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Friday, April 30, 2010

THE THING by Ron Salas

Ben Grimm The Thing has always been one of my favourite characters. In fact, the first american comic book I remember reading was a Fantastic Four issue (#167) with Thing fighting the Hulk on the St Louis Arch. Like all kids, I was fascinated by the fact that he was made of stone and always wondered how the change happened. This pic is inspired by that childhood thought.

Edit: I don't know if everybody's seen this before but since we're still waiting for some Things to roll in I wanted to update this post with one of my favourite Things.

Done with Copic markers with a healthy dose of the blender marker.


Mike Hawthorne said...

DAMN, dude! This! Good job!


Ron Salas said...

Thanks Mike! Glad you like it.


That is intense Ron!! Great job.

Steve Bryant said...

So cool! I feel the strain of transformation. A tough shot to do and you nailed it!

davelevine said...

Love it. I love the angles, the motion, the emotion, its a great piece of work. Yet, call me greedy, but now I'm curious to see his surroundings at this moment in time.

Chris Samnee said...

I love the pose! Looks great - you did Lee and Kirby proud!

Michael Lapinski said...

Man, this image is drawn with its own grisly sounds effects.

Way to capture the shock and terror of the moment.

Ron Salas said...

Thanks guys!

Steve, Chris - I feel like I was innspired by the classic Steranko Hulk cover. It wasn't really a conscious thing but the feeling of shock and strain that the Steranko cover represents was what I tried to show in this pic.

dave - Thanks. I don't really know where I would set this in. Also, I don't want to take away from the figure so I just let the background fade away.

Thanks Kirk and Michael!

Doc Shaner said...

That's brilliant, Ron, I really like the chunks of rock flying off. Great pose and lighting.

Ron Salas said...

Thanks. I imagined the transformation process as a huge WTF moment for him so he was constantly trying to shake off the stone that's trying to "invade" his body.

Francesco Francavilla said...

Very smart idea, Ron, one of those cases where it applies "why I didn't think of it?" :D
And I remember the tire Thing (did for the Image jam, right?) and it still looks pretty darn cool :)