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February 9, 2013
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Jason Todd: Fame Is Less Than Infamy by kay-sama Jason Todd: Fame Is Less Than Infamy by kay-sama
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Commission information ---> [link]


Here's the colored vertion of

First WIP, here:

Second WIP, here:

Third WIP, here:


Finally the finished piece. *Dances around with bag of Copics*
Okay, I'm done...

A little about this piece:
I really wanted to draw a piece reguarding Jason's fall from grace.
The death of a child's innocence and the rise of darkness through rebirth.
But, I really didn't want to do a piece like the ones I've seen around before...
No offence, but I just didn't want to do another piece based off of the movie, or another drawing of Jason standing back to back with his childhood self.
Yes, I wanted to draw Jason after his demise at the hands of the Joker...but, not in his Robin uniform as I've seen so many times before.
No, I wanted to draw something from the part of the comics that always stuck with me.
The scene where Jason wakes up in his coffin and digs his way out. Nightmares...seriously.
-The page I mostly used as my ref for this piece===>[link]
Doesn't help that I have a serious fear of small confined places. Waking up in a coffin would probably re-kill me.

I wanted to give the left side a somber feel...something that really showcased the tragidy that struck the Batfam when Jason passed. Also, I wanted it to represent death of, I drew him just as he's waking up.
I took the liberty of making him look a little more withered, since I don't really believe you'd look quite so pretty after being dead of six months. >__>
I wanted to make him look more like a corpse.

The best part of this was drawing the bruises...and the eye on the left. There's just something so awesome about blunt force trauma. ^^'
I don't know what it is, but it is fun to draw the after math.
Maybe that's just me...
I was over all fairly inpressed by the damage depicted in the scene. Most of the bruising and bleeding was pretty spot on for the kind of damage inflicted by the crowbar. I was especially impressed by the eye's addition of blown out blood vessels. Obviously, someone did they're research.
Makes me proud.

On the right side, it was a little more relaxing...
It was still a challenge to color, but being there's not as much detail, it was a little easier on me. xD
I really wanted the right side to be about Jason's rise to villainy. Or...Anti-Hero...ism...whichever title you preffer for him.
I wanted this side to be darker, and focus more inwardly on Jason than the left. So, I drew a simple background to represent Jason's inner chaos vs the left, where the situation (being Jason just waking up in the coffin) being more inportant.
I chose red simply because it is Jason's color. The color of forgotten Robins, if you will.
Or failed Robins, as stated in Red Robin - Either way.
I filled the face in a bit more and gave Jason a more lively skin tone for this side. I wanted him to appear more alive on this side, since it's after Jason's used the Lazarus pits. (Yey, Skunk stripe~!) And, gave the right eye a little more vibrancy, since I figured a more 'demonic' look would fit, here. ^^'''

I colored the hair on either side with different hues, trying to both show the difference in dry, dead-looking hair a heathy head of hair, as well as the theme at hand.
Blue was chosen for the left as a color of was also chosen to make the scene seem less than well lit and cold, since Jason wakes up on the tipical 'dark and stormy night'. xD
While red was chosen both to alude to evil and darkness, and to represent Jason himself as the character he becomes.


All in all, I'm really happy with this piece. I think it's one of my best.
I don't normally like to judge myown work, but I really think this one takes the cake over the other pieces I've done as of recently. :3
I hope others can apprechiate this, since it is a more violent scene...but, with so many Jason Todd fans out there, there's got to be at least a few people who can handle a little bit of blood. xD


This piece was done with Copic Markers.


Anyways, please feel free to comment and tell me whatcha think. :3 I would really apprechiate the comment.
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The only real critique i have is that little puft of white hair. I never remember having white hair anywhere. Other then that wonderful duality. Also very good work done on the parts of the clothing, and left side of his face. Though maybe some more blood? Also i didn't quite get the point of that black webbing stuff on the red side. I think it would probably look alot better without that there but maybe its meant for some form of atmosphere that I'm not grasping? Other than that not much can be found in the wrong. Oh and maybe showing his mask somewhere on the right side. Sorry for the weird order of stuff in this critique i am just trying not make it so the damn thing will get sent because of some character requirement. Well done. Keep doing your great work.
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suki42deathlake Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013   General Artist
awesome ! ^^
kay-sama Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! ^^
suki42deathlake Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013   General Artist
youre welcome ^^
Oddstuffs Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
You put a lot of thought into this. I think that helped.

Beautiful colors. Nice line work.
kay-sama Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. Its nice when people note the effort. ^^
falloutmind Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
another great piece of artwork done for my favorite batman character. He didn't deserve the fanbased kill off!
kay-sama Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
xD I personally didn't like him until he came back.
I was not a fan of him as Robin...but, I love him as Red Hood and Hush. He was far better as a villian/Anti-Hero, in my oppinion.
falloutmind Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
true but i don't think he deserved that brutal a death though. But I still agree he is definitely better as Red Hood as well.
kay-sama Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Probably not...but, it's a good reason to go bad. ^^ So, there is that to concider.
Besides, his death just makes him all the cooler.
Mansonite6669 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love it. Great job.
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