Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? I did. (*cough* still do *cough *)
I remember growing up watching tons of super-hero cartoons and collecting comics.
While getting super-powers in real life might be impossible, it isn’t on paper. When you can take the ideas in your head and bring them to life in an illustration (or animation)… the sky is the limit!
After being inspired by comic art and cartoons, in combination with having a very active imagination, I created my own super-hero… BOMB BOY!
It was 4th grade, and on the top margin of one of my homework papers, I drew myself… no fancy suit…just an eye mask, t-shirt, jeans, and a cape. After that, I started getting more creative with the character… giving him super powers, a symbol, and a back-story. I began working on my own comic book soon…my fourth grade peers, along with teachers, family, and friends all got a kick out of it, which only fueled my motivation and creativity. I was bound and determined to get it finished! Eventually, I had it completed at a whopping 56-pages! Making the Bomb-Boy comic was a complete blast.
In retrospect, I can definitely say that creating Bomb Boy and running with the story definitely contributed to leading me into the field of animation. He is one of my first character developments, and creating the comic at such an early age definitely was my first attempt at any kind of storyboarding.
Since his creation in 4th grade, I’ve kept drawing Bomb Boy. Sometimes I draw him different, and sometimes I keep it old school.
This is the most recent "Bomb Boy" art work I've done.
I thought it would be cool to show my process.
First I did a really loose sketch of the pose I wanted.
Then I cleaned it up, changed the pose a little, and put in all the details I wanted.
Finally, I digitally inked and colored to make BOMB BOY.
Here are some more examples of other times I've drawn this character:
This is a version of Bomb Boy that is a little older. I gave him some cool-looking robotic gloves. Gotta have something to hold those powerful charges of energy and bomb explosions, right?
Bomb Boy vs. Big Blob
Bomb Boy vs. Big Blob (again)
Bomb Boy vs. Mosquito Man
(Note the wolverine inspiration with Mosquito Man's claws. Awesome)
Now for the grand finale. I thought it would be awesome to show you guys some pages from the original comic. Not only is it cool to see how far my skills have grown since 4th grade, but it is a pretty funny read too. Enjoy!!!
The first 10 Pages of ....Bomb Boy!