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Son Of The Bat by MikeDimayuga Son Of The Bat by MikeDimayuga
so i felt like drawing damian. i drew him in his regular suit, and it wasn't grabbing me. i decided to make some modifications for fun.

ANYhoo, picture this: damian's dead, but he's resurrected a few years later. considering how he dies, when he comes back he's totally 100% on board with batman's agenda. he becomes obsessed... fanatical even, with being worthy of batman's legacy. this is reflected by the new suit he wears. yes he's still a 'robin', but now he's embracing his destiny as the heir to the bat.

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THEWONDER-BOY Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely wonderful. Very well done and I absolutely adore your modifications.
You should make a full body picture of all this awesomeness.
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soloblondie Featured By Owner Edited Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hey would you mind me cosplaying your design, id give credit. just wanted ask first, keep up the goodwork
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jtbenson18 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
THIS IS AWESOME YOU SHOULD SEND THIS TO DC COMICS.
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Mike3017 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If only this were his ACTUAL Uniform. Amazing work
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TRUE-ARO Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
good

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KR4U55 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest I hope Damian stays dead. Once I imagined him betraying Batman to become the next Ra's al Gul and using the Lazarus Pit to fight the next Batman if full condition. I wonder who's gonna be the next Robin.
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brotherbandit Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
For a second, I thought you turned robin into an X-man, and I thought WWWHHHHYYYYY?!!
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Bellstar Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013   Writer
such a cool idea
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Bobkitty23 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
My one issue with this epicness, is the Bat shaved on the back of his head... I mean if any villain pays close enough attention, wouldn't it give his secret identity away in like a minute? Or is it one of those Superman/Clark Kent kinda disguises, where he combs away the front of his hair and puts on glasses? Cause I never got how that fooled anyone.. l:
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MikeDimayuga Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
my scenario (in my head), is that damian is robin 100% of the time. (i don't think i articulated it very well in the description.)
he's drunk the batman kool aid, and like new religious converts, he's fanatical about batman's doctrine. he'll do whatever he has to to fight crime. having a secret identity is frivolous.
again, its just the story in my head. 
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Bobkitty23 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Another thing it could be... Is like... Sorta like in the Dark Knight Returns, all those guys tattooing their faces with the batsymbol, so like he could be doing something like that so it's harder to discover who Robin is based on all the kids with Bats shaved on their heads.
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NELSONROBOT Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Saw your work on Project Rooftop. Awesome work! Loving the design and your idea about Damian being so devoted to become a better hero. To the point where Damian could show Batman a thing or two. Maybe even correcting Batman's way of doing detective work. He could potentially make Batman into a better Batman in the long run.
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MikeDimayuga Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks man, i appreciate it. :D
IMHO it would interesting if it were taken a bit darker. imagine damian with all the commitment, sincerity and intensity of a suicide bomber, but instead of blowing himself up, he fights crime. he'd still be constrained by batman's creed, but that's all. kinda scary if you think about it.
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Trinivee Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013   General Artist
This is BLOODY awesome stuff!!
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MikeDimayuga Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you very much!
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MikeDimayuga Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
dude, you just blew my mind.
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Kaiyaru Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome! :D
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MikeDimayuga Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks!
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Kaiyaru Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome :D
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disposablepal Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i really dig the design, the gauntlets are a nice touch and the grey and blue give it a classic Batman vibe. also, i'm really digging the haircut. i hope you're tossing this in for PR fan art friday
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MikeDimayuga Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
yep, submitted! ;)

thanks BTW!
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zyphrr Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
I'm not used to the colors but I love the design of his outfit!
I hope Dami comes back soon</3

imagine the look on Alfred when he comes back with his new-do
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MikeDimayuga Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
haha! he'll probably chase damian around with buzz clippers.

happy you like the pic. :D
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love the new colors! I'm not a huge fan of red and green in the same character design, and the blue definitely works with the story you've cooked up. It's also reminiscent of the old Batgirl suit, which I think is pretty cool.
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MikeDimayuga Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks so much!
i got nothin' against red and green too, but i needed to make it interesting (for me).

i didn't realize the batgirl thing until you mentioned it! you're totally correct, though!
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KingLeonUniverse Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with the others about the colors but then I see where you're going with it being the heir and all so I say it's a sweet design and my far the coolest rendition of Damian Wayne I've ever seen! Really sweet stuff, and I dig your work man keep it up!
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MikeDimayuga Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank's man. i appreciate it.
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KingLeonUniverse Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime man! So quick question, do you do art trades?
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MikeDimayuga Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
sorry dude, i'm up to my ears with work!
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KingLeonUniverse Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey perfectly understandable a haha good luck!
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Kaemgen Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Cool concept and design. Only part I can't get behind is the shaved bat in the hair. It's cool and all, just would not be practice what with secret identities and all.
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MikeDimayuga Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks!
if was meant to be submitted to DC, then yes, i wouldn't have given D bat-head. ;)
...but since i did this for kicks, i want to do something FUN. ;) for me, fun and cool always comes first.


(plus in the scenario i mention above, D is a fanatic (as in 'jihad', not as in 'fanboy'). i imagine he's done away with secret identities and just goes all-out batman. him trying to be 100% heroic would be just as scary as being fully evil. haha!)
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Kaemgen Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Yeah, I can see that - totally scrapped secret identity and only identity is Robin.

Heh, first thought popping into my head is a 7-11 employee trying to kick him out of he store, refusing to sell him a Big Gulp because he won't take off the mask. Silly but amusing...

Anyway, definitely agree on fun and cool coming first - comics and such should always have a touch of fantasy to them to keep them fun.
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MikeDimayuga Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
yeah imagine what he'd bee like when he's 'on' all the time. i can see that 7-11 scenario actually happening.
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Kaemgen Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Heh, kind of like someone kicking out She-Hulk while pointing out the No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service sign and her bare feet... :D
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flamefox777 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
I hear you, and the art is great, but I can't get on board with a Robin who doesn't have an orange or at least red chest. I mean, the bird is all very dark brown with a bright orange chest. That's it's big thing.

Here's a good color scheme for a more Batman-like coloration: [link]

However, I would have the black be such a dark brown that it looked black and the yellow lighter brown, basically tan, a shade which is nearly yellow. Then, I'd shade the red a bit more orange, just enough to call it that.

I don't know why any depiction of Robin including the original has green and yellow colors. Should be brown and orange like the bird, IMO.

Just my $0.02.
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MikeDimayuga Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
yep, i LOVE YJ robin, and that design is perfect. (you can see the influence in my design). and i actually DO have a version of his where its more traditionally colored.

but...

i WANT to be different; approach the design another way. play around with the concept of what it is to be an actual heir of batman.

i dunno, maybe i'll post the traditionally colored one if people really wan to see it.

thanks for taking he time to comment.
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flamefox777 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Oh, I'm not trying to stifle your creativity and I like the colors. It's just, why call him "Robin?" Does he have wings? Does he eat worms? Does he lay eggs? The one and only thing that makes him "Robin" instead of some other hero name is the fact that he has a red chest like the the American Robin bird. Also, I did suggest a non-traditional coloration of dark brown and orange; I've never seen a Robin colored much like the bird so that would actually be different. I suggested the YJ Robin not because of the design, but because of the colors.
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MikeDimayuga Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
naw, i didn't think you were stifling my creativity. you made reasonable comments. i'm just trying to convey my thinking on why i did what i did. this is as much for me (in ordering my thoughts), as it is for you.
anyhoo, 'why call him robin?'
1- that's why i made the title 'son of the bat'.
2- while he 'is' a robin, the other robins (like tim or steph) can take on the colors. my damian wants to be more like batman.
3-changing the colors to brown and orange would defeat the purpose of my concept.
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Kaemgen Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Why Robin? Because there is a tradition to carry on!

I could see your argument if it was a brand new hero or if Batman had never had a prior sidekick. But he's stepped into someone else's shoes, someone else's name. Hell, unless the held a press conference the media would call him Robin no matter what he dressed himself in.
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flamefox777 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Unless he called himself something different, like Nightwing. Or Red Bird. Or any of the other times he's taken a different name when he changed his costume.
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Kaemgen Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
I've not followed Batman all that close but I'm pretty sure Nightwing only took that name after he left Batman? Don't think I've heard of Red Bird.

Anyway, my point is just that its been traditionally Batman & Robin and I could see a character getting ultra-dedicated and wanting to be more like his mentor yet still wanting to honor the tradition in name...
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