Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Iron Angel

Erik Lervold is the artist behind this unique piece, which he describes as an angelic Iron Man. It certainly has the feel of something you might find behind an church altar -- if it was an Iron Man Fanboy church! Hmmm...thinking about it, that wouldn't be a bad church to attend! I mean, the stainglass windows alone would probably make it worth it!

I love the serene expression on Iron Man's face in this one and the watercolour treatment. And the vertical orientation would also make a pretty hot bookmark -- one you could stick in your Essential Iron Man collection to mark the good Shellhead vs. Titanium man stories.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Poster of Iron

Here's a nice one from artist and illustrator Paul Shipper. He writes that he felt inspired to make this faux Iron Man film poster for his nieces and nephews after taking them to see the recent film. So, using some existing film promo artwork as a guide, he digitally painted this awesome image. I love the rain/ligthning effect he added, as well as the cool credits and titles. And of course, the kids loved the artwork.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Iron Man in Silver and Red

Michael Lobasz sent in this one, which he admits he drew years ago. Back then he was a fan of the silver-and-red armour that Tony Stark rocked back in the late 80' - early 90's. Now, I personally didn't read Iron Man during that era (I'm a gold-and-red suit fan), but Michael was clearly inspired enough by those comics to draw up such a detailed portrait. In fact, he admits he even created a homemade Iron-man glove with a flashlight repulsor ray -- now that's a real fan!

Thanks for submitting this, Michael!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Happy Hour!

Anthony Brennan's Iron Man looks like he's enjoying a great night out.  The kind of night where the party's so good that everything is just sparkling!  Apart from the eye-catching palette, I also dig the martini Tony's working on here -- its got an olive and a slice of lime in it.   Personally, I've never had a martini with lime before, but then I'm not a billionaire industrialist genius.  Maybe the lime gives him an extra energy kick!

Anthony's also got a variation on this fantastic drawing on his flickr set, which you should also check out.

Repulsor Blast!

Jeff Victor sent in this gorgeous pic, which he was inspired to make while waiting feverishly for the opening of the new Iron Man movie.  I love the line of action in this piece, and the shapes he used for the Iron Man figure: Tony looks a bit, well, husky in this one -- like he's been eating a few too many bacon-cheeseburgers.  But hey, he can still kick some ass with those repulsor beams!

Up up and away!

Chad Geran is the name, and making cool drawings is his game.  Case in point, this charming Iron Man drawing.  I love the shapes in this piece, as well as the colour scheme.  The whole drawing shows sophistication and restraint, as well as a great sense of fun.  
Thanks, Chad!

Friday, May 02, 2008

Ultra-Massive Update pt 1

I've been a bit lax lately in maintaining this blog. Ok, ok, I've been really lax in maintaining it. Mostly its due to my work commitments as an illustrator and cartoonist and how much it takes out of my time. It's certainly not for lack of Iron Man drawing submissions! Over the last 6 months, I've received an amazing amount of wonderful Iron Man artwork, and I'm very sorry to all the artists who've graciously sent in their drawings that I've been so late in posting them. I'm trying to rectify that, by doing some massive updates in honour of the new Iron Man movie that just opened this weekend.

So, without further ado...check out these awesome drawings:

This awesome 3D design and render is by Lee Anderson and is actually based on a previous drawing submitted to this blog by Jamie Egerton. Jamie created a great concept drawing for a new shell-head armour and Lee was inspired to actually model it in 3D send in this render. I dunno about you, but it looks amazingly real -- I can almost picture myself on a rooftop wearing that suit. Well, maybe if was a super-fanboy or something...which I'm not. Ok, I am.

Derek Toye is the great illustrator behind this piece. I've liked his art since I first saw it, and this piece is exeptional. He's chosen to go with the classic "fin-head" helmet, while incorporating a more modern redesign on the armour itself. Great concept, great lineart, and great colour!

John Skewes sent in this excellent drawing - he admits he was channeling some childhood memories of the big "tin can" armour that Tony Stark wore during his earliest comic appearances. I gotta admit my fondness for that suit as well -- there's just something about that big and clunky outfit that appeals to me. And, as you can see from many other submissions to this blog, it appeals to a lot of other artists as well.

This one's by Sean Hamilton and it features an appearance by War Machine. Now, I gotta admit I never read a single Iron Man comic with War Machine in it (I heard he appeared during the 90's -- a dark time in comic books for me), but Sean's drawing here is so charming that I might just check it out.

Matt Bennett sent in these two drawings -- and they're true Iron Man doodles. I personally love these kinds of submissions -- the kind the artist has drawn on the back of an envelope while talking on the phone. Or as a warmup for a day of boring drawing. I like the way Iron Man is wagging his finger in the second doodle -- like he's telling me "Cho, you chump! You should be updating this blog more often!"

See? I told you people love drawing the tin-can suit! This one's by the ultra-talented  Jason Chalker -- and its another great doodle. Believe it or not, he actually drew this on a post-it note while at work. No wonder its got a vacation theme to it. Strangely though, I also sense a weird Magnum P.I. vibe off of it. Maybe its the fact that Tony Stark bears a slight resemblence to Tom Selleck. I dunno, maybe its just me...

Another cartoonist whose work I respect is Dean Trippe, and he sent in this gorgeous and sleek drawing of an Iron Man redesign. He actually sent it in as a promo for a shell-head redesign contest being run at Project Rooftop, but sadly I was way way late and didn't post it until now. I hope you'll forgive me Dean -- cause I think your Iron Man design is tops!

Another cool piece of Iron Man fanart, this time by Michael Langdale. I dig the foreshortening and action in this one -- its a real two-fisted action drawing!

This one's a totally fun one -- it's by Dylan Ekren and features a really cool redesign of the armour, as well as a hilarious and charming pose. I wonder if Tony's all skinny-legged and pear-shaped from not working out enough -- maybe he needs to ditch the armour for a while and get back to the gym...

Well, that's it for this ultra-massive update.  Again, my apologies to all the excellent artists who submitted drawings and were waiting patiently for me to update this blog.