I did the complete painting in Photoshop and post it under fair use.
The first purpose is a two-way homage towards the artist and to the series. I was just watching FMA the other day and thought „how badass would they look if they were painted by Brom…“
Please accept my apology that Ed looks very different to match the „Brom-look“ more. I feel somehow that the second sword almost instantly reflects the time in which the series is playing.
The second purpose is learning and of course bringing the fun back into painting;) I intend to furthermore use this as an example assignment for the masterclasses I´m teaching in digital painting.
By featuring Ed and Al from Fullmetal Alchemist I´m adding something new to the existing work I studied, in this case Crossed Swords from Brom/1996.
The amount and substantiality in which the original work was recreated was crucial to this project because this was basically a virtual assignment. And as such, required me to have as much of the design capabilities of the original artist visible as possible - that is the nature of this virtual assignment.
The learning aspect of this is enormous, because it allows me to not only study exactly the composition and color palette, but to think with the whole body of work in mind and composition skills of the artist in question. The more I understand the artists work, the more I am capable of making better decisions that lead to overcome design problems.
This piece is part of my current Patreon campaign and supporters will be able to get a hi-res version as also the psd-file depending on pledge. An educational process sheet of this piece can be downloaded here in the attachment for free.
If there is some decent interest, I´d be able to do a tutorial piece about that matter with video recording the process. Thanks for your consideration.
Any recommendation or artist/franchise suggestions are appreciated, thanks in advance!