Alex Ogle

Behance Artist Highlight Super Hero Comic Fan Pinups from Alex Ogle

Saving you from your workweek are the super hero’s from Alex Ogle's Behance profile. We found Alex’s work on our Wacom Gallery

Here is Alex’s story: 

Wacom: Tell us how you started your creative passion.

Alex:

I started drawing characters at a young age. I spent many nights sitting at the kitchen table with friends drawing. In the early nineties, I was really into X-Men. Marc Silvestri and Jim Lee were my early influences before I discovered Brian Steelfreeze, Jae Lee, Mike Mignola and Frank Miller. 

Wacom: What style of visual art do you focus on and why? 

Alex:

My focus is comic book art and in particular fan pinups. I love drawing the characters that I grew up reading about. I like to develop and evolve my versions of the characters.

Wacom: What is your process from ideation to creation?

Alex:

I do a loose sketch with pencil and paper. Then I draw my sketch again in reverse using a light box to fix anatomy and tighten up the detail. After that I take a photo with my iPhone and email it to myself. I drop the image into Adobe Illustrator and lock the layer. I start inking by drawing shapes for the large black areas then use the brush tool for detail lines. I bounce back and forth with white lines and black lines. This is where the distinct look of my work comes from. You can see many examples of this in my last Cat Woman illustration.


Wacom: Where and how do you find inspiration?

Alex: 

I mostly find inspiration within the online community of artists and meeting excited fans at comic conventions. I visit social media sites like Behance and Pinterest to find and collect inspiring visuals. One thing that inspires me is the creative freedom of the independent comic scene. That’s the main reason that most of my artwork is in black and white. It’s not that I couldn’t add color, there is just something raw and powerful about a high contrast piece.

Wacom: What is your favorite of your work and why? 

Alex:

It is difficult to choose a favorite. I have enjoyed every piece that I have done. I guess, if I had to choose, it would be my Batman and Superman spread. This piece has a real natural flow to it, although it’s a bit cartoony and the backgrounds are overly simplified. It makes me happy when I look at it. 

Wacom: What Wacom technology are you using now?

Alex: 

I use a Wacom Intuos 3 and Adobe Illustrator for most of my art. My Wacom tablet allows me to interact with my computer in a natural way, which is critical for what I do. Inking in vectors adds something to the finished style that I never could achieve with a brush. Plus, I love the undo button. I probably draw most of my lines 8 to 15 times before I get them the way that I want them.

 Wacom: Why did you join the Wacom gallery on Behance?

Alex:

I joined the Wacom Behance gallery to share what I created with this wonderful tool. Without it I’d be drawing with a mouse and would not get the same results.

You can see more of Alex’s work on his Behance profile, Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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