This is a concept sketch that I decided to edit and color in Photoshop to try out some different "painter"-like techniques. The design takes some inspiration from various sources, particularly the work of Masamune Shirow (the artist most famous for his work on the Appleseed and Ghost in the Shell manga/anime). I wanted to create a practical and intimidating design suited to urban combat and counter-insurgency operations in a repressive near-future society. The armor is a combination of flexible mesh and padded ceramic plates, combined with built-in optics, strength-amplifying motors, and a rebreather unit. The assault rifle is a modular large-caliber weapon designed to defeat body armor and even light vehicles.