Heads Up!

Heads 1A suggestion was made to me recently that it would be good if I were to do some kind of a post here that displayed a number of different styles together, all at once. So this is what I came up with: a series of head shots, of different types of characters in different styles.

It’s a pretty good exercise for an artist, I found. It makes you stretch a little bit, and it can be fun to see what you come up with. I think I may try this again at some point. Or maybe even a variation on the theme: one character, different styles. There’s a whole lot you can do with this idea.

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6 Responses to Heads Up!

  1. John G. Pierce says:

    Nicely done, Mark. You will get good “marks” for these drawings, and you may even go to the “head” of class.

  2. Lyle Dodd says:

    Going way out on a limb…. This is what style each box reminds me of:

    First Row: Harvey Pekar, Jaime Hernandez, , Will Eisner
    Second Row: John Byrne, Jack Kirby, Mike Allred , Bill Everett
    Third Row: Harold Gray, CC Beck, Iwao Takamoto, Bruce Timm
    Fourth Row: Craig McCracken, Genndy Tartakovsky ,Dan DiCarlo, Tom Yohe

    I make no guarentees about being right, in fact, I am probably wrong. But it was fun to try this as much as it was to look at. It’s a very interesting post, Mark!

    • Mark says:

      Thanks, Lyle. Glad you liked this!

      The interpretations are interesting. I didn’t actually approach this from the angle of trying to do specific individual artists’ styles. What I was going for was a little looser than that: a realistic style, a semi-realistic/comic book style, etc. But I can see how some of those associations could be made. And I certainly don’t mind being placed in such illustrious company! 🙂

  3. Lyle Dodd says:

    I guess it was the easiest way for me to describe what I was looking at…..you belong in said company, as far as I am concerned!

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