What’s even cooler than seeing Eric Canete draw a picture of the Batman family? Reading him explain it.
The Luke Cage artist has a full-length process piece on his blog, wherein he looks at the evolution of the piece. Here’s one highlight, in which he discusses the spiral-like composition of all the characters:
From there my attention focuses on the composition. I employ a lot of tricks in determining a competent composition for an image and one of those tricks is using something called THE GOLDEN SPIRAL. This mathematical formula has been used to explain the theoretical compositions in classical art throughout history. However, in my applications, I only use it as very loose guideline. Actually, the version I use more closely resembles the Fibonacci Spiral, which is less rigid than its logarithmic predecessor. As an example, I’ve layered a version of the spiral (slightly warped using Photoshop in order to better serve my example) over the rough of the 90 minute exercise.
It’s particularly fascinating — for those who saw his C2E2 print of the Avengers, you can see that Canete likes to insert these cool little details, like the placement of the characters and what they’re doing saying a lot about their status in their particular franchise. Either way, what a slick-looking piece — especially that Cassandra Cain. And that’s no surprise, considering original series artist Damion Scott also eschewed from the traditional in terms of proportion and speed. Am I the only one who thinks Canete would draw a sick Batgirl? Sound off!