Monday, March 22, 2010

Sketchbook: John Constantine

Another quick sketch and color experiment. Photographer and writer Ian X and I have been talking about John Constantine a lot lately. One of the few magical characters at DC I've never gotten a chance to draw professionally. He's one of my all-time favorites, and HELLBLAZER was one of the books that got me back into reading comics when I was in college.


Ian X. said...

See now, that's fantastic! I like the bright blue in the "shadows". Proves a good palette is better than a realistic one

matthew dow smith said...

Thanks, Ian. Just something I did as an experiment. I wanted to break up the usual big black block of my shadows without losing the graphic element. Worked out pretty well, I thought. I'll have to try it again some time.


oysterboy said...

Hi, Matt!!! So beatiful... good combination color for the character... an a Deadman...?

michael gaydos said...

nice, nice, nice!

matthew dow smith said...

Thanks Oysterboy, and yes, there might be a Deadman in the near future. He's too cool not to try. And that stark red costume would work perfectly with this color approach I'm developing in these sketches.

And thanks, Michael. Wish I had your color skills (not to mention your dry-brush abilities), but I'm glad you like this ham-handed attempt.