Waddup Y'alls, howzit going?!? ... I'd did these two pieces two or three months ago... actually, the 'Ikarus' piece I started a while back, but had lost it, and found it recently under a pile of books, so I decided I might as well finish it and give it a bit of color.
The Ikaris piece I had actually started doing when "the Eternals" series was coming out.... anything that is remotely 'Kirbyesque' I am DOWN with... I just love the chunky aesthetic that all of this character designs had... for some damn reason, you just never get bored of drawing characters that he designed.... my theory always boils down to the BIG shapes that he would use on everything... there's nothing subtle about Kirby's design sense, and that always makes for a great 'starting point' when doing one's take of someone else's characters.
The 'Hulk vs. Spidey" was a 'change of pace' piece.... at the time, I was knee-deep in designing the "Batman: Arkham Asylum" game, and mentally, I just needed to draw something a little different to switch 'brain-gears'.... I was probably looking at the Michael Golden "Marvel Fanfare" issue when I did this! ....I also love drawing on the grey paper because it forces you to think more about what you are drawing, since you really do need to add brighter areas and highlights to make it work, if not, the piece just turns out too dark.... so yeah, this is a good way to test out how well you know 'surface anatomy' :)
...aaaand anyway, anybody interested in contributing to the "Carlos Toy Fund', these two li'l bastards are for sale if any of you kind Ladies and Gentlemen are interested! (^_^) peace Y'allz Carlitos¬¬¬