this bastard is always fun to draw... he's such a caricature, BUT an eeeevil one! ...I tried to dress him as 'pimp' as possible while still looking kinda' 1950's... in hindsight, I should have pushed it a bit more... oh well!
The Penguin was always an odd case for me. I loved the design of the Danny Devito version but felt that his character was a little too raunchy and unsympathetic. Wheras I liked the comics suave and gentlemen like atitude and personality but felt the design was a little bland.
So whenever I see someone blend both aspects, it's practically the best of both worlds for me. It's also why I loved Batman TAS's version of the Penguin.
I might even prefer this design over Batman TAS's version, since it's a lot more colorful.
you did it perfectly just one thing though... his hands its hard to tell since hes wearing gloves but does he have regular hand or the cool flipper hands like the kind danny devito had because from what i can see it looks like the latter
if you look at the final design in the game, it's fairly similar, the main difference was the broken bottle as a monocle (which I thought was GENIUS!!!) and instead of the bow tie, he's wearing a scarf (ascot?) in the game, other than that, it's pretty much the same!
Oddly enough, every time I look at this image I remember the Burton/Keaton/DeVito Batman Returns movie and how DeVito was portraying Penguin as a character who pulled himself up by his own bootstraps to become something stronger. There's something about your version here that would make the average passerby in Gotham take one look at this guy on the sidewalk and realize he's not to be pitied or treated with disrespect anymore. Good work!
Awesome stuff, as per usual. Loved all your designs in the game (for bios, and of course, the final ones that made it into the final product), especially Joker, Scarecrow, and Penguin's bio picture. You probably aren't at liberty to discuss Penguin's final design for Arkham City (despite the fact it's pretty much out in the open, at this point), but if you are, I'd just like to say: he looks great, you've once again done justice to one of my favorite characters. He seems like a fairly radical departure from this image, though. Was that more your aesthetic choice, or the developers', if you don't mind me asking?
I've been meaning to ask, did you draw multiple portraits/bio images for the characters and the devs just picked the ones the liked the most for the biographies, or did you draw the bio images we see in the game first and didn't have to make more? I'm hoping the question makes sense.
Rocksteady and WB asked me to do a number of the bio-images for the game, so I knew what their purpose was ...and honeslty, between crazy deadlines and my natural powers of procrastination, I haven't gotten around to posting more... also, some of 'em I'm not too happy how they came out, so I am posting the ones I was happiest with.
When you have the time or when you find the files, will you also upload the ones you weren't too happy with? I'm pretty sure a lot of fans (me included with love to see the other pieces as well. Either way, keep doing what you're doing. Your work is awesome.
I absolutely love his costume but maybe the colours of his suit might resemble the Jokers a bit too much? idk i'm just trying to make some constructive criticism.. But I do really like the combination of red and purple