Thanos: A Fistful of Colors
OK, this is a slight parody of the Clint Eastwood classic, "A Fistful of Dollars". And, with "Avengers: Infinity War" recently released on DVD/Blu-Ray, it seemed as good as time as any to post this.
BTW, here's an amusing site to see if you survived the Infinity War or not (you have to clear your cookies to possibly get a different answer):
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STEP ONE: Here's the quickly scribbled start for the Thanos digital painting in Painter 2018, originally done on a 1,500px x 2,100px canvas at 300dpi. Originally, I figured I would just do up the painting, then crop it as needed for the finished poster when I finished the lettering and whatnot.
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STEP TWO: This was about the halfway point for the black-and-white digital painting. However, I didn't like the face of Thanos much, and the head-size seemed a little off to me, so I digitally repainted it in the next pic.
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STEP THREE: I wanted the colors of Thanos (and the background) to be more muted so the color of the Soul Gems / Infinity Gems / Infinity Stones would stand out more, so I mostly used a Multiply Layer for most of the coloration, with a few highlights done over a Normal Layer. I also cropped the Thanos pic to make sure the Infinity Gems / Infinity Stones / Infinity Gauntlet had a little more focus.
Painter 2018 also has some interesting textures, which were added to Thanos' clothing. I also just painted over the lettering to match the font used in the original "Fistful of Dollars" poster. Lastly, I added a paper texture in the background and called it good, as I was already spending way too much time on getting this finished. That's the problem... you can continuously noodle around with something to try and get it perfect, only to find a week has gone by and you really don't have much to show for it. Feh!
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This was done digitally in Painter 2018 and an assist with Photoshop.