Illustrator Reacts to Good and Bad Comic Book Art 2

it’s almost like you can feel the
decades of work that he’s put in to getting this good. Big weird swollen
bicep. He literally traced a meme to do this drawing in a professional comic
book. Well people got really into that last
illustrator react video so it looks like I’ve got to do another of these if not a
whole series of them. For anyone who didn’t see the last one my name is
Christian Pearson I’ve been a professional illustrator and animator
for about seven years now and in this video I’m going to go over some famous
comics and comic panels and comic artists and talk about their work and
what went right and sometimes what went not so right.
I want to say off the top that all the artists I’m talking about in this video
are incredibly skilled and I have a lot of respect for all of them… even though
some of the art we’re looking at today looks like this. Okay
this one had to come up eventually if you look at any list of worst comic book
covers this one is right near the top it’s Das Pastoras’ Wolverine Revolver
and look there’s a lot of stuff to defend about Das Pastoras’ art but
obviously first, let’s talk about why this is so weird-looking. The first thing
that jumps out to me is that big weird swollen bicep and it’s not big in a
traditional superhero comic kind of way it just looks wrong. It is very
unsettling to look at and his hands the one that’s closer to us looks like
it’s a bit smaller than the one that’s farther away. I could be wrong they could
be they’re pretty similar sizes but with comic book art a lot of the time the
style that you’ll usually see is the perspective is exaggerated so the hand
that’s a bit farther back will be a lot smaller and the one that’s closer to us
will be a lot bigger and then of course I mean these expressions are just… (shudders)
very very unusual. See an artist is going to practice different things depending
on what they want to do with their art if someone wants to be a comic book
artist then they kind of have to learn really
good Anatomy and how to draw fluid dynamic poses so if you do work for
Marvel or DC people are going to inherently compare you to the best of
the best mainstream comic artists. So if your
anatomy is kind of janky and your poses are a bit stiff people are going to say
your art is bad but the thing is if you look at best Pastoras’ art that’s not
superhero comic related it’s all very painterly and bizarre and it’s got
really weird unsettling creatures and it’s got this look to it and it’s very
clear from his paintings that he’s really good at form and lighting and
he’s practiced the things that he needs to be good at for the kind of art he
wants to make. So I really think that this is just a case where his style does
not fit with a superhero comic because that is that is a nightmarish Wolverine
face. I haven’t read the comic maybe that’s what he was going for but now
speaking of talented painters let’s move on to the single most requested person
from the last video what can you even say Alex Ross is a
living art God he hand paints his stuff he doesn’t work digitally it’s, like,
realistic but in a stylized way and it it’s interesting all of his characters
suits kind of looked like they fit into the 1978 Superman movie like their their
suits have that sort of texture to them and his metal all has a very specific
very shiny look. It was really difficult to pick what image of his to look at
because everything he does is just phenomenal I really like this one in
particular because it’s his riff on the original Avengers number one cover it’s
just gorgeous his style isn’t even one that I’m
normally drawn to but it’s almost like you can feel the decades of work that
he’s put in to getting this good and something interesting about his work
that not everyone might know is he uses reference images he takes photos himself
sometimes using filters he’s talked about this on his YouTube channel which
I’ll link in the description below and I’ve heard in the past people talking
about reference photos be cheating and that depends on how you use
them but every artist out there at some point uses reference images nobody just
knows how to draw everything on the planet from memory
I mean if Alex Ross is using reference images you know that they’re okay to use
but with that said some artists do take that too far. I can’t… I really really
love this one but obviously not for good reason.
First of all it’s weird-looking it’s an Iron man suit I don’t know if this was I
think it was a bleeding edge armor maybe that’s what this is but do you recognize
the image? By looking at it does this does this look familiar to you
he literally traced a meme to do this drawing in a professional comic book
what.. like.. I mean.. okay, I have to think that he didn’t know this image was a
meme for context Greg Land is pretty famous for copying lots of different
images he’s copied photographs from Sports Illustrated covers he’s copied
images of actresses and actors he’s copied his own faces multiple times over
and over again he’s copied from other artists he’s pretty famous for doing all
this and the important distinction between what he does and what Alex Ross
does is Alex Ross is taking his own reference images and using those whereas
Greg Land is pretty blatantly copying other people’s art and photographs he’s
copied other artists work other comic book artists also he’s pretty well known
for his female characters to copy images of porn stars which makes a lot of his
female characters have this look that’s kind of I don’t know what I can call it
and keep this episode PG but it’s it’s like it’s like… sex face… (instant regret) now that
definitely wasn’t the right term to use but at least you know what I mean now
probably you can all kind of make up your own mind
about how morally wrong you think this might be but regardless that’s a lot of
copying I think this is from when they you know like re, re, re, re rebooted
spider-man started it with a new number one again but I do love this image it’s
just it’s stylish but none over-the-top way and I really like how your eye has
guided through the image when I look at this I kind of start by looking up in
the top left corner of spider-man’s web then looking down his web and rhinos
shoulder helps emphasize this line by being in line with the web I go down his
web to his hand then look down his arm to spider-man’s head and my eyes kind of
stop there and pool and just look around at the other characters like Mysterio
and lizard… that’s a that’s a kind of cool lizard design I like the rendering
on the sort of wrinkles on him that’s pretty cool and that the beady little
eyes make him a lot freakier looking and I also really like how Rhino his gray is
a little bit green to make sure that spider-man pops out more. Cuz Mysterio
and Lizard are green. Rhino if I’m not wrong his gray looks like it’s got some
green too so that the spider-man’s red just really pops out from them and
that’s something I was thinking about the other day a few people have pointed
out before that spider-man has a lot of green villains I mean we’ve got we’ve
got Sandman scorpion vultures electro Mysterio lizard Green Goblin
Doctor Octopus there’s probably more and I don’t know if this was a conscious
choice when a lot of these characters were being designed presumably most of
them were designed by Steve Ditko co-created by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee
but green and red are complementary colors so they work really well together
so making spider-man is predominantly red his villains are green they’re gonna
look really good in a panel together that’s something that I don’t know if
they were consciously doing when they were creating these characters my guess
is that they were just good enough artists that they did this naturally
which I’ve mentioned before is the point practicing anything in art so that
eventually you can just do it naturally without thinking about it oh yeah let’s
cover really fantastic the longer I look at this piece the more things about it I
love this is by Jorge Jimenez and I followed him on instagram for ages I
hadn’t seen this Superman drawing before and it’s just I don’t even know where to
start everything about it is so gorgeous I love it first of all this trope is
just a really great one a lot of the time where you have a superhero in
movement and you have a bunch of their different poses through the movement and
this is just the best example of that I think I’ve ever seen and like like in
that spider-man Wanda we were talking about green versus red I love that the
Clark’s in the background as he’s transforming our hewed a little bit
green to blend in a bit more with the trees and the background so that this
one in the front with the big red s just pops that much more and then everything
about the composition is just bringing us to that the the clouds are doing that
sort of toilet bowl effect focusing us in on Superman and those light streaks
in the background are cutting in front of all the the background Clark’s but
are going behind the main Superman and just framing him and they’re acting like
arrows pointing us to him more and then just Jorge Jimenez style is it’s
beautiful I mean that part’s obviously very subjective but I just love it and I
and I really like the simple rendering on the clouds in the background – that’s
really nice they don’t draw too much attention away but this this might be my
new favorite Superman art I’ve ever seen I know people are waiting for my
reaction of this one John Romita jr. this is probably gonna be a divisive one
in the comment section I love this drawing john romita jr. his art I think
works really well for characters like Wolverine and Batman I think it worked
well in World War Hulk I thought it was just great for all of those his streaky
black lines and use of black and just the the shape of his characters I think
it all works well for grittier darker characters which is why I love an image
by him like this but really really don’t like any of his Superman art and this is
obviously down to personal taste but when I heard he was put on Superman I
was just so confused his Superman drawing to me kind of looks like in
Spider-man 3 when Tobey Maguire swoops his hair down so that he’s more emo
looking and Superman is a character who’s supposed to be very uplifting and
and hopeful and this sort of dark gritty emo II look I personally don’t think it
really works here and I suppose one of the main points of criticism to talk
about for John Romita jr. art i’d say is probably that all his characters are
very similar shape like they’re all the generally the same height the same build
in talking about good art versus bad art that’s obviously a hard thing to
distinguish but one thing that I think about a lot when I’m thinking about
something like this is is the artist achieving what they’re trying to achieve
so with John Romita jr’s art he is very consistent and it looks like he’s
doing exactly what he’s trying to do regardless of whether you like the style
this is what he’s trying to do yeah as I said I really loved this Wolverine
drawing oK we’ve given enough love to Marvel and DC let’s move on to some not
Marvel and DC. Okay now Mike Mignola for those who don’t know most people
probably do he was the creator of Hellboy and he is incredibly stylish
just one of the most stuff you can tell his style from a mile away
his style isn’t even one that I’m personally normally drawn to but I find
it incredibly impressive how great he can make his images look with such
simplicity and you’d be hard-pressed to find any artist doing covers with more
black he uses black very liberally and it works so well for the tone and style
of his work now I chose this cover specifically because I’ve seen most of
his Hellboy covers like I just love looking through his covers and this one
I never seen before I’m not sure that the comics called Ragnarok I guess looks
like we’ve got some variation of Thor on the cover and I love with a lot of
Mignola’s art he’s frequently got some kind of streak of desaturated color in
the background that’s just forcing your eye to look through the image through
that streak it just gives you no other options like your eyes have to go that
way it’s it’s bold and it’s almost controlling but it works so well and
it’s amazing how how he does all his shading with just blacks like it’s
pretty much all just flatted in a bit of a watercolor II ish kind of color
flatted being a term in the comic book industry for when you’re starting the
coloring process you lay down just flat colors first before adding lighting and
shadow it’s not the process that necessarily everyone uses but it’s kind
of the the common comic-book rendering style. Just so simple but so beautiful Fiona
Staples art is incredible for anyone that hasn’t read Saga it’s very I mean
it’s definitely targeted at an older audience but it’s really really great
I’m about two volumes in so I don’t know too much of it yet I don’t think I’ve
seen this cover before today which is why I picked this one and also it just
stood out to me so much because of how yellow it is for people that don’t know
you you might have noticed that a lot of people use yellow and their YouTube
thumbnails because yellow is one of the most eye-catching colors and it’s also a
very like generally positive color like different colors give off different
emotions and yellow kind of is is very bright and happy that’s why you’ll see
like happy faces are usually yellow so this one obviously caught my eye right
away I think she’s got other yellow covers but this one I also really like
with such a simple image how much I really like the composition and how my
eye goes through it for me personally when I look at this I start looking at
the character’s head which and I like that both the characters heads are in
different directions she’s looking off into the distance and the horse where
the Z Rainbow zebra I guess is looking forward and in the other direction and
what I personally start by kind of starting to read saga and then I look at
her face and then down her body to the the mane on the horses head and then
down the horse’s head and then I kind of just my eyes pull back and take in the
whole image and it’s so nice I love how she feels a little bit more in the
background because she’s got more of a yellow hue to her and the horse pops a
bit more because it’s a bit more just stark white and then it’s got its own
colors but that’s all we’ve got for this episode also be sure to check out some
of my other drawing and animation episodes I’ve got a whole bunch of my
own art on here that you can go tear apart if you’re mad that I was tearing
apart some of your favorite artists I’m sorry I know a bunch of people wanted me
to look at some manga stuff I definitely will in the next episode so recommend me
some really good and some really not-so-good stuff in the comments also a
few Corrections from the last episode that people pointed out it’s it’s
apparently Rob Liefeld I was missing for Rob Liefeld is the one who is not great
at feet and tries to hide feet and Jim Lee is just kind of in on the joke and
pokes fun at him about it a bit also I had an image up by Mike Deodato jr. when
I did put up a collage of Rob Liefeld work so sorry about that last one is Rob
Liefeld was the co-creator of Deadpool with Fabian Nicieza, sorry if
I’m saying that wrong I think that was all of them if I got anything wrong in
this episode please let me know in the comments below beside that that’s all
for this episode I’m Christian Pearson this is PopCross Studios home of the
nerdiest art videos on YouTube and I will see you all in the next one
goodbye everybody videos on Mondays and Saturdays by the way yeah goodbye


  • PopCross Studios

    Was definitely not cool of me to not credit the Inkers and colourists, I promise to do that in the next episode! Sorry about that everyone!!!

  • Petrus T.

    Holly cow!! I left YT in february for a job! You were tiny!!! Now 54K!! GJ man!!!

  • RJai500

    If you can’t handle me at my 0:55
    You don’t deserve me at my 10:40

  • Lil Yachii

    Look at Sui Ishida cover art for the manga video

  • Oscar Villarreal

    Why are the good artist's last name Ross?

  • The Amazing Mr. Shovel Man

    I’d like us all to take a moment to remember that The Lizard ate Dr. Connors son to establish dominance over him, and since Connors is Lizard he made him eat his own son essentially

  • StripMallMurder

    Up talk?

  • ImDaRealBoi


  • Eternateen 4Eva

    The Supeman character design was emo at the time, check out JRJR's art on Kickass or his 80's Spiderman or X-Men, there are various body types in his work if you look and his inkers change the way his art looks like most artist. You can't be to critical of the artist if they don't color their own art. Because it's a collaboration. Just like most comics art is collaboration.

  • Star Platinum

    Some Manga Artstyle or Images that you should look
    -Jojo Bizarre Adventure
    -Slam Dunk
    -Death Note
    -One Piece
    -One Punch Man(Yusuke Murata ver.)
    -Attack on Titan
    -Vinland Saga
    -Oyasumi Punpun
    -Blade of the Immortal

  • Giulyano Vinicius Sans Silva

    E Ivan Reis tu é foda.

  • Tximino M

    I'm sure Greg Land was trolling when tracing that meme, he had to be right?

  • Webber 56789

    Jack Kirby needs to be on the next one

  • I M Chawnghmunte

    When wolverine use synthol for his arm……lol

  • Oscar Gonzales

    I think maybe the spiderman villains were green because i seen a video talking about stan lee saying back then green color printed better than grey thats why hulk is green too he was originally grey

  • Oscar Clarke

    Alex Ross has the hand of god.

  • Tad Webb

    0:58 Is…is that Jerry Seinfeld??

  • Travis Smith

    Look up wolverine 92 by Sam Keith

  • Bryon Swain

    Maybe try some junji ito?

  • Daves Comics

    "stylish" or "stylized"?

  • 3rd Gunman

    Would love to see you review some Raphael Albuquerque

  • FromBeyondTheGrave1

    Yellow equals happy tell that to the demonetization icon for youtube.

  • raizo wanderer

    Rurouni kenshin manga, vagabond manga.. Review those 2

  • Aerovetic

    How are reference photos cheating? Isn't it like, way more work?

  • The Essene,not essence, damnit

    Good work on research.

  • Pluto The Planet

    6:30 *cough cough* aheago

  • Viswanath madhu

    I love Ryan ottley as well

  • The Truth

    Clint Langley

  • The Truth

    Brian Bolland

  • The Truth

    Glen Fabry

  • Derae Jarvis


  • Imagine RacooN

    Have you done Greg Capullo yet ?

  • tomato potato

    That wolverine cover made my head hurt

  • Abhishek Pillai


  • Kam Kalambay

    Eh, I liked that Wolverine. I find the weird proportions is part of that style.

  • Vladi L.

    Does anyone on here have any advice for receiving criticism? Most of my teachers who've been preparing my for my uni entrance exam are happy to review my art, but always give me the disclaimer that they aren't qualified to give their opinion on the type of stylization I do outside of our lessons. I've tried asking for critiques online, but I don't seem to be reaching out to anyone who'd help me out

  • Myke Norris

    Dude… I think it was FABULOUS that you made the corrections about the facts of your last video. Continue. I curious of what you think of animation art. For one i would love to see & hear you dissect and place on a pedal the movie….. Akira.

  • geEx


  • TheInfiniteLoop -

    1) Alex Ross's art on Justice League: Kingdom Come is absolutely stunning, and it was my first taste of his artwork!

    2) God Greg Land is a flippin legend

  • Alejandro Rodriguez

    Cómo que Das Pastoras dibuja mal PEDAZO DE CABRÓN

  • Tracy Nichols

    The Mike Mignola Ragnarok cover character is Malekith, a dark elf and Thor rogue gallery regular.

  • B Cortizo de Aguiar

    On the Fiona cover: that's clearly a zeainbrow. :p

  • Logan Byrne

    Why is so hard to get into comics? I have been since before you were born. I have a site that shows what I have done, including Nuclear Dawn. As well, as a fresh page for and Iron Man Comics front page from 1992. I do all my own inking, stories and B&W, but back then you did all. But now now it's all CPGrahic for colors. Since 199 I was drawing with the skills of Byrne, Lee and sometimes. Liefield, PCS, where can I send shots of drawings , and let you decide if I am worthy?

  • Logan Byrne

    Question if you hit be back, I have some creations in B&W, but I don't have the computer skills as you to color them. What are my choices. I do pencils and ink, but my colors aren't as good as today"s artists. But 30 years ago, I created a comic series and new iterations of current, back in the '90 heroes, but was dropped cause I could get it and in. My email is [email protected] Logan. I mean i can rip and redo the same shots, , but i have a flair from the head, not just a storyboard. My characters(49) came out of head on the thought I was thinking, and created all 49, with, backgrounds, histories and serial numbers in the group. They existed since 1992.

  • Kalypso Kat

    Lmao the "O" face is the face he puts on his female drawings. Good lord 🤣

  • Stetson Jackson

    On the Saga cover art, I immediately thought of the Fruit Stripe Gum lol

  • Schechter Arts

    Re Greg Land's characters: The term for that is "O-face". You're welcome.

  • Sporkenstein

    I've always liked Mike Mignola's art, and Gotham by Gaslight, which he illustrated, is one of my favorite Elseworlds books. He also did some design work for Batman: The Animated Series. The design they used for Mr. Freeze was one of his.

  • Caitlin Hindley

    If you react to manga, you should definitely look at the original Alita: battle angel manga series. The artwork is so beautiful and detailed

  • Abdul Raheem

    all villains are mostly green or purple….riddler, joker, thanos, galactus, all spidey villains, lex luthor(his armor), the whole concept of kryptonite.e.t.c. And Heroes are mostly designed red and blue and yellow, to make a contrast of good(red,blue,yellow) vs evil(green,purple) and to make it easier for the reader to identify characters and who they should root for.

  • Mark W

    Don’t care for Romita Jr’s art—if I know he’s on something, even something that (figuratively speaking…) looks interesting, I’ll almost always skip it. Yes it’s down to taste, but as an artist who’s a stickler for anatomy, I can’t stand his work, especially for one major thing he does: pancake hands—all his hands literally look like pancakes that were carved to have fingers, which is just not something I care to see when I’m looking at art in a comic.

  • attieyag

    REALLY cool of you to make those corrections. ( When I was watching your first vid, I was like “Waaaaait a second. Rob stinks at feet. He reduces them to strange triangles… Jim is awesome. BUT… Jim draws every female with broken hips. They are always posing and are never in real life positions.

  • Hammer Armament

    1:28 that time Gary Busey auditioned for wolverine during an acid trip

  • Auro André

    You should react to Jorge jimenez

  • XDTheLaughingManXD

    after watching about 10 videos, i had to sub.

  • mattronimus

    I hate John ramita

  • Das Rite

    That first one actually gave me the giggles.

  • Cruz

    There is nothing wrong with using someone else’s photo as reference?

  • Richard Siano

    Saga cover, the female has some beer gut.

  • Nick Desmond

    I really like the weird wolverine.its like 2000ad art

  • hppjohg

    Reference images and tracing are the good and bad of drawing things you've never drawn before. I think tracing is ok if you dont publish it or try to make money off it. Using a reference image instead of tracing gives a human error and a chance for the artist's own style to come through

  • Jared Allen

    Plagiarism in a professional setting? Quick given him more money. Green setting too familiar for your art professor? You're being expelled.

  • Serious_Case

    Who are you again?
    These people made a living off their art. You're just siting on YT, yapping. That's sad.

  • William Besner

    The thing with color themes in comics and other types of media is green is usually used to represent bad or evil things like poison or villains while red, blue and gold/yellow tend to be hero/good themes i/e health potions. While it’s not exactly a rule it an ordinary thematic choice.

  • Michael Herrmann

    I can't believe that wolverine comic is a REAL comic, looks like a high school art project! Friggin terrible, it's so bad it's sad!!!

  • Erik Kaye

    Alex Ross's style virtually demands reference material.
    He has the technique to create stunning hyper realism. If the anatomy and lighting isn't perfect, it would fail.

  • Green Lantern

    Alex Ross = king of comics

  • Anne Katrine Kamper

    6:10 whoa, that bottom pose… is not even remotely subtle in its origins.

  • James Serapio

    Pastoras' Wolverine is having a severe muscle separation with his bicep. Muscle might be herniated. LOL

  • Brian Smith

    I think the phrase that you were looking for regarding Greg Land’s female faces is “O Face.”

  • DarnellOB98

    4:47 “GOD it hurts” Yeah I bet it does…..

  • Travis Ralph

    Please review Paul Pope!

  • Monstermarkus

    I think JRJ's best art is actually his Spider-man work.

  • sam p

    Wolverine looks like the noid

  • Dinamite

    This dude is amazing

  • prying eyes

    In that superman transformation page, the last image looks like a rotoscoped sea lion.

  • angelica alvarado alvarado

    Green mean jealousy or greed

  • Mishael Calhoun

    He says electro, and shows a female? Sigh

  • Goku GT

    You are a very likeable guy 👍

  • Mark Dobson

    I Really like John Romita Jr's art from back in the day, but he seems less consistent and interesting now than he was back when he drew Daredevil and helped create Blackheart.

  • Narwhal 3

    Andrew Wildman's work on the transformers

  • Ketren’s Life

    Him a lot of people use yellow on their thumbnails Me wait a minute ^click^click

  • Octopus Guy

    I'm 30 years old and boy was I quite surprised at the fact that today was the first time I've heard the term


  • Sheri Taylor

    Don’t you mean When they re re re re re re re re re re re re rebooted spider man🤔😏

  • Hector Arredondo

    The first Wolverine cover Wolverine has the mouth of a baboon

  • olzarius

    Saga… but the abdominal area :-s

  • Liljimmyplyz

    Ik it's not comic art but WHAT IS THIS

  • Edmar Mirambel

    any difference between an artist and illustrator?

  • Lukas XYZ

    12:41 to 12:46 a massive fan of yugioh look it up

  • Jimmy Boots

    I really don't like either of those Wolverines. I could draw a better wolverine than both of them.

  • Danny Rudd

    I got a signature from Mike mignola at the boston fan expo this year

  • Chuck Moon

    We need Gary Busey as Wolverine now!

  • Peter Jackson

    When gary busey played wolverine

  • Zachary Gaballa

    I can’t even lie, I absolutely love that wolverine cover.

  • Paulo Maldonado

    People be like: that’s absolute crap, it’s shit
    Family-friendly youtubers: it’s quite unusual

  • J. Cub

    How bout some Paul Dini artwork?

  • Nigel Chinclucker

    That first artist could do a Legion comic

  • HaveNaut Art

    The leg on that Ryan Spidey looks horrid like baggy pants. He also looks pretty stiff seem spidey was turned upside down to help it.

  • DieForDethklok11

    <3 mignola <3

  • Galadriel Godriforth




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