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The Joker's Calling Card

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It feels like forever since I submitted something, but I'm going to try and buck the trend by posting a fair amount of stuff here in the next few days or so.

So here we have The Batman discovering a playing card left to taunt him by The Joker. I've always loved the version of the Joker done in the Batman Animated Series, so my take on the character is pretty much just a more realistic rendition of that. This piece basically just started out as me wanting to do a portrait of the J-man and it somehow evolved into this card within a card theme. I liked the idea of Batman holding the Joker holding Batman. You know like those shots of a television inside of a television inside of a television that go on forever? Those things are awesome.

This piece was done 99.9% in acrylic paint with only the dimpled plastic texture of the playing card added in Photoshop. Yes, all of the guns and typed words were done by hand, and yes I know I'm a total psycho. Although a bit tedious, this one was really fun to do and I got to mix all kinds of things together in one piece. From the built-up toned washes of the background, to the graphic elements of the card, and the highly rendered leather glove... I got a chance to do it all. Oh and just in case anyone wants to know, the leather glove was done using a stippling technique with a bunch of little dots layered on top of each other starting from darker colors and gradually working up to the lighter colors. It actually went pretty fast and was much easier than trying to make smooth gradations.

A 1024x768 destop version for your computer can be found here :pointr: [link]

Thanks for looking everyone!

11" x 16.5" - Liquitex acrylic paint on Strathmore illustration board
The Joker and Batman characters © DC Comics
This image of The Joker and Batman © Walter O’Neal 2006
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woow i really like your designs, would you mind if i use some of them ??
singrau's avatar
so freaking cool!!!
LadyCobblepot's avatar
I bow to your skills!Nagisa Bowing Icon 
GMDay's avatar
the calling card of the jokers!

its beautiful!

love this card!

he is such a card and he needs to be dealt with
Ajani2's avatar
Maravilloso!!!!
No-Sign-of-Sanity's avatar
Thanks for the heads up. :)
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No-Sign-of-Sanity's avatar
Yeah this type of shit happens all the time. Thanks for pointing this one out to me. Much appreciated. =D
a-smile-a-day's avatar
anyitme. gotta protect eachother!
Blindsnow77's avatar
I've never really liked BatMan nor ever seen the shows or movies, but this is just awesome. -Gives Thimbs up- Good Job! ewe
xthisxbunnyxbitesx's avatar
oh my jebus! its amazing
artman980's avatar
Awesome photo I love this
BloodDiamondRose's avatar
So realistic *o* i can see static shock doing something like that...eh...idk but ITS AMAZING!!!
VincenttheCrow's avatar
Ho ho ho, the Joker's wild
The Joker's wild
The Joker's wild
He is just a silly clown
Who just can't seem to win
Cause Robin and the Batman
Have made a joke of him
AlexWorks's avatar
A masterpiece! No words!
Abstergolibrary's avatar
it is so beautiful!
cheezburger's avatar
Good gracious... that glove is astounding! I can practically SMELL the leather...
BloodBoughtStar's avatar
Simply incredible. I just love how artwork takes on a life of its own soemtimes
Naomi-Daos's avatar
I agree, the Joker from The animated series is definatly the best! I also love the voice of that batman too!
Yannico97's avatar
selfmade?when yes : WoW !
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