Mech/power armor study. Trying two things here: Messing with using a Photoshop brush where pen pressure controls both size and opacity, and exploring the grey area between anime and DARPA. It probably came down a little closer to the former than the latter, but I suppose I can always address the deficiency with some tan paint and a gritty voiceover:
"War. War has changed, except that war never changes, which was a change. War. We were entering a new age that was yet timeless, because it was second hand and smelled funny. Because in the darkness of the dark, there is only… darkness."
(Cut to a prerendered animation of something grey and brown with a depth of field effect and lots of bloom. Hero with good hair and a hint of mascara looks grim and is too cool to look at the camera.)
Oh yeah, and the mech design looks pretty nifty, too!
Last I heard DARPA was hosting the 100YSS and awarded a grant to continue the vision to an organization founded by astronaut Mae Jemison. They are right here. As much as I like research that thinks seriously about ways to send spacecraft over interstellar distances, this seemed an odd allocation of funds for a defense organization. Then again, seeing as DARPA was founded as a response to Sputnik, maybe it makes total sense to them to fund research into the farthest-out topics in astonautics...