I've been drawing and trying to figure out the inking thing.
The inking part is interesting and definitely a learning process. Previously I tried doing it completely with brushes, but now I'm thinking that pen should be added in. Getting those lines in a single stroke is key too. The multiple stroke 'sketching' method I default to ain't gonna cut it here.
There is a superhero comic project I've had cooking inj my brain for a long while now. I've started putting together character studies of the main characters and they're looking good. One of the challenges I'm going to hit is drawing woman. I don't have alot of practice at that (drawing Jean Grey /Phoenix in Junior High doesn't count). I actually suspect it will be a boon, since I'll have less preconceptions to get past...maybe. I'm sure boobs will be a hurdle, since I don't eye those allot ;)
As a side note I have a side project that I'm using to practice technique. It involves Green Lantern: Guy Gardner and Major Disaster fucking each other's brains out. Like a 'good' porno however, sex scenes should be supported by some story tension. It makes it hotter in my view. Two muscle guys banging each other is MUCH hotter when one of them is 'under arrest' or 'working out a deal to pay rent', etc...
So it is with the story I'm cooking up. DC's recent 'Darkest Night' story introduced the other lanterns and their color. It turns out the Violet Lanterns are all about 'love' and tend to be overly obsessed or overwhelmed by their bailiwick to the point of being irrational. I found some potential story there, coupled with a dream I recently had. The result is this:
Plot idea: Guy Gardner and Paul Booker (Major Disaster) are on a mission to track down a Rouge Violet Lantern that the Zamorans (the Gaurdians of the Violet Lanterns) say has become 'unbalanced' (even for them). Paul and Guy have lots of friction with each other, the reasons for not liking each other being indistinct and uncertain. Without specifics, they cite qualities about each other that bug them, qualities they share.
So back to the Violet Lantern. Circumstances collide to have Guy being forced to surrender his ring to the rouge Violet lantern (Booker gets held hostage or something). The guys are now the Violet L's prisoner. The guys are counting on a beacon or some other contrivance to bring the cavalry in later and are just biding their time for now. To Guy's shock and terror, the Violet Lantern reveals that his ring has looked into their hearts and that he feels it to be his calling to 'lay bare' the Lust inside them (Lust being a warped cousin of Love that the rest of the violets focus on). Guy is suddenly being stripped naked by violet hentai looking tendrils, protesting vainly. Booker meanwhile has been placed under a trace and is under the full sway of the Violet power, while the Violet Lantern undresses him. Guy's training as a Green Lantern affords him the Will to resist mentally (although his body remains responsive and 'aroused'). At this point Paul is directed to have sex with Guy. Guy protests loudly and in panic. He's powerless to resists (energy restraints, etc) but you get lines like "N.no! Booker Stop! No! DON'T FUCK ME!!" twisted BDSM Rape Fantasy stuff like that.
The Violet Lantern of course plays voyeur and spectator during the ample sex scenes. (I'm a butt man and hold a special lust for Red Heads, so Guy is going to get fucked ALLOT.) What he reveals is that his ring 'only has the power over them, THAT THEY GIVE HIM', he can't create what isn't there to begin with. What he's getting to is that somewhere deep inside, both Guy and Paul want each other sexually. Part of this is to make it all the more dirty/titillating, knowing that deep inside 'they wanted it'. Guy's exertion of Willpower to deny what his body wants is cited as an example of how he's lived his life. The hardboiled womanizing redneck jerk motif he's known for isn't who he really is. It's just the shell he presents to the world and has convince everyone,himself included, that this is who he is. In fact it is not (and even in DC comics we see that he started out as a kind and mild mannered true-hearted teacher before the sudden personality change he demonstrated in the 80s). Basically I'm interpreting Guy Gardner as the stereotypicall 'hyper-masculine' closet case that makes a show of drinking, fighting and 'liking boobs' but secretly craves cock and just needs a daddy to dominate him. The Violet Lantern sees that Guy is denying himself and that his Willpower has become a handicap as he stays resolutely closeted (even to himself). The Violet Lantern sees himself as doing a favor to the guys, as twisted as the execution of said 'favor' is.
Paul Booker is actually a very similar character. Starting off as a goofy 80s villain, he was later redeemed by Superman and became a JLA member (with a MUCH better costume). Throughout, he's showcased a 'hardened ex-con' redneck, boozing, womanizing bravado...much like Guy has. In the comics, Paul retires from the hero biz after confronting the fact that he is an alcoholic (a great character piece btw). I want to take this theme further. Paul has since then come to terms with allot about himself (and comming back to the JLA was a way to face some of his stuff and own his life again). He has come to realize his drinking was a way to deal with all the things he didn't like or feared about himself. It turns out that him being attracted to men is one of those things.
Now Paul has come allot closer to dealing with the fact that he 'might' be gay or bisexual. It's not anything he's told anyone about, but he's been coming close to prior to the mission. Having been so close to facing this truth, he's much more susceptible to the Violet Ring's power to evoke his hidden love/lust and give them sway over his actions and thoughts. It turns out that Paul's dislike for Guy is a mix of seeing things in Guy that he finds in himself (and has shame for) and that he is so freaking turned on by the muscly redhead (even if he hasn't admitted it to himself).
In the end, it's made known to Guy the in 'Love', victory is surrender. So the only way that Guy can get out of this ass pounding/ cock sucking marathon is to 'surrender' to the lust the Violet Power has dug up in him. Once he does, Guy gets to top Paul (who LOOOOVEEES it..shamefully ;) ) ALLOT. In a sweaty puddle of post-coitis, the guys wake up naked an free willed. The Rough Violet Lantern is waiting to be taken back to the Zamorons.
In a possible epilogue narration by the Zamorans, they will comment that the Rouge Violet Lanterns insight was accurate but it was regrettable that his madness drove him to use such methods. So we get a narrative admission that 'rape is wrong' while also leaving Guy and Paul with the fact that 'deep down they LUUUUUVED it' and that they have an undeniable lust for each other. Where do they go with this now?
A possible follow up story I think would first deal with the guilt and shame of the forced sex between them as they figure out if there is anything possible between them. I figure Guy would have run right back into the closet or at least a strong bastion of anger and denial, leaving Paul to be the one to try to make things right between them and as individuals. Lots of story potential there i think, along with lots of sex scene potential as well :)
...I'm so going to DC Comics hell for this ;)