View Full Version : Spidey's webs

11-07-2006, 04:58 PM
Ok, I can't figure it out for the life of me so what is the trick to drawing the webs on Spider-man's mask and costume? I've given up

11-07-2006, 07:01 PM
what exactly are you having problems with?

11-07-2006, 08:33 PM
drawing them. LOL. I can't get them to look right. It looks like Kirby's Spidey when I try to draw the webs and just doesn't look right...

MadCow Menu
11-08-2006, 08:00 AM
Gotta use referance!

MadCow Menu
11-08-2006, 08:02 AM

11-08-2006, 12:57 PM
It really isn't that easy. I've struggled with it for years (and there was a time when I drew almost nothing BUT spiderman for awhile). Even Ken's drawings show one of the common "issues". Notice how the points on the horizontal webbing don't always hit the vertical webs? I've noticed that happens a LOT (in fact, most artists do it, from your absolute top notch pros to your amateurs who've just figured out which end of the pencil draws and which erases). To some artists, it's like a flaw, it doesn't look right and they can't get past it. To most, it's no big deal.

But also, spacing isn't intuitive on his costume. When you're spacing is off, it's VERY noticable. It can easily throw off the entire pattern. One of the things to pay attention to is, while the vertical webs follow the muscle contour, the horizontals don't follow the contours to the same degree. You bend them just enough to "fake it", because if you tried to really follow the contours closely, you'd go nuts trying to compensate for each "bounce" in the pattern. It's like the Superman "S". It should actually be heart shaped and concave in the middle, but it's drawn as if it was a flat solid piece, and that's acceptable. Same for spidey's pattern.