At the end of my previous article, which covered Captain America, Vision, Ant-Man, and Ultron, I held a poll to determine which characters I would spend time digitally painting for this post! The first painting I finished is the Age of Ultron Iron Man armor. I really enjoyed working on the smallest light reflections throughout the various panels. Working on this painting forced me to pay attention to the meticulous design, giving me a whole new appreciation for Marvel's MCU production teams!
I had so much fun working on the Mark XLIII that I immediately started painting the Hulk-Buster, featured in one of Age of Ultron's most anticipated confrontations. I have tried to avoid as many TV spots as possible, since I'd rather have my jaw drop at the IMAX instead of multiple times in the month leading up to its release!
Although I have avoided the new trailers over the past month, I came across a looping GIF of the Mark XLV's appearance in a recent TV spot. I couldn't stop myself from doing a quick digital sketch of the newest armor. I love how the center piece has transformed from a circle to a triangle, and now a hexagon.
After getting all the Iron Man out of my system, I reverted back to the poll from the first article I posted, which had Thanos in 3rd place for painting. I used this as an opportunity to practice skin and wrinkles. My plan was to continue down into the chest plate for a full torso composition, but I felt like the point of this piece was the skin and if I added his huge armor his head would only look tiny. So here is Thanos' head. You can put it on a spike if it helps ease the pain he will bring our avenging friends soon enough.
After the Thanos painting, I threw out all the rules. I ignored the poll and went with my gut. I needed to paint Spider-Man. Also this was during the Marvel/Sony deal and I used this as an opportunity to commemorate the reveal on my Instagram. This pose is from the Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer, starring Andrew Garfield. I spent a little more time on this one, due to my childhood love of Spider-Man. I can't wait to see what he is like in the MCU and how his story impacts future Avengers installments. I enjoyed Sam Raimi's iteration when I was younger, but the Amazing Spider-Man movies didn't hook me the right way. I believe we are going to see a true incarnation of Spider-Man on the big screen for the first time (in my opinion. Don't judge me). Though, I have to admit, the Amazing Spider-Man movies got the suit right!
Later on I noticed in the comments section of the first article that a fellow Moviepilot creator requested Winter Soldier, who really should have been in the poll to begin with! I had a lot of fun working on the reflections of his metal arm. What I learned is the difference between leather and metallic reflections. The dull shoulder straps aren't as luminous, so the key to creating a leathery reflection is indigo blue! I decided to focus mostly on the aspects that represent the Winter Soldier, since the true identity of Bucky Barnes is clouded and concealed by the Soldier's obedience.
If you're interested, here's a time-lapse video of the Winter Soldier painting process:
The final painting for this article is Captain Marvel! I completely ignored the rest of the poll in an act of defiance that will haunt me for the rest of my days. Good thing Star-Lord and Black Panther are options in the poll further down the article. I have to be honest, I didn't know much about Carol before the movie's announcement, but that didn't stop me from buying a couple of trades and enjoying her appearances in the Guardians of the Galaxy comics. I believe it's time for a true female-led superhero movie to represent the strength and courage of women, which is the first step toward a less gender dependent cinematic universe. I can't decide if I have developed a mild crush or if I am simply in awe of her abundant badassery. Outside of Vision and Captain America, this piece was my first time exploring a full face and head of hair. I appreciate how these projects continue to push me with new and intimidating challenges! By the way, this painting counts as my vote for Katheryn Winnick as Carol Danvers in the 2018 Captain Marvel film!
Most of the Avengers digital paintings I've done are available to purchase on the Fun Guy Studios Etsy Shop! Each print is 8in x 8in, but larger dimensions are available upon request! To keep up with future digital paintings and Copic colored blank sketch covers, follow Fun Guy Studios on Facebook and Instagram!
My Hand-Drawn Copic Avengers 228 Postage Sticker Series is ON SALE NOW at the Fun Guy Studios Etsy for $25 each! One-of-a-kind, limited edition series celebrating the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron!
UPDATE: April 29 Vision and Scarlet Witch SOLD.
I will put together another article when I've completed a new set of paintings!
Which character should I paint next?
When I'm not painting the Avengers I'm working on my original graphic novel Verdacomb! I've been writing and developing the story for nearly six years. Chapters 1-3 can be read online for free at my website VERDACOMB.com!