Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wacky Reference Wednesday, No. 154

Mythos: Captain America, Page 2, Panel 6. 2008.
Acrylic and gouache on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

I based the childhood home of Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) on the Lower East Side's Tenement Museum, a series of apartments that have been restored to depict the life of immigrants at various eras of our nation's history. I took the tour while working on Mythos in order to give these scenes a more authentic feel. While I wasn't allowed to take photos during the tour, I found enough supplementary images on-line, including a virtual tour on their web site.


None of these images are mine, but all contributed vital information to the final compositions.


My tour guide turned out to be a comic book fan, and had even considered creating a walking tour of the New York's rich comics history. He even pointed out a building where Jack Kirby used to live and work. I don't know if he ever got around to it. I think his name was Paul.


Mythos: Captain America, Page 17 detail. 2008.
Acrylic and gouache on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

Quite a bit of reference went into each of these panels, some of which I've documented on past Wednesdays, but the apartment was what brought everything together. It's much easier to envision a space after you've walked through it.


Mythos: Captain America, Page 3.  2008.
Acrylic and gouache on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

6 comments:

  1. Wow, really stunning work and it's neat to see your inanimate/architectural references too. Truly impressive stuff!

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  2. Nice work Paolo! It's nice to see that some artists still know the difference between "Reference" and "Trace Verbatim".

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  3. Thanks, J. Most of the reference that I look for is really just to learn about my subject. I've been working on a series of posts of how to glean information like that. Hopefully, I'll finish it someday.

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