In 1999, I started to think about blind contour drawing as a means of achieving a fluid and gestural illustration style. I first drew this figure in my sketchbook as a nondescript man with some undefined weight bearing down on him. I then added the S-shaped cape to make the subject a superhero, instead of an everyman.
While in graduate school at Parsons, Union Square become the hub of my life for a number of years and I added details from the park and the surrounding buildings to make it look like the cityscape was becoming displaced like water and threatening to come crashing down on the superhero. Given the complex relationship one can imagine Batman has with Gotham, I added the details of his cowl and gauntlets when I darkened the sky.