It took the Batman Animated series to really get me to appreciate Mr. Freeze, and I think it was a stroke of Bruce Timm/Paul Dini fueled genius to add the tragic story of a lost wife to this villain’s motivation. I always liked the cartoon’s visual of a literal ice man holding a snow globe that reminded him of his lost love. And as we all know, this moving backstory was later portrayed/destroyed horribly in a live action version starring our current governor here in sunny California!
This image actually started as a small, looser acrylic painting I did on canvas board a while back. But I recently found that board, scanned it in and digitally painted over the entire thing. You’ve gotta love Painter IX’s glow effect, which makes painting shiny glass and ice much easier than doing it with traditional paint.
And thanks to Mike Lopez, who posed as a photo reference for Freeze’s facial shadows here. Though if you’ve met Mike in person, you know he’s far more handsome than the craggly, grandpa-ish face I put on the good doctor here. Mike also has hair.
Until next time!