Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Different Take on Batman's Origin

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!


  1. I know the feeling. I'm glad you finished it. Great piece and storytelling!

  2. Aaawww! Your narrative is giving me goosebumps. This is actually more intense anf compelling than illustrating a scene in the obvious way. I love this very much. It creates the setting and is quite emotional, now triggering the audience to root for Bruce Wayne. Well done. As I write this comment, I am distracted by your handsome and attractive profile photo. Thank you for your thoughtful comment about social media. You nailed it right. I think we all try to connect in whatever way we could. I did block a lot of "friends" though and also just got rid of them on my list. This morning three of them sent me another "friend" invitation. Sigh. Have a great week!

  3. WOW! This is fabulous, Mau! I really, really admire your ability to take a story, break it down, and present your unique viewpoint. Beautifully crafted, as per usual...I'm so sad to see those sad eyes in little Batman as this is happening. Great use of silhouette and lighting too. Fabulous!


Thanks for letting me know what you think :)