|"THE GREAT ESCAPE" © TOPPS|
Oil on Panel 18"x24"
Available for purchase
My first thought when reading the assignment was how much fun it would be to explore designing the martian base interior (or at least a hint of it) as well as painting an African American boxer from the 70's punching an alien in the face. The boxer was made the focal point of the painting for two reasons. First, I thought it would be a nice change to see a minority figure in the foreground of a multicultural scifi painting where the humans are united against a common foe. Secondly, the boxer is the only one of the heroes that would have ever seen a hand gun or knew that the martian's ray gun could be used against them. I imagined they'd have to shoot their way out. Boxing gloves and swords alone against ray guns would have left these guys vaporized pretty quick.
Early sketches reveal my desire to make the boxer look like a cross between KungFu Joe and Black Dynamite.
The characters needed to be consistent as they are in other cards in the set. It was decided that the boxer should be barechested and have more of an Muhammad Ali/ Joe Frazier vibe instead. Once the sketch was approved I went to work. Thankfully I know a guy that is super muscular and agreed to model for me. It would have been a nightmare to try and make myself look muscular or work from assorted muscle reference.
There are a number of tremendously talented painters working on this new set which was just successfully funded through kickstarter. I look forward to seeing all the art when Mars Attacks: Occupation is released.