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or how to function in 30°C heat with a cold and runny nose…yay

First of all: One week left on our contest Ars Scribendi! We have some smashing entries already, so if you think you have what it takes to win: One week left! Final entries need to be in at midnight GMT August 1st 2014. May the muses kick-start the overdrive of your imagination and provide you with ample flow in your pen.

And fevers or not, the show that contains no clowns needs to continue. We have some goodies to show you.

The first is a work in progress and a source of both frustration and inspiration. It gives an idea on how concepts can evolve over time.

During a dull moment the challenge was uttered: Why not paint a Centaur fighting a Minotaur, it’ll be fun and different she said :)

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These three versions give an indication on how much a concept changes, and in it’s current form it is still being tweaked. The first one is the version from 2008/2009, the last ones are a new edition from 2013-2014. It is in an in between project, when commissions are leaving you with a space.

And those following David on Facebook, will have seen mentions about a super secret project pass by. The following bit is NOT it (a rotten thing to do, but keep checking out this blog and all shall be revealed :) )

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Currently we have a remake of the known Sanguinius painting in the pipeline. The first piece, known and epic, took about 55 hours to complete. The pose is epic, but not really dynamic so the sketch is slowly being transformed into a painting. The rough colourcomp is done here, but still loads of tweaking to do.

The video shows you how the details on the shoulderpad were created, Händel our good friend will keep you company.

Enjoy!

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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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 :)

Another week, another update.

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: studio.colrouphobia@gmail.com. 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:

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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.

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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!

A lesson in studio anatomy

Written by Natasja 

It has been ages since our blog had a proper update; our sincere apologies for this. Many things have been happening lately and these updates were more or less put on the backburner.

So yes, my official post, well the first one with my signature, not per se the first post by me…  I wanted to give you all an insight into the belly of the beast, a nice one to start off with no?

First of all, the artists: you all know David, of course. David specialises in more commercial work and is known to dabble around in the oeuvre of Warhammer for inspiration. David is also full-time operational for all things Studio Colrouphobia-related and quite often can post his works online.

I, on the other hand, do still keep a day-job at hand. We shall not mention anything about the corporate world I work in, but I can only contribute part-time to the studio. The difference between David’s work and mine (and so are the commissions and clientele) lies mostly in the mediums we use. I paint oils on canvas, a process which I am quite fond of, however a very painstaking slow one. I hardly use any retarders or accelerant when I paint with oils, hence the drying time for a canvas takes quite a while. I also tend to have way larger deadlines than David so as a result I perhaps produce only 2 to 3 large pieces a year. Given that this is my part-time occupation, I can hardly complain.

I do however once in a while provide sketches that David finishes up and generally deal with most things admin for the studio. On top of that one we can both be lucky to have some form of synergy that enables us to comment on each other’s work, pointing out errors and compositional issues etc…and still maintain a marriage that is amicable.

Our current standing discussion deals with Spacemarines (am an Ork player so automatically have issues with beakies..) and their anatomy. In my humble opinion, a suit of power armor, as depicted on models and most illustrations, does not add up anatomically and this peeves me beyond all, and has done so the past 7 years. Seriously those shoulderpads and …anyways this is the human part of our studio. Add Khan the Cat, Balor our French bulldog, and most of all our two Hellspawn ages 8 and 10 and you can imagine the Studio to be a lively place at times.

This brings me to the second part of this post. Since we have moved last August, we actually had the opportunity to install a proper studio in our new house. Our old apartment just was not that suited all these activities and alas oil-painting with pets and children running around proved to not always be the best of combinations. Since August we have been refurbishing the studio, making sure one space is properly dedicated to all things artsy and booksy. We moved our rather extensive library into the same studio-space. We take quite some inspiration from books and comics, so it made sense to have them close at hand. However one shelf is solely dedicated to all things art.

In this shelf you will find:

1)      Paper, sketchbooks, stamps, and prints

2)      Reference books. Oh yes these we like, ranging from books about sculpture, Da Vinci sketches to books about the rainforest, books with vintage cards, books about WW2, books made by artists we like and respect (Paul Bonner, Alan Lee, you name it…)

3)      RPG books. Yes, we both play RPG, tabletop and miniature (LARP we leave for the experts). These books provide us with insight so our illustrations and paintings actually make sense in the universe they are supposed to take place.

4)      More RPG books and our contributor copies. On this shelf I also keep a model of a 1967 Ford Cobra 427 and we have some bugs in resin as reference. We use almost anything.

5)      Here we keep our signed copies of books that we received from colleagues. It is always nice to swap artwork with fellow artists after a convention is over. We also keep magazines for reference here.  You would be surprised how much help you can get from i.e. a Vogue magazine, or Motorsports Europe.

6)      Models here. From dinosaurs, to sketch-dummies to manta-rays…we keep most of our models on the top shelf. (albeit a bit empty now, since some models are still in one of those elusive “last-box-after-move-which-will-stand-taunting-me-for-months-more-to-come”-mode.)

7)      …and coffee. No proper studio functions without a jolt of caffeine (no number added, I assume a thermos is quite visible and noticeable…and perhaps draws less attention to my caffeine addiction)

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This is of course all in a nutshell.  The studio as a workspace is far from complete. We still need to exchange the desk and install the drawing table. We hope to provide an update soon and show you all a nice image of an organised studio. Which will last about 5 minutes before two artists are let loose in it and Chaos will reign supreme again…

Next update by me will provide you with a start to finish painting on canvas, until then I am quite sure my partner-in-art will keep you all in awe with his illustrations.

 

An sciar Teachtairí/ The Angel’s share

Today’s reveal is the last one before the real revelations will sart appearing.
So let’s hear it, who do you think this is?

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Don’t forget to add your entry to the competition, her is the rundown of it:

http://studiocolrouphobia.net/2013/10/19/solas-sa-dorchadas-illuminating-it/

Studio Colrouphobia also has a twitter account: https://twitter.com/Colrouphobia
Studio Colrouphobia also has a Facebook-page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Studio-Colrouphobia-Concepts-and-Illustrations/20588351315

New week, new reveals/ Ó na scáileanna

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.

This week kicks off with a new reveal.

Look at it, and if you have changed your mind about what/who it might be, and who might have said that it is in the top-five 40k-illustrations ever, please feel fre to adjust or add your guess.

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Studio Colrouphobia also has a twitter account: https://twitter.com/Colrouphobia
Studio Colrouphobia also has a Facebook-page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Studio-Colrouphobia-Concepts-and-Illustrations/20588351315

Solas sa dorchadas/ illuminating it…

Good Morning everyone.

So the competition took off with a bang yesterday.
A lot of people answering in various places.

Please remember that an essential rule of the competition is that the answers need to be added either right here on our blogspot, or on our facebook page.

So again:

“Throne of God, that’s fucking breathtaking.
I… Fuck, what can I even say? It’s in the Best Five 40K artworks I’ve ever seen. And bear in mind how tired I am of [SPOILERS] and how [SPOILERS]… and I still think that’s the best [SPOILERS] artwork I’ve ever seen in my life.
Soulful. Beautiful. Incredible.”

“No, more than that. It’s definitive. That’s now what [SPOILERS] looks like in my head.
Just breathtaking.”

The person who guesses who said the above, along with what/who is on the final artwork, will win a signed print of the artwork once it is revealed. Signed and sent directly to their home address, wherever in the world they live.

The Answer need to be logged right here on the blog or on our Facebook page.

The winner will be declared on 30th of October.

Guesses of what the image shows have been interesting enough, ranging from Corax to Vulkan, past Horus, Curze, Talos and Zso Sahaal, and all the way to Ahriman and “A sorcerer”.

The general trend is someting Chaos-marine.

But remember, for the chance to win a signed print of this, you need to enter your answer here on the bog, or on our FB page.

So for todays reveal?

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Tóg sé amach cheana féin!/ Sneek-peeks? Competition? Read on…

So who’s up for another puzzle-piece removal?

The guesses that have come in so far are Vulkan Hestan, Curze, Corax, Horus at the death of Sanguinius, Deathwatch Marine or a Librarian.

To give a hint, a somewhat known someone, within the Warhammer/ Wh40k circles, have seen the full image, and the comment was (with items removed for spoilers):

“Throne of God, that’s fucking breathtaking.
I… Fuck, what can I even say? It’s in the Best Five 40K artworks I’ve ever seen. And bear in mind how tired I am of [SPOILERS] and how [SPOILERS]… and I still think that’s the best [SPOILERS] artwork I’ve ever seen in my life.
Soulful. Beautiful. Incredible.”

“No, more than that. It’s definitive. That’s now what [SPOILERS] looks like in my head.
Just breathtaking.”

So how about a competition?

The person who guesses who said the above, along with what/who is on the final artwork, will win a signed print of the artwork once it is revealed. Signed and sent directly to their home address, wherever in the world they live.

The Answer need to be logged right here on the blog or on our Facebook page.
First correct reply win. There are timestamps both on the blog and on the FB page, so we can see who came first.
And no, the person wh said the above cannot guess…

And now, for today’s reveal..

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cleite dubh/ Spread your wings, spare me a feather

Here is today’s reveal.
A Hand holding..is that a feather?
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Yesterday brought some interesting Guesses.
On the Facebook-page we got guesses of a Stompa, a Salamander and even Hestan himself. Right here on the blog someone guessed Curze.

Keep them guesses coming folks, there are almost two weeks left for the final reveal…

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