“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud
Thursday, August 28, 2008
More 'Dark Knight' as requested by ERIC JIMINEZ and his COMPATRIOTS.
He asked if I could stay in the Batman frame of mind after my previous post and after visiting their Dark Knight tribute blog, I thought it'd be fun to have a say. But as most memorable and obvious scenes in the movie were already spoken for, I was at a loss as to what to do. So I decided to take on this little ditty - I thought it'd be a great exercise in how to render something in black and white (Batman and the Batpod, both being completely matte black, are practically silhouettes throughout the entire chase and showdown) and still have it be semi-legible, and also how to represent speed in a still image (they're zipping around at full-tilt speeds though Gotham - especially when he tries to run down The Joker after the semi flips over).
So I thought, "Well... that seems easy enough." Heh.
Then I start to draw the thing and I think, "Crimeny! This is a lot tougher than I thought!" That and because of the angle I chose and the compostion, I had to draw Batman's butt sticking up into the air. That's just bad planning, man! This one took less than 90 because I didn't have to render too many elements - just a ton of black areas. The only hold up was the fact that I had to find reference on the Batpod.
Speaking of which, have you guys seen the thing running? I somehow remember seeing clips of it zooming about with a guy in a red and white jumpsuit riding it. Point being, the sucker works! How awesome is that?!
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