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Thanos fan art
"Steve Rogers" from Earth X. Fan art by Rene Arreola.
Thanos fan art
"Thanos" fan art by Rene Arreola

Revisiting an old Thanos drawing by turning it into a color painting.

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.

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