone of the show began to wear thin on fans and it was eventually cancelled in 1968. The 70s saw a return to the Gothic feel of Batman, but this wasn't enough, and by 1985, sales had reached an all-time low. It wasn't until a year later that Batman became reinvigorated, thanks to the famous comic book mini-series Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. With Batman now 50, and witnessing the death of second Robin, Jason Todd, the hero decided to retire his cape and turn to drinking. Without Batman, Gotham became a Dystopia, with crime rife and overwhelming. According to Wikipedia, Bruce retook the mantle of Batman after he encountered a group of gangs known as the Mutants in the alley where his parents were murdered. A new Robin was introduced, name Carrie Kelly. The change of characters and darker feel of Batman had fans buying the comics once more. This was then perpetuated with the Crisis on Infinite Earths series, redefining the origins of the Caped Crusader and one-shot comic Batman: The Killing Joke, starring infamous villain The Joker. Coupled with Tim Burton's Batman film in 1989, Batman had become popular once again, and the fame hasn't waned since. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, 1986 Batman: Knightfall, when Bane breaks Batman's back, leaving Azrael to take the role of Batman. Azrael as Batman Without Frank Miller's mini-series, there would be no Batman Begins, and certainly no Dark Knight movies. Batman is one of the few superheroes people can feel especially close to, having lost his parents at a young age, and seeking vengenance, with nothing but his own body and mind, as he possessed no superhuman powers. People may also draw parallels with the change in character between the solemn Batman and the flamboyant billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, seemingly a two-faced character, but made so as to detract any kind of suspicion of a familiarity between the two identities. With the dark undertone of Batman comes some of the best designs, which tie in very well with the popular grunge designs of today. And who could forget the Joker, Batman's long term counterpart. Some may say one could no longer exist without the other, something I tend to agree with, especially if you've watched the movies. Related sites http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468569/ http://www.batmantas.com/ http://www.dccomics.com/sites/batman/ http://www2.warnerbros.com/batmanbegins/
Comics and graphic novels feature some of the greatest and underrated works of art in the world of design. In this article, I will attempt at showing you just a glimpse of the wonders from the likes of Superman, Batman and Spider-Man. For the older generation, reading comic books was the ultimate pass time, well before TVs and computers became easily accessible. Unfortunately, I'm a member of the modern generation, where comics just aren't what they used to be. Targetted mainly for younger kids now, pages are splashed with lots of colours and the stories are lacking in gripping plots. It seems Marvel have gone down this route considerably more than the likes of DC, who have kept tradition with darker and more adult storylines for their legendary characters, such as Superman and Batman. This can be seen as half the tandem, with the film industry pedalling on the other end with recent renditions of the superheros' pursuits. But don't feel despondent. Much can be praised and remembered from the past. They weren't called the Golden and Silver Age for nothing. Superman, without a doubt, is the most famous superhero in the world and has become part of our reality, as well as on paper. He first appeared in Action Comics back in 1938, a year before the Second World War had begun, which could be seen as poignant timing. A mint condition copy of this first issue can fetch up to a massive $350,000, due to its rareness. Be careful not to pick up yourself one of the reprints; they aren't worth anywhere near as much as the originals. It is claimed that there are only 100 left in circulation. Superman took different routes during the 40s, 50s and 60s, featuring in a number of different publications, some good, some less so. By 1986, 48 years after his creation, Superman saw himself relaunched (due to the Crisis on Infinite Earths series). With the relaunch came a slightly darker personality and also his unfortunate death at the hands of Doomsday. However, his death wasn't permanent (well, he is Superman!) and he returned, with longer hair and later married Lois Lane in 1996. Since then, Superman has reprised his role as savour of the USA, as well as the world, adhering to his strong moral code and helping to protect the planet he has called his new home. I'll leave you here with some more pictures of the Last Son of Krypton. See you later for part two! The many faces of Superman. The classic "S" Related sites http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman http://www.supermanhomepage.com/ http://supermanreturns.warnerbros.com/ http://www.supermansupersite.com/ P.S. While I'm here, I'd just like to mention, I'm thinking of starting a comic of my own and need some artists and writers. If you're interested, please feel free to email me at munchester2cool[at]hotmail[dot]com or tell Abduzeedo to pass on the message. Thanks!