Day 178 of the #365drawingchallenge is Rorschach from the Watchmen. So I guess that’s the end of my stealth video game character run. Anyway, it does continue me just drawing stuff I love. Anyway, I love the Watchmen and it has been a big source of inspiration for me and my comics. I was lucky enough to work a comic book show with Dave Gibbons and get him to sign my large sized copy of Ultimate Watchmen with a sketch of Rorschach thinking my name. I also got a signed group shot print. I consider these two of my prize possessions. I have not fan boyed much when working comic shows, and I’ve had the good fortune to work with some major people like Jim Lee and Neal Adams, but Dave Gibbons and Mike Mignola were the two where I lost it a little bit.
I did like the movie a lot, though I know people were pretty split on it. I enjoyed the motion comic aside from the voice acting, which was all done by one guy and pretty distracting. I have not read the prequel comics, or the Doomsday Clock storyline, but I have watched a few videos explaining them. I’m cautiously optimistic about the upcoming HBO show and hoping it will be a good follow up to the graphic novel. I’ve never drawn the characters before, and I did consider doing a Watchmen week. It’s one of those things where I’ve put it up on a pedestal for so long that it is intimidating to try and tackle these characters. Rorschach is my favorite, though I also really like Night Owl. I love the dynamic between them.
Anyway, this was fun to draw and I hope I did him some justice. The toughest part was deciding how I wanted the blots on the face to look. There are really no rules except the left side should mirror the right side. So you can really do a lot with it. It would be an interesting challenge to draw a whole book where it changed on every panel. I love his clothing style, and they are fun fabrics to draw. One thing you may not think about until you try it is that all fabrics hang differently and will effect how you draw it. It’s something I’ve tried to work on over the years.