I recently re-read Wuthering Heights for my Gothic lit class and every time I do so, I'm struck with the urge to play around with new designs for the characters. I can't for the life of me get Cathy right, so until I do, heeeeeeere's Heathcliff!
I find it interesting that despite the fact that his skin color plays such a crucial role in the novel, most film adaptations choose to ignore it and cast white actors. I've yet to see the 2011 version, which to my knowledge is the only one out there that cast a person of color as Heathcliff. His racial ambiguity is a defining aspect of his character. I would love to see more adaptations that acknowledge this.
I haven't quite gotten his look down the way I envision it, but it's close. This is very much a thumbnail design. I wanted to start playing around with some of his characteristics: dark skin, heavy brows, an athletic build, perpetual look of irritation, etc. Initially, I tried to keep this simpler and more cartoony than I usually do, which would have been great, but the details got the better of me, as always. Oy.
P.S. I love Heathcliff even though he needs to go to jail immediately.