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The Holidays are upon us!

Season Greetings!

The studio will take a break for Christmas/Hanuka/Kwanzaa but will return after the festivities.

In the meantime, here is a quick update on Roboute Guiliman.
Enjoy!

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Tell us about interesting artists and their art!

Should you encounter a great piece of art or artist let us know! We’d love to showcase some more art on our blog. Let us know through the comments, Facebook page or Twitter Page  (don’t forget to hashtag with #dontfeartheclown on Twitter!).

Commissions

Unfortunately since the Holidays are approaching at light speed (non-Euclidean) we have no slots for private commissions this week

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

We’re back!

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Friends, artists, country(wo)men!

As predicted, a certain time before Christmas we got swamped with work. On top of this, we also upgraded our company-computer, which in itself was a task that demanded a lot more work and time than we thought.We are looking at starting up the weekly updates again, Wednesdays as mentioned before.

There will be a break for Christmas, so on the 24th there will be no update, but for the rest it’s back to business.

Have we been completely out of the loop? No, we are aware of trailers of the wars in the stars kind, and Korean super-graphics in MMORPGs.

What have we done?

Well, for starters, as many of you know, there are contracts prohibiting too much to be told about illustrations until releases of either product or disclosure. That time has sadly not arrived just yet, but look out for January-February, where atleast one of the projects David has worked on will be rleased. The rest of our projects, whether private or commercial, will see the light during spring and summer next year and a few new ones are coming in right now.

What about ‘style’?

We are writing up the third and last part of this during the last couple of weeks and what is left is making examples and formatting the article into blog-form.

What else is there?

If you have been keen-eyed, you have seen the hints and comments about The Road to Jove by Aaron and David. So let’s just post something about that for this “in-between” post.

Q: Is there a date of release?

A: Yes, but we will tell you more about this the coming weeks. There is a timeschedule, some awesomeness and tidbits that will start popping up. Patience is a virtue. David doesn’t have patience so we’ll see how fast things comes out.

Q: What is this thing anyway?

A: Well, we haven’t said what it is just yet. Not definately, to the public. But if you do the maths… Aaron is anaccomplished writer, David does illustration. Plus the hint that they gave through various updates on Facebook and through the blogs. It equals something…

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Q: Can’t you show us more?

A: Sure! Here is something:

When you make something new and exciting, you often need to brainstorm ideas. Creating concepts and agreeing or disagreeing on what should or should not be in there.

In the process that has gone between David and Aaron, there have beenback-and-forth talk about many things. For one thing, the big guy (above, not giving you a name just yet!) has had several looks for his head. Below you will find a couple of examples that Aaron and David went through.

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And then there is this, we’re not going to tell you just yet what it is, but it’s just something completely new about the Road to Jove that you haven’t seen just yet:

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That’s it for the Road to Jove this time.

Tell us about interesting artists and their art!

Found someone interesting? Let us know! We’d love to showcase some more art on our blog. Let us know through the comments, Facebook page. or Twitter Page  (dont forget to hashtag with #dontfeartheclown on Twitter!).

Commissions

If you are interested in private commissions we have three 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!

Sketches, it’s all about the sketches…

Hi there,

Time for another update!
We hope you enjoyed the week that passed and that a good week is ahead of you.

 

Lesser art?
This week we would like to show some sketches and lineart.
Now when you think of sketches and/or lineart there is often an automatic dissmissal of them in comparison to illustrations or renders.
These sort of generalizations are commonplace in almost any form of artistic or creative works.

Theatre is better then the movies, opera is more cultured then jazz, illustration is more sofisticated then sketches and lineart.

Quite the contrary, all of these forms have their value and are quite separated from one another as far as what you must go through to make sure it is complete and good, purpose and result.

As such, a theatre play might demand alot of the acotr’s skill to portray the feelings of their character clearly to an audience, whereas the actor in a fil can rely on more subtle displays. Opera has a certain story and background that weigh in on how the music is experienced whereas jazz is based on feeling and interaction with the crowd.

Sketches

When it comes to sketches, then, they are as varied as there are reasons to make them. Sketches can be instrumental in finding design, meant as training, to act as support for an illustration, or simply be the base of a painting. A Sketch can be a very clear image, going to an almost illustrated finnish, or it can be loose and wobbly, relying on the feel of it, rather then anatomical or visual accuracy.

Lineart

Likewise, Lineart has its place as either an artform in itself, there to supply support for an illustration or a base for a painting. Often a piece of lineart has sketches made as a base, but this is not always the case.

 

Here, then, are a couple of examples:

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Lineart, Khan the Destroyer. Natasja is exploring this character and a couple of others in the style of lineart with ery simple colours.

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Study/Sketch of a Dwarf, intended for future illustration or painting. The intent is to get the character and the feel of him down in these lines, to better paint or illustrate it fully at a later time. Whereas Natasja drew this sketch, it might be either her or David who will end up painting or illustrating this in the future. Collaborations like this can have a major role in improving ones skill and ideas for design.

 

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Groot. Though not yet complete, this is an illustration. The idea was to take the character and illustrate it/him without adhering or copying the style of any other artist.

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And finally, three examlpes of sketches.

The first one is a colour sketch trying to explore a character. The second is a more detailed sketch trying to get some more details into the character, and the third one is a base sketch for an illustration. The object of the three is the same character, and they are all sketches, but done with different goals in mind.

 

Next week

Next week we might bother Aaron for a quick pop-by to talk about why he thought it might be a good idea to team up with David for their sideproject
We’ll see if he has the time for it, and it might just be very mysterious and silent about exactly what it is.

Commissions

If you are interested in private commissions we have one slot 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!

You ain’t seen nothing yet.

The Deadfields

This is the name of the winner of our contest, Ars Scribendi.

Please give it up for Dave B, who brought this home.

This narrative was inventive, left things to imagination whilst still buildin up a nice setting. Simply put, there was no argument when we decided this to be the winner.

During the next couple of months, David will be illustrating parts of this narrative (as it spans over a longer scene), and will be making a walkthrough of how the illustration comes to fruition. Once it is done, we will print it, sign it and send it to Dave so he can hang it on a wall of choice.

A couple of honourable mentions

Of course all entries where excellent, but there where some that stood out. These are, in no particular order, the stories we judged very good, but just not reaching up to “The Deadfields“:

Javascripters narrative (un-named)- describing a very interesting scene of hunting down a plant-beast.

Nathan Robsons narrative- The Necromancer and the Ribbon Dancer

John Malones narrative- A Survivor of the Wastes

 

Closing in on late summer

Things are starting to pick up again for the studio. Fresh work is popping in and business as usual is the drill.

Remember that from Next week, we will be “on vacation”, which means that for all intents and purposes, whilst you can still reach us and commission us, we will be a bit less available for chatting and posting updaes might lessen a little. We will still be available though, as said, and commissions are worked on as per usual and according to schedules so feel free to contact us for any commissions or ideas you have.

 

Commissions

Also, like said in last weeks update, we are giving back to the community by giving a whooping 100 Euro discount on commissions right now. This week there are two commission slots open, so this might be the time for YOUR dream illustration! Please remember, it’s first come, first served and if you are number three commissioning us this week, your deadline will simply just move one week forward.

 

And as a parting-shot

Here is something on an ongoing project.

In between deadlined projects and work, sometimes one need to sketch something for uture projects.

Since David cannot show you his super secret project just yet, this is what we will show this week…

Enjoy!

 

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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 :)

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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!

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!

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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