So, drawing up this month's Crafting a Business illustration made me crave for my halcyon days of drawing lady superhero after lady superhero. I whipped out the paints, and out came Lady Rainbow, a character I made up my freshman year of high school (though she was originally dubbed Rainbow Girl).
Yep, I was a nerd, but I'm really glad of it. It meant I was drawing, looking, observing, and learning all the time when it came to my art skills. Plus, that all resulted in my having a super fun time painting up this piece (gouache on panel, by the way).
From about 1991 until about 1996, I spent hours upon hours in a non stop drawing and doodling daze of comic book characters -- real ones and ones of my own. Painting this piece felt so comfortable and familiar. I would be so happy wiling away the hours drawing my old characters, revamping and redesigning their costumes, and interpreting them into my current style of drawing. Yep, I'm still a nerd.
Here's Lady Rainbow back when she was Rainbow Girl. She was intended to be a spoof sort of hero. I really fancied The Tick at the time she came along, if that helps explain it.
This drawing is from 1995, though she was created a year before that. In 1995, I decided one afternoon that I should go through all of my sketchbooks and doodles, and record every character I had made up and developed at the time, drawing them in full costume in chronological order of when they were created, all in one sketchbook. I ended up drawing over 56 characters of mine, all lined up, page after page, in chronological order. I remember doing this all in one day. Wow. I was sooo into drawing...