So here begins my run-up to the Mega Man Tribute. Fans are no doubt aware of the furor UDON's contest created a few months ago, and it's exactly what I needed to redeem myself after my failed MVC3 poster
. I was disappointed at having missed the Street Fighter and Darkstalkers Tributes, but I swore by the power of Grayskull that I would not rest until I saw my lifelong dedication to Mega Man fan art immortalised in UDON's publication.
This first entry is a remake of this picture
I drew six years ago. It was always one of my favourites, but I was careless enough to lose the PSD file when I formatted my hard drive. I've been meaning to repaint it ever since and the contest was just the opportunity I needed. I prefer the more subtle halftone and sharper colours in this version. Having said that, I consider it to be more of a warm-up and I doubt it stood a serious chance of winning. I had fresh illustration still to paint...
PS. This was drawn before I got into the Legends series, which is why Roll Caskett doesn't show up. Soz.