Monday, October 23, 2017
Fearful Symmetry - Watchmen's Rorschach
For me, Watchmen's aesthetics are largely defined by John Higgins's ugly, clashing, weird color scheme that totally works (after you can get used to it), and I wanted to give proper respect to his oft-overlooked contribution. I considered trying to mimic it closely, but decided that something that flat on a model would look like I didn't know how to shade, so I decided to go with a looser homage, with a nod to his palate, and added just a little reference Gibbons's hatching in the deepest recesses.
And before anyone asks, no: Rorschach is not my favorite character in Watchmen. While I think he's got a great mix of dark humor and pathos, the honor of favorite would have to go to Nite Owl, and probably for a reason few others share: I think that his ornithology article, in the context of all the other themes in the book, does a pretty much perfect job characterizing him while making describing an existential counterargument to nihilism, though it superficially feels like a throwaway.