Shamefully overdue, but hopefully the wait was worth it. I achieved what I did not have the understanding or guts to do last year-- dramatic lighting and painterly texture without having to sacrifice my love of lines. It thankfully looks less chunky, less bright, and less cartoony than last year's. I'm more than pleased in that I visually summed up what I love the most about Halloween with the background and how I feel about it in general-- the crumbling and creepy old house, moody candlelight, glowing jack-o-lanterns, somber portraits, dramatic shadows, and that cold and ominous atmosphere.
The setting is the Keeny mansion again-- the idea was to enter in on some sort of hazing ritual for poor Becky whose cane is snapped and looks like she's been shoved. It can be kind of a continuation of last year's in that Crane has now already arrived and the gang is sardonically toasting to the arrival of Batman, who's here to probably rescue Becks and break up the party.
Characters are, from left to right: i. Great Granny Keeny's portrait-- probably the creepiest thing in here. Disapproving and ominous glare much? 1. 's Anna Craven perched on the arm of the couch, ready for action 2. 's Doll squatting on the floor 3. 's Ragady and Stitches sitting on the couch 4. 's Astraea Ann Sanrio standing, wondering perhaps what other dubious shenanigans Crane has planned for the evening 5. 's Bella ii. Batman, reflected in the grungy mirror 6. Jonathan Crane, your host this evening 7. Becky Albright looking more than a little worse for wear, almost as if she's been kidnapped into joining this party and has not been treated very hospitably 8. 's Teagan James, who looks like she's deferring to Crane in this situation, now that the Bat has arrived 9. 's Annie Claw, wholly unphased by the big, bad Bat 10. my OC Anna Toll lurking near the wall by Jonathan's childhood portrait, packing more than candy in her bucket iii. young Jonathan Crane's portrait-- a very sad, uncomfortable, and desolate sitting 11. 's AU version of Becky Albright, Raven Mocker, looking decidedly creepy; design belongs to 12. 's Apollyon sitting on the floor, giving an emotionless stare 13. 's Black Sheep on the fringe of the crowd behind the armchair
...And now to totally break the mood, the way everyone's gathered around Crane kept giving me AVPS "It's Not Over Yet" [act one, part one] flashbacks of when the Death Eaters were petting Lucius while crooning about his evilness [laughing].
medium: PSCS3 characters: all characters belong to their respective creators; Jonathan "the Scarecrow" Crane, Batman, and Granny Keeny belong to DC comics
I don't have to describe how amazing this piece is, all the details really suck you in. My favourite ones are the 'family' portraits on the wall and in general the use of lighting to create a subtle dangerous atmosphere. This piece has been featured in this group art feature: [link]
Wow that came out amazing! I love all of the individual expressions on all of the character's faces. (As to be expected) I love how you captured Annie here. She's kinda just like "Lol hi Batman." All the detail in this is fantastic. I love the portraits in the back, though part of me would expect Crane to use granny as a dart board. Simply wonderful.
Thank you I was really tempted to graffiti/burn/deface the painting of Granny, but considering how terrified he still was of her in S:YO when he hallucinates her at the end [not to mention the pictures of her in Keeny manor were still untouched], I was kind of wondering if he'd be more inclined to simply ignore them, rather than take such a stand against her.
Wow! So glad the DA buttons worked on my computer enough to let me see this! It was DEFINITELY worth the wait, but then I knew it would be. The sheer amount of detail in this...yes. So much yes. Oh god yes. I especially love that everyone has their own expressions, their own stances that really help to show just what kind of character they are. You captured Ragady and Stitches perfectly, by the way. Her quiet yet intense focus, and boy does Stitches look smug! It's so fabulous! Lord, I can't even imagine how long this must have taken you, the work really shows in the details.
Also, yes, I'm pretty sure they could take Batman. There's more than enough of them, he'd better have brought back-up or gone in with a good plan! >_<
This was an absolutely AWESOME surprise when I popped by dA! Stunning job with this across the board--the shadows, lighting, arrangement, coloring, and everything is just amazing! I love Batman in the mirror, the fire, all the different designs, and holy crap really digging your rendition of the Raven Mocker! And original Becky! And Crane! And the portraits! And Teagan and Death Knell and I could keep rambling for everyone because they all look way legit but basically stunning job, you should be way proud of yourself, and thanks for doing this!