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Time for another update.

A week went past pretty fast.

Things are rocking and rolling in the studio. I (David) got approached for something to do on the side aswell: a Super-Secret-Project(tm). It will be a while before anything on this will surface, but if you see random posts on Facebook about doing “super-secret- project” things, then you know.

Meanwhile, London Film and Comicon came and past this last weekend. From what we have heard, it was a fantastic hit.

Last week you were promised a look on the illustration that got done for “Excelsior!”; the tribute booklet for Stan Lee.

We give You: Mysterio (oh, and Spidey…)

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To make things even more exciting, here is a newly completed Primarch:

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If you remember seeing this before, we started a tutorial in regards to how this one was being painted. Quite some bits changed since then, mainly to try to not be too influenced by the model that came out from Forgeworld. Simplicity is the key.

 

Summer-time usually means vacations for everyone. The studio is not different, much.

Mid-August until the first week of September we are on vacation. This means that we will still be reachable for talks about commissions and such, but activity on the blog et al will be lessened.

This past year has been crazy, and as such we really need a break. So please keep in mind that even though you can get ahold of us during that time, it might take us a little while to reply.

 

Our contest, Ars Scribendi, is a huge success! We have more than 15 entries and two weeks to go before the deadline. If you had in mind to join the competition for a chance to win your narrative as an illustration, printed, signed and sent to you, there is still time, but keep the deadline of the 1st of August in mind. Entries accepted here on the blog (on the Ars Scribendi post) or on the event’s page on Facebook.

 

This week there are three slots open for commissions.

If you have an idea for a commission, a question or query, or just praise or critique, just use the contactform on the About page (Link just before this or in the blue field on the top of this page).

And now for something completely different…

 

Excelsior!

Another week, another update.

Yes, I return to dispell some orkiness from the blog and bring you a new update.

As summer rages on, the studio finds itself at a good pace. Commercial work, as well as commissions, are coming in and are being completed at a steady pace.

If you are following our Facebook Page, and our Twitter account, you should be a bit up to date with the fact that we started posting sketches through Tumblr not that long ago.

We are picking up the pace with these sketches, but they represent quick studies, moodsketches and will possibly also be more elaborate sketches in the future. It’s a good opportunity to see what some of our works start out as, and what we do for practice, fun and research. For example

If you’re interested in following our Tumblr the link is here:

Studio Colrouphobia’s Tumblr

 

In other news, we were approached to participate in a tribute to Stan Lee when he will have his last public appearance in Europe at the London Film and Comicon this weekend.

We will show our contribution next Tuesday, after the event, but the tribute comes in the form of a comicbook-sized artbooklet. The blurb and the cover can be found below:

EXCELSIOR: Steve Rude, Mark Buckingham, Alan Davis, Jose Delbo, Bryan Talbot, Mike Perkins, Chris Weston and Gary Frank are among the horde of artists from around the world paying tribute to Stan Lee on the occasion of his last European public appearance. Running to 68 pages in colour and black and white, Excelsior is a limited edition of 250 copies. It is available exclusively at the London Film and Comic Con, priced £10. If you can’t make it to the show, copies can be sent to you for £15 each (unsigned) or £80 (signed by Lee) within the UK. Email Mike Conroy at demigod@btconnect.com for full details, to enquire about price if you live elsewhere in the world and to obtain details of the originals that will be auctioned over the weekend as well as how to bid on them.

Excelsior

 

If you want the chance to win an illustration of your own narrative then our Ars Scribendi-competition is the place to be. We are receiving some stellar entries. The deadline is the first of August and the information can be found here: Ars Scribendi

What else?

How about a new private commission that just cleared for being viewed by the public?

This is called “Out of the Dust”

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This week we have two new slots open for commissions. So if you have an idea, or want a new piece to hang on your wall, do not hesitate to contact us!

 

 

 

 

Summertime post

What can we offer you this week for your Colrouphobic fix?

Perhaps an insight in what inspires us. Last week, our city got mentioned. Since summer is an excellent time to go out and do some photography, it might be of interest to show you where we get visual cues and ideas from. So expect some photographs and how we use them the following weeks.

We also take heed to music: the right soundtrack can make painting and sketching so much easier. For those who dare we can recommend the following playlist over on youtube: Wardruna. This is music based upon Nordic and Viking spiritualism and musical traditions. For the observant ones amongst you: this music got also used in the TV-series Vikings. You do not have to be as extreme as we and have a background in Nordic languages and old Norse, however the mood in this music is extremely helpful when painting i.e. Space Marines (not just Space Wolves but in general). It is easy to envision a Black Templar emerging from the mist of battle on some far away planet when you hear the droning sound of the vocal work of Wardruna.

To be honest, we do diversify our choice of music immensely i.e. baroque music does wonders when working on a bombastic piece, and when an ork needs to be painted a good dose of metal provides the mental kick needed, the voice of Enya has accompanied us when finishing up details on a dragon’s scales…

It works for us, if you have any other tips. Feel free to share them,we welcome new artists and new music.

Yes we also mentioned the fabulous and magical O-word: Ork. In the 40k community this has been the topic of the week since the new Ork codex got released.

In a house where Orks are played and a studio where 50% of the artists devote their time on this faction, we cannot let this pass unnoticed, hence a small teaser and progress GIF to celebrate the rise of the Green tide:

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…bring on da dakka!

 

Ahem…anyways we still have a good month left on our Ars Scribendi contest and we have some brilliant entries already. It looks like competition is going to be tough and some very interesting narratives have been posted. It is going to be difficult to beat the ones we already have, but we are certain more folks are up to the challenge. It is open for everyone who has 500 words to spare. So let summertime inspire you.

Sláinte mhaith!

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

The question of the week is indeed: Who is watching the watchers?

 

This week we present you a proud son of Caliban, this character was created by Joshua Zanello and more information can be found on the character’s wiki here.

Living in a house with at least one other Dark Angel fanatic we can say this illustration was appreciated by more than just the artists of the studio.

Our kind meceanas was quite clear in what he wanted on his illustration so not much needs to be explained.

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We provided the sketch a few weeks back and looking back upon the advancements made, it never seizes to amaze us what a difference some layers of colours bring in regards to depth and life. These  little moments of revelation are one of the perks of working in this business. Our customers are happy when we manage to bring their vision alive, but in all honesty: it is still a rush to see that image that is locked up in your brain, slowly starting to form on the screen or on the canvas. Living in this city, where an eclectic mix of medieval, Gothic, baroque and modern can be found everywhere, it would almost be blasphemous to not be able to do anything creative in this environment. If we need reference of some sorts, we just need to take a trip with a camera down to the city centre and we usually find what we need. So hopefully we can provide some own non-commissioned works soon, it has been a while since we posted anything like that.

On a different note: our first contributions to the Ars Scribendi contest are coming in on the blog here. The entries already look promising, we cannot wait to see what more we shall receive, after all the deadline is still more than a month away.

Looks like summer is going to be bearable after all…

 

Lost for words…

Today we received ill tidings from Sweden, David’s grandfather finally lost his valiant battle against multiple myeloma. This little die-hard original söderkis was one of the sweetest men I know. He left such a profound impact on our lives, our youngest son even bares his name and our grief cannot be put into words.

We would like to thank all our friends and fans for their kind words and support. Those words can make a difference when one is struggling on..

“In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien

So no elaborate post this weeks, and we do beg forgiveness if the posts the coming weeks are a tad demure. Do feel free to get inspired and join our Ars Scribendi competition here on the blog or on Facebook.

No real finished images will be posted this week. But as to not let our loyal followers be hungry, we decided to give you some idea on progress and skill-development. The first image here illustrates David’s well known “Sanguinius holding the gates” illlustration. This took almost 50 hours to complete, the Spacewolf took significant less time. It shows that even when one has developed a style of one’s own, evolution is still key.

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And finally, a more detailed sketch of a piece currently in the pipeline.

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Contest: Ars Scribendi

Studio Colrouphobia challenges YOU in a contest of words. Do you have what it takes to partake in our Ars Scribendi contest?

Unleash you inner storyteller, remove the restraints you have as a game-master, lift the usual restrictions you use as a writer and let your imagination flow.

Should you chose to accept this mission, we need you to write a narrative description of your ultimate illustration. Of all the entries the lucky winner will receive his/her narrative digitally painted and will also receive a signed limited copy of this work.

 

The following rules apply:

  • The narrative can be maximum 500 words
  • Sci-FI/Fantasy setting
  • The final date of entry is Friday, August 1st 2014
  • Professional and amateurs may enter, this is however for a private commission, no companies wanting to get a free bookcover :)
  • Language: preferably English (Swedish, Dutch and French also work but if possible stick to English)
  • We do not own the IP of the written work, if you describe unique characters, the IP is yours
  • Any universe is applicable (Please note down whose IP it is)
  • Some clarification though: if you want to see an illustration of a man in golden harness, you cannot write “Man in golden harness”. We expect something in the lines of “The imposing figure entered the battlefield, the last rays of the setting sun made the gilded cuirass gleam with a blood red sheen, a stark foreboding of what was to come.”
  • Entries can be entered here under this blog entry or on the event created on facebook.
  • Feel free to create some noise by using  #theclownwrites over on Twitter

Prize:

The winner will receive a A3 signed copy (and the digital piece) illustrating the narrative and forever glory as the winner of this first edition Ars Scribendi contest.

 

 

 

 

There is peace, even in the storm.

We open this week with a quote from the letters of mr. Van Gogh. The past three days we have experienced some severe weather here in Belgium. Hailstones the size of golf balls, super-cell storms, and tropic heat made us take three unexpected days off. The storm that passed us Sunday night really had epic proportions and was in true Lovecraftian style, worthy of an epic battle between Elder Gods. We at least got inspired to paint some dark images, so keep an eye out the coming weeks.

However, despite epic storms, some works were completed and we can proudly present you two final pieces.

The first one is made for an alternative 40k story: Guilliman’s Heresy.  The image shows a pivotal scene between the Lion, and a megalomaniac Guiliman together with already corrupted Vulcan, Sanguinius and Dorne. Both parties are interested in Terra, however the focal point here lies with  dichotomies between Lion El-Johnson and Roboute Guilliman: The dark armour of the Lion ofsets the white toga of Guiliman, the bareheadedness of El-Johnson versus the halo Roboute’s throne casts. The light from above illuminating the Primarch of the Ultramarines versus the shade of the Lion, etc…

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Drop by at Bolter and Chainsword for more details about this alternative Heresy storyline.

The next bit is our final contribution to the Kaiju Beast contest. A first for our studio since this is our first joint-collaboration. It worked out well, so more will follow:

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We would also like to inform you that this week we have NO slots available for private commissions, they got filled up, but by next week some should become available again.

Finally, keep your eyes and ears open. We are going to launch a little event later this week and will keep you all informed through social media. No spoilers yet, but the name will be Ars Scribendi :)

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