There are many Dynamic Duos in life…
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Jack and Diane
Green Eggs and Ham
Growing up, I had a pretty specific collection of inspirations. There’s a good chance you had many of the same. I decided to honor my favorite duo growing up, but I couldn’t decide between the caped crusader and his faithful ward, or the first openly gay couple that I watched on TV.
So I decided to merge the pair of pairs and make a stupid shirt out of the unholy union.
I love this shirt. I usually only kind of “like” my work at most, but this shirt I love. Everything made me happy about it. Straight up digital drawing on the Wacom again, obviously inspired by the classic cover to Batman #9, but played out by the amazing pair of Bert and Ernie.
Some interesting things to note (well, I found them interesting at least): in the original cover, Robin’s cape was closer to orange than yellow, but Ernie’s “skin” tone made me tweak that up a tad. I also had quote the internal debate whether or not Bert’s nose should be in the mask or exposed. There used to be a version on my hard drive with the naked nose. It was too scandalous.