500. Blue Beetle


It’s Day 500! Seems like a milestone to me. So, I drew my favorite superhero, Ted Kord aka The Blue Beetle. But you knew that already. What you might not know is that today’s piece is an actual painting – hand painted – with acrylics on colourfix paper. And this is also the first thing I’ve painted in 16 years. I think 1998 – my last year at art school – was the last time I had painted anything.

Below is my progress from initial sketch, to transferring to the paper, to the flats. Everything beyond that was just experimentation until I felt it was done. I’d say that I kind of hate the final piece, but also, it’s not bad for having not done a painting in close to 20 years.

UPDATE: Apparently June 15th was the 75th anniversary of The Blue Beetle (Dan Garrett version)! Serendipity!

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    • Jim Purcell (The Adventurer) on June 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Congrats on the big 500!

    • Mike on June 15, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    That looks amazing Eric. Nice job working with the colors to really bring it out.

    • jason on June 16, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Pretty sweet. I was lucky enough to see the original in person and think it looks even better than the scan.
    For your 1000th post you should totally consider doing a sculpture! Maybe Plastic Man?

    • Eric on June 16, 2014 at 10:02 am
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    I guess I have a year and a half to think about it…

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