After only a few short months into my return to traditional drawing, I decided to attempt the unimaginable: digital art. Since I had surprised myself with my progress in traditional art in a short period of time, I wanted to see what else might prove to be less daunting than it appeared. I’ve worked in Photoshop and Illustrator for years but always avoided actually drawing in them. To my surprise, digital art was more approachable than I had imagined it would be.

Once again, I talked to my friend Johnie Busa (The Matriarch) and he set up a zoom meeting to show me his digital art process. He was gracious enough to answer my barrage of questions and to demonstrate his workflow step by step. After watching a few more videos I found on YouTube and drinking a Red Bull, I decided I would face my fear and try to draw and color one of my favorite versions of Spider-Man, Spider-Man Noir.

I used this amazing art by Patrick Brown as a reference and sketched it on my drawing pad. Next, I lightly erased my sketch and solidified my line art in pencil (I wasn’t brave enough to use fine liners). Then I took a picture of it with my phone, adjusted the curves, and isolated my lines so I could flat colors behind it. I definitely tripped over my own feet trying to figure everything out, but I powered my way through it. Translating what I saw as a finished result into stacked layers was challenging but I learned a lot during this first attempt.

Alas, here is my first digital drawing.

Spider-Man Noir
Spider-Man Noir Rough Sketch
Spider-Man Noir Clean Scan
Spider-Man Noir Line Art
Spider-Man Noir Flats