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Clark....Superman by CoranKizerStone Clark....Superman by CoranKizerStone
I feel that a mixture of Frank Quitely Clark Kent and Cris Reeve's portrayal of him in the Superman films to be the best disguise. When you mix that up you get a clumsy, head sunked between the shoulders, Bowlegged, slightly stuttering, might of been a nerd in highschool, cowardly Clark. I not only see the confident exterior when he puts on the red, blue and yellow tights but sort of a exhale. The chance for him to breath and be himself. To me Superman is truly who he is.

I could be wrong though...tell me what your thoughts are guys and what ya think.

Tools> pencil, photoshop, optical mouse
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Serenityishero Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
This is probably my favorite clark/superman art. Definitely showcases both identities well!
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EvanMichaelHardin Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool
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BeowulfIam Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
I've always thought of it the other way around, actually. Kent is who he truly is. He's not confident, he's constantly nervous about every decision he has to make, and he's overly friendly and polite. Superman is the face he needs so that humanity thinks that he knows exactly what he's doing. Realistically, though, that couldn't possibly be true. I like either interpretation though!
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SimplyErika Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I totally agree, he's fundamentally Clark. And the personality is what hides him in plain sight. Someone so nervous and clumsy couldn't possibly be the savior of humanity, so everyone overlooks him, and he stays unnoticed. Conceptually, I also like the take on Superman where he actually has the build of a regular human, because Superman doesn't "have" to build muscle, he's an alien imbued with super strength, so it's not like he has to be a bodybuilder (though this version isn't nearly as dynamic or striking).
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kentaurosman Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the idea of a slightly nerdy Superman. It's kind of cool, actually.
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Oliver-Kriel Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Amazing, Clark Kent not so much as a cover than just him clumsy trying to fit into human society. Brilliant.
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BrianThomasX Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's good to see an artist who gets this.

BTX
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LostTribesManlyAnime Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool unique portrayal. I like your unique style.
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nightcrawlerfan19 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Both versions are something of a disguise. As Clark, he has to back down when he normally wouldn't, even in nonphysical situations where being Superman would give him little advantage. As Superman, he has to pretend he isn't a human being who likes the smell of hay or the sound of Metallica. It's only around people like Batman or Lois that he can combine the two into who he really is.
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AbissZombie Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
reminded me a little of Dr. Slump anime Supaman
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RosesAndViolets Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh god this is so cute XD
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Emgee78 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
'Fluffy' was the first word that came to mind when I saw this version of Clark. I know it doesn't fit, but he does remind me here of a work pal I knew.
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HealerInTwilight Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
I always think of Clark as one of those really tall/big guys that doesn't seem as big as he really is, because of the way he moves and holds himself.
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Alex-Brady-TAD Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
the best clark i ever saw.
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NICK-XMG Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Interface Designer
this is good
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atmanryu Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
All-Star Superman did this quite similar and quite successfully as well.

I like seeing pictures like this as they show quite a thought in character design.
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spidefan18 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Dude you gave some great motivation and references good job, but why make him so big he's almost borderline husky instead of an adonis like body ya know.
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StevenGordonArt Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I always assumed Clark Kent was always who he was, a bumbling but very kind fellow from humble Smallville. When he dons the costume to save the day, it's like how any other person is when they're in a tight situation: we put aside our fears and doubts and we do what we think is right.
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victor95 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Nerdy clark lol
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AnyLuck Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
This looks great! I love his expressions, especially his Clark Kent one. It's both sly and shy, and definitely awesome!
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DWPGolden Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
I see it as neither Superman or Clark is the disguise. For one, I think that would be incredibly exhausting for him to pretend to be this Clark Kent character for so much of his time. I like to think of Clark Kent as who he really is; he's shy, not very confident, and just overall not very sure of himself or his place in the world. As Superman, he doesn't have to hide his abilities, so he feels much more confident. Plus, Superman gets all the praise and accolades, so of course he's going to feel more confident about himself as Superman. When he's Clark Kent, he feels he has nothing to offer to make people like him or be impressed by him, so he becomes more introverted. So neither is a disguise, it's just that being Superman gives him confidence.
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r1card089 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
the clark/superman is great. I think all the characters you've done are great

what about adding your own twist to Superman's suit like you have with the others?
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gurkanzengin Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
not bad
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ellisthree Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012   Traditional Artist
perfect
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MrTango2008 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
This is great. I love the Duality of Clark Kent and Kal-El. You have it right, Clark Kent is Superman's secret identity. David Carradine described him in Kill Bill Vol. 2, and for me it is the best description of Sups ever. Well done kizer.
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CoranKizerStone Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thnks. :)
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Blrout Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love this picture. The only thing I would disagree with is that Superman isn't truly who he is. To me, at least, the real Clark is somewhere between Metropolis Clark and Superman. For the two personas depicted (rather masterfully, I might add), he accentuates different aspects of his personality. The only people who get to see the true Clark are Ma and Pa Kent, Lois, and Conner.

That's all pre New 52, though, and has been tossed right out the window.
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kingpickle Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it!!
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voirdire99 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Heh. That Clark makes me want to be his friend. Too many artists overdo the nerdy Clark, who is actually an incredibly capable person even without super powers. Or they just make the mistake of drawing him as a super-jock with glasses.
He's a reporter for one of the most important news agencies in America, folks! He may be disguising himself but it doesn't make him a complete douche! This Clark reminds of some reporters I've known: a little socially awkward but intellectual and always looking through people to find the truth of the story through the haze of their words. The way he's looking over his glasses and that playfully sly smile makes me feel like he's sharing the in-joke with me.

And you nailed that Superman. Big, bold, in control of massive power and happily heroic. This Superman isn't conflicted or tormented. He's not a hyper-toned underwear model. He's a mass of heroism and happy about it!
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airiteach Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Has anyone ever noticed how much shit Superman takes? I mean, in the comics, he gets the shit kicked out of him by Darkseid, Mr. Mxyztplk, and whatever giant robot Lex has out that week, not to mention getting killed, like, twice, by Doomsday. And even in the real world, fans are always bashing for being, too overpowered or too dull a character, using arguments of realism and being not as good as Batman. I still agree that Batman could Superman in a fight, but int the end, I suspect it come to a draw. Unless that fight actually happened in one issue and one of them beat the other. Did it? I haven't picked up a comic in a while.
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HeroXero Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good job! I really like what you did with Clark. I'm a fan of the more muscular Superman and a lot of people like to complain about how it is possible to look all muscular when he is dressed as Clark, and they don't realize there is more to Clark than a suit and glasses.
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magusVroth Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Artist
After reading All Star Superman, I've come to appreciate how clever this design was. I also like your take on the design. Nice work.
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paigeity Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
This piece captures everything I feel about superman. I built a blog post around this image

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MrMephisto32 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome :) Great Work
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aciramE Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
ha ha nice work >>> he looks kind of fat but you still did a good job lol love it
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KanatoXio Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome! maybe someone somewhere in the world is been secretly helping and saving people, and yet he/she is the most under-appreciated character around :x
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Chibi-Livie Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent!!!! very funny !
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Nagase13 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this!
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Nagase13 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is sooo cute!
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poofler Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
these are beautiful. the contrast between the stances is genius!
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TheLadyBeckett Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
I love the interpretation. He's cute and shy as Clark, but as Superman you gave him a sort of joy. It's really brilliant. I mean, it's really, REALLY fantastic, mate.
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FanofJura Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Great work ... but I'm wondering how it is that nobody sees that the guy just takes off his glases ! I mean, the guy works with dozens of journalists that must all have done NYU at least and they can't even ... ARGGGH XD
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Maki-P Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Nice art, and nice interpretation. I personally believe that both Clark Kent and Superman are acts: Clark Kent the timid quiet man, that no one notices; and Superman the strong confident hero who everybody looks up to. In my mind the real Clark is something in between, Supes' power and strength and CK's heart.
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Devonition Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011   General Artist
revolutionary! he's a husky dude! 8D I like it!
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STUFF-by-MJM Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
this is different. nice job
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Kerevon Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
I've always imagined that Superman and Clark Kent were two parts of the same person, but nonetheless slightly equal parts. Superman is who he could be. He's absolutely perfect in every way; He's kind, understanding, and is the pinnacle of physical fitness (more so than any human could ever be). However, nobody can be that ALL the time. So there's Clark Kent, a decent enough fellow who nonetheless has fairly stupid yet enjoyable hobbies, is expected to occasionally make mistakes, and moreover isn't expected to be perfect. And while he needs to be Superman for the sake of all he cares about, he needs to be Clark Kent for himself. Nonetheless, he IS a good person. He DOES care about people in general, and he DOES have amazing powers. So when trouble looms, that shirt comes off and out steps Superman, the flawless hero who can do no wrong and will go to any lengths to save the day, no matter the cost. Neither Clark Kent nor Superman can truly act independently, because they're incomplete. Only together are they a full person, but they are nonetheless equally real parts of that person.

That's just how I see it. The dual-identity of Superman is actually really fascinating, but of course most people are interested in watching him juggle boulders and fight giant robots. Understandable (who doesn't love watching that) but I still think a really interesting opportunity is being missed here. An opportunity Marvel actually noticed, when they made their character "The Sentry". He has all of Superman's powers and two personalities, each morally opposite of the other; interestingly, when the "hero" personality committed an evil act, his "villain" personality then committed an act of heroism later that day. Basically, he twice managed to save the world by putting up his costume and becoming an average-Joe guy, as this also made his evil half hang up HIS cape and merge into that average-Joe as well.
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RipperMadness Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011   General Artist
This is perfect! wonderful insight on all of these icons not just Clark and Supes. Genius.
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Kettlehead Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
This is probably my favorite depiction of Superman/Clark Kent. Much more individual than the comic renditions.
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AceCartoonFreak Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
With this drawing, I can finally see how people never make the connection between Kent and Superman.
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Areku23 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
LOL, that Clark is incredibly timid.

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