I finally finished! This took way way too long. I have just moved into a new apartment, which includes moving my studio and not being able to work, plus all those dang holidays were going on. This shouldn't have taken longer than 2 weeks and it took closer to 2 months. When I finally got over how stale it had gotten and started working on it again, I really love the outcome. It's been so long since I have done armor, and god do I love scattering blood about in a painting. I wonder why? It sure does stand out well against snow though.
I love doing these kind of "after the fact" type paintings. As with my Judith and Holofernes painting (another bloody one), this is a piece about the reflection the character has on the deeds he has just committed. This character obviously has no morals and this time of reflection is more of a "job well done" type of moment. But on the flip side, I also think this Death King is making these dead souls pay for the acts they have committed. Justice I guess.
Death King, 14" x 10", Oil on Paper on Masonite, 2011.