I prefer the look Marvel went with. Maybe kids would like the cartoony look, but not me. Looks absolutely amazing, man.
Anyway, I just wanted to say that it's guys like you that really make Penciljack a great forum on the web. Since the first day you arrived here, you've amazed us with your art, and you're unwavering positive attitude is greatly appreciated as well. I hope for good things in your future.
Loston- I've looked over this thread a few times. Never really know what to say. The stylized version of your Spiderman was a really excellent design. The flaw though however wasn't in the design nor marvel wanting a more realistic one. It was due to it being with the movie. Trying to tie it in would making a Stylized version of Spiderman almost fail in all respects.
If you were pitching a animated style Spiderman book. I think it would of gone over more. The style I feel specially with the webbing approach you did would of made Spiderman pop out at you. For this style approach I think it would make kids gravitate towards your art.
As always continue to grace us with your presence and tutor us in the ways of art. I've learned a lot from reading your section of the board. Thanks again.
Marvel Entertainment at that time were concerned with their branding, and didn't want to risk deviating from their standard format. I understand their thought process and logic, but I really don't know that I agree with it much. Spider-Man is Spider-Man. Kids also relate to more animated style art, seeing it on television, in video games, toys and elsewhere on a daily basis. I don't think they'd have trouble making the connection with the movie Spidey--- I doubt many kids even know ANY other version anyway of the character anyway.
An interesting situation in my career, for sure. I was stuck in the middle, but I did favor the animated style more. Either way, the SPIDEY 3 Soundbook wound up being one of Meredith's biggest (if not THE biggest) children's book hits. It sold extremely well at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Waldens, and on Amazon. To be honest, I'm not sure the art was any kind of factor in the sales, considering the popularity of the movie franchise. I just did my job, and even though I didn't agree with the approach, I'm happy to gotten a chance to draw the book. It was a very crazy experience.