After I decided I was going to make The Taskmaster the new Captain America I came up with some ideas of what he could look like.
I didnt have any luck drawing his hood so I took that away.
Then I thought that his old mask was too scary so I used his mercenary mask. I decided to keep his older outfit because the design was so much like Cap's already.
The only diffrences where colors.
When I went on to make the new designs I stared off with as close to Cap as I could get and would tone it down.
I also did Vice versa with the Taskmaster colors.
In the end the comments I got where not that supportive.
One person commented on how he looked like Optimus PRime, and another said he wanted the hood.
So I went for it and tried to make it work.
My wonderful holidays finish on Tuesday, so I thought I should do one 'big special' artwork before I have to go back, since my time for this kind of thing will sweep dramatically to all-time lows.
Brother-Sergeant Mordeus proceeds to eliminate a Shas'Ui Pathfinder, who has infiltrated some Imperial facility. His righteous attack only fails to strike due to the relative quickness of the Pathfinder's dodge. Instead, his colossal fist, Death's Hammer, destroys the floor before him, mangling electrical cables and causing a small fire.
So yeah. Heresy-bait or whatever you want to call it. But no! The original image was supposed to be of the Space Marine only. I decided to add the Tau after small consideration. I don't get it either, maybe the Tau have a sense of humour.
I actually thought about things like 'colour theory' and 'composition' for this one. The reasonably clean lines and shiny equipment of the Shas'ui are a clear contrast to the stark, worn bulk of the Space Marine.
I put FORTY hours into this, so please take thirty seconds from your clearly-busy schedule to comment. I like reading comments.
This one has been sitting around for quite some time, and longer still in the ol' noggin'.
In fact, you can even say that the image has been haunting me since I was quite young, as I vividly remember a rembrandt-like painting that an older lady, a family friend, had hanging on her living room wall. It was a large, foreboding painting of an equally dreadful looking conquistador, covered mostly in shadow. You could make out a bit of his mustache, a gleam of his amber coloured eye (without actually seeing the eye ), and tinges of red, orange, and brown bringing out his aged and pocked armour from the darkness.
Of course, my imagination likely embellished it up just a tad, and what you see here is a partial result of that embellishment. Not surprisingly... my Barbarian Dead character is likely linked to this imagery somehow.
Anyways, I really wanted to do something reminiscent of the old painterly masters, while trying to avoid the 'it's digital photoshop' look as much as possible. All done and finished in Painter 8.