Husaria Fight Team are an MMA and BJJ club based in Ireland run by Polish fighter Mariusz Domasat. The team was in need of some funky and menacing fightwear designs so Mariusz asked if I could draw something based on the imagery of the Husaria. These amazing warriors wore beautifully ornate armour and huge eagle wings on their backs. I never knew anything about the Husarria before this commission but now that I've seen paintings on the internet, I am absolutely fascinated! Next to the samurai, surely the Hussars are in the top list of most awesome looking knights ever!
With such rich material to work on, how could I refuse? Here's my early rendition, sketched in pencil and coloured in Photoshop:
Then Mariusz added a neat twist - he wanted the knight to wear a BJJ kimono. Hell yeah!
After many hours inking up using Adobe Illustrator, the finished result is as you see up top. Mariusz is going to print the design on rash guards, shorts, T-shirts etc. Already, my Facebook followers have reckoned it's one of their faves - especially the folk from Poland! I must say, I'm really pleased with this one, it was really fun to do and I learned a bit about history too.