I've always been interested in depicting classic moments of pop culture literature in more unique and original ways. In this case, I wanted to illustrate Batman's origin but not in the way it's usually depicted with young Bruce Wayne kneeling by his parent's dead bodies in the middle of crime alley. When I came up with the idea of using his mother's pearls, which are ripped off as both his parents are gunned down, I thought that I had actually come up with something both cool and original as I had never seen it shown that way before.
So you can imagine my disappointment months after I started this piece when I came upon another illustration using that same concept (though executed much differently than I've done here). So I thought, "Oh, well. What the heck - might as well just finish it and move on with my life." So here ya go. Hope anyone who sees this and is a Batman fan enjoys it!