Avengers: Infinity War (2017) - War Machine Mk IV concept sketch

This was the initial concept that got selected for War Machine Mk IV. Originally, Rhodey would have sported two different suits in the movie, and I took this design and the Mk V suit all the way to a finished ZBrush sculpt before the two were ultimately combined into one.

Phil saunders warmachinemk4 b3 web

Original concept sketch for the Mk IV War Machine suit. Was trying to go for a more advanced, faceted look to contrast with the extreme organic look of IM Mk50.

Phil saunders warmachinemk4 b wip web

Initial block-in. I'll usually just try to establish volumes, lighting, pose and mood before I start designing directly on the painting. Sometimes I'll paint over multiple design ideas before landing on the one I like.