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 ??")