Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My Avengers Project: A Little Old-Fashioned

Steve Rogers: Aren't the stars and stripes a little . . . old-fashioned?
Agent Coulson: With everything that's happening, the things that are about to come to light, people might just need a little old-fashioned.

I'm excited to announce that I have officially finished my Avengers Project! Yay! (Cue happy dance!) It has taken me awhile, but The Cap was a hard one to do for me. The first film left a lot to be desired and there were some great stuff in Avengers, but nothing that really delved into this character. Captain America Winter Soldier gave me a lot of material to work with and I love the challenges Steve Rogers has been made to face since being transported out of time; and our poor, straight-laced hero is challenged with a lot. The first film showed his unyielding resolve in the face of his enemies, but it was all so easy. He went in, got the job done, and that was it. The Cap makes saving the day literally look like it is all in the day's work. That is, until he he awakes to find himself in the chaos of the 21st Century. The world he is tossed into isn't as black and white as yesteryear, and Steve Rogers is persistently being told through people or circumstances that he must change, accept, and adapt to it. Despite his stubborn quip of "Don't hold your breath." to Nick Fury, Steve is faced with deciding what is the right thing to do in a world where good guys and bad guys blur together and where "Don't trust anyone." is the mantra of the day. What I love is seeing how Steve face these challenge and changes them instead. When Nick Fury gives his conundrum of world where a man can decline the Nobel Peace Prize because "peace is not an achievement, but a responsibility" and yet still plan the genocide of millions of people, Steve reminds him that trust is still viable and real and that without it, you become ruled by fear. Nick Fury concedes leadership and allows the destruction of Project Insight. When Natasha explains that hiding behind masks is a good way not to die and makes her remark that maybe Steve "is in the wrong business," Steve turns it around, showing her that honesty is a good way to live and that maybe she is the one in the wrong business. Natasha, touched by Steve's faith in her, and after having all her covers compromised, goes to rediscover herself. Then, most challenging of them all, Steve is faced with his best friend Bucky Barnes turned enemy, the Winter Soldier. Despite the impossible circumstances that his friend is now a brainwashed assassin, Steve chooses to believe in his friend, surrendering himself to trust him, even to death. "I'm with you 'til the end of the line." Barnes, remembering that line, is able to surface just enough to save Steve's life and to go seek out answers to who he really is. Over and over again Steve's steadfastness and faith proves true, changing the world to what he desires it to be, rather than accepting it as it is. So, despite everyone telling The Cap to get with the times, Coulson's above words from Avengers proves more true than even he realized, that this crazy, chaotic world, after all, just needs something "a little old-fashioned."
I now give you, my piece!

I think the imagery is self explanatory, but I really wanted to convey Steve's resolve and steadfastness. He is one solitary figure, fist clenched, face set, shield held tight, as if steeling himself from any onslaught or challenge. As usual with my pieces, I like to keep a organic flow of shape and line, and though I wanted to show the solidarity of the Captain, I needed to keep the piece fluid. My solution came with making the Captain flow into the image of a tree, both bringing vividly to mind the roots of a tree holding fast to solid ground as well as keeping the piece moving freely. Then, of course, the colors of the piece are strongly red, white, and blue. He is Captain America after all, all "spangely"and old-fashioned. Also, before I end my post, the image of the tree also came to my mind because of a quote I had read on the internet from a random comic with the Cap. I think it is one of his famous quotes from the comics, but when I read it, it pretty much sums up everything I'm trying to convey on who Captain America is and why he stands out as one of the greatest superheroes. Here it is: "Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world - 'No, you move.'" 

Here is a detail of the piece:

Thus ends my Avengers series! Yay! I don't think I'm quite done with the Marvel-verse just yet, though. Captain America Winter Soldier gave me a lot of inspiration, and I'm currently working on a Nick Fury piece! So, I'm kind of playing around with the idea of doing a SHIELD series! Woot! Since I'm really loving ABC's Agents of SHIELD as well. I'm kind of obsessed with all things Marvel right now, so I think it is highly likely there will be future Marvel themed pieces coming up! Oh, and also don't forget, I shall be having my Avenger's Series for purchase at the Phoenix Comicon!

I know I’m asking a lot. The price of freedom is high. It always has been. That’s a price I’m willing to pay. And if I’m the only one, then so be it - but I’m willing to bet I’m not.

He makes everything beautiful in its time . . . Ecclesiastes 3:11