A detailed look at Meghan’s first crack at the Caped Crusader.
When Meghan finished this piece in May of 2013 she had this to say…
Anyway, I know absolutely nothing about this character. I’ve never even held a Bat-book in my hands. The only knowledge I have of him comes from internet heresay and the movies, specifically the Tim Burton ones. That being said, I’ve always loved the conflicting design elements of the character, the art deco, minimalist approach some artists take, vs the heavy gothic approach others do.
As they say, what a difference a year makes. She’s now penciled and inked an entire Batman book (Batman: Joker’s Daughter) and is currently working on Nightwing #30.
Here’s a look at her process for this piece. All descriptions are Meghan’s own words.
I was just called out, probably because of Richard Cox’s awesome piece he posted this morning, on the fact that, with my love of dramatic perspective, moody lighting, capes and “grittier” characters…. I’ve never drawn Batman. Not a “real” piece anyway. SO. Mockup time!
Hard part, the perspective framework, is done. Now on to the obnoxious part… aaaaaaall the windows *twitch*
Yes folks, i’m drawing this one. No lightboxing. Coz i’m an idiot, LOL. There’s also going to be a bit more going on in the foreground, but it’ll come in a bit. Focusing on the building first.
ALL THE WINDOWS! *cries*
Anyway, i’m having a very strong argument with myself that this “needs” something. I keep debating a to whether to toss in the grappling hook line or not… but then i remember that this is a piece more about the lighting and mood of it, and quite frankly, the hook didn’t look right on the mockup.
Remember, this piece is coming from a girl who knows NOTHING about Batman. I’ve never even held a book with him in my hands, and my only real knowledge of him comes from the Tim Burton movies of all things. I always have a tendency to see him as kind of a creepy, fucked up sort of guy, kinda like that “monster in the night” mentality. I also like the moshup of Art Deco and Gothic styles, as oddball as it may be.
I’m rambling. You’ll get the idea when i get the inks are done.
Outline inks done on Bats, and I’m starting to figure out how the lighting is going to work.
Almost 6 hrs, but the windows are inked. I’m thinking I might actually use greyscale copics on the buildings. I spent too much time inking those things to cover everything up… Plus, they’re quicker, lol. MUCH quicker.
And once again, the final piece.
You may purchase this beauty here. (also includes much larger scan of the art!)