Luke Cage aka Power Man has been all the rage lately. The Netflix series has introduced another superhero from the Marvel Universe to the tv screen and it is certainly a hit. From the music to the cool character played by Mike Colter Luke Cage has brought life to a hero that struggled with selling comics back in the 70’s/80’s.
I enjoyed the show and liked that it referenced his old school style on the show, but I decided to use the more modern look for my take on Luke Cage.
As always, I sketch out an idea before I begin. This was the initial concept, before changing it up on while working on the computer.
The face is usually what I like to illustrate first as it will give the expression of the rest of the composition.
I worked on the body, adding details such as highlights and shadows. I eventually added bullets and background until I was satisfied with the overall piece.
I went with a different set of color backgrounds and decided that the neutral gray would make the gold and brown standout. The entire illustration was completed in Adobe Illustrator.