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The Batman that cares about the inmates is my favorite. He doesn’t put up with their shit, but he does try to reach out here and there and he’s as human as he can be to them.

When Harley was re-institutionalized, he got her that dress she wanted.

In the comics based on B:tAS, there was a time during Christmas that there was snow and it was Mr. Freeze’s fault, and he was making it snow because Christmas was his anniversary with Nora and she LOVED it when it snowed on Christmas, so Batman let him finish mourning before calmly taking him back to Arkham.

He never, ever gives up on Harvey possibly recovering.

Sure, Batman is going to throw punches and do what it takes to take these guys down when they’re hurting or threatening people. And he’s not going be a complete bleeding heart; he has to protect the innocent. He’s going to take them down and take them back to Arkham, but it doesn’t mean he’s incapable of being a bit human to the ones who deserve it.

Jesus Christ I remember this episode when I was little and I was fucked up at the end of it.

I really need to watch this series again

I’ve never understood why so many people try to make Batman a psychotic jerk driven by a need for vengeance. I prefer THIS Batman: One who is driven, haunted and obsessed, but one who does it all because he wants to help people.

This was MY Batman. The one I grew up with. This was the Batman that made me love Superhero Fantasy. I wish there was more of this kinda stuff today. :)

How do I become a full time illustrator?


A young, aspiring illustrator recently asked me how to become a full time freelancer. The answer is murky at best and provides no quick route to a stable career, but I’d like to think I learned a thing or two over the last fifteen-ish years that’s worth repeating.

I was lucky in that I started a…

Advice I’ve been looking for! :) Time to get back to my studies and digital painting stuff….Itching to get something DONE!

Tonight’s life drawing class work! The model was nude for thirty minutes then clothed for another thirty minutes in the same pose. Understanding the structure of the body underneath helps a lot with drapery! :D One of my favorite classes next to Monday Quicksketch(which I sadly can no longer go to since the class goes till ten and the buses only run until 9pm. :P ).

Can’t wait for next week! Feel like I’m starting to get out of a plateau! :D

Sketchbook dump 2!

Pencil under-drawing for my current Gouache painting of Red from Orange is the New Black, my last gouache painting of Danai Gurira, a pencil and graphite powder drawing of Loial from The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time series), An experiment in ballpoint and white ink pen, a plein air study in watercolor and derwent inktense pencils, and finally character sheets of Nightwing and Batgirl.

Gonna go through Sketchbook by sketch book and class lesson to lesson. First up: Facial feature and likeness studies from Master Copies, Photos, and (in the last one)plaster cast studies. The sketches in the first image are of the Actress from Orphan Black, Tatiana Maslany.These were done in graphite and white charcoal. The white is already fading a bit because I use a cheap fixative(hairspray) but, since these are for study, preserving them is not a big priority. I just don’t want them to smear on the adjacent page 

These have helped IMMENSELY!!! Especially drawing plaster cast studies from life and doing master copies. I highly recommend browsing through and looking for ten to twenty artists to study and then chunk it down. Once you understand structure(research Loomis, Reilly Abstraction, and Asaro heads), it helps to look at each feature one by one before you put them all back together. Some of my favorites to study: Rockwell, Bouguereau, Alma-Tadema, Leyendecker, Adam Hughes(not pictured), and Drew Struzan(not pictured.) 

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