The metalsmiths of the Renaissance could create some amazing work, such as armor that mimicked all the details of the clothes the noble knight would wear at court. The finest-wrought armor was for parades and display rather than fighting. The creative armorers added a wealth of detail to the suits whether they were meant for battle or not. The battle-armor was meant to be scary and grotesque and fierce-looking. This armored figure, who may not be entirely human, was inspired by Renaissance grotesque armor. There are myriad fantasy armies of these figures, fighting out their virtual existence in games all over the world.
Pitt technical pen, brush pen, and grayscale markers on sketchbook page, finished with digital inking. 3 1/2" x 5", June 5, 2013.