This picture was born out of the wish to draw something “big” and compelling again. It took me 10 straight days to finish it, but I think it was well worth it.
The inspirations behind this picture come from very different sources. The main idea was probably from the game Just Cause 2, which I have been playing for a few weeks now. With all the crazy stunts that are possible in this game, I kinda thought it would be a cool idea to put my character in a pose where he is running down the side of a building, with a rope attached to his arm, shooting at stuff.
When I sketched out this first idea, I found it to be a bit stiff. It was okay, but nothing extraordinary. So I kinda said “fuck realism” and came up with this idea of him sliding down a diagonal rooftop, shooting his guns.
The second source of inspiration was the amazing work of Strype . I have been a fan of his pictures for a few years now and I always loved the contraptions and costumes he put his characters into. So I added some various bits of belts, buckles and other stuff to the outfit of the character. That alone took a long time to sketch, ink and color.
My last source of inspiration was the game Mirrors Edge. It came up towards the end, when I was struggling to get the background look right. I didnt really know how to design the city, so I fired up the game again and voila, in no time I had some new ideas for buildings and how to arrange them.
I hope you enjoy this work of mine!