Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Wonder Woman

I did this one for fun a couple of years ago and gave it to my friends at Comic Geek Speak as a contest prize.

The piece hangs together fairly well, despite a disparity of styles: Kevin Nowlan-style rendering on the figure and a loose Al Williamson-esque background with Mark Schultz-inspired drybrushing.

When I was much younger, whatever style I had was defined by my limitations. That will always be true to one extent or another, I believe, but I think I've moved into the next phase now where the style is defined by the conscious choices I make.

Eventually, I'd like to get to the point where the end product is defined by conscious decisions that integrate the disparate influences effortlessly, rather than looking like stylistic choices that were handpicked one-by-one at a buffet of artistic approaches—like some kind of bizarre Shoney's of artistic styles.

Still, it's a learning experience, right?

4 comments:

Steve Epting said...

Hey Steve -

I know exactly what you mean, but I think this one really works well with the two different styles. Maybe because the background is in a vignette and the figure is not totally incorporated into it - I don't know, but I dig it.

Nice blog. I'll be checking it out regularly.

JunBobKim said...

HOLY COW, Steve!!!! Mr. Epting just commented and complimented your work, man!!!!!! WOW!!!

Martin A. Devine said...

YOW! Nicely done Mr. Bryant! That definitely is one of those H.S. moments. Oh, that Epting fella ain't half bad himself.

Jason said...

Steve...awesome stuff. I love the commish you did for me of Wolverine and Athena; and I would have loved to get a hold of this Wonder Woman drawing, too!

Oh, and totally congrats on the H.S. moment!