I guess it’s pretty obvious that I’m a big Batman fan. Though the “Starry Knight” has been going viral for all year, I’ve had some negative feedback over the years with people saying things like, “This isn’t art, you’re disgracing a masterpiece, etc.” as if I’m doing it to insult the artists. But truth be told, I see it as paying homage to them. I try to paint a new classic Batman piece every year, and each project is well thought-out, planned for a long time, and worked on for months!
This is my way of helping artists like Van Gogh and Da Vinci keep trending after all these centuries. I might be wrong, but I can’t help but notice how indifferent the general public is with classic art these days. I feel like every generation has a little less interest in the past. I have to admit, I feel especially accomplished when people comment on my pictures on Instagram and ask things like “when was the original painted?”
I’ve been working professionally with the movie studios for 10+ years; creating posters, standees, DVD boxes, etc. I have only started experimenting with my own art for about 3 years now. I must admit, it’s been an incredible 3 years. I don’t plan to ever stop. I can’t thank you all enough for all the support you’ve shown me in the last 6 months. I’m forever grateful, and wake up smiling every single day.
The Starry Knight
My personal favorite, and the most popular painting. Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” reimagined as my favorite scene in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight”. This took me about 3 months to paint, and another year of on-and-off edits whenever my eye would catch something. I’m beyond flattered with how many times it has gone viral in the last 6 months.
Doing my part to help the world understand the world’s most famous “mysterious” painting. But obviously, the museum scene in Tim Burton’s Batman did play a small part with the concept.
Grant Wood’s original “American Gothic” is one of my all time favorite paintings. I’ve spent an hour staring at it each time I’ve visited Chicago. The detail is impeccable – the lighting, colors, brush strokes. It truly takes years to master skills to the level where every single brush stroke makes an impact. I matched it as close as I possibly could with a photograph I took the last time I was there. Her mask alone took me a month with all the little details. I got the idea the last time my little brother and I were at the Art Institute of Chicago. Truth be told, it actually started as a joke. I said to my brother, “Wouldn’t it be funny if I could remake this as a Batman version of “Silence of the Lambs”.
I couldn’t resist after I saw David Ayer’s post of Jared Leto as the new Joker. The background is nowhere near Edvard Munch’s original “Scream”, but personally I think Leto’s face does a bit of justice.
The Creation Of Batman
For this one, I chose a very simple concept because I wanted to focus more on the actual recreation of “The Creation of Adam”. But personally, I think my inspiration behind it does more justice than the actual painting. They say God created Adam in his image, right? I’m sure all Batman fans would agree (at least I do) that God’s image of a man… was Batman. If you take things like morals and integrity into consideration, I’m not too far off.
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