It all started with going to see the Spider-verse film in theatres. I always knew that there were multiple universes in Marvel. Every iteration of the Marvel Universe is considered part of the overall Multi-verse. Even the Marvel Cinematic Universe is considered its own cannon within the comics. However, I was blown away by the sheer creativity and re-interpretation of the same character from universe to universe. It was a refreshing take that drew me back to reading comics in the first place.
And so I did. A lot.
There was one Spider-Character that stood out though. Not just by looks, but also character concept. It was because all other interpretations was still of Peter Parker or some variation of the same origin story. This character that stood out, however, was a completely different character and in fact was a character that had died tragically a couple of decades earlier: Gwen Stacy.
She was the love interest for Peter Parker WAY before Mary Jane Watson ever showed up. In fact it was Gwen Peter went to high school with and not Mary Jane. So imagine my surprise when they resurrected, so to speak, this character. It was an amazing twist that got my imagination soaring! What the hell WOULD happen if it was Gwen that got bit by the spider instead of Peter?! Needless to say, I dove right in on her comic line and devoured all the available issues of her series in the span of a couple of weeks. You can find the collected works of her series for issues 0-34 in trade paperback and a local comic shop near you.
In reading the series, I found myself really feeling inspired to draw. Spider-man has always interested my because of the dynamic nature of his poses. He is never standing static and its gun to draw. Gwen Stacy is the same way, but it gave me a basis for drawing female characters in the same dynamic poses! And, in case you haven’t noticed I like to draw strong, badass ladies.
So I started a whole series of drawing! I hope you find them entertaining, I’m going to continue to find harder and harder poses to recreate in the hopes that one day I will create my own characters and be able to draw them they way I see them in my head.
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