As per usual, I post something that I'm not happy with 5 minutes later. So, another handful of hair pulled and yet another redraw - on one single piece of paper this time:
And some attempt to make amends for my lack of proper shape and silhouette last post:
I realized that - other than using two pieces of paper taped together, and not drawing fluidly or quickly enough - I hit the first Soldat illustration right after I had read some dated obituaries for Hunter Thompson. I figure that one (or several) of the images from the article - consciously or otherwise - stuck in my head when I started drawing; hence another awesome excuse for why the pose came out the way it did.
.....Speaking of which: Something cool I noticed while browsing through my laptop archive of pictures - every so often there'd be a random pairing of images together, one after the other, that would look pretty cool: They'd either mirror-image eachother in some way (faces, elements, pose, theme), or else they'd be complete contradictions. Fairly random placing to boot...
Sound boring and convoluted? You bet it is! Here are some examples:
-Akashi Gidayu writing his death poem just before committing seppuku... and Hunter Thompson.
-Operation Ivy (S.F.) and The Faith (D.C.), one apparently channeling the energy of the other.
-Because Ukrainian car models and English punks... tend to be white. And like to pose.
-I'll venture a guess the Google search that day was for something blue.
-About as opposite as you can get. War and Peace, anybody?
-Ok, so these two images weren't exactly side by side - but I couldn't resist. Bill Shatner shamelessly doing a plug for Commodore "computer-and-game" system, and a Soviet poster - which (I think) reads: "With Capitalism: Millions of unemployed workers".