This is a first in a series of commentaries I would like to make a habit of doing on some of my favorite artists. The first artist I would like to mention is Josh Middleton <--click, it's his website. Go on. Do it.
Joshua Middleton is somewhat of a mystery to me still. I have only one comic that he has done both interior and cover art for. After seeing this comic, I was very taken by his artwork. It is very dynamic. You can tell he has drawn from life more than your average comic illustrator. His foreshortening is incredible. I hate trying to foreshorten. It makes me feel like such a beginner.
May I also note that he pencils, inks, and digitally colors all of his own work. The dream of any illustrator is to be fully self-sufficient and complete a work from pencils to print. Middleton just has an amazing talent for composition. Every work has it's own sense of life and motion. Viewing his work is like viewing a freeze-frame of the conception of his idea for the drawing. He is currently illustrating for Supergirl, and I would go so far as to buy a DC comic to see more Middleton, and if you read my other blog you will know that I exclusively read Marvel.
It's artists like this that make me lean towards the dark side.
For some reason, mine turned out looking like she was on ecstasy. I do not know who the artist is who did the original, but it's pretty awesome. As long as it doesn't turn out to be Greg Land or something. I'm not exactly sure why, but I loath that guy. Well, maybe we'll give her another try.
So I finally(after about ten years of wanting) got a decent set of prismacolor markers to play with. I have yet to really figure out how to use them. Color is a relatively new concept for me, and markers are a foreign language. They are, however, essential to the type of illustration I wish to master.
If anyone has a direction to point me in for tips or tutorials, I would be very appreciative.