This is a ‘draw it again’ piece from summer 2019. I drew the original in 2014, during my early days of digital art. My original intent, even back then, was to try to capture something about the relationship between Batman and the city of Neo-Gotham, yet my lack of skill and effort meant that was never properly communicated.
I tried to inject more narrative with the lighting and composition, and I hope that through that, I’ve managed to tell a little bit more about that story this third time around!
“You’re pretty strong for a clown who thinks he’s Batman.” - Batman Beyond 1x02
Dustin Nguyen joked to me I should draw Terry McGinnis in this black and red jacket but bloody, and how could I resist? This was one of the paintings I rigged and brought to life!
A rough painting.
This was an adventure in trying to capture likeness but avoid the uncanny valley. Whether I succeeded or not, this was a great learning opportunity.
The window scene from the Batman Beyond episode “Once Burned” has left a lasting impact on me.
I’ve been very into this deep 3/4 view of the head. (Send help)
I started this painting a week before the visually similar Heroes in Crisis was released. I considered abandoning this for fear of accusations of stealing, but I was only a few hours away from finishing, so I saw it through.
This was the real start of my love affair with mimicking gel lighting. I really love borrowing photography lighting concepts and applying them to character illustration!
A quick return to my comfort zone of dramatic stage lighting. Experimenting with moving away from semi-realism in favor of heavy stylization!
That final scene of Terry against Neo-Gotham’s skyline in Return of the Joker continues to haunt me and won’t let me go. Or maybe it’s me who doesn’t want to let go of it?
Sketch in SAI, background in Photoshop CC 2018, rendered in SAI, color correction in PS CC 18
A commission of Ginko from the manga/anime Mushi-shi.