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10 October 2004, 12:15 PM
"Christopher Reeve/Superman"

Posted Oct 11 am EST

Welcome to the cgtalk sketch group.

We will try to post one of these topics once a day for your enjoyment.

These are the rules:
* Post only your FINAL piece on this thread, based on the topic on the thread.
* 640 x 480 / 480 x 640 OR 800 x 600 /600 x 800
* They can be done on any medium.
* If you wish, you can add a brief text description about your piece.
* Only original compositions. No "tributes" or plagiarizing.
* The topics will be posted every day between 10:00 - 12:00 am US EST.
* The artist also has to post total length of time it took (Thanks Clanger for the idea) and program used.
* Only final pieces can be posted on the thread. They must have been done AFTER the topic has been announced.
* Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken off the thread.
* The topics will be picked at random from the list on this thread
(The author will be given credit). So guys keep them coming.
*You can add multiple entries, but please dont post WIP (Unless you intend to update them). NEW RULE!
* Ill post ANOTHER thread to quantify and track WHO has participated the most on these threads.

Good luck

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10 October 2004, 01:27 PM
Hi everyone,
Christopher Reeve, passed away on Monday. I think it would be nice not to poke fun, many people made jokes about him during his life because of his condition after he fell from the horse. I think to honor him we should all try to do something nice, and show him some respect, especially since his death was so recent.

Edit: Sorry, I think saying this was redundant since everyone in the CGsketch are such wonderful people that respecting such a great man comes natural,

10 October 2004, 01:34 PM
Photoshop/Wacom/45 Minutes
Here's the ref (

10 October 2004, 02:03 PM
Supervileg that is wonderful, and only 45 mins!.

10 October 2004, 02:28 PM
nice sketch! Working on mine now

10 October 2004, 02:40 PM
Great tribute Supervlieg!

10 October 2004, 02:49 PM
wow, that is beautiful Supervlieg! :bounce:

... I decided to change my avatar, I really didnt like having the dude from pirates of the caribean for so long, and it seems we do more and more avatar themes lately, so I wanted something new and fun, since Zelda is my favorite video game, and the reason I got into CG I thought it be fitting. (I kept the cig and the sunglasses).
Hopefully I will just stick to this one, and not change my mind again... avatars are such a silly thing, but for some reason i think about it too much.. :banghead:

10 October 2004, 03:12 PM
I'm sad that he passed away. He was an example to a lot of people. He never gave up hope and acctually managed to overcome a little of his handicap.


I'll drink one in his memory... :beer:

I know the icons aren't really that appropriate but it was the closest to what I meant...

10 October 2004, 03:24 PM
Here's mine. I wanted to make to make this have an old school Superman feeling to it. No reference. Stylized version of Christopher Reeves as Superman.

2 hrs I think?

Pencil on Illustration board. Colored in PS

10 October 2004, 04:29 PM
Oh Supervlieg and Digital_Bobert, your posts are so beautiful and so perfect! It is bringing a lump to my throat. I didn't know Mr. Reeve personally, but an old flame of mine went to school at Juliard with him and Robin Williams - so I feel a little more connected to him than to most movie stars. His handicap never stopped him, he was a tireless advocate of spinal cord injury research and rehabilitation. Its sad that he is gone, he will always be the truest image of "Superman" for me and millions of other people.

The 2 of you did such an amazing job, I'm not even going to try. Kudos!

10 October 2004, 04:31 PM
:drool: :drool:
brilliant sketches Supervlieg en Digital_Bobert...
I like that style Supervlieg

10 October 2004, 05:57 PM
Thanks for the nice words people!

Nice one Digital_B!

10 October 2004, 06:30 PM
Beautiful images digital_bobert and Supervlieg.
Used ref, 1h, photoshop.

Lonely Pixel
10 October 2004, 07:01 PM
Supervlieg, that's just beautiful. Supervlieg's faster than a digital camera, hehe.

Joe Sandstrom
10 October 2004, 07:11 PM
My interpretation of Reeve as Supes. Approx. 30 mins. - Photoshop, Wacom

10 October 2004, 07:36 PM
~20 mins. ArtRage/Wacom.

Reference (

Rest in peace, Superman.

10 October 2004, 08:00 PM
Thanks for all the kind words guys and gals


10 October 2004, 08:08 PM
I like that, Joe. Simple, with a great likeness.

10 October 2004, 10:01 PM
Supervlieg... after your entry it feels like posting in this thread won't accomplish anything...
Digital_bobert, very nice work as well!

Here's mine, took me about 45 minutes. Nothing new here, but I quite liked that it does have a little resemblance to Reeves (at least in my eyes) even though I didn't use any reference. And I also liked the fact that I remembered how to draw Superman's emblem; hehehe, I hadn't done that since my late childhood...

10 October 2004, 10:17 PM
difficult topic today... not only because it's a "closed" topic, with only 2 or 3 possible ideas, but also because one feels that he must do something good enough for a man like Christopher Reeve, and something serious that talks about missing a good person...
Someday I will try to make my first realistic portrait, but today I had no time, so I just painted this in 30-45min in photoshop with my tablet, I hope it's good enough: an empty chair and a solitaire cape

I was trying to focus on what is not there...
Very good portraits you all, I wish I could do things like that

10 October 2004, 10:38 PM
elmasfeo - very powerful image. I think you accomplished what you set out to do.

10 October 2004, 11:27 PM
Hello all talented artists,

I was a friend to Chris Reeve, and had the pleasure of working on the restoration of Superman-The Movie. I have a website dedicated to Chris and his interpreation of Superman, ( I have made a tribute page to Chris, and would love to add your work to the page. Please feel free to visit my gallery and create whatever comes into your heart to remember Chris by. Please e-mail me at I give credit io all artists on my website.

Thank you so much,

Best...Jim Bowers

10 October 2004, 11:39 PM
I didn't know him so I can't say for certain that he was great, bu the work he did was. Nonetheless re: not poking fun I find it sad that on a digital arts forum, which should be a place for free expression, peoplee are pressure in a freeform sketch forum to do a certain type of pic.


10 October 2004, 12:03 AM
Didn't want to do the "Superman" red and blue. I wasn't a big fan of Superman but I remember seeing the first movie in the theaters and felt the inspiring and uplifting spirit that Reeves portrayed in that role. After his accident ... well, what can you say that hasn't already been said.

You were an inspiration to us all, Mr. Reeves. Bless You.
capedwonder - Feel free to use the image. (credit: Kirt Stanke

Photoshop 1.5 hours

10 October 2004, 12:07 AM
It doesn't have to be Chris as Superman, just Chris as Chris. Thank you.

10 October 2004, 12:52 AM

Style (hotdamnhard!) inspired by Frank Milller's Sin City. Thought it would fit the topic.

Painter, lost track of time... (couple of hours)

10 October 2004, 01:16 AM

...and now i can go home.
~solo arem~

10 October 2004, 01:22 AM
there its gone...

10 October 2004, 01:30 AM
1 hr total, wacom & ps -- I had to go back and fix his logo. I forgot what it looked like.:blush:
Any time there's a serious threat to the Earth Superman scoops it up, flies into space and throws it into the sun. I wanted to honor Christopher Reeve's efforts to beat his own paralysis and to aid other paralyzed individuals. If only the solution were this simple.:sad:

Art2 -- I get chills when I look at your picture. Beautiful.

Nice work so far, gang. Let's see some more!

10 October 2004, 01:57 AM
if you are referring to my comment at the begining, I said that because in my opinion people should respect those who suffered and have recently pasted. Its my opinion and I posted. You are free to do whatever you want, I dont see why its such a big deal, or sad that someone "pressured you" into not poking fun. No where in the rules of CGSKETCH does it say that you cannot draw what you want, so your oh so important "freedoms" have not been restricted.

whteva back to you..

Edit: Everyone, beautiful work, I did not know him, but looking at elmasfeo and Art2, sketches it almost brought tears to my eyes, very touching.

In my opinion those who poke fun, while it's not what I would do or have done, are entitled to do it. I'm not interested in suggesting what other people do with artistic license. Sites like this are supposed to encourage artistic freedom, and my point was that you were doing the opposite. It's not a big deal, it was a mild mannered post, and you're the one taking a mocking, defensive tone. I'm simply not a fan of political correctness. The "oh so important freedoms" moronic comment speaks more to the idea that has long been held by artists that expression never does harm to other people physically and so should always be allowed. It's something I'm always aware of because I've done comics work and watched the industry targeted by people who like to deem what's "appropriate in their eyes." There's some things I hold sacred that people mock and as long as they don't attack anyone's body I don't have a problem with that.

Then again I'm not a coward.

10 October 2004, 02:23 AM
Jasel, Kirt, art2, AREM, ilikesoup - thank you all for such beautiful and thoughtful work, it brought tears to my eyes - kudos to ALL who drew for this thread!

10 October 2004, 03:43 AM
Yeah after seeing everyones work today I dont think I can come up with anything as touching, Art 2 I really love that piece.... I likesoup, I remember that part of the movie, when he got rid of all the nuclear weapons and threw them into the sun, really nice touch.

10 October 2004, 04:13 AM
If you only know Christopher Reeve, the actor, from "Superman", You should rent or buy his fantastic performances in "Deathtrap" and my favorite romance, "Somewhere in Time." Here is my tribute to him from "Somewhere in Time." About 2.5 hours PS/Wacom.
[edit: forgot to include my reference (]

10 October 2004, 04:32 AM
Being that my name is Christopher Reid, I lived a life in the shadows of the name Christopher Reeve. People would always have something witty to say when they met me. ....Ahh Superman!... Yep, heard that a million times. Oh well, enough of my stories.

In homage to a man who devoted his life to the cure of his ailment. I present my piece...

I wanted a more organic traditional look so I went with painter.
painter8 :: 2hrs-ish :: wacom
I used reference but changed the lighting and age quite a bit...[ here is the reference ( ]

10 October 2004, 04:44 AM
Very nice indeed. cLos

10 October 2004, 05:45 AM
sagi_13 & malcomvexxed - Drop it and I do mean now. No one cares and you're ruining a perfectly good excercise with your ramblings. Thank you.

10 October 2004, 07:02 AM
Kirk I did not know we were breaking any rule, but since I dont want to ruin this for everyone, so I went ahead and deleted the posts, so its gone now. :D

10 October 2004, 09:51 AM
... a perfectly good excercise ...
Indeed. Everyone is putting his heart into this. It shows.
Nice work Robin and Chris.

10 October 2004, 11:02 AM

Wacom in Photoshop, 45 minutes, ref (

Great work everybody, very touching, all of them. Let's hope his family will find this thread and will be proud.


10 October 2004, 11:42 AM
unlikelycorny, that's...beautiful, and touching, I love it

all of you made some great work today, I thought that this was going to be a topic with very few entries, and it's turned into one with 3pages for the moment, and great pieces of art!

10 October 2004, 12:09 PM
Someone plug this thread :buttrock:

10 October 2004, 12:25 PM
Great stuff anyone, especially Art2 and UnlikelyCorny!

Art2: Thats a damn hard style to get right indeed. But the guy has ages and ages of experience so it would be hard to catch up in one go. He doesnt use greys either.

10 October 2004, 12:48 PM
Chris and unlikelycorny - you both took my breath away.

Chris, believe me I understand about the name jokes. With a name like Robin, I've always gotten either Batman and Robin jokes (thus my mis-guieded hero entry) or Rockin' Robin stuff. The latter isn't too annoying tho, as long as they don't sing.

I saw Robin Williams on Nightline last night talking about Christopher Reeve. And just like several of your entries, Robin said, "He's flying now. He's out of that chair and flying." He was rather choked up and it chokes me up just thinking about it now.

Everyone, super great entries and a wonderful tribute to an outstanding man.

10 October 2004, 01:54 PM
A tribute that i'm more than happy to be part of.

painter / ps / 1hr30

used this as a ref (

As always, fantasic work all!

edit: 1min touchup

10 October 2004, 03:15 PM
sagi_13 & malcomvexxed - Drop it and I do mean now. No one cares and you're ruining a perfectly good excercise with your ramblings. Thank you.
Exactly what terms of use am I violating? I don't think discussing artistic liberties on a digital art website thread is a problem. I'll speak my mind as I choose to, and to this point have not been obscene or disrepected the subject of the thread. It's not ruining anything based on the artwork that has been presented.

10 October 2004, 03:23 PM
Please take debates to General discussions.

Thanks guys

10 October 2004, 03:30 PM
Okay no problem. That's my fault, as I didn't realize discussions weren't allowed within the sketch threads but if that is supposed to be separated I understand. When people look through them to vote I suppose long discussions would really get in the way. But asking that any debates only be had in general discussions is both more reasonable and more informative than "cut it out, and i mean now." There's no need or cause to power trip when you're talking to a grown man who is not spamming your forum.

10 October 2004, 03:52 PM
UnlikelyCorny - Great idea! I was thinking of doing something similar - with Christopher Reeve flying once again through the clouds (dressed up like an angel, complete with wings.) - But I didn't have the time yesterday to do a sketch. I'm glad to see someone did something similar.

Art2 - Nice style!

robinayles - Yay! Christopher from 'Somewhere in Time'. Excellent movie! And 'Death Trap' is my favorite performance of his. He was amazing in that movie. (Another of my favorite performances by Christopher is in 'Noises Off' - he is hilarious!)

10 October 2004, 03:55 PM
malcolmvexxed, are you actually gonna DRAW something or just keep moaning and throwing your creative toys out of the pram??

10 October 2004, 04:02 PM
wow i like your take on it unlikelycorny. great idea.

10 October 2004, 04:03 PM
malcolmvexxed, are you actually gonna DRAW something or just keep moaning and throwing your creative toys out of the pram??
I'm spending my free time working on a full color image that i'm posting the progress of in the 2d WIP forum. I wasn’t aware that precluded me from discussing the threads in the sketch forum. I’ve often commented on pics in threads where I hadn’t posted pics or made separate posts from my pic to talk about the thread so this doesn’t seem that different. Is there anything else you’d like to know? Sorry I'm not sure what a pram is.

10 October 2004, 04:28 PM
Please guys. Just let it drop or go somewhere else to discuss this.
This thread is dedicated to a good mans memory and I dont feel this is the time or place for such a discussion.

10 October 2004, 04:32 PM
No problem, there's plenty of art in the thread to focus on.

10 October 2004, 05:15 PM
Hi people...
Here's my pic for Christopher Reeve.
Some of my earliest Memories are of this guy. Seeing Superman as a kid filled me with wonder and joy and I hope that he can now find peace after all the suffering he has encountered.

Love ya man!


PS. While you're up there Supes, how about you give that Zod character a good smacking..?

10 October 2004, 05:18 PM
Ton - Brilliant! Very nice sentiment.

10 October 2004, 05:22 PM
:applause: :applause: The Ton, me like... robin nice, I am glad someone did something other than superman, cause he did make other good movies...
Unlikely corny. nice nice. very touching

10 October 2004, 05:30 PM
Nice entries so far! I especially like Art2's enty, it has originality and great style :D. A very touching and cool pic.

10 October 2004, 06:09 PM
Thanks for the compliments, folks.

The Ton - love your take on it, nicely done
DrawMonger - your sketches are always so well done - beautiful!

Roozelle - "Somewhere in Time" is my fav. of his, in fact the theme song from it (Variations on a theme by Paginini) is the song that my hubby and I call "our song." I do like "Noises Off" too, but as a Theatre person, I much prefer the stage play to the film - but everyone in the film was very good! Are you going to post a sketch? I love your style and would like to see your take on this thread.

10 October 2004, 06:53 PM
Roozelle - "Somewhere in Time" is my fav. of his, in fact the theme song from it (Variations on a theme by Paginini) is the song that my hubby and I call "our song." I do like "Noises Off" too, but as a Theatre person, I much prefer the stage play to the film - but everyone in the film was very good! Are you going to post a sketch? I love your style and would like to see your take on this thread.Thanks dear! I have not done a sketch yet - I have an idea (to do Christopher as an angel complete with a halo, wings and robe - flying through the clouds.) But, I don't have the time right now to do it. I wanted to do it in a painterly approach rather than the cartoony style I normally do.

Yay - another theater person! :) I saw 'Noises Off' on stage in London. It was an excellent production and was quite similar to the movie. My vote is for the movie though - tremendous cast (Christopher Reeve, John Ritter, Carol Burnett, Michael Caine - etc, etc.) It's so great.

BTW - What's the rule for posting sketches to the forum? I guess I assumed it had to be done within 24 hrs of the topic being stated. However, I have noticed that some people post days after, some nearly a week after the topic has been posted. Is there a rule? Can I post something REALLY late?

10 October 2004, 09:07 PM
roozelle - you can post your work late if you want - it just might not be considered for "sketch of the week"

Couldn't agree with you more about the casting of the Noises Off film!

10 October 2004, 10:43 PM
45mins Painter/Wacom - with reference

10 October 2004, 11:32 PM
Here is my entry, all of you did a wonderful job, reeves can be proud.

Piece of paper and pen. 15min. Photoshop 2 min.

10 October 2004, 09:00 PM
Thanks for the compliments guys. It felt very much like the thing to make and as I can see that goes for a lot of the entries here.

10 October 2004, 02:29 PM
Christopher Reeve Superman Tribute portfolio...
My name is Jim Bowers, and I run, a website devoted to Superman imagery and Christopher Reeve's portrayal as the Man of Steel.

As everyone knows, we lost Mr. Reeve on October 10, 2004. As a gesture of goodwill and respect, I will be mailing a leather-bound portfolio directly to the Reeve family at their New York home containing the best tribute letters and artwork that I receive from fans. Please submit ( your contributions to me by November 15, 2004. I accept large TIFF, JPEG, PNG and EPS artwork files...please ZIP them if possible.

Thank you very much,

Jim Bowers (

10 October 2004, 05:15 PM
Wow, these are some very powerful image guys, good work. Very moving.

10 October 2004, 06:58 PM
This is a drawing that I did of CR about a month before he died. He really was my hero growing up and I am a huge superman fan. I just drew this with my Wacom. I copied (no TRACING) from a photo. Hope you guys can enjoy this.

10 October 2004, 09:51 PM
Nice thread. :) Awesome artwork from everyone. I like the flying out of chair theme the best. I have dreams like that, since I broke my neck. Ironicly the same year Mr. Reeves did.
&quot;Your free now Chris... see ya later.' :sad:

10 October 2004, 01:21 AM
It's positively amazing how much this man touched our lives. I remember going to see the movie in the theaters when I was a little kid, and i thought to myself, "He looks a little thin to be Superman". However, nobody can deny that in reality he WAS a man of steel - steel will, and steely convictions.

These pictures are a wonderful tribute. I may not be a good 2D artist, and only a mediocre 3D artist, but seeing things like this make me WISH i coud draw, just to add my own tribute.

10 October 2004, 02:30 AM
Hey everyone, I'd like to thank everyone for making these, I'm saving them all; Chris Reeve was always an inspiration to me when I was growing up, and more so after 1995 when I was entering my adulthood. I can truly say that I will miss him deeply for someone I never met in person.

I'm terribly sorry I couldn't participate, I live in Miami and with the heavy rains in my area my Internet went down for the past week or so and I completely missed this topic :(

I'll add one even if it's already over.

10 October 2004, 03:43 AM
I'm so self concious about this, I just had to do one:

Mechanical pencil on the first piece of paper I saw laying around. Under 5 minutes.

I'll redo it and treat that as a study, I want to do a nice clean colored version of it. The man was truly my hero my entire life and I feel bad as hell for missing this after I looked forward to it being picked :(

10 October 2004, 01:38 AM
Wacom in Photoshop, 45 minutes, ref (


The 'reference' you used looks like a rip of something Dan Jurgens did for Superman #86.

10 October 2004, 07:06 PM
Art2 - your picture made my eyes well up. It reminds me of Superman when he was killed by Doomsday. Its kinda wild to think that a movie/comic book icon such as Superman can instill such inspiration from all different artists.

Your picture had a deep affect on me...

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