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Batman fan uses Adobe Illustrator to create Bat Boat

  • Published on May 5, 2014
Batman fan uses Adobe Illustrator to create Bat Boat

Batman may have had millions of dollars, a secret lair and an arsenal of technology to craft his famous  vehicles, but one man from Crystal Lake, Illinois, found a way to create his own Bat Boat, armed with Adobe Illustrator, $20,000 and an unbreakable spirit.

Glenn Chelius, a 48-year-old superfan may not have Bruce Wayne's impressive resources, but he managed to develop plans for his very own Bat Boat. According to the Daily Chronicle, Chelius initially wanted to own a Batmobile, but found more use with a vehicle that could be used in the water. 

"[The Batmobile] is a two-seater, you can't drive it in the rain because there's no roof on it, you have to store it," Chelius told the source. "As cool as that would have been, my kids are all teenagers now, [and] have always enjoyed boating with friends of ours ... I thought, I'm just going to ... create a Bat Boat or find one for sale."

Chelius sought out the assistance of the Crystal Lake Marine Services, and asked them to help him in creating his very own vehicle straight from the days when Adam West was behind Batman's mask. The workers began by mocking up a 6-inch design of the boat, then used Adobe Illustrator to mock-up the final product. The application allowed the team to see what the boat would look like in different colors, with certain additions - like fins and doors - and how large the illustrious Batman symbol should be. 

According to David Piersall, the owner of the company, the boat will be blue and white, with flame decals on the side and a mock dashboard resembling the Caped Crusader's. 

While Adobe Illustrator has long provided artists with the tools they need to accurately create designs, American Graphics Institute's Adobe Illustrator courses can turn you into a design super hero as you learn to work with this powerful digital illustration tool.

About the author

 is a user experience designer, Photoshop expert, educator and author based in Boston. She is the author of more than 20 books on design tools and processes, including Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies, Adobe Creative Cloud Digital Classroom, and Photoshop Digital Classroom. She has been awarded a Microsoft MVP three times for her work with user experience design in creating apps for touch, desktop, and mobile devices. Jennifer holds the CPUX-F credential from the UXQB.

Jennifer delivers UX training and UX consulting for large Fortune 100 companies, small start-ups, and independent software vendors. She has been hired by Adobe and Microsoft to deliver training workshops to their staff, and has traveled to Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, and across the U.S. to deliver courses and assist on UX design projects. She has extensive knowledge of modern UX Design, and worked closely with the Microsoft Windows team to create educational material and deliver UX workshops to key partners globally on behalf of Microsoft. Jennifer works with a wide range of prototyping tools including XD, Sketch, Balsamiq, Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Blend for Visual Studio. She also works extensively in the fields of presentation design and visual design.