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WIP Tragic Beginnings : The Bat by jpzilla WIP Tragic Beginnings : The Bat by jpzilla
These are sketches of piece I'm planning. I might make a series out of it with other tragic beginnings of heroes. I'm trying to decide on which design and composition is best. Which do you like out of these sketches?

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:iconkimera-kimera:
Kimera-Kimera Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
the first one
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:iconwildspacesaga:
WildSpaceSaga Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The left one works best IMO. The coat and the way his hairmakes the outline of the bat mask works best personally :)
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you for your input!!
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:iconwildspacesaga:
WildSpaceSaga Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :) I think the concept is great :)
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
much appreciated :)
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00paincakes00 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
(Left)
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you!
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00paincakes00 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Or rather, a combination of both. I think the left is more powerful because of the profile of the shadow, but one parent on either side looks cool.
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00paincakes00 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I'd go ledt
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:iconrallyself:
RallySelf Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
the one on the right.
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you!
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Generalobiwankenobi7 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Both are very well done. I think I like the one on the right with the Batman shadow being cast behind Bruce, and we can see more of Bruce's face and his emotion(although the left one with the shadows on the face is very nice touch as well). However I can see why you couldn't choose, both came out really well.
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the input and for the nice words.. yeah it's a tough one!!
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:icongeneralobiwankenobi7:
Generalobiwankenobi7 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very Welcome! Agreed!
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:icongevaarvol:
Gevaarvol Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Second one, first one looks a bit weird to me. Go with the second one but it could use a bit more dramatic flare by pulling the shot back, and making his face have a bit more emotion.
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks for your input
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HellTutor Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
The second one (on the right) is best, clearly. It has impact, breaks the heart and tells the tale with subtly. All the little details compose something powerful.
To top it all, it feels like he looks up to the Heavens and asks with his eyes "why?"
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
wow thank you for a very descriptive reason as to why you like the 2nd one!! Very helpful, thanks!!
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:iconguardianblade801:
guardianblade801 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
awesome job onboth
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconguardianblade801:
guardianblade801 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
your welcome
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:iconpolishtank48:
PolishTank48 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
I think I like the one on the right a little bit better, but both pictures are fantastic pieces of art! :)
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you!! :)
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:iconpolishtank48:
PolishTank48 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
You're welcome :)
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derekmetaltron Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Love both but the second is a tad more dramatic with the pearls and blood. Love the idea of this being a series, especially ones for Superman (Krypton explodes), Daredevil (Death of Jack Murdock), Spider-Man (Death of Uncle Ben or unmasking the burglar), Green Arrow (Washed ashore on the island), Martian Manhunter (Family killed), Oracle (Crippled by Joker), Captain America (Dr Eskine's death), Hulk (Gamma Bomb Explosion), Iron Man (Shot through the chest with shrapnel), Jean Grey (Death of her friend on the roadside), Nightcrawler (Pursued by a mob) Cyclops and Havok (As Boys stumbling from the exploding plane of their parents above them) or Wolverine (Young James' claws popping put first time after father's death ala Origins). Those are some of the logical options in my eyes, hope you like them! :)
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for your thoughts and for your suggestions for the series!! All great! I've had a couple of them in mind too so that's good :)
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:iconchadlindall:
chadlindall Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I love them both but I think the one on the right gives more on what is going on and just the little bit of color from the blood is great! Great work!!
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
awesome, thank you!
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:iconchazzpineda:
chazzpineda Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I like the right one for bruce looking up screaming: "why god why!?"
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks for your input!!
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:iconchazzpineda:
chazzpineda Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You are most welcome :).
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:iconrosered77:
RoseRed77 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I like the left one. The simplicity of it is more impactful, I think
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
I can see that, thanks!
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:iconkouhei-son:
Kouhei-Son Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
hard to pick. ill say left one cause to me it shows that he is serious about their death and now will avenge them by warring on criminals for the rest of his life. bu t still the origin of batman is always sad. :(
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
It is a very sad story.. thanks for the input.
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:iconkouhei-son:
Kouhei-Son Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
ur welcome
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:iconfairymela:
FairyMela Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012   Digital Artist
right one. It has a better impact ;D
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you for your suggestion!! :)
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:icondeathchrist2000:
deathchrist2000 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Writer
right
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for your input!
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:iconlbooks93:
Lbooks93 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Left for sure. The blood being on the sides in the other pulls focus too much.
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks for the input!! The blood should not be the focus, but should add to the image.
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Drake880 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I'd say left, but add a little blood too for effect =D
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
good suggestion, thanks!
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P2Pproductions Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Left. :)
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks for your input!
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Very movinh piece hhere
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:iconjpzilla:
jpzilla Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you!
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MouseDenton Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I suppose it's too much to ask for both? Though the right side is more emotional (I'd suggest making him seem a little less like an angry badass and more like the child who's life has been shattered).
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jpzilla Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for your thoughts! I'm trying to figure out a way to incorporate both. As for his expression, what sets him apart is how he reacts to this event.. it is the one event that transforms him completely and his initial reaction of tears is short lived due to the burning desire for revenge and justice. If anything, I think I'd go even a bit more angry but keep the pain in his eyes.
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