Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ivan Reis Pencil Sketch from Aquaman #1, Ctd.

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Aquaman Shrine Exclusive! As promised, here is the second preliminary sketch done by Ivan Reis in preparation for the full page shot in Aquaman #1.

Here's the other sketch we posted earlier today, followed by the final version:
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Seeing all three of these pieces in a row, it's interesting to notice how Aquaman's posture got straighter, more confident as the piece progressed, and how the whole angle of the page rotated clockwise.

While there are lots of things I like about the preliminary versions, I
think the final version ended up being the most dynamic, the most exciting way to reintroduce the King of the Seven Seas (although I'm sure the inks by Joe Prado and colors by Rod Reis help a little!)

Very special thanks to Mr. Reis and F.O.A.M.er Ivan da Costa for these
heretofore unseen pieces of Aqua-Art!

1 comment:

Laurie S. Sutton said...

Not only has Arthur's posture and presence gotten more dynamic (hooray for straight knees and a straight back), notice how the trident no longer crosses over his body. Now the heroic figure is distinct and stands alone. In the earlier versions, the trident bisected the figure and basically cut it in half. Now the trident looks as if it's at the endpoint of a powerful downswing. Beautiful rendition.