Superman is © DC Comics. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
[And] when I draw the character [Superman], I put the ‘S’ on last, because that’s the thing that defines him and empowers him. Without it, he’s just another superhero with a cape. But when you put the ‘S’ symbol on, it raises him to an iconic level.— Jim Lee, on drawing Superman for DC’s “For Tomorrow” story arch
He is absolutely right.
This drawing really just started off nothing more than an exercise on anatomy, as I am rarely asked to draw male characters, so I draw various male figures so that I don’t get rusty. Along the way I drew a chiseled jaw, broad shoulders. Then somehow the spit curl came, then the cape. Before the ‘S’, he’s nothing more than another superhero, then I put on the ‘S’. Jim Lee is absolutely correct. The symbol brings the character into his iconic level. He is Superman.
I wanted to keep the pencil intact, so this was never meant to be inked or colored. It was all done using Painter 12 and a WACOM Intuos3. I wanted to draw his new look, making a few tweaks here and there for personal touch.
As a small treat, here’s the intro to the animation that officially introduced me to the Man of Steel