So I was up crazy early this morning so I decided to use the extra time productively. After the last Art Test Sketch I realised how rusty my figure / character work was so I'm thinking the early mornings should become a regular thing as a dedicated practice period. Gets me using pencils more often and hopefully will boost my anatomy skills and character design.
This morning I ended up with the following sketch. Initially I was going to do a sci-fi Master Chief style illustration but while I was looking up some references for various armour types I saw the Samurai images and settled on this awesome look. Gets me out the comfort zone of sci-fi imagery too which is a good think me thinks..