So the prompt said basically to create your own assassin within the Assassin's Creed - the rest was up to you. Any time period, any style, any medium, etc...
I decided upon crafting a near-futuristic (is that a word?) assassin. Now, I figured a futuristic version might be popular, very popular. But the execution of a piece of art is just as important as the initial idea, right?
So i opted to do something subtle. No giant cities and flashing colors or giant mechs. Just a hologram HUD and an electrified blade, with the real time and setting to be interpreted by the viewer. Give it a bit of mystery and keep the viewer engaged (like making them have to read the text backwards to figure out what it says).
I started off with a rough sketch and fell in love with the idea (first idea included said 'gaint cities and flashing colors or giant mechs')
Then I broke the piece down and deleted the Googled lightning I had used as a placeholder. I'm mostly just using a custom brush here to smudge the hell out of everything.
Really worked hard to capture a realistic likeness using a custom smudge brush, some thinner brushes for the hair...
...and some spotted brushes to add in some skin texture. Started adding in some color as well so I could start to figure out its affect on the piece. I was trying to create an assassin with a darker skin color... but with all the reflections and lighting that came later, that was kind-of lost.
The hologram was a lot of fun to do. Used a number of built-in Photoshop filters on colored shapes to give me the effect I wanted.
Painted in his glove. Looks really strange and doesn't fit at the moment so...
... I added shadows and details and highlights to immerse it within the work. I also added the electrified blade and tweaked the whole image. A scan of a sheet of paper that I wiped ink across in various ways was used atop of everything to give some slight texture to everything. And it's done.
And then two months later, rejected! Hah.
Here's a link to the piece on DeviantArt, as well a shot of all these in-progress pics laid out next to each other.