It is not a secret that former Broncos quarterback John Elway is a douche bag. But this path to being a bitter, legendary Broncos figurehead really reminds me of Anakin Skywalker’s transformation into Darth Vader in Star Wars. John was a bright eyed, extremely talented kid hailing from California when he started. Anakin was a bright eyed, extremely talented kid hailing from Tatooine when he started. As time marched on John was repeatedly given a chance to play in the Superbowl. Repeatedly he saw the Broncos fall apart. As time marched on Anakin was repeatedly given a chance to secure victory against the rebellious Sith lords. Repeatedly he saw these battles end in failure. John hardened his heart and lost his humanity in order to obtain his coveted Superbowl ring (his fast approaching retirement age may also be a factor). Anakin hardened his heart and lost his humanity in order to bring balance to the Force (the death of his wife during this period may also be a factor).
Note: Names not official
Blue – Fyrinnae Cosmetics Arcane Magic Eye Shadow in Mermaid Masquerade
Orange -Base layer is Tarina Tarantino Cosmetics Eye Dream Hyperliner in Crystal Gun. Top layer is MAKE UP FOREVER Powder Blush in 18.
White – Base layer is Tarina Tarantino Cosmetics Eye Dream Hyperliner in Crystal Gun. Top layer is Nyx Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk.
Bless Laura North-Allen for changing the Broncos’ uniform color from poop and pee to contrasting orange and blue in 1962. Sadly she is not credited for making the “Orange Crush” uniform that John Elway donned during most of his reign as Broncos QB. I loved this uniform for obvious nostalgic reasons. The bright orange and equally bright blue stand out from a sea of dark navy uniforms we see in so many modern Nike uniforms. The Broncos also had the classy D initial with bucking bronco on the Orange Crush uniform. It seems really high school letter jacket. For me it recalls a different era in football. It recalls my childhood, when John Elway was the ringless quarterback that everyone felt sorry for in the AFC. (This mantle was passed on to Philip Rivers.)
I wanted to really blow up the letter D on my eyelid. I was sad when my initial designs didn’t show through. Well, go hard or go home, Christine. I extended the letter D up to my eyebrows. Since the scale of the letter was ridiculously large I had to thin it out a bit. For precise drawing like this I like using a white eye pencil first before I put down my actual color. Eyes are slightly asymmetrical so you may have to change something on one eyelid to match the other. Yes, I know the design is mirrored, not duplicated on the other eye. The letter D wasn’t reversed on the original helmets. It wouldn’t make sense for me to reverse them now.
[Jokes about “the D” on my face go here.]