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I remember becoming somewhat familiar with the character of Thanos via the original Marvel Graphic Novel “The Death of Captain Marvel.” At the time, sometime around the mid-80s, I’d never seen a comic book like that. It was something for me to gawk at compared to the regular newsprint Marvel and DC comics I was regularly buying.
I was aware that Thanos was at least Captain Marvel’s arch-nemesis. In the 90s, I became much more familiar with Thanos when the Infinity Gauntlet comic book series was published. The fantastic artwork by George Perez immediately had me hooked on the series.
More recently, I got the chance to see Thanos brought to life on the silver screen through a series of Marvel movies. The world at large soon learned of this purple titan thanks to the mega-blockbuster film “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.”
All of this brings me to this new digital painting of mine. It was an actual drawing I did in 2014, based on a concept image I saw online. Having seen Thanos in comic book format before, I was immediately struck by how real he suddenly felt when I saw this particular image of him.
What we’re seeing here now is a painted version I just did this year. I was inspired to pick up my Wacom tablet and get to work. It has a much looser feel in the art style than I’m typically used to finishing in. I like it and may do a few more paintings in this style.
You can learn more about Thanos at the Marvel comics website.