Regrets of the Conquistador
Latest project painted for BrokenToad - El Dorado. As soon as I saw the bust I knew I wanted to use it as an exercise to push emotion and the textures. I hope you like it.

I pictured this guy as someone who is weather beaten, old and tired, a veteran that had witnessed atrocities in the name of duty. Perhaps he was having regrets and all those years of war had taken a heavy toll on his soul as well as his body.

Hope you like him!
  • Laurent Exposito Mas

    The paintjob match perfectly with the story you wanna tell ... i can feel sadness, tiredness and pain in those eyes.
    And all those textures…
    Strong gold !

    • Jay Martin (Redrum)PLUS

      Laurent I really appreciate your time, vote and comment, nice words and gives high motivation for next project!

  • Denniz Hedin Salo

    A fantastic paintjob, I really like the tired eyes and weathered look. Maybe your best work so far!

  • Jaroslaw Camelson Drabek

    Really good tectures! I love armor! great paintjob mate!

  • Aythami Alonso Torrent

    Hi Jay!
    First I have to say you did a good job!
    It’s a tremendus ejercise of texturing.
    If it helps, it needs more “clean” looking in all the surface. This seems opposite of giving textures but nothing at all. Yo can give a subtke texture and then clean above with glazes to unify. Dont have to name the best painter on this (kirill kanaev).
    Cheers and keep on the good work!

    • Jay Martin (Redrum)PLUS

      hey yeas i agree with you, i did glaze afterwards but maybe should have done more, but was worried to lose the effect i was searching for on this piece. thanks for the feedback its much apprecited!!!

  • David Faust-Du Sablon

    The painting tells us a story, very well done!

  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"

    that`s just great. the face is very alive! gold from me

  • Jerome "Myrddin" Servais

    Really nice jason.  I love the work on leather and metals. And what an expression !!

  • George Tsougkouzidis

    beautiful work my friend !!

  • Marc MussatPLUS

    beautiful allround texture !
    the metal is a pure marvel !
    fantastic weathering job !

    • Jay Martin (Redrum)PLUS

      Marc I am so happy to hear these words from you, thankyou my friend!

  • Ernest

    best for me are the textures

  • Ken "Macca Chung" Lim

    Nailed the emotion mate. Lovinng the restraint shown in the colour palette!

  • Thor Intararangson

    Great paint job Jay, especially on textures and facial expression.

  • Sławomir Borysowski - "Sławol"

    Gold of course, I’ve seen it on fb:)
    Great work, Jay!


  • Andrea

    I love the “issued” feeling of this guy!! Bravo Jay!!!

  • Arnau LazaroPLUS

    Great texture and expresion work! Maybe a little bit more definition in the face will make that an excelent.
    Great job Jason!

    • Jay Martin (Redrum)PLUS

      Thanks for your advice and I agree the face seem a little “loose”. On to the next!!!

  • Wouter Schaap

    Really digging the the approach you took with the face. Bold colors, textures and lights. The metal armor is also really well done.

    * p.s. The face of this character really reminds me of a Dutch book writer/politician called Jan Terlouw.

    • Jay Martin (Redrum)PLUS

      Thanks very much for your words!! It’s appreciated! I don’t know this author, I will look, thankyou!

  • Albert Moreto FontPLUS

    A little too desaturated for my taste but good job on the textures Jason!

    • Jay Martin (Redrum)PLUS

      Many thanks, yes i lost the saturation, perhaps i should have put it back in the midtones at the very least! On to the next!

  • SergeyPopovichenko

    Hi Jason! Work is beautiful. A wonderful technique. And the character is very convincing!

  • Anson

    Like face textures and leather effect!! Gold!!

  • Roman LappatPLUS

    Texture wise this is quite a wonderful result on all surfaces. A great texture study. In my eyes it only misses final definitions. Overall it works really good!

    • Jay Martin (Redrum)PLUS

      thankyou Roman, this is valuable advice for me and an honour, thanks for your words!

  • Francesco "Franciuus" FarabiPLUS

    I love this interpretation Jason, there is a good and interesting brush gesture on it. Success! ;)

  • Jason Zhou

    Cool texture work representing various types of materials. Great work

  • Paul Bullock

    Jay I love your work, I’d kill for your shroom shaman. The eyes on this piece are wonderful but I feel the rest might be over worked, as a passionate fan I feel this lacks your normal fluidity, almost like you chased the image in your head but the sculpt fell short?

    • Jay Martin (Redrum)PLUS

      Thx for your words bud although I’m neither sure I understand or agree as I purposefully kept everything minimal, with muted palette and limited colours. Actually I think my biggest issue is the lack of complexity and saturation to some of the colours

  • Roman "Light_one" Gruba

    Little bit pale photos i think, but bust looks really good!

  • Herman aka Glitterwolf

    The face is incredible!

  • smallsoldier (Scott Pasishnek)

    Textures pushed?... yeah! Emotion? Hell yeah! Gold. Very painterly Jay. It has a very Renaissance like painting style to it.