Original Art Stories: The Incredible Trevor Von Eeden and the Batman Commission

If you're serious about commissioning artwork from serious artists, then you shouldn't be going past Trevor Von Eeden.  There's many, many words I could write about Trevor, and indeed I have, but this time I'm going to let the visuals tell the story.  My original brief for Trevor was for him to recreate the cover art to the famous Batman Annual #8, originally drawn by Trevor and painted by Lynn Varley.  Along the way Trevor changed his mind as to what he wanted to do and told me that he wanted to impress Lynn.  To this end he decided to do a full colour commission, with coloured pencils only - no paint - and scanned it in stages.  I never saw the in-progress scans, Trevor wanted me to be impressed by the finished product, which, as you'll see, is breathtaking indeed.  And yes, I was, and still am, highly impressed.

Did Trevor improve on what Lynn Varley originally did?  You make your own mind up.

The original cover art by Von Eeden/Varley

Stage One

Stage Two

Stage Three

Stage Four

Stage Five

Stage Six

Stage Seven

The finished product.  The scan doesn't do it justice.

If you like what you see and you want to commission Trevor to draw for you, then go no further than his web-site, email him and arrange a commission.  You'll not regret it.  I'm wondering now how much it'd cost to get Trevor to redraw that entire issue...


Rusty said…
It's the ominous shadow in the foreground that keeps this from looking just like a happy, trippy piece of Batman Pop-Art.

It's a cool commission.

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