THE FIRST PASS AT SMALLVILLE BATMAN

WELL,  the thing about Smallville is that esthetically, all of the costumes on the set of that show are derived from everyday clothing that people either don’t normally wear or are tailored with DC characters in mind with a twist in the concept on clothing you can probably find anywhere.  They always teased you with the idea of capes and long boots. And i kinda liked that. It made the producers and the costume designers think inside the box and off to the left.  I wanted to go the same route with Bats. I wanted him to wear gimmicky clothing based on tech and materials already existing yet repurposed and reconfigured to match his sensibililties. Essentially, a well-talented CosPlayer who is great at making really great costumes would be able to pull it off easily and it would still look great.

    When Kwanza Johnson asked me to be on the Smallville project, there was no way i was  going to say NO.  Who would pass up the chance to create Batman for Smallville?  The thing that everyone was begging for when the series was live?  

    Hell YEAH, i was gonna do it. Even though i had something that i was privately working on and was going to take a month off to do it, you don’t pass up paying work. EVER. 
And defiinitely not something that’s going to make a mark like RECREATING one of the most prevalent heroes ever made.  One that even made weaponsmakers rethink portable, personal and mobile combat just off of the ideas the creators in the past had the Bats use to get out of hairy situations.  

   I came up with my first spin for Batman. I wasn’t going for cape, per say, just something that would turn into one if he needed to glide to the next building or out of a high flying plane in chaos.

You never know with Bats.

 

So i thought, if he went to a fetish shop and got some leather or rubber latex masks,  and some black facepaint, he could scare the living stew out of someone he was persuing.  The costume just naturally followed. 

Methinks it was too much for their minds.   They thought it would bring the wrong message… and it was too dark for the Dark Knight.  

 

Okay.  Right. 😀

 

HE’s the DARK KNIGHT, people.  I was going for urban warrior in a preparation for superurban combat.  So if he’s a Billionaire, he’d want nondiscript materials that he can alter to his liking with no crazy overhead and remaking material that will do what he wants is the ultimate in ego.  

Even up to slapping the inside of his elbows against his symbol unlocking the jacket that would cling to his inside arms so that it would balloon out as wings when he wanted to beat feet from tall distances.  Or smack the material and it would become superhard armor that would block projectiles and some energy bolts.  I know. I think too much.

IN the end, they didn’t use it, but you get to SEE IT.

I can’t wait for someone to CosPlay this uni.  I would FREAK in joy if they did. 😀

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MORE OF THE BATS, LIGHTNING, AND EXPLODING SPACE.

I did this Commish for a cool dude named Ari.  He has this thing where he’s trying to get as many people as possible to draw Batman on a Gargoyle in a rainstorm.  He wound up getting some really great artists.  I really need to find the one he got Steve Epting to do  It’s so good it’s MADDENING. 😀

BUT FOR THE FUTURE, if you happen to come across this and you want a commission from me, you can contact me here, or on Facebook through the messenger or Mark Hay, my art agent, over at Splash Page Comic Art.  He’ll help you get set up right! 

 

HERE’S A BONUS!

My commishes of someone that wanted SHAZAM! and GENUS, CAPTAIN MARVEL (the one i drew back in the days) sharing the same space.  I figured it would be great to show them connected like Genus was with Rick Jones.   And lastly , the commish i did for this, now i’m presuming, Venezuelan? brother who really wanted an ETERNITY drawing. 

So i obliged!!  Hope you likes!!

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THE SKELETON OF THE FIRST BOOK OF THE CHRISCROSS SMALLVILLE: DETECTIVE

I figured since the first issue of Smallville:Detective has already hit the populace… and it’s doing really well!… and i think it’s time to shed some light on some things.  Firstly, I’ve seen some blogs and some video reviews that think that Cat Staggs, the great and amazing painter, created the look for the Batman costume. Not only did i do that, but i created the different color mockups that would eventually be the born identitly of the Smallville Batman.  Kinda proud of that too. 😀

I will post those as i go.  Not only did i create Bat’s look but i created NightWing’s as well.  Had fun with that one.  Although, It was Bryan Q. Miller’s thought that Barbara Gordon as Nightwing… then it was indeed Stephanie Brown.. was to have purple hair.  And since i didn’t want any Hit-Girl vibes, i opted for different color schemes… even if it won’t be shown on the pice i’ll post soon.  But you’ll like the effort. I promise. Stay tuned.

 

I’m posting the penciled pages of the first issue. All ten. So you can get a feel for what it is i do on a page. What my process is.  Some hand-drawn, some photoshop effects, some other stuff with other programs i’d rather keep as my Mother Sauce and out of prying eyes.  Hey, we all gotta have our secrets!  I want to post those ten pages and then post those in color without the dialogue in the next blog.  

Now to answer a burning question… why doesn’t ChrisCross draw the characters of Smallville to look EXACTLY like the Smallville actors in the Teevee series?  Good Question. It was what i was asking when they kept sending the pages back to retool because it looked EXACTLY like them.  

And the best way to explain is this… i’m guessing there’s some contractual clause on the legalese of the Smallville actors and the WB’s/Time Warner contracts that alot for a certain stipend or royalties or  some kind of permissive process that needs to be okayed in advance before anyone can draw the exact images of the actors themselves.  SO drawing them without permission may cause some kind of legal action somewhere.   

Don’t tell anyone,… that doesn’t stop me from getting one close-to-exact likeness in a panel here and there somewhere….

 

BUt when you read this, i hope that answered a ton concerning the “why Tom Welling isn’t being made to look like he does in Smallville.”  i really want to, but i have to also explain how HARD it really is to maintain a character that’s patterned directly from a living being.  And the amount of reference that has to be CONTINUOUSLY compiled.  Gigs, man.  GIIIIGZ…. 😀

 

Well, you can see from my images what fun i was having on the first ten pages.  For you, Strictly in pencil in the grayscale format that’s monochromed the blue line in the original penciled pages.  Also, if you notice, i have this thing about putting images between and behind panels as a psychological component.  Give your mind something to see even when you’re not focusing on it. 😀  Yes. Your mind IS INDEED that smart.  I like doing things like that. It’s art within art. 

Hope you enjoy and i welcome any and all questions and comments about the process. Or just pop by to say hi. 

 

I dont bite. 😀

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