Cap’s Shield

Caps Shield34

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Captain America #34

Writer: Ed Brubaker, Artist: Steve Epting,
Inker: Butch Guise, Colors: Frank D’Armata

I know I already chose an image from #34. I was torn between this panel and the starlight portrait. But today I read a post on the Brian Bendis board, Jinxworld, where Epting says how hard it is to draw Cap’s shield. That did it! I had to post this panel (even though it is an easy angle…)

This is everything I love about modern comics. Tasteful blur to express speed, color gradients for atmospheric depth, multiple light sources, and D’Armata is great at adding a little glow to bright lights. Cap’s shield seems to be not painted, but actually made of different bands of metal. There is always a tiny bright edge to each band so it is segmented. Look at the color of the shield change just in the white stripe. But what really kicks it is the loose brush stroke tree limb highlights in the background showing the light coming from below. The tree can read as explosive speed lines just like you would see in the sixties when they didn’t  have all this subtlety. Sheesh!

Below is the post. It’s just the beginning of a dialogue about the shield. The whole thread is interesting with lots of artists chiming in. You can check it out here:

Re: Artists: What is the hardest thing for you to draw?

Originally Posted by choi   Ps. I can’t imagine Cap’s shield is easy to draw.

You got that right. That’s why you see so many artists draw it from a straight on view, so they can just use a compass or circle template.
The worst is when you have to draw it really large, and your ellipse templates are useless.



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