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The Riddler by AdamWithers The Riddler by AdamWithers
Convention sketch from Motor City Con 2011; Copic marker & PITT pens with white paint pen for details.

Riddler is my favorite Bat-villain of all time. Such style, such brilliance, such an attitude; I love that he's a criminal just to prove he's smarter than everybody else. He's like Sherlock Holmes but crazy and off the rails.

This look heavily influenced by the awesome stylings of one :iconkidnotorious:, who does an awesome Riddler himself. :nod:
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:iconlilgermany007:
LilGermany007 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome picture
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks. :)
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theterriblezodin Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:-)
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Comicdons Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
very nice urban take on the riddler.
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JakeWong Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Dear AdamWithers, I've seen your artwork in deviantart and must say you are an extraordinary artist.

I've been in love with a particular art titled The Riddler: [link] and is wondering if you could give me the permission to feature your artwork in one of my website: [link]

If you do not give me the permission, I will not use your artwork. If you do give me your permission, I will give a image credit and link it back to your deviant art profile. I hope to hear from you soon. You can contact me via critical_todmacc@hotmail.com

Stay excellent
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:iconadamwithers:
AdamWithers Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Artist
Sure thing - go to town. Thanks for asking, and I appreciate the offer. :)
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dornygrohki Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Great Picture!
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Ghostbusterlover Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I second CrazyAnimeTako's comment, because I simply can't find any better words to describe this magnificent piece. =D
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:iconadamwithers:
AdamWithers Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Artist
:D
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Slick-N-Smoov Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
This is beyond great! I love intellectual villains, so Riddler is a big fav of mine. Man, I just love your art style, especially the way you let the clothes flow. :+fav:
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:iconadamwithers:
AdamWithers Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional Artist
I'm all about the flow. Dynamic wrinkles and drapery, my friend - it's where it's at. :nod:
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Nyctograph Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist
Oh baby. XD Awesome piece, love the folds in the clothes-especially the shirt and pants. And its sorta just nice to see a Riddler pic that isn't covered in green...for some reason.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Artist
I do my marker in warm and cool greys, so there's no color at all. Just the illusion of color your mind creates when it sees the slight tonal variation from warm to cool. I think it's a neat effect, plus it saves me a bundle not having to keep a bunch of color markers stocked! :D
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Nyctograph Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist
Cool, I learned something. Thanks
and good point, that definately sounds affordable XD
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:iconadamwithers:
AdamWithers Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Artist
I definitely recommend the Copics. Not only do they work beautifully, but the refills make them exceedingly affordable. Each marker costs about $4-5, which is expensive, but the refill bottles cost the same each and can refill any given marker as many as 10 times or so. So for $8-10 you're getting more than 10 markers worth of use.

In short, it's a bigger buy-in cost than say Prismacolor, but long-term you're saving a lot more money. And now you know. ;)
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Nyctograph Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist
I have heard that copics are the better route because they're refillable but i've never heard it so laid out. Thanks a lot man. :)
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:iconadamwithers:
AdamWithers Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Artist
Happy to help. I was the same way, and I wish I'd heard it put plainly earlier - I wouldn't have waited so long to try them out! :D
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Nice one of the riddler here
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zimsniper Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student Writer
The Riddler...He is THE ONLY batman villain that could go toe to toe with the Joker and have a chance of coming out on top he's THAT badass!! Insta fave! Epic picture.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional Artist
Glad you like it! :)
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Page-Mistress Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Cool!
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theorangecrow Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
*sigh* lol i love this!!!
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Artist
I'm glad. :)
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theorangecrow Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:D
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The-blade-of-bane Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
It's funny because it wasn't his baby.
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TBPlayer Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
this riddler has a little bit of Bono in him...not a bad thing...just saying. I always thought of Riddler as the "tie is always perfect" kinda guy
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Artist
See, I went the other way entirely. This is the version that is so busy with mental pursuits and working the angles and playing the brain game that he doesn't waste mental capacity on anything else. And yeah, I see the Bono in there. Probably channeling the Fly/Macphisto arrogance. Damn my subconscious!!! :shakefist:
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TBPlayer Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Still very enojyable!
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hawkeye Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Very Nice!
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chaostic2k1 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
//He's like Sherlock Holmes but crazy and off the rails.//

So not like Sherlock at all. You must be thinking Prof. Moriarty. Batman's Sherlock.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Artist
Meh. Moriarty is an actively BAD guy, though, and I don't see Riddler that way. He doesn't want to or necessarily like hurting people or doing "BAD" things, he just enjoys the hell out of outsmarting the smartest people in the room. And since the smartest guys seem to be on the Hero side, he goes the other way. It's one big game of "Lookit what I can do, and you can't stop me because you aren't smart enough!"

So then when he does lose, it becomes a psychotic obsession. He now HAS to KEEP GOING until he wins, because he must win in order to validate his need to be the smartest.
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Rukafais Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist
OH HELLO PERSON I LIKE YOUR OPINIONS CAN I SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR NEWSLETTER :c

But yeah it's legit canon that people have said about Riddler that he needs to be the smartest man in every room. Every room. It's just a really psychotic need to prove himself to be The Cleverest and if he doesn't get that he just keeps barreling on until he does or until he's stopped. He's a fairly contradictory character; he basically thinks the masses are dumb but at the exact same time, he desires their approval and attention because LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME LOOK WHAT I CAN DO ACKNOWLEDGE I'M THE SMARTEST EVER

and really it depends on the writer but he generally tends to be written as avoiding direct conflict (he's terrible at fighting forever...) and...not a harmless villain but compared to the others in the rogues gallery he's less likely to swipe someone off the street to hurt them randomly (he just puts them in death traps where if you're not smart enough you lose, and he expects people to lose. :| but if you win, you cheated! THIS MAN, YOU CANNOT WIN.)

It's basically one huge game for him, really! Winning means he's the best and smartest and losing means he has to prove himself to be the best and smartest against Batman, who he...sees as more of a worthy opponent than anything :T I guess.

/CHARACTER BIAS
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chaostic2k1 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Well, it does depend on the depiction. For me, the defining Riddler has always been BTAS Riddler. And he enjoyed using the threat of murder in order to pathologically scar a person. Sure, he wasn't randomly killing for the hell of it, but he didn't avoid lethal traps either. (BTAS is the best because it shows how crazy he is when he is taken to Arkham.)

And then look at the trailer for Arkham City and his story. He kidnaps a bus full of people, and plans on killing them if batman fails at solving his riddle. Mass Murder. Right in line with Moriarty's plots.

Then there's Jim Carrey's Riddler. Down right insane instead of the calm collected smart Riddler. But that's mostly Carrey's joker-ish portrayal because the Riddler's only mental fault should have been his compulsion to leave riddles.

And in the comics, at a certain point, he returns to crime, and even tries to do it without leaving clues. It works for a time, but eventually, he reverts back to leaving clues.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Artist
Fair points. I don't feel like the cartoon, video game, or (especially) film depictions completely jive with the best of the character in the comic, and they have needs of their own for their characters that supersede how they would otherwise be treated in the comic.

And even the comic itself has to reset him to ground zero every so often since they're more interested in maintaining trademarks and selling merchandise than telling good stories with growth and change... but I digress. ;)
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chaostic2k1 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
True, but especially with Batman, the animated and live action comics have had a history of changing/influencing the comics so much that its hard to imagine the comic version pre-infulencing.

Riddler only exists as we know the comic riddler to exist because of the 1960's Batman show. Before that, he was just one of those dime a dozen villain of the month during the (as i know it to be) silly comic era, appearing 3 times in a decade (according to Wiki)

Harley was created for BTAS, and only after that added to the comics. Can you really even picture the Joker without a Harley?

The problem is that a tv series has less of a chance to really expand on less than arch-nemeis characters, unlike the comics with longer spans, easier conceptualization and even multiple series at a time. But when the tv series defines the characters for the comics, it is hard to consider them separate.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Artist
Again, good points, but I'm always hesitant to allow multi-media depictions to color my ideas of who and what a character is too much. There are exceptions, but those are usually based on the fact that the outside media really does an excellent job channeling the core of a character to the extent that what you get on screen is the very best of what you'd get in the comic. Perfect example: Joker in The Dark Knight.

That being said, I prefer to picture Joker without a Harley. Because the Joker I most prefer would never be stable enough for a Harley to survive with him. Now, I'm not against the Harley character at all. But I do think that she can tend to take away from the Joker character if she's played too much like the laughing, goofy, 40's-doll from the cartoon. To hang with the REAL Joker, Harley would have to be much more dangerous herself.
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chaostic2k1 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
You mean like the time she got batman all by herself, and the joker ended up (suggested) beating her for it?
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Artist
I just think the animated series Harley is too cutesy to work with the comics Joker. The one time I thought it worked well was in the "Joker" graphic novel by Azzarello and Bermejo. [link] It was the first time I'd seen her in a comic where she actually made sense being with Joker at all.
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jwientjes Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have found my next halloween costume lol. awesome man
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Artist
It is wonderfully simple, isn't it? And actually pretty classy, considering. Better than a children's Wolverine costume stretched over too much body. :XD:
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digitalkami Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
I really like the colours on this one. The pants have such texture to them!

I need to pony up and buy some Copics.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Artist
They're shockingly easy to use. I thought I would have an impossible time learning them, but within a few pieces I had already found my groove. Now it's just perfecting the application, but the pieces I'm doing I already like and that's so unusual for me. :D
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digitalkami Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
*high-five*
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BeSharpShot Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Nice! Hope you saw the Arkham city trailer for him, i love the whole "riddle me this, riddle me that, fail my riddles and fall into my trap!"
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Artist
:nod:
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KidNotorious Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Snazzy!!!
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Artist
Only through your inspiration, sir. Your various Arkham lineups are some of my favorite takes on these characters ever. :nod:
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strangah Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very boss. :wow:

Amazing. :clap:
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Artist
Thank you, thank you. No need for applause! :bow:
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strangah Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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