Comic book artist extraordinaire and creator of Molly Danger and Black, Jamal Igle recently sat down with SYFY WIRE to sketch a character who is "near and dear" to him: Marvel superhero Black Panther.
Over the years, Igle has worked on several comic book properties for DC and Marvel Comics and on characters such as Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Supergirl, Firestorm, Nightwing, the Teen Titans, Daredevil, Iron Fist, Iron Man, Wolverine, and the New Warriors, to name just a few.
He also worked for several other publishing ,such as Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Action Lab Entertainment (where he created Molly Danger), and Black Mask Studios (where Igle brought Black to life). His work also included working as a storyboard artist for CGI animated stories such as Starship Troopers Chronicles before he returned to the world of comics.
Igle starts off by explaining to us how he likes to begin drawing a character, and for him it all starts with basic construction. "I tend to work very loosely at first; I don't want to really be too stiff," adding he wants to "move fast and strike hard" while working on the art piece. Check it out:
It's fascinating to watch Jamal bringing T’Challa to life in the video above as he reveals that part of his high school education was spent "sitting at the feet of a fashion illustrator as opposed to a traditional comic book artist," adding that "pretty much everything else that I know about drawing superheroes came from either reading comic books or on-the-job training."
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.