Ultimate Spider-Man Character Studies. 2010. Pencil on bristol board, 11 × 17″.
Nearly 2 years ago, I was asked to contribute concept art to Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel's first attempt at a self-produced animated series. I had heard that Marvel was determined to employ its comic creators in other media venues and was quite honored to be asked for my own personal vision of an animated Spidey.
I was charged with creating sketches and turnarounds for several characters, but my comics schedule prevented me from contributing as much as was originally asked of me. Over the next 2 weeks, I'll be featuring all of the artwork that I managed to finish.
This page of sketches was one of the first pieces I did, done as much for me as for the team. I wanted to codify what makes my own take on Spidey unique, while explaining why I made the choices I did. The story centers on a teenaged Peter Parker, balancing high school with superheroics, so my main focus was how to convey a youthful spirit with powerful anatomy. Tomorrow, I'll explain in greater detail how I tried, with more or less success, to balance those competing attributes.