3/7/07

Batman



I got the green light from DC to share some of the new covers I have been working on, so first up is the Batman. Along with the finished image, I have posted the line art (drawn in pencil) before I took it into Photoshop for color, and the initial sketch. As you can see, I completed the background completely in Photoshop, where I also drew the rope of Batman's grappling hook (Bathook?).

When I started coloring, I planned for the usual Batman night shot and went so far as to make an entire night-time city scape for the background. I had spotlights flying around, with a huge beam back-lighting Batman. However, even after many hours of noodling, I was really dissatisfied with what I was getting and decided to scrap almost everything (I did save the BG for possible later use). So, I started over, and instead built a new city (primarily with the line tool and transformations) based on a great old image of art deco buildings and inspiration I drew from the Batman animated series backgrounds. After a lot of experimentation, I eventually wound up with what could be seen as an early morning shot. I figure Batman has been out all night doing his thing. It was a background gradient that really inspired me to pop the sun out, and I hope it works. He has to be out in daylight sometimes, right?

More to come.

J

17 comments:

Batgirls--itch said...

Joshua,
Thanks again for selling me some of your art. I'll post it on my site soon.You have artistic merit and can't wait to see what's in the future. Hope to view more posts.
I wish you health, happiness, and success.
Airborne,
RM

Scott F said...

Mmm some sweet Middleton goodness right here! I cannot wait to see the other ones. It amazes me what you can do in Photoshop.

Cannot wait to see the other ones... want me to post this up tonight?

ONESICKINDIVIDUAL said...

awesome contrast to have batman in daylight. always cool to see the process. nicely done!

Dean Trippe said...

dude that is really rocking! i've been hoping to see more batstuff from you since those sketches you posted a while back. excellent pic, excellent concept.

MedragoR said...

I am impressed by the work that you made it is original as way of coloring your works thus good continuation

Amanda Grazini said...

It's so nice that we can see it from the first sketch!

Joshua James said...

You just keep rockin it...

colin said...

It's an interesting take, especially the "cartoony" feel you have given Batman himself. I have to say I was expecting something a lot more realist, based on the other work on your web-site, but being surprised is not a bad thing!

The daylight colors work well, too.

Bill Reed said...

May I ask on which book this will be appearing?

jesshickman said...

Thank you for posting this! I love to read how artists work on their images.

COMIKXGUY said...

nice batman dude

i'll probably see you next week at wizworld la!

Joshua Middleton said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone.

I don't know what book this cover will end up on. I am doing a bunch of covers ahead of time, which DC will then use wherever and whenever they see fit. The good news is that I get to draw a lot of different characters. The challenge is to draw interesting images without including any specific story elements or settings that would otherwise conflict with using the covers wherever they are needed.

Anyway, thanks again. I'll post another one soon.

J

Joshm said...

Awesome! Not much more to say about it. What I like the most is that the depth in the foreground complements the city. It really gives it that depth. You inspired me to start a blog myself, so take a look some time.

www.joshmsblog1.blogspot.com

Meefoonay said...

as always i love your batman. would love to see you on the book itself too.

Meefoonay said...

whoops meefoonay = estlin i'm on the wrong account somehow. :^D

danj said...

It really blows me away how much your color adds to your work. The linework alone is beautiful and graceful, but the color compliments it just perfectly.

Know what I mean? Some artists' work isn't really changed all that much by color. They let the line do all the work. But you seem to hold the line back a bit, giving yourself room to let the color handle parts of the work. I think that's really great. It's unusual in comics as well, I think.

gawd0r said...

Very impressive, man!
Kudos!