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The makings of… a Primarch

So Halloween passed, thank you all for making it special by participating in ourcompetition.

Starting this week, there will be a new series of posts.
These posts are about following the creation of an illustration from concept to finish.

For the beginning illustration, I chose to use one of my personal Primarch illustrations.
I will go through wwhat ideas I have, how to flesh out the image, what thoughts and knowledge must be sought. Sketching, colour composition, painting roughs, using reference, when to use texturess and not and any number of other topics that come up along the way.

So let’s begin with the start, shall we?

For this particular illustration, I knew I wanted to tackle another Primarch.
But which one?
I have a list of Primarchs I am completing, where I have saved some general ideas and cool stuff to inspire.
Her’s what the folder look like:
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You will notice that some are missing, which does not meant that they are completed, but rather that I haven’t ound anything yet to make me feel it is suitable to save as reference or inspiration for that particular Primarch.

So let’s choose one-

Let’s choose/
Mortarion.

It is, after-all, the season to be dreary.

So I look at what Mortarion has.
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Not that much, but we can work with it.

So I do a quick sketch, without looking at my ref/inspiration images, but after I have looked at them/

This is the result:
sketch

So, its loose, crappy and not much to see. But it gives an indication, a hint at where I wan to take this piece.

Let me explain it to you.
Mortarion, for me, was always a riddle.
He grew up as a son of an alien (or a mutant, it seem to have shifted over the years). Taking control over the planet of Barbarus, a lethal place for humans to live and so poisons and poisonous gases are a part of his culture.
Likewise, the figure of Mortarion has this “Angel of Death” over it. A hooded figure, slender and agile, with hints of wings and a scythe.

The above is the way I think about Mortarion in passing, without investing any real tought to the character.

So the next step, is to look at the sheer physical aspects of Mortarion.

I did a Google-search, and ended up with a few images. I show them here to give you an idea, but I am in no means taking any credit fore these:

Mortarion-print – John Blanche
Mortarion – Alex Boyd
Mortarion1 (2) – Adrian Smith
Mortarion work in progress1 -Ibrahim Swaid ( http://holypixels.blogspot.be/2011/08/mortarion-work-in-progress-1.html )

So that’s the four first ones I got..

Now comes the choosing.
What do I like, what don’t I like.

I like the general features, the hood, the gaunt look of Alex Boyd’s version. The plain-ness of the armour. In fact, even though I usually really like Adrian Smith’s work, in this case, I find it completely out of tune with what I want to portray.

So I make a list of things to add in the illustrration-

Scythe (obviously, I even drew that in the sketch, before thinkking about it).
Hood (again).
Slender – like in the Alex Boyd image. – usually PlagueMarines are bloated, which is fine, but I want him to look like death/ This is not neccesarily going to be after he joined chaos.
Exhausts.
High Collar.
Censer- holding poisonous gasses.

Things to concider-

Colours, not sure about wite, or even green. I need to do some research.
Shoulderpads. I sketched something like the Angron or Curze shoulderpads, not sure if I will keep that or go with something else.
Smoke- I want poisonous gases to come out at the collar and from the Censers. Need to make them visible without looking lame.

Things to not take-
No Green, no White. Not on Armour in any case. I want him to be dull in armour/clothing. He will be pale, so he need to stand out a bit.
Chest from Hulk- I really need him to look like death, he cannot have the most powerful look, not bodywise in any case.
No face-mask.
Perhaps the fumes will cover some of his face, but I want his face to show mostly.

After writing these things down, I do a new sketch. And i failed (I lost the file). So I decide to do a tested methood when I need ideas.
I use an older image and duplicate layers, moving, reshaping, twisting and turning them around, using layer-effects to get “happy accidents”.
In this case, I used my Angron Painting.

This is the “sketch”:
Mortarion1
So I add some brushstrokes to give a hint at my figure (using the same pose as before)
Mortarion2
It still doesnt do it, so I do a little altering and adding a coloursplash, followed by a proper silouhete (next two images)
Mortarion3

Mortarion4

And after moving the arm and scythe, I am getting happy about the pose.
I know I said no facemask, but at this time, I am unsure how to make him look, so I have left the lower part of the face.
I will most likely make him look similar to curze, as I use roughly the same features for all the Primarchs, just changing them ever so slightly, to show they are siblings, rather then the same characer (or, indeed, completely different from one another).

That thing above his head?
Yeah, I dont know, perhaps I will keep it, perhaps not.
I thought I saw something like that in the back of Ibrahim Swaids Mortarion… it has potential. Maybe some sort of machinery, part of his exhausts…

We’ll see.

Till next time.

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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

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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.

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“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.

UPDATE-

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!

Deireadh an domhain mar is eol dúinn é/Closing in on the end

Monday, stormy Monday.

Here in the western part of Europe we are having quite the stormy weather today.
How about letting another piece of the puzzle blow away?
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Don’t forget to add your entry to the competition, here is the rundown of it:

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

Added to it is that there will be runner-up prices. So what are you waiting for?
Tomorrow I expect atleast one good answer on who it is that is on the illustration to come in…

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Gaoth de fuar/ End of the week again…

Welcome to the end of the week,
I hope you did not forget to change t wintertime.

Here is todays reveal.
Not many left now..
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Don’t forget to add your entry to the competition, here 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
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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?
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Don’t forget to add your entry to the competition, here 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

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:

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Don’t forget to add your entry to the competition, here 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

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.

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Don’t forget to add your entry to the competition, here 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
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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

Bhlaosc agus cnámha / The right spirit for Halloween…

So lets do another puzzle-reveal, shall we?
This time, how about something a little more in the spirit of the festivities.
People have a tendency to think of Halloween as something related to horror and death…

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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

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