Looks pretty good man. For my tastes (as a big THOR fan), I'd make him a bit more beefy. Think about the difference between Shazam and Superman. Shazam looks more like a power-lifter and Superman strikes me as the more ripped of the two. I see Hercules in more of a Shazam kind of light. Nonetheless, I DIG!
Yeah, I probably should have made him bigger. More like a weightlifter, since Hercules is synonymous with strength. This was one of my first attempts at him, I think I did a better job in the actual comic.
I agree with Azure321's comment. Hercules, unlike Thor, is more of a brawler, barrel-chested. Whereas Thor should be more chiseled, due to his God of Strenght aspect. Thor is about power, and Hercules is about endurance.
Yeah, like I said to Azure321, I agree. This was one of my first attempts at Herc, I think I made him more appropriately large in the comic. He should look more like a weightlifter, since Hercules is the embodiment of strength, able to hold the sky on his shoulders or drag Manhattan Island through the Verrazano Narrows
Exactly! Half the time they all look the same in the comics. I mean, I've seen Wolverine drawn towering over other characters. And Quicksilver pudgy. And Galactus they draw whatever size they please... A good artist know to draw them differently, because it adds personality and distinctiveness to the character. The character starts drawing itself, because subconciously the artist says, "He can't do that," or "He wouldn't stand that way." And a good writer will then incorporate that into the story, as it feeds back into itself.
Anyway, my two cents worth... (You should hear the arguements with my Greek friends over it.)
Here's a sketch I did before the Hulk vs Hercules 1-shot I did, which was my first time drawing Hercules-- [link] In the height chart that's Herc, a couple of Gigantes and Hulk. I've found making height charts to be especially useful, just to see how the characters should look while standing next to each other. Sometimes when you do that you'll notice things that you didn't before. I also did one for Alpha Flight-- [link]
Yep! (I've looked at the Alpha Flight chart before.) (It's so funny when they're all the same height and build, and the talk about how "big" the other is. And these are drawn by established, well-know artists! And then you get the small characters overly muscled and built like the Hulk. And every face is exactly the same too.)
It's so useful. It helps with other things too, like "Oh, that's how big a Quinjet actually is!" And it makes the heroes look more heroic, because of the size difference.
And you appear to have more fun drawing them too. There's a 'happiness' to your work, an enthusiasm.
This is really very good. I especially like the detail on the forearms, both the attention to life-like muscles and the fact that they appear to exist in three dimensions. I'm also impressed by the shine on the bangles; it's very realistic. What did you use to color this?