This was the original sketch of the Mk 50 that was approved. I've added a few stages of development so you get an idea of how I start and develop my design ideas as I paint. I start out searching for a visual vocabulary and working out the big break-ups, and then continue to refine to find a pleasing simplicity and flow. Often I'm looking for elements to remove rather than add once I have explored the idea. I'll usually start with a pretty radical "face" design in the helmet as well, and then bring it back to something familiar, but hopefully some element of the radical starting point will remain.