This is a Master Study I did from the 1983 Golden book How To Draw Superheroe's by one of my favorite Superman Artist's Kurt Swan.
This is the Master Study I did of Kurt Swan's initial laying. One of the best features of this book is that it shows all Swan's layins before he completes his final illustration. The grey tone was not apart of Swan's original drawing but something I added on my own to establish a light source and help me beter color this finished drawing later.
Here is the finished Illustration. The drawing on your left is a photocopy I sent to my teacher Joe Rubinstein. The Orange he drew over Superman's face and neck are to sho me how he would have established his shadow pattern on superman's face. He also drew the orange head as a diagram to show me were the darker colors should have been used on Superman's face. After Joe sent back his drawing over the photo copy of my drawing I cut it out and pasted it in my sketch book so I can refere back to and study from it more later. I may do several more drawings of just Superman's head with this shadow pattern colored in to further reinforce the lesson.
This is another Master Study I did from the 1983 Golden Book How To Draw Superheroes by one of my favorite Superman Artist's Kurt Swan.
This is a master study I did of Swan's intial Laying. The grey shadow pattern was not part of Swan's layin but something I added to establish a light source and to help me when I color my illustration.
The lay in on the top is a photo copy I sent to my teacher Joe Rubinstein. You can see the dark marker where he drew over the top of my drawing. Joe was showing my how he would have change the angularity of the leg and added some overlap to the figure to make him look more dynamic and muscular.
Then after Joe sent me back his drawing over the top of my photo copy I cut it out and pasted it inside my sketch book so I can refere back to and study from. I'll probably redraw this mannequin a few times to reinforce Joe's lesson.
Here is the finished master study of Kurt Swan's Flying Superman. The writing you see around the drawing are notes I took from Joe when he critiqued my drawing. Kurt Swan's original drawing was done in black and white pencil. I added color for fun and to improve my skills as a colorist.