A Devastatingly Stunning Depiction Of The Death Of Superman

Taiwanese DeviantART artist, Hai-Ning has created a spectacular depiction of the death of Superman. It is quite simply one of the best depictions of Superman that I have seen – even though he is:

1. Dead, and…

2. Apparently just a doodle. This is indeed how the artist describes it*

*Seriously, if this is just a doodle, imagine what she can do when she is putting ink to paper for reals. 

The depth of colour is rich and textured, which when mixed with the in-the-moment style splashy nature, perfectly creates a sense of devastation. I particularly love how she works with shadows and light, as I think it gives the whole picture life (weirdly…and brilliantly, even though the character is dead).

Superman himself is a classic good looking specimen that has not been overly beefed up (which is fairly common in a lot of depictions) – though don’t get me wrong, the average human man could not look like that without a fair bit of working out.

There are two things that I particularly like about this artwork. The first is Superman’s half open eyes. They are glacial and cold and devoid of life. They are simple yet effective – they give an almost haunted feel to the picture. The second is how the cape seems to almost melt into the puddle of blood stretching out around him. This is a really nice touch and adds a bit of poetic beauty to the overall effect.

Below is the Death Of Superman in full:

death of superman art

The artist, Hai-Ning has a really amazing and vast portfolio of work. Her characters all have a certain charm, and her art has a slightly addictive quality that makes you want to go over each piece again and again.

I salute such talent.

If you like this depiction of Superman, then I urge you to check out her full portfolio on DeveiantART (linked on her name above).

What do you think? Are you a fan of this piece? 


Susie McBeth

Susie McBeth is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Nerd Like You.   Susie is a comic book reading, anime loving, superhero obsessed, writer, editor, artist, gamer, occasional supervillain and all round very nerdy girl.   When not working on content for NLY and sneakily fitting in the odd zombie kill, she can be found writing entertainment posts for national news entertainment site The Metro as well as writing guest posts for Bit Rebels and a plethora of other sites (Google will tell you all).   She also writes books - including the recent How to become a Supervillain in 10 easy steps.

One thought on “A Devastatingly Stunning Depiction Of The Death Of Superman

  • July 4, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Not a bad death of superman pic. I wonder if there’s any backstory to this art, though; who killed him? Doesn’t look as damaged as if Doomsday had done it. Another thing to point out is that this superman looks like the youngish New 52 Superman and not Kal of old…

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