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Retropolis by iskandarsalim Retropolis by iskandarsalim
Done in Photoshop CS spanning within 5-6 days. Tools : Poser 5.0, CorelDraw 12 and PSCS.

This was originally intended as a Jim Caviezel's Superman artwork. He's my favorite actor and in my opinion, would make a great Superman. Halfway through i decided to change it into a Routh's Superman artwork because i found the particular headshot more suitable. If you notice, Routh's headshot here is similar to the previous Superman artwork i made, this time with a lot of improvements and modifications. It was originally based on a screencap taken from one episode of the "Cold Case" TV series. I hope the result does look like Routh, or at least resembles him.

I read that Singer is going for a retro-look for the Superman Returns movie. That's what i'm trying to achieve with the sephia or brownish tone.

The "Metropolis" in the background was created using collages of New York. The perspective seems a bit off, i wish i could spend more time on it, but i'm too exhausted and lazy for that. Everything else were added to achieve an "official" poster feel.
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You will find plenty superheroes and characters in ~iskandarsalim's gallery, but Retropolis is clearly one that stands out. Does something this good (and with Superman) really need a longer write-up? ( Featured by dinyctis )
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leesaku4ever Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student Photographer
Superman Returns was an amazing movie! I really wish they had made a sequel! Brandon Routh was PERFECT for Superman!!!!!
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KeremGo Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ground braking work as always!
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P-r-o-G-f-x Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dammit that is unbelieveable

i like it so much!!

faved
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The1Blur Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well this is GREAT!
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supershamir82 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007
good job :boogie:
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:iconiskandarsalim:
iskandarsalim Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007
thanks SuperShamir! i can tell you're a big fan of Superman
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:iconginoroberto:
ginoroberto Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006
WOAH! youve got some serious talent man! :D
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:iconiskandarsalim:
iskandarsalim Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006
thanks man, has u seen the movie?
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:iconginoroberto:
ginoroberto Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006
yup! one of the best in my opinion! :D
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:iconiskandarsalim:
iskandarsalim Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2006
glad you like it, but it wasn't that good for me
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:iconwalt-dance:
walt-dance Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006
i must say this is really "WoW"... i really love it.. color, design and everything... *two thumbs up*
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:iconiskandarsalim:
iskandarsalim Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006
thank you... i'm working on a new Supergirl artwork... stay tune
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:iconkimoz:
kimoz Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
WoOoW :+fav:
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:iconmrshan:
mrshan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2005  Professional
SSSuperman!!!
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:icononlyinthedark:
OnlyintheDark Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2005
woah dude this is amazing. I would KILL to see that poster hanging up in the theater when it comes out. That is what a movie poster is supposed to look like. Sugoi ^_^
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:iconiskandarsalim:
iskandarsalim Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2005
thanks dude! i wish warner bros would hire me and pay me big money for the job hehehe
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:icononlyinthedark:
OnlyintheDark Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2005
I'd freaking hire you in heartbeat. I say we start a petition and send it to warner bros.
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soamazing Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2005
Útimo trabalho!

Nice job!
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bittersweetdreams Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005
Caviezel is a great actor, it would have made for an interesting piece I think. This turned out beautifullly, epic as it should be.
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:iconwaldemar-pfordte:
waldemar-pfordte Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2005   Photographer
great! =)

Congrats on the DD... =D
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:iconiskandarsalim:
iskandarsalim Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2005
thanks! :D
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:iconwaldemar-pfordte:
waldemar-pfordte Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2005   Photographer
you're welcome! =)
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:iconerosa:
Erosa Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2005
Congratulations Iskandar! I knew it!
Your work has been recognized once again! :handshake: :)
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:iconiskandarsalim:
iskandarsalim Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2005
Hi Dennis,
i was kind of surprised, haven't really updated anything for a while. Thanks again!! :D
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:iconerosa:
Erosa Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2005
Your welcome Iskandar! :D
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:iconfire-doused:
fire-doused Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005
You drew it? Phw04r~

Amazing Malaysian (or are you from Brunei?)... I also want to learn the strokes for creating artwork like this one

:meditate:
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:iconiskandarsalim:
iskandarsalim Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2005
thanks!
i'm from jakarta, indonesia. the name might suggested i'm from malaysia or brunei. and actually i'm an indonesian chinese with a very malay's name hehehe
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ScRuMDiddLyiCiOuS Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005
[link] :O ....anyway HOLY WACK this is amazing <3 love it
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AngelNeko Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All I can say is Holy Shit!!

That is very, extremely, truly, amazing beyond belief.
You did such a kick ass job on it. ;)
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crazy-jane Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005
This is incredible. Fantastic work. I think the sephia tone was a wonderful choice and definitely communicates a retro feel in my opinion.

Wonderful. Really wonderful.
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pencilmage Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005
Nice work caught my eye. But I think he's still needs that curl in his hair...
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:iconiskandarsalim:
iskandarsalim Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2005
actually there's curl... look again :D
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:iconpencilmage:
pencilmage Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2005
looked again and found it! once again good job.
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:iconvehemencia:
vehemencia Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
nice work !! i really love it
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:iconbetsyamparan:
betsyamparan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005  Professional General Artist
Wow, that's really cool. VERY GOOD JOB! :)
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:iconnuke-mayhem:
Nuke-Mayhem Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOA! :jawdrop: Awsome dude, looks very official.
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RockerGalHB Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005
Nice....
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:iconinfinity8nina:
infinity8nina Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005
i love it :)
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:iconallskool89:
allskool89 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005
kool.. it does look like an official poster..
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:iconmagaman:
Magaman Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005
:w00t:age!!!!!
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:iconace3d2000:
ACE3d2000 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005
nice superman it looks realistic :clap:
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:icontorrens-sepelio:
Torrens-Sepelio Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005
This is simply amazing.
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spygirl4000 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005  Student Filmographer
wow this is amazing. I love superman and you did such a great job. I'm in awe. :+fav:
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AuroranWings Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005  Student General Artist
Love it. =3
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memod Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005  Professional
wow, this piece is really impressive, it has a working composition and a really great contrast in colours between the forground and the background :nod: you depicted superman pretty well, his cape and his suit look pretty good, I like how you kept the highlights soft just the way they were on the 'real' suit :nod: the pose is pretty convincing too =)
the tilted background adds a lot to the dynamic look of this picture, and it has a fair amount of detail. since the clouds look as if you used a photo, I'd like to know how you made the buildings? they don't really look like a photo, yet their style seems different from the one on supermans figure :nod:
anyway, superb work, congrats on the DD =)
Daniel
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:iconiskandarsalim:
iskandarsalim Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2005
thanks for the comment!
the buildings is a collage of re-painted photos. a lot of cut and paste and airbrushing works
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2005  Professional
my pleasure =) you did a great job. I think they should use it for the film :nod:

Daniel =)
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NimbleNote Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
w00t! Superman ish Candaian! w0000t! He rockzorz! w00t! w00t! ....I know....
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randomkoreanguy Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work. I could totally see it as a real movie poster. Kudos.

:thumbsup:B-)
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not-really Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005   Interface Designer
geeez! o gotta bow for ya, man.
CONGRATS. :highfive:
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