Today’s featured iPad art is Batman themed, and more great work from Raheem Nelson – aka Eye of the Sun God on Flickr. First up is the image above, The Dark Knight. Here’s more about the piece, straight from the artist himself:
I’ve been meaning to paint Christopher Nolan’s version of Batman since The Dark Knight Rises came out in July. There were so many hours put into this painting that I lost track. The estimate is at least 20 hours over six sittings. The original version I posted to Facebook had a cowl that was too thick and shoulders that weren’t wide enough. Thankfully my friend, Chris, caught this and let me know something was off. As careful as I was measuring proportions the whole time sometimes another pair of eyes can be a good thing. Now maybe I can get that Hans Zimmer Batman theme out of my head.
This was created in ArtRage for iPad.
Here’s a follow-up image – this one of Catwoman s portrayed by Anne Hathaway:
Again, here are Raheem’s words on this work:
The follow up painting to The Dark Knight. This is the Anne Hathaway version of Catwoman. The anatomy was the hardest thing about this painting and it went through several iterations over many different sittings. I had to measure the proportions very carefully to pull over a solid sketch. The costume hatching came from what I learned about painting Batman. I was going to leave her unblended but the rough brush strokes didn’t work for her features like they did for the Batman painting. The background is more abstract than the photo reference. I think it helps her stand out more. The snow brought the subject and the background together.
I love both images. I’m not even a huge fan of the Batman movies, but I can appreciate the pure visual appeal of these films – and I think Raheem has captured that really well in these images. They’re striking and powerful, just like the two characters. And Catwoman is especially easy on the eyes.