Spider-Man Drawings

My favorite superhero is, without question, Batman. His is the simplest premise with the richest psychological results.

But just as certainly, my favorite to draw is Spider-Man.

When I was a very young comics fan, I was drawn to John Romita’s flawless brushwork. But as I grew older, I became increasingly enamored with Steve Ditko’s Spidey. It felt quirky, jittery, jerky. The opposite of graceful. In a world of sweeping capes, bold shapes and dynamic lines, Ditko’s Spider-Man (and to some extent, Peter Parker) was hopelessly broken and askew.

I would guess at least half of American cartoonists go through a phase of romanticizing superhero comics, and I was no different. I never thought I was very good at drawing superheroes, mind you, but they were really fun.

I recently stumbled upon some Spider-Man drawings I did as a freshman in college. It looks like I was reading a lot of comics by Sam Kieth and Humberto Ramos. I was obviously avoiding the “hassle” of rendering settings or backgrounds (something many young artists struggle with). But these drawings make me smile in spite of their flaws because I had so much fun making them.

And my Spider-Man is definitely quirky, jittery, jerky.


Peter Wooley says

And here’s one of the many reasons I respect you. Even in these half-decade-old drawings is a fluidity that you still include in your work today: your logo, Portwit (assuming that’s the bird’s name), and even that new infographic.

It pays to create and love comics!


chriskalani says

I never cared about comics at all. Still barely do. But your passion has made me take somewhat of an interest over the past few months. Congrats.


Tyler Sticka says

Peter: Thanks for the kind words. :-)

Chris: If you ever want comic suggestions, let me know.


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