Thursday, February 04, 2010

Art Challenge 4

Fix a Rob Liefeld Drawing

I guess this type of thing is a bit of a joke amongst a lot of artists around. Personally, I was not familiar with this man's work until I had to start doing research for this assignment. If you've ever read anything on this blog, you probably know I'm an animation whore, not a comic whore. So it is all too common I am unfamiliar with comic book artists. I'd heard his name before, usually in a joke context whenever my coworkers were talking about sub-par drawing skills, or artists whose hype was bigger than their talent. But apparently this guy was pretty famous at one time.....

I've got nothing personal against the guy myself. I'm sure he's somewhere rolling in money laughing at all his critics. But this was the challenge of the week, so here it is.

The assignment was to find a Rob Liefeld drawing and fix the anatomy, the perspective, draw the feet, just generally improve the thing. So I chose this one being that it had a few things that needed improving. The perspective was off, there were random shadows over people's faces for no apparent reason...so I did my best. But in fixing the perspective, I cut off the foreground girl's feet, so does that make me just as bad?

37 comments:

KentL said...

Yeah, Liefeld is notorious in comics circles. It's actually work like the panel that you fixed here that got me into comics big time. Liefeld, Jim Lee, and Todd McFarlane were icons and trend setters back in the early 90s. They (along with a crew of others) launched Image Comics and made some big advances in creator-owned comics. Liefeld was a personal favorite (hush, I was just a kid at the time).

Well done on the fix-up. Couldn't help but laugh at the shadows crack.

Chris Battle said...

LOLZ-- SO bad. Ironically, it was the then-23 yr. old Liefeld who made me get off my ass and start seriously pursuing an animation career!

... and missing feet? That doesn't make you Rob Liefeld, it makes you Mike Mignola-- Infinitely better!

strattonbrazil said...

I like your fixes. Honestly I don't think Liefeld's original is that bad. I don't think drawing feet is really necessary if it's the style you're going for. I don't think the anatomy is too bad either. The ridiculously tight clothes on everyone is a little weird, but once again, that's style, I guess.

The most glaring thing I see in the picture is the perspective of the couch. It makes The girl seem ten feet tall. Great fix!

Anthony Diecidue said...

HA HA! Great Stuff. Love the joke. Liefeld along with the other Image creators were a big influence on me growing up but yeah, I grew up... Liefeld's art didn't. You rock. Great work.

ANX said...

This is such a genius project. We're all over here in the studio gawking at the awesomeness.

JRtist said...

Well, minus my feelings over the subject manner because it seems you have some Liefeldites as fans... I think you improved on this panel 100 fold. Love the quirks you added with the shadow puppet. Well done.

David McBride said...

Very cool. I am a big fan of your work!!

Is this a challenge that is going around on the internet?

Lauren said...

KentL, Chris, and Anthony, I hear ya. Theres a lot of guys I work with who will rip on Leifeld all day, but then admit that they used to love his stuff when they were younger. The way I see it, who cares if it's good or bad, if it inspires people to do art, then it's okay by me. I personally was a HUGE fan of disney coloring books when I was younger, which didn't have much better drawings in them either.

David- this was just a challenge that was going around the Warner Bros Animation studio. But feel free to participate if you want! Everyone is welcome.

Chrispy said...

Hilarity! I laughed everytime I walked by this damn drawing, lol. Hey it was good to see you yesterday, wish I could have talked more, it was also awesome to finally meet Mel! Take care lady, PEACE!

potato farm girl said...

This made me laugh when I saw it in the hall way. Especially the part with the random shadow puppets! I had no idea who Liefeld was either 'till I started working.

MarcG106 said...

I haven't drawn a human being in a year or two but I think I could still out-draw Liefeld. That dude only gets work because of lingering 90s nostalgia, and nothing more.

BTW, Ms. Montgomery, just watched First Flight and was absolutely blown away. Best of the DCU Animated Movies, by far. And the overseas animation studio really hit it out of the park, as well. (Can you guys use them for every feature from now on? Pretty please?)
I even said the oath along with the Corps at the end. Yes, I'm a geek.

Negronomicon said...

Let's see...

Pouches
Adding Blood or Death to a name
Don't draw feet
Can't draw women
Pouches
Captain America
Pouches

He was big in the 90's just like Jim Lee, but Lee updated his style and kept up with the trends.

There's also an infamous video where someone at a convention handed Liefeld a How to Draw book.

But for the most laughs, youtube liefeld macfarlane and stan lee. HILARIOUS.

David McBride said...

I gave it a try.

http://davidmcbrideanimation.blogspot.com/

Gemma said...

that's got to be the funniest thing I've seen all day!

It's such a fabulous idea.

And you are by far the superior artist compared to Liefeld - especially in terms of anatomy. No bubble muscles or 6ft legs for you.

nice stuff

Darkness U.S.A said...

I feel kind of sorry for Rob sometimes, he was self taught and he has a definite style just like Todd McFarlane. I like what you did with Domino she has a sorta Asian feel in your pic and cable looks more authoritative I can see your animation influences in him

Jon said...

Well done! Cutting off the feet isn't terrible, long as you don't do it at the ankles... Which I don't think you did... exactly. LOL Love the random shadows crack.

I'm really looking forward to Crisis on Two Earths. I saw some fight animations on youtube. You guys really outdid yourselves.

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

yazzydream said...

Where are you getting your art challenges from? I'd like to see more of this one. It's both hilarious and awesome. I like yours the shadow crack made me a laugh. Haha.

Anonymous said...

your animation style is still WORLDS better than the original, much as I loved his comics as a kid. ;)

LAWay said...

haha thats brilliant! ^_^

RoBoCrois said...

Damn... I'm gonna have to try that challenge some day, there's so much to choose from.

Another good challenge is "90 minute page filler" see what you can do with one page in 90 minutes and then never touch it again.

As for art that got my fired up to draw in the early 90's, I can't really name those guys as much.

But I will give a shout out to Eric Larson on The Savage Dragon, Sam Kieth on The Maxx, and John Romita Jr's run on Punisher: War Zone.

X said...

I guess most people are just not able to understand ROB's Art. Supposedly "talented" people are at 46 still struggling to achieve what Rob achieved at 23!
Thankfully, not everybody has such a narrow concept of what Art is... Someone I know just expressed it far better that I will ever be able to:

"Rob's drawing may be good, fair or bad, whatever you want, but it exudes personality, and almost 20 years later someone is using it as a reference. The "fix" is generic and boring and has had to resort to the lamp joke to at least give it something valuable".


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I ¡don't agree with you because I think this s art, that's the most perfect piece of art I've gotten, actually I want to know more about that comic.

Doctor Jones said...

HI there... ran into this blog randomly....
I as well have worked at studios where we examine Rob's drawings and contemplate how he became so famous... Here's a link to his worst art...a link I love to bring to studios... haha. http://www.progressiveboink.com/archive/robliefeld.html

Great idea for a post!

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Anonymous said...

Liefeld's illustrations can only be appreciated by teenagers. I thought he was awesome back in 1991, but looking back I realize how ugly his characters are. Sure, he was new to the industry back then, but 20 years later he's still just as bad. Check out the new Hawk and Dove series if you need proof.

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