I love Haytham and this drawing is a nice tribute to him.
It's something virtuos here that I'm trying to explane but it's quite obvious: the pose is dynamic and the body anatomically fair enough to make an idea of the space and his moves, as the lines and the folds do.
The artist (you! ) captured as well his expression and that's one of the MOST correct Haytham's hats I've ever seen, around here!
I've something to say about the background. The idea is great: broken simbol-Assassins' traitor, I love it, but you could had work harder on it, because it's too simple, poor.
Also the colors (some kind of gray scale, maybe you wanted that) but make it too much dreary, I say.
But in the end, the first impact is important asl well. I've noticed immediately your art and this is a great point.
Having this guy around made it difficult to root for Connor. How are we supposed to root for the good guy when the villains suddenly become much more sympathetic and are led by the hugest badass present in the western hemisphere of the time?
He's a Templar I was sorry to see fall. Unlike Altair's mentor, who deserved to die for tainting the order with his ambition, I didn't want Haytham to die like a dog. I knew that, as one of the big five Templars, he had to go in order for the tide to swing to the Americans. Some small part of me will eternally loathe Connor for doing that, no matter how much he resembles his father.
Well Connor tried to find a way to make peace. But in the end his own father nearly killed him. It's best that Haytham died and Connor lived. But yea, I so would've liked Haytham to end up good. I mean he's a badass! But then it would prob. be too much like the Luke/Darth Vader relationship. I respect the fact that Haytham never once apologized for who he was or what he did. He was resolute about his beliefs to the end, even though they were twisted and cruel.
It was a "kill or be killed" situation. And indeed; Haytham was unwilling to compromise his beliefs, even for the sake of his mother nation, Great Britain. I'm not a Star Wars fan, but the Darth Vader/Luke relationship is enough to scar anybody with its complexities.
I've alwas been fond of the Templars in the first games, maybe because I love the original Templars, Haytham have been this character, you know "I KNEW THEY WHERE ABLE TO BE GOOD ! Well... good, that's a point of view but... HERM !" This game shown us what was the feeling of being a Templars (even if it was more like "HAHA, guess what, you're not an Assassin !" ".... WAIT WHAT ??")
Are you kidding? (I think you are) The Templars do the wrong thing for the right reasons. Yes they want to protect and preserve humanity but they do so by robbing people of their free will and subjugating them to complete and total obedience. They will go to any lengths to achieve their goals, kill indiscriminately and inconsequentially, will commit crimes against humanity and justify it all with their own twisted notion of the greater good. Life is pointless without freedom and Hatham, even after freeing the natives, gradually became the monster he swore to fight against. A murderous, apathetic, cold and brutal tyrant. At the beginning of the game it was clear that there was good in him, and I admired his character and charm, but when he started killing innocents without even TRYING to find an alternative he became a full fledged villain in my book. Also, the first time he personally met Conner he was more than happy to slit his own son's throat without any more than a "Hello. Goodbye". So many fans want to re imagine him as a good guy who cares about his son or whatever but I think that's the point of this character. To give the audience something that isn't often seen in fiction. A character that gives you mixed feelings. One with enough blood on his hands to be a villain, but with enough redeeming qualities to make you wish he was good. But in the end he was a tyrant, and even in his last minutes he showed no remorse or shame for who he was or what he'd done. That's how I think he should be remembered. A fallen angel who was resolute in his twisted convictions to the end.
Of course I am not joking. Regarding Haytham-> Have you even read the book? (Forsaken). Assassins are no saints.
And all of this you wrote seems like a religious rant. Free will? Freedom? What on earth are you talking about? Hierarchy is the natural order, there is no such thing as freedom. Are you free now?
Templars seek order to fight the chaos, Assassins call it fighting the control to achieve freedom. The second one seems a bit romantically idealistic and naive in my opinion, but it is okay if you support Assassins. Just don't tell me "boo hoo Templars kill people", because Ezio alone killed as many innocents as all the Templars in the world. Talk about hypocrisy.. And what exactly IS an innocent person? Are you, Assassins, the ones who get to decide who dies? You kill people who don't fit in your "picture of the world"? Doesn't that sound familiar...
Oh I never said that the assassin's are saints. Realistically the assassin's are basically terrorists and mobsters. Ezio personally controlled all the murder, theft, prostitution, and politics in a given region. I always found it ironic that he killed so many people, lied, stole, and cheated his way through life and was perceived as the hero. The same applies to Haytham. Of course when the game starts off you love the character, and in the little side quests he talked about how his best friend slowly started killing innocent people without hesitation and it "broke his heart" but later on in the game he starts offing people left and right just for talking too much! I'm no anarchist. Of course there has to be order and structure, but living under an oppressive regime that doesn't allow individuality or free thought is no life at all. You aren't allowed to by anything more than a machine that produces children and labor. Ironically It's a static existence void of meaning and purpose, even though meaning and purpose is what the templars want. Yes freedom can be dangerous and some people when given freedom can't always be trusted to make the right choices but everyone deserves the power to choose. It's our ability to choose right or wrong that makes us human. If you take away that ability we're nothing but drones. And as with most things freedom is usually only dangerous when it is threatened. Obviously I'm not the only one who thinks that freedom is worth fighting and dying for. I didn't mean to go on kind of a "religious rant" I'm just bored and this is an interesting conversation topic lol.
You know, I get a lot of "TEMPLARS KILL PPL, EZIO IS AWESOME" messages from people here. I am sorry I mistook you for one of those guys.
Look, I've been supporting Templars since the start, Haytham or not. He was a nice way of Ubisoft saying "Look, we're trying to tell you these guys are not 'bad', just different", something they wanted to show the players since the Brotherhood multiplayer. And about this meaningless life thing you mentioned...? Or the oppression? I don't think they're trying to create an oppressive regime, nor I think right and wrong exist. Templars want money and power... And they are competent. So why the hell not? Who deserves it more than the ones who take it?
Well whether you pretend to believe in right or wrong or not it's real and it influences human behavior. If I repeatedly kick you in the face for no discernible reason (and assuming you can't defend yourself) your first reaction is going to be to tell me to stop. I'll ask why, and if you don't believe in right or wrong you can't really give me a good reason to stop. But the truth is I wouldn't do that to someone for no reason because that is WRONG. Same as it's WRONG to try to force people to live according to your way of thinking. Whether you're an assassin or templar. But the thing is, the Templars are all about offense and force, whereas the assassin's are defensive and just tell them to back off. They don't try to tell people how to live, they just protect people from fascist tyrants. And sure the temps are COMPETENT but they're humans too and they make mistakes. There is no one single way of life that's right for everyone and they would kill anyone who challenges that theory. Sure life under Templar rule would be safe and somewhat comfortable, but it would also be monotonous, and if you wanted something different out of life they'd kill you just for bringing it up. That's what they do in the series, that's what makes them the bad guys. They can say they want to keep humanity safe but ultimately it's about complete and utter control, and no one deserves the kind of power the temps seek. I think that both sides have some pretty fucked up characteristics but I still think the Assassin's are the lesser of two evils. Also about Ezio. He's like James Bond and every other action hero. I think he's a badass but he sure as hell is not a role model. He slept with dozens of women and then tries to tell Christina that she's the one true love of his life. All the killing and stealing he does he justifies with doing what it takes to get the job done but there's way better solutions to running a coup d' etat. ANYWAY fun conversation.
LMAO, I can't give you reason to stop hitting me if I don't believe in right or wrong? What the hell XD You see what BS you just wrote, right? Why stop hitting me? Because it hurts and since pain would fall under the not-so-pleasant part of the hedonistic continuum, I'd do stuff (like saying something or hitting back) to make you stop. What does that have to do with right and wrong is beyond me. I guess every living organism knows right from wrong, then. I'm sure a fly would want you to stop ripping her wings off too- she must be aware of the ethics. Otherwise it doesn't really have a good reason to want you to stop.
->life being monotonous... Wow, and if we were "free", life would be so much more FUN! It would be SO FUN... We could... We could... Oh. Shit.
Sorry, you lost my attention with that right/wrong nonsense.
I know! Up until that point I was basically like "WOW this is taking a long time. I wonder where Connor is? Maybe Ubisoft falsely advertised the game and THIS is the real main character! Well that's fine by me this guy is a total badaHOLY!!!!!!!!!!...................................WAT....THE....FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!
Amazing work! Haytham is probably one of my favorite AC characters. Loving the background with the Templar cross on the ground and the shattering Assassin symbol... really wish Ubisoft would make a DLC for Haytham and his fellow Templars during the purge... yeah I'm evil