Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Punisher


So it's the best part of the week again, Thompson Thursday. And here's everybody's favourite sexagenarian killing machine, Frank Castle. If you get a chance check out Goran Parlov's amazing art on the last few arcs of Garth Ennis's Punisher series, he's probably my favourite comic book artist at the moment. Plus kudos to whoever at Marvel thought to put such a cartoony artist on a gritty book like The Punisher, can't have been an easy sell but it works like a charm. 

19 comments:

Declan Shalvey said...

This may be my favourite Thompson piece to date sir. All the rendering is great (haggered face, dead eyes) and i like how you used the zip-a-tone, or, *didn't* use it in places in fact.

Will make it very hard to do a Punisher piece of my own.

Moondog said...

I like this a whole lot too. Something very Ben Oliver circa Punkture about it...
ironically

Stephen Thompson said...

Heh, yeah. The better man won there, methinks. And Dec you could always draw the Punisher in an interesting pose. That'd trump my front-on, face shot.

Declan Shalvey said...

I dunno...

Lots to be said about the simplicity of a straight on portrait...

charco said...

Sweet job, really nailed that jaded look on him.

Will Sliney said...

Great stuff Tommy

jacintha said...

Looks good Thompson! Is it weird/bad that I think he looks like an old Tobey Maguire?

Will Sliney said...

He actually does. Eclectic Micks Unintentional Likeness number 1

Stephen Thompson said...

I do find Tobey Maguire intensely creepy in a serial killer kind of way. If he could put on about 100 pounds of muscle he'd be perfect casting.

Declan Shalvey said...

Will, wasn't your Cu Chullain really the Unintentional Likeness Number One? Unless you MEANT him to look just like you...?

Dec.

Stephen Thompson said...

Don't forget Hal 'Mooney' Jordan.

EOIN MARRON said...

Niiice! You captured Frank well, great inking too man.

Nick said...

I used a mirror for the figure-work on my Siryn. And I played Bonzo Moon on stage, so it's all a load of wank really.
Unlike this drawing. I'm a big fan of the Frank and yours does nothing to prveent this. Top balls, Tombles. You really know your shadows. (Is Hank Marvin your favourite?) Did you you use real zip-a-tone, or computery stuff?

Will Sliney said...

Man that cuchulain doesnt look a bit like me. Im way more ripped than that.

Stephen Thompson said...

I'm more of a Bruce Welch man myself Nick. And that screen-tone is 100% fake PhotoShoppery of the highest order. The real stuff is just too expensive.

Stephen Downey said...

Thats a class and mean looking Punisher!

Declan Shalvey said...

Ripped clothes, right Will?

I must ask how you did that zip-a-tone at some stage Thompson. Did you go back in photoshop and wipe out those highlights?

Rich said...

Sweet pic.....enough said

Clamnut Comix said...

Lovely. I'd like more of the halftonery