Watch this Self-Taught Artist Recreate Tom Holland’s Iron Spider
Ever given up on a project—whether it was a painting, a story, or school work—after a few minutes because of the sheer size of the undertaking? Me too. And we could both learn a little bit from this guy.
Wajid Ali spends seemingly most of his time making photorealistic portraits of pop culture’s biggest and baddest characters. In July, he worked on a recreation of the Iron Spider suit—the one teased in Spider-Man: Homecoming and unleashed in Avengers: Infinity War. And it only took him 30 hours.
Major kudos to Ali for the dedication and discipline it takes to put his time and energy into something like that off the clock. But even greater is the artist’s skill. Using colored pencils on paper, it’s incredible how much the colors pop. The finished product is as detailed as the most thorough of professional concept art. Looking at the suit worn by Tom Holland in the MCU, Ali’s rendering is staggeringly accurate as well.
Wajid Ali, located in Birmingham, England, is a self-taught artist, but that clearly presents no hurdles. He’s posted dozens of equally excellent pieces on his Instagram (@waj_artology) since he created the page in March 2017. Many of the drawings are of superstar actors in character, like this insanely photorealistic portrait of Josh Brolin as Deadpool 2’s Cable.
The texture and shading of the skin in that photo—I mean, that drawing—are almost too good to be true. We’re hoping Ali will generate enough buzz and get an opportunity to start creating the heroes of future movies in the MCU or DCEU. Maybe he could team up with other artists and reincarnate Darkseid or Kang the Conqueror for the big screen?
Until then, if you like Ali’s work, help him out and buy a print from his Etsy page. Having a photorealistic Venom mounted above your bed will really help you sleep at night.
Featured image: Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland). Photo: Film Frame. ©Marvel Studios 2018