In the old days of the "Fortress of Solitude: West Coast" blog, I posted my opinions regarding the portrayal of Superman through the years. Though Christopher Reeve was great in the first two feature films, I still think that George Reeves is my favorite Superman.
Many many years ago, I'd wanted to make a drawing of Reeves, in a contemplative pose-- more a drawing of George Reeves than one of Superman. It's kind of hard to explain; I wanted him to be in the costume that made him an enduring star, and yet I wanted the viewer to focus on Reeves the human being. I wanted him to appear deep in thought, sort of oblivious to how the public loved him as Superman, sort of "here I am as Superman forever, but I'm also still George Bessolo..." He needed to look flashy and heroic, yet vulnerable and disappointed in spite of it all.
In keeping with my habits... About 10 years later, I'm doing this painting!
It's acrylic paint on a 16 x 20 canvas, and I just finished plotting the subject and some of the values in raw sienna. I think the likeness and pose are exactly what I'd originally wanted back last decade. What a procrastinating bum I am!