Year: 2008 Client: DC Comics Media: Pencil & India Ink on Strathmore 500 Series Illustration Board, then colored with Adobe Photoshop CS2
Promotional giveaway poster for DC Comics at 2008 conventions. A big job. Woof.
The reason why Catwoman is the only character wearing black (DC wanted everyone in white) is because DC didn't want Catwoman included! Her book was being canceled at the time, and it was felt that they shouldn't be 'promoting her' as a result.
I argued and argued for her inclusion, and decided to draw her in for my own benefit, all the way on the end, knowing I could Photoshop her out in the coloring phase. Typically when DC saw Catwoman, they loved her and asked if she could be included. This was about 12 hours before the piece was due.
Catwoman was only penciled at that point, so I knew I could ink her in a black dress and there'd be no time for it to be changed, so.... there you go.
If you're looking for a STORY reason why Selina is in black, not just my behind-the-curtains explanation: Selina gets invited, at the last minute, to this 'Women of DC' photo-shoot, and is told to wear white. Out of spite, she wears the blackest dress she's ever stolen. She DID bring a white cat, though!
From the left side: Catwoman, Barbara Gordon (seated), Zatanna, Black Canary, Powergirl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batwoman (seated), Vixen, Poison Ivy, & Harley Quinn.
Harry Potter and the Game of Thrones! (because my brain has this terrible urge to make connections between everything I've read, have the Harry Potter characters sorted into the houses of Westeros xD) I left out some houses and characters because I couldn't match them (sorry Baratheon! >< let me know if you have any ideas!) but here goes...
♣ Harry Potter as House Stark: the boy who was promised, a thing for honour and "saving people", and a house of orphans destined for great things.
♣ Hermione Granger as House Martell: headstrong, intelligent and outspoken - there's a reason Hermione was sorted into Gryffindor.
♣ The Weasleys as House Tully: a loyal family of redheads, seemingly rustic but can surprise you with their badassery.
♣ Neville Longbottom as House Tyrell: because Tyrell's words are so appropriate! although not as political, he's a power that grows throughout the story, and the sigil fits Neville's love of herbology.
♣ Luna Lovegood as House Arryn: an association with air and high places that fits Ravenclaw Tower; seen as detached and a bit kooky by others.
♣ The Malfoys as House Lannister: arrogant blondes loaded with old money that they use for political power... they are a close-knit family, in their own way (and Narcissa's actions at the end are very much "a Lannister always pays her debts")
♣ Severus Snape as House Greyjoy: harsh and unforgiving; the house of Turncloaks and self-proclaimed Princes who make terrible life choices. (ahaha so basically all my favourites are Greyjoys... /hides)
♣ Dolores Umbridge as House Bolton: creepy and manipulative; fond of pink and controlling their enemies by cutting them open.
♣ Fenrir Greyback as House Clegane: the Mad Dog, or the Mountain That Bites... employed as a vicious bruiser by the other Houses.
♣ Voldemort as House Targaryen: 'madness and greatness are two sides of the same coin'; ambitious, ruthless and scarily powerful.
EDIT 03/07/13: This piece has been licensed by the BBC! Now available as an official Sherlock print in the BBC Shop, as well as from Big Chief Studios!
Painted this over Livestream in about 4 hours, you can view the full recording at my new Youtube channel. Thank you very much to all who stayed and watched! I have always loved all imagery of Sherlock Holmes playing the violin, I find it very striking and it's one of his most recognizable and interesting character traits. This piece is inspired by BBC's Sherlock (I cannot possibly recommend this show more!)
Time-lapsed process video can be watched here. Drawn and painted in Adobe Photoshop with a Wacom tablet. Reference from here.
Available to buy as a phone case and other products here.
EDIT 10/09/13: I have provided this high-res wallpaper as a COURTESY to fellow Sherlock fans, and I expect my work to be treated with respect. Time and time again I have seen art thieves download this painting, PHOTOSHOP OUT MY SIGNATURE, and re-upload it to their own websites as a "free wallpaper," or, even worse, print it as a poster or on a phone case to sell on eBay, Amazon, Etsy, StoreEnvy, etc. It's absolutely ridiculous and disappointing. I'm leaving the wallpaper up because I know most don't do that, but I'm going to say this once again since it's apparently not clear: DO NOT REMOVE MY SIGNATURE FROM THIS ARTWORK FOR ANY REASON . If you see this painting on any of the above sites, please do me a favor and report it. If you see this painting on any products or websites without credit to me, I ask you not to buy it, and JUST REPORT IT. Thank you.
Detail from the H.P. Lovecraft Rules of Survival poster, available for only $10 on my online store: [link]
Books, folklore, higher education, chanting, and in fact all methods of imparting knowledge are potentially able to tear a hole in the very fabric of reality, unleashing ancient, mouldering, effuent horrors the very sight of which will drive men mad! Learn what to avoid to survive your terrible fate with this helpful poster!
After a moment something about the size of a small horse hopped out into the grey twilight, and Carter turned sick at the aspect of that scabrous and unwholesome beast, whose face is so curiously human despite the absence of a nose, a forehead, and other important particulars. —H. P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
Just messing about with the online art community again. ^_^
Other sizes and options available here on DeviantArt by clicking "buy this print" to the right of the page.
As Mr. Lovecraft has warned us, the world is a dark and evil place. Every year thousands of unsuspecting people are hurled into a bottomless abyss of soul churning madness by catching a mere glimpse of the unspeakable entities that exist outside of the realm of human perception.
DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!
Text by the perpetually awesome Josh Finney , art by me!
CLOSE-UPS - take a look at the next three deviations in my gallery to see some details from the poster!
Napier/Nigma/Isley/Dent... how may we direct your kill? It's the Mad Men (and Women) of Arkham Asylum in this Comic Book/Emmy Themed mash-up.
The Riddler's focus group questions are maddening. Two-Face is obsessed with 2-for-1 offers. Poison Ivy has founded a go-green movement. And the Joker keeps running out of pencils. But at the end of a rough day, Harley Quinn is ready with a drink that will knock you out (umm, literally)!