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Mad Hatter is Mad by RichardCox Mad Hatter is Mad by RichardCox
First of all, as might be obvious, I quickly Photoshopped up the blacks in the background (and only in the bg). I painted it in black india ink, which then proceeded to warp the board, and resulted in a poor scan. If anyone wants, I would be happy to upload the un-Photoshopped one as well.

I had only 2 specific requests from the client. No mustache (I assume this is a reference to the Batman TV show) and very, very crazy. Okie doke. My composition idea was to use a lot of black to give it something of a claustrophobic feel, as well as to allow the bold colors I knew I would have to use to really pop. More on that in a sec. From there, I chose a placement that kind of mimics a comic book cover, though with the wrong proportions.

So, The Mad Hatter. He's sitting atop a big pile of Alice dolls having his tea. Oh, and Robin is somehow drowning in the dolls at his feet. There's a window behind him and if you look REALLY closely (it's purposefully subtle) you can see the silhouette of Batman getting ready to crash through the glass. I like seeing how far I can stretch a "story" in one shot. At least it sets a scene. I also knew I wanted the Hatter breaking the fourth wall, looking right at the viewer with that big insane grin. It really seems to work to make you a part of the scene. How you interpret your involvement, I'll leave to you and your personal psychosis.

The little wooden Alice dolls are all muted in color. I chose the greyest blue (for example) Copics I had to give them color, but at the same time push them back a little. Everything else is just color theory. A study in complimentary colors being used to bring out and emphasize the whole, while drawing the eye down and across the page. Hopefully I've created a pretty straightforward top-left (hat) down to bottom-right (Robin's hand) composition, with the unfurling tie slowing you down a bit.

Copic markers, colored pencils, india ink, and acrylic paint on 11x14 smooth bristol board.
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Given 2013-05-24
It looks good to see an Alice in Wonderland themed comic work in Batman-art style and there's a big plus point for story telling in Mad Hatter is Mad by ~RichardCox! ( Suggested by Ginryuzaki and Featured by jcroxas )
KeplerNova Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is fantastic!
axelrules1231 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it ok if I put this picture in a video? I made a youtube channel for the Randomness˛ group and am trying to put a few art pieces together into a video. I will credit you.

The YouTube Channel is here: [link]
IDROIDMONKEY Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice work.
Spazzygamergirl Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
super cool
Amridell Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I read this as Mad Hitler is Mad at first. Nice job by the way.
BlanketsForLinus Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Everything about this is wonderful. I love the amount of effort in detail and your wise usage of techniques to make something so great.
RichardCox Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the kind words, I appreciate it.
DivinityWitheld Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I really like that you took the time to talk about the piece.
JeremyRobbins Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Puts mine to shame. :heartbreaker: Very well done.
ILIKEGIRDISMUCH Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
i wish i was that guy
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