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It's Not Easy

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Vector illustration of Superman.

The title is a reference to the song by the musical group Five For Fighting. It's one of my favorite songs and Superman is my favorite superhero. I set out to depict the theme of the song, which describes a weary hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders.

To do this I tried to use a fitting pose and I chose a somber, subdued color palette. For the most part, I kept with the traditional costume of the DC Comics' modern age. I went back to the traditional 2D emblem on the chest and the back of the cape.

Software: Adobe Illustrator
Tools: Pen tool, blend tool, transparency and clipping masks.
Image size
3400x4400px 768.56 KB
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ElderBarry77's avatar

who does he think he is ... the Thinker ...

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This has to be the most powerful image of Superman I've ever seen.
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JeremyMallinProfessional Interface Designer
Wow. Thanks.
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Never give up Superman You are only Human to stand up to the enemy
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:) Thanks.
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You're welcome
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So full of emotion. well done!
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Thank you.
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mrfuzzynutzHobbyist Digital Artist
You just TIM TEBOW'd Superman...EPIC!!
hahahaha
Best thing I seen all week!
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Thanks. :) Glad to hear it.
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icyhugsHobbyist Digital Artist
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
Clark needs a big hug!
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:) Thanks.
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KyderArtHobbyist Digital Artist
My first thought was "being cheesy". Good work!
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Thank you. :)
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superhippiemanProfessional Traditional Artist
this one is amazing. I absolutely love this.
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Thanks. Glad to hear it. :)
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superhippiemanProfessional Traditional Artist
It reminds me of the Superman: Secret Identity story line (the artwork that is)
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JeremyMallinProfessional Interface Designer
I kind of see what you mean. The colors maybe. I think the costume was a bit more home-made-looking in Secret Identity, but similar. I actually have a copy of it on the shelf somewhere, but I'm too lazy to check. ;)
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superhippiemanProfessional Traditional Artist
haha, I have a copy of it and the original first printings. It was my favorite superman story....which is kinda ironic because it's not really about "Superman"
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JeremyMallinProfessional Interface Designer
True, but it's one of my favorite "Superman" stories ever. Very clever too.
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superhippiemanProfessional Traditional Artist
Never met someone who loved that story too....or even anyone who's heard of it...haha
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PenguintonStudent Traditional Artist
Awesome job!
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JeremyMallinProfessional Interface Designer
Thanks. :)
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AtonickProfessional Digital Artist
Brilliant
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