Creative Mondays 221 – The Joker

The Joker Silhouette Design

What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

I took a break from the concept art style this week and went back to an old favourite. I started the DC Superhero collection this year and I couldn’t continue unless I added a super-villain and what better than the Joker himself? I went with a classic style on this one as that’s the iconic Joker I remember growing up.

DC have some pretty great villains (especially in the Batman comics) and I’ll probably put together a few of the Bat’s main enemies.

Creative Mondays 65 – Venom

Venom Illustration

“What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

On my continuing challenge of revisiting “old works” I decided to flesh out a sketch I did last year of one of my all-time favourite Spidey villains. The sketch was something I did during a lunch break and I actually lost the drawing itself but I remembered just how I wanted it and decided to have another crack at it. This time around I sketched the characters separately and combined them afterwards within Illustrator. It gave me more focus to concentrate on each individually as Venom proved a bigger task than I had previously thought.

Venom and Spider-Man sketches
Early sketches before scanning the drawings and outlining/colouring in Illustrator.

I also thought that this poster would fit a slightly elongated framing giving Spidey enough room to dangle above Venom. This was great fun to create and start from just a simple idea/sketch in my journal, I hope you get a kick out of it too!

*UPDATE* A lesson has been learned! After posting my original image I was made aware that Venom is actually undetectable to Spidey’s “spider sense” and have therefore removed that element from the illustration. Despite the shame of claiming to be a Spidey fan-boy and missing this obvious fact it’s an important lesson to always do your research folks!