I began creating Superhero Profiles over two years ago after doodling a graphic of Aquaman on a page of meeting notes. Over the course of a few lunch hours, I translated the sketch into finished art and uploaded it to my Tumblr. I looked into getting it screen-printed, but it was too expensive, so I pretty much left it at that.
A few days later I got a phone call from a friend, "You're not going to believe this," Erik began. "I was online looking for a poster of Aquaman[Aquaman](movie:264237)to hang in my office." (For those of you keeping track, that's two Aquaman fans in one story. But I digress...), "I was scrolling through Google Images when I found this really dramatic piece on a black background..." As it happened, Erik tried to purchase the print and was shocked to discover it was designed by his friend ten minutes across town. Further encouragement came later when I turned the artwork into a t-shirt and wore it to Chicago's comic and entertainment expo, C2E2. People kept asking me where I bought my shirt and how they could get one.
The praise encouraged me to create more designs. Ever since, I've been slowly making my way through the "Who's Who?" of the DC Universe. I started with my favorite characters (largely inspired by the Super Powers cartoon) and have been making my way to my favorite B and C-level characters, too. I'd like to do Ted Kord's Blue Beetle next. From there, Batgirl, Black Canary, and the racially diverse heroes from the Super Friends cartoon; Apache Chief, El Dorado, Black Vulcan and Samurai.
The title of the series, 'Superhero Profiles' is meant to work in a couple of ways. First, it's a literal profile of the character (meaning you're viewing them from the side). Secondarily, the piece is a graphic biography of the character represented—a "profile" so-to-speak. That's why you see Aquaman communicating with the ruler of sea horses, [Wonder Woman](movie:45787)'s lasso and invisible jet, the chemicals and lightning that gave The Flash his powers and so forth.
This has been a fun series for me. It's definitely gotten the most traction online. I plan on making 'Superhero Profiles' as long as they continue to bring me joy.
If there is a character you'd like to see, feel free to make a request!
DC Superhero Profiles can be viewed in its entirety here.
Luke Daab is an artist, illustrator and designer who lives in the suburbs of Chicago. In addition to his job as an Art Director in promotions, Luke operates Daab Creative—a freelance design and illustration studio. You can support Luke's personal creative work on Patreon, too. To hire Luke for commissions, contact him through his website, DaabCreative.
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