AdamHughes's avatar

Ozymandias and The Comedian

796 112 61K (1 Today)
By AdamHughes   |   
© 2009 - 2020 AdamHughes
Since the ART OF WATCHMEN book has come out, I feel comfortable posting the art I did for the 8 minutes I worked on the film...

First, the back story. I was contacted by representatives of 300 director Zack Snyder, while 300 was in postproduction, about doing designs for 4 of the 6 main characters from WATCHMEN. Zack wanted me to design the look of the characters, and then do 4 'cover-quality' color illustrations to hep convince the suits & ties at Warner Bros. Pictures to green-light his WATCHMEN film.

I did a first round of sketches, talked with Mr. Snyder, did a second round of looser sketches based on our discussions, and then was given the go-ahead to proceed with designing full illustrations. Since I was running late on CATWOMAN covers as well as other things, I was juggling the assignments. Since I do art for whomever yells the loudest, the WATCHMEN stuff took a minor backburner placing on my To Do List. I never heard from them, they never called or e-mailed saying "Hey, hurry up, you bastard!", so I worked on Selina Kyle.

Then, 300 came out.

It did so well in its opening weekend, Warner Bros. green-lit WATCHMEN the following Monday.

I guess my services weren't required, because I never heard back from the WATCHMEN people. I could've finished the color pieces on principle, like a good freelancer, but I'm so slow that my time is kinda precious, and I don't want to waste time drawing something that isn't going to be used. So, I just chalked it up to "That's business...".

The WATCHMEN people contacted me much later, asking for high-rez versions of the sketches for the inevitable ART OF book. I pointed out that, since I never actually did the assignment I was asked to do, I had never been paid. To their credit, once we agreed on a rate for just the sketches, they check arrived so fast, the envelope was warm, the ink was still wet, and the FedEx guy was out of breath. The WATCHMEN movie guys are a pretty respectable gang, as far as my experience goes.


Director Zack Snyder said he really wanted to get away from the gold body suit with purple tunic look for the Big O, and kinda agree wit the sentiment. Making that suit from the comic could make or break the film; if the audience laughs at Ozymandias, WATCHMEN just won't work dramatically.

We discussed ideas, and Zack really liked the idea of keeping the 'Alexander the Great' motif. My design was basically a handsome blonde guy in a cuirass (sculpted breastplate) but with tights on underneath. In the final film, they seem to have gone with a straight-up BATMAN rubber bodysuit, but at least it doesn't look silly (to me, anyways). We'll see how he plays in context, onscreen.

****The Comedian***

As you can see, I was asked to do no designs for Dr. Manhattan or Rorshach. Why? Because Zack said they were going to make it to the screen virtually identical to the comic; they would require no 'adapting'.

Well, since the Comedian is just wearing military gear with a couple patriotic shoulder pads, I kinda thought he wouldn't need to be adapted for screen, either. But, they wanted to see a design, so I did one. It's basically the same as the comic. If I had gone to the final illustration, I would've just given him hyper-accurate & realistic gear; sort of the way Michael Golden loves to draw guns and equipment.

Well, thats my WATCHMEN experience. When people ask me how much involvement I had in the WATCHMEN film, I usually just say: "Well, for $10, I think they're gonna let me see it...".

Image size
864x622px 280.97 KB
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In
CostumesbyCourtney's avatar
CostumesbyCourtneyProfessional Artisan Crafter
I really like your version of Ozymandias. The one we got in the movie was alright, if a little typical of the genre (if I see one more rubber bodysuit I swear...), this moves away from that in a realistic way that's also authentic to the character.
Alf-Alpha's avatar
Alf-AlphaProfessional Traditional Artist
wow,didn't know you actually worked on the movie!
gyrefalcon's avatar
I like your pose on Ozymandias!
RobVz's avatar
even though rorshach and dr m didnt need adaptions ur drawings of them would of been awesome like these
Miss-Pixie-Duchess's avatar
Your Ozymandias looks so....


I love it.
DAREPPER's avatar
Sent an earlier message but no notification that it was sent so posting again.
Is there any detailed documentation of the first fight between The Comedian
and Ozymandias when he was younger? I read that Ozymandias lost, but would
like to know exactly what happened when they first encountered one another.
Haven't read the graphic novel but like the story and the movie. Actually think
it is one of the best Super Hero movies ever made. Would be interesting to
do a Watchmen movie showing the adventures of the Minute Men and then
Watchmen before 1985.
DAREPPER's avatar
Wanted to ask one question. How come there is no detailed information on the first Comedian/Ozymandias fight when Comedian beat him? It is said to be in the book by Hollis Mason "Under The Hood" but there is not enough information detailing how it started and what happened. Note, I haven't read the graphic novel but like the
AdamHughes's avatar
I suggest reading the graphic novel! It'll explain things way better than I could.
jdarko82's avatar
jdarko82 Digital Artist
How the eff did I miss this
nisa13's avatar
nisa13Professional Digital Artist
i would have loved it if you made some art work for Rorshach,since he is so similar to batman n' i know u love batman,loved the movie tho,did u?
barksodaverne's avatar
as for the suits, WATCHMEN may very well be the first super-hero movie I watched in which superheroes don't look ridiculous in their suits
SkellingtonGhost's avatar
SkellingtonGhostHobbyist General Artist
ozy's look is pretty cool better than movie and comic verson lol but i liked movie and comic camedion better yours its good but it doesnt seem like him to me idk but good work their both alwsome looking
marshmallowkitty's avatar
marshmallowkittyHobbyist General Artist
You worked on watchmen?!? Even for eight minutes, thanks SIKK!!!
bandanapirate's avatar
Cool. I love both the comic and the movie. The story was just so well thought out, and executed so well.
Koldhaart's avatar
KoldhaartHobbyist Writer
I like your design for Ozy more. The Batman stuff they did in the movie robbed him of his majesty (both in his own mind and in those who saw him). The suit you imagined does the idea of Ozymandias justice, even considering the time frame of the audience who would be watching him.
Ziggyman's avatar
ZiggymanProfessional General Artist
The shirt of the Comedian is a nice touch (Red and whites stripes, I presume). And in Ozzy, the breast plate, could had worked, but whitout NIPPLES. But the cape, even if give him a royal image, it feels like it takes away his mobility.
MrOla's avatar
i saw the movie. it was pretty good, but how did ozzymandias get so strong? like near the end he was just OWNING night owl and rorshack and he even caugt a bullet! im just saying... wtf!
AdamHughes's avatar
Crazy movie physics, who knows. Everyone in the movie was as strong and agile as if they were hackers in the Matrix. Although the bullet-catching was in the comic, and was the result of decades of martial discipline.

HiddenTreasures's avatar
I adore your Ozymandias design, it suits him incredibly well, very suave indeed. I must confess though that I did love his fabulous purple and gold ensemble in the comic, but I know for sure it wouldn't have gone down well in the theatre :lol: Although I really enjoyed the final outcome, I would've loved to see Ozy wearing this in the film, it's very true to his Alexander obsession, and as I've said, it looks good. Anyways what I'm basically saying is I love your rendition of Veidt!
AdamHughes's avatar
Thank you so much for your kind words.
HiddenTreasures's avatar
You're welcome :) I just can't get over how brilliant your work is :heart:
AdamHughes's avatar
That's very nice of you; thanks.
HiddenTreasures's avatar
It's nice of you to give me the time of day! :heart:
You're very welcome :hug:
MaroBot's avatar
You version of Ozzy is just purely amazing...and it shold be in film...cuz the "body-suit" armor hes having in movie looks just fucking stupid.
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In