Raheem Nelson

Captain America Vs. Iron Man

I’ve been a Marvel Comics fan since I was 7 years old and we’re in the golden age of comic book superhero movies. 

I never could’ve imagined seeing the Avengers on screen together. Captain America: Civil War came out on Thursday in the US and I’ve already seen it twice. 

I’m familiar with the comic book storyline and I actually think the movie adaptation is far better. The comic pretty much turns Iron Man into a villain for the sake of the story. A lot of characters also make decisions that don’t fit who they are either. 

Here are some bullet points on what I thought of the movie: 

-Chris Evans really elevated his performance as Captain America. I was worried that Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark/Iron Man would overshadow him but he holds his own. 

-Black Panther was a force of nature and they nailed the intensity of the character. 

-Spider-Man was pitch perfect and stole the scenes he was in. 

-It’s a great continuation of The Winter Soldier storyline but also shows the repercussions of Age of Ultron. 

-The Airport scene is the highlight of the film. 

-Civil War does a great job of humanizing The Winter Soldier this time around. 

-Avengers like Black Widow, Falcon and Scarlet Witch get their time to shine. 

-Finally, the pacing was fantastic and I loved the storyline and how it shows the psychological damage these heroes endure.

Now, for the art. I painted Captain America and Iron Man in similar fashion. It started with a loose pencil sketch, a tighter pencil sketch, the underpainting and then the final painting and blending. 

I feel liked I’m truly comfortable with The Apple Pencil now. Writing and drawing on it is smooth and fluid like pencil and paper.

Both paintings feature zoomed in perspectives. I did this intentionally to capture the essence of the characters. 

The “Old Square Brush” and “Wet Oil Brush” was what I used to paint these portraits. They were done while looking at photo reference on my iPhone. The brushes can be found on the forums for Procreate along with many more custom brushes.

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