THE VILLAIN

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  1. While I like The Smuggler and The Scientist I don’t think this one works. I don’t like what you did with the nose and hair. And it somehow gives me this very morbid disco vibe.

  2. I have to agree here. I like the colors and the pose, but I think it’s missing some key details that you got absolutely right in SMUGGLER and SCIENTIST. Namely the hair could be more pronounced, the nose is a little weird, and the lips (a defining feature) could be worked on. It’s nearly there tho! Just giving my 2cents constructive feedback…

  3. At first glance, I’m in the same boat as Leukocyt. It’s good, but not quite as good as the first two.

    I think the reason for that is the other portraits have one element to them that brings them up a notch. I really like how you’ve got stars in the black on the Smuggler, and the lightning bolt in the Scientist works really well. I guess I don’t see that defining element in this one.

  4. Tough crowd around here today!

    Just kidding. You guys confirmed a few things for me. That nose was the hardest part, spent forever trying to get it to look right. Had to make a design decision due to the white make-up causing lack of detail. Going to revisit the shape.

    Also exploring something cool for the mouth now.

  5. This is excellent, world-class graphic design. But, if I may, I have one suggestion to add. Well, what if the red mouth of the Joker subtly formed the shape of the Batman symbol? It almost looks like a Batman symbol from the way you’ve drawn it, so what if you pushed it a little bit further?

  6. Thanks for the comment, Alan. Your the 3rd person to suggest the bat symbol mouth, I see your point completely but that kind of thing doesn’t sit well with me. It’s a growing trend these days to cleverly combine two images into one, which is fine. Olly Moss is a wizard at that kind of thing and I love his work. But if that’s not my original plan from the beginning, I’d never want to force something else in there for the sake of being clever, changing the original design/concept to do so. That make sense?

    Also, that was used for one of the official posters. ;)

  7. My guess is next poster will be about Robocop or Mad Max. By the way congratulations on The Villain, quite awesome as always.

  8. James, you’re right. For some reason I thought the Batman symbol as the Joker’s mouth was an original idea, but I must’ve seen it in the official poster you linked to and forgotten about it. And you’re right not to follow the trend, because that makes your poster more unique.

  9. “Trying to sharpen my skills” lol. this is Sick! just sick….I love the green hints. Did you try different eye treatments? (eg. “looking back”), also in terms of simplifying, removing the eye highlights might make him deadlier. and Please no hero symbols on the villian, I’ll cry. Any graphic homage should be directed to Ledger. Whatever, I will buy this as is.

  10. I think you’ve not reached the level of the other ones yet. The problem is on the nose and the forehead. Maybe melting the right nosetril (his right) with the nose itself will help. And for the forehead, use your amazing skills. Thx for your work by the way, very inspiring.

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James White is a digital artist and speaker hailing from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. With over 20 years of experience, James has worked with many international brands and has taken the stage at design conferences across the globe. He loves hot pink, chrome text and stuff from the 1980s.

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