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…)
To make things even more exciting, here is a newly completed Primarch:
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…
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.
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:
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 email@example.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.
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
How about a new private commission that just cleared for being viewed by the public?
This is called “Out of the Dust”
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!
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:
…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.
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.
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…
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.
And finally, a more detailed sketch of a piece currently in the pipeline.
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…
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:
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 :)
Mr. Beckett albeit a tad gloomy, has been the leitmotiv of the studio the past week. For some reasons, both personal and professional, a gloomy touch had entered the sacred halls of the Studio that fears no clowns.
The oeuvre of Lovecraft and Beckett has been intensely studied, resulting in some bizarre dreams, ideas, and sketches. Now to find the time to work out those concepts and post them here.
Time is illusive, and sometimes it would be amazing to be able to create more time so all these amazing projects can come to completion. Alas (and fortunately) we do have commissions to fulfill and even though they are not always our own personal visions, they tend to result in some smashing images.
For those who were guessing which two primarchs were shown a few weeks back; well we will have to disappoint you since your hunger cannot be sated this week. The image is finished, however the customer gets the first bragging rights and still needs to give their formal ok on the image. So next week, you 40K, heresy, space-marine-groupies and die hard fans will be in for a treat. After all: “A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty.” If you really cannot hold it any more: drop by at Bolter and Chainsword and see whether the proud owners already shared it. It might also get posted on the deviantart page somewhere this week.
But do not despair if surfing and browsing is not your forte. We are more than happy to provide you a quick sketch of our next project:
Guess what this might be…The hint is: Space Marine. You fill in the blanks.
Also last week we promised a close-up of the Kaiju-beast entry: Finished illustration side by side with the pencil sketch.
What can one say…bizarre artistic interactions, create real beauties and freaks of nature, not to mention outstanding pieces of concept art.
And last two more items: we have this week one slot available for private commissions. Interested? Let us know. And feel free to use our hashtag #dontfeartheclown over on Twitter for things studio related or to just say hi.
That was all for this week folks: So tune in next week, same clown-time, same clown-channel.
…this week no Kessel run, but a lovely, sith-y image made for the illustrious and suave Mr. Dembski-Bowden.
The full res-image is reserved for Aaron, however since we are quite happy with how she turned out, bragging rights are in order and a smaller version will be on display on the blog here.
Now a piece like this does take quite some time to make and generally goes through different stages. We tend to work with mixed media and for those who follow our sketches on TUMBLR may have seen the rough pencil sketch pass.
As the image underneath illustrates, we tweak our images quite a lot. Those who have followed the posts we made here over the past weeks, will have noticed something similar with the Kaiju sketches. Nothing is written in stone and quite a few of our sketches never move on past the sketch phase, those who do are usually transformed into something quite different.
In the case of this Sith, the original sketch was flipped, several renderings were made and discarded, but we stayed rather close to the original design.
Our blog also serves as an information platform towards our clients and those who are interested in our services, and somewhere last week we received a question as to why we sometimes post we have slots open for private commissions. It might be a good moment to explain this one briefly.
We do take in corporate assignments, these are projects that usually falls under NDA, take quite some time and submerge us into a specific world for quite a while. These projects give Studio Colrouphobia the steady means of survival, however we did start off all these years ago, thanks to several private commissions and quite often, in between larger projects, these private commissions have kept us afloat.
We owe our private clients a great deal, and for that we made the decision to always have one to three slots open at all times for private commissions. We owe these types of commission so much, we do not felt like removing them completely, we did however had to lessen the amount we could take in.
Private commissions tend to be fun, short projects done for people who are passionate about their hobbies, games, books, and more. They are still, grateful breaks that quite often open up new terrains and subjects for us. Finally it is our homage to those first commissions who got us started.
So thank you to all our private commissioners!
Check back next week for some 40k updates.
…well summer more likely, but just love that quote having lived in Sweden, where no matter what, temperatures are always a tad chilly. Currently we are experiencing some nice sub-tropical temperatures here in Western-Europe, the windows are opened and the sounds of (urban) nature are definitely leaving a mark on the items we currently produce.
The quote however does apply to a private commission currently being produced. A nice bit, depicting an alternative Heresy than the canon 40k one, and for which we are happy to provide some snippets from.
The full image will appear on next week’s blog or at worst the week after that one. The client must, after all, have the right to parade the image around before we post it here.
If you can guess the Primarchs involved, you might understand why the “Winter is coming” quote applies.
Also, we have decided, since we are such nice peeps here, to provide you with some details from the Kaiju Beast contest. Last week we posted the linework/sketch and now we give you an insight on how it looks coloured in.
We are handing the final piece in somewhere next week, no point in keeping it around even when the deadline is more than a month away. We entered the competition to do something different, as a personal challenge, so not per se to win. Would be nice, but was not our prerogative.
And as a quick intermezzo: we are posting some of our sketches over at TUMBLR, nothing fancy but for those who are interested: feel free to drop by and add us.
And finally a question to you, our loyal reader: Do you have any ideas for some kick-ass piece of artwork that we should produce? Any movies, games, books and whatnots that are coming out this year, or have come out and by a shear fluke of nature, we missed out on, that YOU would like to see something rendered from?
We are currently looking for some fun projects to fill out the daily routine, so any input is more than welcome.
Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance;
they make the latitudes and longitudes.
-H. D. Thoreau-
A quick update in the wacky world of Studio Colrouphobia, providing you with you weekly fix of all things Colrouphobic.
Firstly, we have slots open for commissions, if you are interested drop us a message on Facebook or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re having a slightly more calm period at the moment, which after the hectic months feels like quite a relief. It provides us with time to work on personal projects and open up for private commissions, so if you have this idea that has been spooking around for months, now is the moment to apply since we most likely will be taking in larger orders soon again and the commission slots will lessen.
The past week we have both been working to meet deadlines; only to have the one for the Helpful Bear Productions: Kaiju Beast contest be postponed to July. Quite a rarity since we are used to deadlines being moved closer, not delayed and it left us with an unexpected gap and breather.
Feels rather silly to have stressed now, but at least it will give us a chance to tweak the image even more. Understandably we will be releasing the final image after we submitted it. But the concept sketch looks like this:
Last week we also mentioned we did some work for the peeps over at Prodos Games. The background was a Warzone/Mutant Chronicles setting for the Imperial Rulebook, tabletop miniature game.
And since we are not shy of boasting, we would like to share some images with you. For those who like Warzone, enjoy. For those who do not like Warzone, enjoy as well, as we know you will.
And last, thanks to all who have left us with various comments and feedback as to what you want to see changed on our blog. We will be taking these things in consideration and will start fiddling with some lay-out. However, we sadly have to decline the XXX’s (name removed for safety purposes :) , but yes, you know who you are ) suggestion we received on Facebook, to perhaps have more fuchsia pink on our blog. You may insert a mental eye roll here, fellow artists can such delightful pains sometimes.
Anyways, keep the feedback coming, we always like to stay in touch and are open for suggestions. Until next time: Stay Colrouphobic!