• Captain America - Mjolnir - Captain America - Mjolnir 

Illustrated in Adobe Photoshop.

Available as a print <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/701225899/captain-america-mjolnir-fine-art-print">here.</a>

I actually painted this prior to the release of Avengers Endgame. The anticipation was running high and I wanted to visualise a moment that I really hoped would take place; Cap proving his worthiness - lifting Mjolnir and shouting "Avengers assemble!". I was delighted when I watched this dream scenario unfold on the big screen before me at the midnight release of the film.

An unfortunate drawback of this spot on prediction was a good deal of angry messages saying I'd spoiled a key moment in the film!

    Captain America - Mjolnir

    Illustrated in Adobe Photoshop.

    Available as a print here.

    I actually painted this prior to the release of Avengers Endgame. The anticipation was running high and I wanted to visualise a moment that I really hoped would take place; Cap proving his worthiness - lifting Mjolnir and shouting "Avengers assemble!". I was delighted when I watched this dream scenario unfold on the big screen before me at the midnight release of the film.

    An unfortunate drawback of this spot on prediction was a good deal of angry messages saying I'd spoiled a key moment in the film!

  • Captain America - Mjolnir - Thumbnail sketches. 

I usually just scribble these down on a sheet of A4 printer paper with a pencil. 

The first sketch was too stiff, I was trying too hard to have the shield design showing and it compromised the pose - which already wasn't dynamic enough.

I was quite pleased with the second pose, but I really wanted to be able to see the front of the shield. The third pose was a bit too extreme.

Finally, the pose on the right is the one I settled on - it was a good balance of being dynamic while still showing the shield design.

    Thumbnail sketches.

    I usually just scribble these down on a sheet of A4 printer paper with a pencil.

    The first sketch was too stiff, I was trying too hard to have the shield design showing and it compromised the pose - which already wasn't dynamic enough.

    I was quite pleased with the second pose, but I really wanted to be able to see the front of the shield. The third pose was a bit too extreme.

    Finally, the pose on the right is the one I settled on - it was a good balance of being dynamic while still showing the shield design.

  • Captain America - Mjolnir - Gathering pose and lighting reference. I've had this Body Kun reference figure for a little while but haven't used it a great deal, I wanted to take some posed shots of it just to help inform the proportions of the finished drawing.

    Gathering pose and lighting reference. I've had this Body Kun reference figure for a little while but haven't used it a great deal, I wanted to take some posed shots of it just to help inform the proportions of the finished drawing.

  • Captain America - Mjolnir - After a fair bit of searching I found a reference photo of Cap himself - Chris Evans - from a close angle to what I needed. I used that to then alter the expression and rough out the head and helmet.

From there I painted directly on top of the thumbnail sketch to mock up the body and piece as a whole. This stage is very quick and rough, I'm just establishing the forms at this point - they'll be refined later.

As you can see here, I initially played with the idea of a comic-book style speech bubble shouting the iconic "Avengers assemble!" but eventually abandoned that.

    After a fair bit of searching I found a reference photo of Cap himself - Chris Evans - from a close angle to what I needed. I used that to then alter the expression and rough out the head and helmet.

    From there I painted directly on top of the thumbnail sketch to mock up the body and piece as a whole. This stage is very quick and rough, I'm just establishing the forms at this point - they'll be refined later.

    As you can see here, I initially played with the idea of a comic-book style speech bubble shouting the iconic "Avengers assemble!" but eventually abandoned that.

  • Captain America - Mjolnir - Continuing on from the last step I start to figure out in more detail the placement and proportion of the body and the costume. On a separate layer I paint a rough guide for Cap's muscle structure, this helps inform how the costume sits. On the right you can see the painting starting to take shape.

    Continuing on from the last step I start to figure out in more detail the placement and proportion of the body and the costume. On a separate layer I paint a rough guide for Cap's muscle structure, this helps inform how the costume sits. On the right you can see the painting starting to take shape.

  • Captain America - Mjolnir - Painting in the details using a Wacom Cintiq on Adobe Photoshop

    Painting in the details using a Wacom Cintiq on Adobe Photoshop

  • Animated GIF showing the process - from thumbnail sketch, to rough mockup, to final art.

Captain America - Mjolnir

Captain America Illustration

Personal Project

2019