The Killing Joke

Digital watercolor and pencil portrait of the Joker from The Dark Knight, holding a Joker card to his face.

While browsing through Mix looking for inspiration I came across a drawing shared by 赵 志欣 of Heath Ledger from The Dark Knight.

I gave it a star to bookmark it for later, and then during the holiday weekend I got around to enhancing it some. I started by reworking the placement and proportions of the face and hand using an image of the Joker from one of the film’s posters.

Using a soft and more loose approach, I painted with white to pull out highlights from the darker background. Followed by painting blue tones over the entire canvas to mimic the colors found in the poster. As always I finished up with pencil strokes to sharpen edges and correct any paint strokes that might have bleed more than I liked.

Work in process screenshot

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