Eric Orchard is a wonderful artist, his work has a beautiful whimsical quality, it can be extremely soft and nuanced, or very graphic and powerful. Recently Eric had some awesome kirby inspired drawings on his blog. And it got me to thinking about old comic characters. After trading a couple of emails with Eric and we decided to each post a sketch - I chose Dr. Mid-Nite (as many of my friends know, I am a huge fan), and Eric chose Hourman. I love the designs of those old characters, like Hourman, the original Sandman or the first Blue Beetle. They're just so classic!
The sketch was inspired by how Dr. Mid-Nite used smoke bombs to fight crime (second only to sandmans sleeping gun), I tried to invision him coming into focus through the smoke. Nowadays every superhero has bones sticking out of their skin and telepathic fire that shoots out of their eyes which they got from hell. But Dr. Mid-Nite could just see in the dark, and he was really a doctor.