Wow. Well, this is my largest commission to date, and possibly my favorite. This whole thing started when I commissioned Nate Stockman to draw all of the Robins for me. I loved that piece, and later asked Nate to draw most of the Bat-Ladies as a companion piece. Well, Nate made it look like those two commissions were placed on separate side of the same rooftop, so who would be in the middle? A bunch of Batmen, that’s who! The complete black & white commission is made up of seven pieces of Bristol board and it is just huge! Of course I wanted this thing colored so I hit up Simon Gough to work his magic on it, and here it is!
I cannot begin to describe how much I love this commission. Nate captured the different qualities of the various characters perfectly, from the pure fun of Dick Grayson to Damian’s attitude to AzBats’s scariness to Bruce’s confidence to Misfit’s joy to Huntress’s badassness. And just how he arranged them all together and somehow made this whole commission work even though it was never originally intended to include so many characters and be so big! My hat is eternally off to Nate. And then Simon came in and made it even more incredible with his beautiful colors! Not just the characters, but also look at that sky and the clouds and colors in it! And how the red part of the sky reflects on come of the costumes! I also love how brightly the Robins are colored and how the Batmen’s section is the darkest. Simon is one of the best colorists around, and this just helps to prove that. Nate and Simon, I love you guys forever!
The Bat-Ladies consist of: Bat-Girl (Bette Kane), Kingdom Come Batwoman, Misfit,Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Batgirl (Stephanie Brown), Batgirl (Cassandra Cain),Batwoman (Kate Kane), Batwoman (Kathy Kane) and Huntress (Helena Bertinelli)