This dude came out of screwing around with Painter and Photoshop to test a few things, but mainly to try to feel like I am still imaginative even though I am drawing Aquaman (no offense to Aquaman, or Aquaman fans. Both of you.)
I started sketching digitally and ran through a bunch of different ideas, erasing as I went- monsters grimacing, mythological action heroes leaping forth- but in the end, they seemed like too much work and I felt pressed for time, so yet again I went with my standard "headshot of a guy with slightly exaggerated features and one piece of vaguely medieval or fantasy costume so that I might feel like a fantasist" approach, and thus we have this. I shall call it "Viking in a Sears Portrait Studio".
I need to work much, much harder on my drawing and stylization. These little headshots, like this viking and the wizard below, although largely bullshit, do serve a purpose in that they are attempts to break out of old habits when constructing a face and head shape. I sometimes like my "go-to" forms, but lately, I have realized that the shapes I am seeing in my head are being lost as soon as I put the pencil down on the paper, like a guitarist stuck on the same patterns or riffs when the music they want to hear is made up of different scales entirely. I am defaulting to "my face" when that's not always the face I really want anymore. The only way out is to force my hand out of those damn invisible tracks my pencil seems so compelled to sink into.
Tune in next time for a druid in front of a wagon wheel.