I occasionally enjoy doing drawings of others artists work. It can be an enlightening experience stepping in their shoes for a minute and trying to figuring out how they created what they did. This act has a long history and if you visit a museum on the right day sometimes you'll find a painter working directly from the work on the wall you and your friends came to see. As you may have guessed many of my influences (and in particular as a kid) are comics artists. They were my Michelangelo's and John Singer Sargent's. Many still are.
The drawing here was originally done by Joe Quesada, the longstanding and respected artist/writer and one-time Editor-in-Chief at Marvel Comics. It's from the comic, Batman: Sword of Azrael issue one and is of Alfred Pennyworth, who you may know as Bruce Wayne's butler. This came out in 1992 and I remember loving the artwork, especially the various drawings of Alfred. I loved the dramatic noir lighting and how it sculpted his face, and how he bled into the background. Drawing them myself was like enjoying them all over again, but in a bit more intimate way.
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Douglas E. Draper Jr. is an award-winning artist working out of Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and his work has been exhibited throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Annapolis, Baltimore and various other cities and galleries. His fine art and illustrative work can be seen from such publishers as Moonstone Books, Top Shelf, Desperado, IDW, and many others.
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