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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…)



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…


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.


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


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.





A little red project

Written by David.

So a lot of people wonder what artists do in their spare time.
Most of the time, most artists will tell you, there is no spare time.

Sometimes, however, we take the time to do some sideprojects, because they appeal to us, or we like the idea, or we just have time for once.

This is one such project.

About two months ago I was contacted by DesignStrike UK, with the question if I was interested in painting some concepts and a full illustration for a project meant to turn into a Tv-series about the Horus Heresy.
As I am in the middle of painting Primarchs on my spare time, I thought it nice to spice it up by having some other people tell me how to paint something from the 40k (30k) Universe.

This is not a common thing, it just coincided with a little more spare-time and a window of opportunity.

If you are interested in knowing more about this project, they have a FB-page here:

Below you will find two concepts, a Terminator and a regular Space Marine, bth of the Blood Angels Legion, 5th Chapter.

Underneath these concepts, you will find three varients of a pitch–illustration, meant to go Games Workshops way.
I’d love to hear which one you like the best, and why!

If this gets enough support and the favour of GW, it might turn into a paid project, in which case I hope to be part of it, but until then, you migh see sketches from time to time on their FB-page and on the blg, just don’t count on it happening every week. Paid work unfortunately have to come first…


Regular Space Marine

Sanguinius facing Ka’Bandha

With a Flameshaped Sword/ Kris sword

With a burning sword

With the “Classic” Sanguinius Sword

All of the above images are produced for DesignStrike UK
Wrhammer 40k, Space Marines and Sanguinius are Copyright to Games Workshop
Painting by David Sondered,

Samhain / Halloween illustration reveal and winners

Today’s blogpost features the final reveal of the Halloween illustration, along with announcing the winners of the competition.

Let’s start by revealing the who the commenter of the artwork was:

As most all of you guessed, it was Aaron Dembski-Bowden!

So, without further wait, we give you-

    Konrad Curze / Night Haunter

That’s now what Curze looks like in my head.
Just breathtaking.
Aaron Dembski-Bowden.

Some honorary mentions, guesses from over-all over the internet:

“Ah, I see it now. It’s Cap’n Crunch.”

“Still sticking with Darkwing Duck”

“Calling it right here and now. It’s the Great Pumpkin King”

Jokes aside, here are the winners:

Big prize winner (Fullsize poster, signed and sent directly to him/her)

Alexander Leleux – first guess and got it spot on right away.

Runner-ups (Other poster from Studio Colrouphobia, also signed and sent directly to him/her)

Daniel Jennewein
Alex Woodard
Sam Musgrove
Jason Rowlands

We will be contacting you shortly to sort out how to send the prices to your location.

For the rest of you guys-

Thank you for making your guesses. Let us know what you thought of this competition and what you would like to see from us in the future.

Is é an deireadh in aice/The end is near

Today we see the second-to-last piece of the puzzle vanish.

We have a couple of guesses for the competition, please remember that you need to anwer right here on the blog, or on our FB page.

“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.


There will be four runner-ups, for a total of FIVE winners. One will receive a signed poster of the illustration being revealed sent to them as per above. The other four will win another illustration, signed, sent to them. The illustrations for winner 2-5 will not neccesarily be 40k related, but if they already have a poster of ours, they are adviced to let us know so that we can make sure they won’t have duplicates.

The winners will be declared on 30th of October. That’s tomorrow folks!

Dé Sathairn / A little bit of feelgood goes a long way…

How are everyone doing on this Saturday?
Hopefully you are enjoying the day.

So I was wondering what you felt about our current competition?
Is this something you would like to see more of?
Feel free to reply right here on our blog, on our Facebook page or our Twitter account (see links below).

For todays reveal, lets see if we can get any new guesses.

Did I tell you that we might have some runner-up prizes?
Don’t forget to add your entry to the competition, here is the rundown of it:

Studio Colrouphobia also has a twitter account:
Studio Colrouphobia also has a Facebook-page:

Geimhridh ag teacht / Wintertimes

End of the week, weekend begins.

So after Halloween, what would you guys want to see from the studio?
We are eager to hear your thoughts, your ideas and what you think the studio might hav in store for you.

Just comment here or on our FB page, or via Twitter (see links below).
Here is todays reveal:


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

Studio Colrouphobia also has a twitter account:
Studio Colrouphobia also has a Facebook-page:

Putóga dubha na bliana/ Darkest part of the year

Welcome to Thursdays reveal.
The inklings of recognition should start to dawn of those who haven’t already had them:
It’s a man…

Guesses on who it is range from Corax to Horus to Lucoryphus.


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

Studio Colrouphobia also has a twitter account:
Studio Colrouphobia also has a Facebook-page:

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?


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

Studio Colrouphobia also has a twitter account:
Studio Colrouphobia also has a Facebook-page:


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