Since his 1992 debut in the comic book world, artist Cully Hamner has honed his considerable skills at nearly every major publishing company including DC Comics, Marvel, Top Cow, WildStorm, Image, Dark Horse, 12 Gauge Comics and more.
He's also mostly known for his work on Green Lantern: Mosaic (his first comic book title), Blue Beetle, Detective Comics, featuring The Question (Renee Montoya), Black Lightning: Year One and the 2003 graphic novel Red, which was adapted for the big screen in 2010.
Hamner stopped by SYFY WIRE's Live Stage during C2E2 on Friday where the artist gave the fans a live demonstration for a special edition of Artists Alley by drawing the two main characters from his current DC Comics title: Batman and The Signal (issue #3 will be hitting newsstands on April 25).
One other thing Hamner is also well-known for is his re-designs of established characters such as Blue Beetle, Batman and Duke Thomas, aka The Signal, and he was asked by Mike Avila how he went about re-designing characters.
"The first thing that always goes through my head is how to give the character a shape," Hamner explained. "You look at a character like Batman, if you take away all the detail and you just see the shape of that character you know exactly who that is. So when I did Blue Beetle, for example, I tried to come up with a costume that if you took away all the detail and just had him backlit, you'll still see those pincers on his backpack and everything — you know who that is.
"Duke is a Bat-character. So he's gonna have the ears, he's gonna have a few of those details. So what I tried to do was, you know, he's got a Bat-signal on his chest and I tried to make him in a way kind of a reverse of Batman. So whereas Batman's got a dark mask and he's got a dark cape and he's got a lighter colored suit, The Signal's got a light colored mask and a light colored accoutrement and a black suit, but the Bat symbol is reversed out. So he's got like sort of a white reflective kind of a Bat symbol on his chest. So I tried to do something like that. But there are certain things that are the same, like his belt is very similar to Batman's."
While busy working on his sketch, Hamner also explained his work process on Batman and The Signal, revealing that he prefers working from a plot instead of a script. He also touched upon the various artistic interpretations of Batman, finding shortcuts when you draw a character, and who were his favorite Batman artists.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.