It's funny how things have a way of relating to each other.
For example: someone just commented on whether or not I use reference to '...visualize or imagination'. Most of the time I don't use the reference - unless of course it's of the costume or character design variety. And the fact that I *don't* use reference is obvious on two fronts. 1) I can guarantee you that if I were smart enough to use a visual guide for my anatomy, poses, etc. they'd look a hell of a lot better than what ends up on paper, and 2) It's difficult to find an exact image I'd need that'd have the male or female posed the way I see it in my head - it's just plain easier for me to make it up. I mean it's obvious at this point, yeah? You've all seen the women I draw - they're jacked up. Women don't really look like that. So, yeah - no reference.
Except for *this* here Cyclops (hee!). In an earlier post, I put up another kind 'Cyclops' as a joke to a friend and then promising him the actual one he asked for - Super X-men Leader dude. Racking my brain of what to draw (pose, props, etc) I came upon a small figure gifted to me by Lauren and figured it was my salvation. And boy, howdy - was it ever! Here's a picture of the little figure:
Now I've said in the past that drawing the big optic blast shooting outta' his eyes looked retarded as hell - and this toy does nothing but validate that point. I mean, it looks like someone squeezed him and ketchup is coming out of his face! He likes his robot tentacles with ketchup, I guess. Maybe I just say that because I don't know how to draw that blast very well. Whatever.
Also, at this past San Diego show I did a quick doodle of The Greatest Character in the Marvel Universe Ever for Remy 'Eisu' Mokhtar (I hope I spelled that right, man). Check out his LJ entries - a fine illustrator that puts my garbage to shame. Here's the doodle:
So, to review: no reference except when it makes my job easier by not thinking about it. Cyclops with no eye blast is awesome. Eisu rocks the mic right.