As like with Star Wars, the Avengers has been another subject that many have asked if I would take on and I have loved every minute of creating this image! I have taken time to source input from fans of the franchise to help me focus on the key elements that contribute to its’ success. So much could have gone into this image and so many potential scenes could have been created, the potential is massive with the Avengers so watch this space for sure. Without a doubt, the end result had to be dramatic, content-rich and destructive, this image has everything and some!
I chose to focus on a scene of utter devastation in front of the iconic Grand Central Terminal in New York City with a collapsing bridge adding drama as well as composition. This is shown in almost silhouette form as contrast to the warmth of the explosion behind it, the perfect opportunity to add the dramatic light source that features in so much of my work regardless of subject. Colours are massive for me, I obsess over them! To get the overriding palette from the Avengers to feature in such a striking yet beautiful way is particularly pleasing, as is the contrast between darkness and light, it was easily one of those pieces that just gets bigger and bigger with each hour that passes.
The biggest difference in this image compared to what I am known for to date is the inclusion of key characters, I have featured subtle silhouettes to date but this was very different for me and the result is even more dramatic, it really does amplify the sense of movement and each super hero bring their own quality to the scene. I love to leave details to seek out and try and piece together the narrative, these are here and in abundance, there is so much to spot within the image as well as a poignant reference to the passing of the hero without a cape, Stan Lee.
I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I have loved creating it, Avengers assemble!”