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Cray Cray times

We were told to use “hip” language to be “with-it”. Last time I take advice from the resident 10 year old.

Busy days as usual at the Studio, and even though I have been prodding my dearest hubby and art-partner for days, he keeps on forgetting to update the blog.

Road to Jove is slowly but surely gathering a larger fanbase which is nice. Currently we have been creating and discarding quite a few concepts to introduce in the near future.

David in the meanwhile made this awesome propaganda poster for Fomoria which gives an insight into the wartime years of this mysterious country/alliance.


A rhythm in regards to Road to Jove is being set in the Studio, a bigger undertaking than initially expected.

Road to Jove deals with the aftermath of war, a theme so very much alive right now in Europe and the current crisis made it even more a burning issue.

So, remember that awesome music from the Road to Jove Trailer? (if not, you can find the trailer here.) An old friend of ours Ryan Northcott aka Mechanorecptor participated in a project which is already several years old called “Dance 4 Syria”. This is a compilation of some really awesome trippy music ànd most of all proceedings go to a cause to aid the Syrian refugees.

So for all of our followers whom have a dollar or a few to spare: You can buy the track here. Making the world a better place though art should be a goal we all aspire to.


We still have spots open for commissions. Feeling like you need an interesting piece of digital art? (Single character, simple background) Let us know! These kind of commissions help us evolve, quite often our clients give excellent briefs and have creative ideas regarding things we haven’t thought of. So take the chance :)

For anything outside of those specs, or if you need any information not covered here, go to the bottom of the About page and send us a message through the contact form, or just email us. The address is right up there, to the right of this post!

Please note that Studio Colrouphobia will not do any paid commissions based on any IP’s not allowing any reproduction and/or derivative work.

Merry Teaser!


We hope that you are enjoying the vacations. There’s a treat for you! Follow the Road to Jove on the Road to Jove Facebook-Page Follow the Road to Jove on @theRoadtoJove or read the comic on roadtojove.comDecemberTeaser-websize The Road to Jove is a collaboration between Studio Colrouphobia and Aaron Dembski-Bowden Studio Colrouphobia will return in the New Year!

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it” S.Dali

New week, new things

Hello and welcome to this (delayed) update. As mentioned last week, a lot of deadlines converge on and around the same time, leading to some extra working hours. With as a result this the blog-update was delayed.

Right now, there is nothing of the illustrations that where just completed under deadlines we can how you. These are pending release of the products they where made for or release from the Non Disclosure Agreements they’re under.

The end of all these deadlines does mean that there are some openings in our schedule for more private commissions. See below for more info.

Traveling the Road

So yesterday an image was shared via Aaron, relating to the project he and David are working on. Some of you may have seen it, some may not. We thought we’d share it here also:


A few (very few) hints of information:

Yes – it is called “The Road to Jove“.

No – it is not a novel.

Yes – that’s a stop-sign on that big things shoulder.

Yes- the markings on its chest are starting to glow red.

No- it’s not going to take forever until it’s out, but we’re not narrowing it down for you just yet.

No- we’re not telling you anymore right now!

Gathering Ideas

Here at Studio Colrouphobia we are always looking to interact with our friends and fans, so we thought we’d ask you what, in the past months, have been the most interesting for you to read here on our blog?

What would you like to see more of? Do you have a favorite topic or post that you think represent what you think you should see more of from us? Last week we shared some websites an articles related to working as an artist, conceptartist, or wanting to commission an artist. In the past we have shared, amongst other things, tutorials, insight in how we work as artists and a studio, interviews with other artists, and just plain posts with art.

This is your chance to let us know what you would like to see more of. Let us know by replying to this blog-post, or through our Facebook page.. Or you can also send us an email through the contact form on the About page.


If you are interested in private commissions we have four slots open this week.

For more info and contact, go to the bottom of the About page and send us a message through the contact form.

Tell us what you think about todays blogpost. Use the form on the about page (link in sentence just above this) or through our Facebook page. or Twitter Page (hashtag it with #dontfeartheclown) We’d love to see your input!

Jingling the Bells

Hi there, and welcome to this weeks blogpost.

This week we’d like to take the time to discuss something that might seem far away, but that you should start thinking about, should you want to use an artist’s services for it.

We’re talking about Christmas.


Yes, it might seem a bit over the top to talk about Christmas and Christmas presents when we just turned our calendar over to September, but to be able to make it the merriest of hollidays, we really need to bring this up.

So you want to give away art for Christmas?

Let’s say you want to surprise someone with a piece of art for their Christmas. There are many ways you can do this, depending on what you want. There are fantastic galleries out there where you can find the right piece for just about anyone. Usually, a gallery-piece will not be that problematic to acquire in time for Christmas.

There are also multiple shops, artists, and other establishments, that carry posters and prints of artwork. If you acquire something like this, we hope you take the time to make sure the right person(s) get paid. Usually an artist will charge less for a better quality poster/print then a counterfeit. Might be worth noting.


So you want to commission an original piece of art for Christmas?

But what we wanted to discuss was the commissioning of an original artpiece, whether painted with brush on canvas, pencil on paper, digital and printed, or other.

For these sort gifts, you need to be out in time. Know your artist. Learn what sort of deadlines he/she works with. Find out if they are specifically busy for Christmas, if they have any special deals that might come up, for hollidays before Christmas maybe even.

Traditional Artists

Alot of artists that work traditionally will have a lot of orders for artwork coming in before Christmas. You need to consider that artists like Dan Dos Santos take about three to six weeks to complete their traditional oilpaintings, and that they might want to dry their paintings for a certain ammount of time before shipping them. If they have a lot of commissions, they might have waitingtimes until November-December already.

Digital Artists

At the other end, where you find artists like Noah Bradley, the digital artists will probably not need such a long time to paint for you, though it varies. The problem for a digital illustrator is rather going to be at the printing-end. The closer you get to Christmas, the longer in advance you will need to contact printers about printing things. Some printers specialize in art-prints, some are multiprinting businesses and will have a lot to do with Christmas cards, brochures an everything Christmassy.

What about Studio Colrouphobia?

So, you might ask yourself, where do we find Studio Colrouphobia in this? Well, we do both traditional and digital. It all depends on what it is you are looking for. So if you are interested in commissioning us for Christmas, you should first figure out what it is you would like to get, then contact us relatively soon, so we can discuss around making sure that your gift becomes the thing it should be- a joy for the person who will receive it.



For some eyecandy, since we try our best to include something every blogpost, here is a private commission David just finished for a Shadowrun player



And how about another small sneak-peek at something from the secret project Aaron and David are working on?



As always, you can find things through social medias, so keep an eye out for updates and sketches on Facebook,Twitterand Tumblr.



If you are interested in private commissions we have two slots open this week. Last week the two last slots with discounts where taken, but keep an eye out for other drives in the future.

For more info and contact, go to the bottom of the About page and send us a message through the contact form.


Tell us what you think about todays blogpost. Use the form on the about page (link in sentence just above this) or through our Facebook page. We’d love to hear your input.

The ride of our life, and yours…

So another week, another post.


On Friday, we posted an extra update to let you know that the competition-deadline had past.

We had an amazing turn-up and so decided that the competition will return next year, albeit perhaps with a couple of more prizes, judges and other tidbits. We will be working for almost a year to be able to get the final format out for next years edition of Ars Scribendi. So thank you all!!!

We hope to announce the winner before our vacation break, so stay tuned. You peeps did not make it easy on us by entering so many awesome narratives!

If you have followed us for a while, you know by now that there is a studio Youtube channel, where you can see some of our processes. We have plans to evolve this to a little more then what it is right now, but it involves a bit of upgrades to programs and hardware, so if you can be a little patient with us there are some good things on the way.


Speaking of good ways on the way, here is a current low resolution view of the new Sanguinius that David is painting at the moment in his rare spare time:



And here is anothe little bit of good news.

We have had an exceptional year. Truly, this year has been a gamechanger for us in many ways. Most of the things are still under NDA (such is the fate of freelance illustrators) but quite some private commissions we have been able to show. In fact, we have had to limit the ammount of slots for private commissions this year, to be able to do proffessional work for companies.

We have a few things coming up that are absolutely brilliant, and David has a secret project that, once it get revealed, probably will get quite some attention. It will be new, it will be grand and the other persons involved are probably known by most of our followers, if not all.


So to celebrate our year, and to give some back to the community, we have decided to give a quite substantial discount for the five next private commissions we do.

The discount will be 100 Euro off of the normal price.

As pricing is a tricky business in the artists world, you will not often see prices displayed in public. There are many reasons for this, not least of all being the fact that supply and demand, as well as the level of skill of the artist in question, set the prices and therefore they can and usually will change as an artist get more famous, skilled or both.


So we will make an exception to this right here and now, and let you know our fares, just to give you an idea of how large our discount really is!

These rates are broad estimates, an usually end up being what we go for, but please keep in mind that what you want to commission can have an effect on the final pricing.

For one character, in a pose of your choice, with a simple (blurred or one colour, simple figures or structures of no real detail) background – 300 Euro

For one main character with supporting characters (up to three) with a simple, blurred background (as per above) – 400 Euro

For a more complex illustration, for example a battlescene with multiple focuspoints an a complex background – 600-800 Euro, depending on complexity


On the above prices, we will offer a 100 Euro discount, straight off.

To make sure we can keep to this and still work on everything we have, the discount will only apply for the next five commissions, so get in touch through our contact form and lets see how we can help you. It’s at the bottom of the “About” Page.

Please keep in mind that slots open this week are only two. This means that if there already are two commissions this week, yours will be pushed forward to start next week. Completion of a commission is usually 4-6 weeks on something simple and 6-8 weeks on more complex pieces. We will inform you of your deadline in the contract.



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tropical colds and evolutions

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 :)


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 :) )


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.


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.


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



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