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Welcome back to!

This week we have some exciting news, a bit of info on Road to Jove and some sketches to show, so let’s dig right into it!


We started a Patreon!

After doing a little survey Studio Colrouphobia has opened up our first Patreon project!

What’s this patreon thing?

Patreon enables fans to give ongoing support to their favorite creators.

The best way of explaining it is through Patreon’s own video:

In short, so far the system is built so that you can pledge whatever amount you choose in a recurring manner. This means, for Empyrean Champions, that at the beginning of each month you donate a certain amount and receive your rewards shortly after. You can cancel your support at any time and you can access past rewards also.

Will I have to pay to see Your art?
Heavens no!
The result of each month will be available for anyone to see, but if you support it, you get a big lump of goodies. At $1 a month, you get to see the work about a month before we post it anywhere else. From $5 a month, you get to see all the work in progress files as well as receiving some kickass wallpapers made up from these illustrations. And the more you support the more you get.
At $20 you get digital sketchbooks and the fullsized version of the illustrations, for instance, as well as layered PSD’s.

This project will be a fun one, and we hope you will join us and support us as we build a pantheon of Empyrean Champions.


What are Empyrean Champions?
We’re glad you asked.
Empyrean Champions are characters who have a supernatural counterpart, an ethereal self if you will, that can manifest and fight for whatever cause the champion seem fit. These characters come from Fantasy, Contemporary Fiction or Science Fiction.

We set up a variety of backer rewards, including for those who wish to follow the process of creating the Champions, collectible prints for those who like to collect new art, and collaborative for those who want to add their spice to the worlds of Empyrean Champions!

Support our Patreon right here:


Some more info on Road to Jove

As you’re probably aware, our webcomic The Road to Jove is up and running, and we’re about halfway through the Prologue: In Crow Country.

We’re getting a lot of questions about it and Aaron thought it was probably time to shed some light on a few of the recurring ones. Firstly, thank you if you’ve been reading and enjoying it so far. The feedback’s been awesome considering how new it is, and how little we’ve promoted it through traditional webcomic channels.

So head on over to Aaron’s blog to read some answers in regards to The Website, Physical copies, Is it free, and  How much do we update.

Coincidentally, Aaron and David had their first proper interview last week.  Here’s their first RTJ interview with Liam Salt at The Cult Den.


Some sketches!

As you know Studio Colrouphobia is a two (wo)man organisation. Here are some sketches to show what Natasja has been up to in between commercial jobs:


Bast/Sekhmet- Natasja Sondered, 2015


Beetle mount- Natasja Sondered, 2015


We still have spots open for 100€ 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.


By Jove I think I got it!

Hi there!

As you might have noticed, it took us a while to get back.

NDA’s and Commercial work have taken a lot of time. As an effect, the blogposts have been on a break.

As a compensation for our absence, and to generate a bit of variety in the illustrations/sketches we produce, David has a special offer that will run until further notice-

One character on a very simple background, or two on no background (see examples below) for €100.

We charge €30 upfront and the rest upon completion.


This is for a digital copy only! (If you want a print of the art, we offer this for an extra €20, which covers the printing and postage, to be paid upon completion).

Road to Jove

So Aaron wrote a little about Road to Jove the other day and we thought we’d do something similar. But where Aaron mainly talked about where this came from in terms of story and script, we would like to share a (tiny) preview of the art that goes into it.

Leading up to the 6th of February, when we launch the, we will be releasing some more teasers, but for now, here is a crop of one of the panels already created. It’s “the robot” seen from behind.


A crop from the webcomic Road to Jove, by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and David Sondered
Art by David Sondered, Studio Colrouphobia

Working together, directly, with a writer, has been refreshing in many ways. The input is very direct. The exchange of ideas and concepts, visual or in words (Aaron has mad MS Paint skills) are invigorating and is leading us to a very interesting point indeed. It’s coming together rather nicely, in fact.

Shortly the webpage will come up, we’ll let you know where and when, but until then, why not pop by the Facebook page of the Road to Jove? And while you’re at it, here is the Twitter account.

So keep an eye out on those two places, and right here, for more updates about the Road to Jove.


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!).


Take a look in the beginning of this blog-entry! 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.


It has come to our attention that some people really liked the sci-fi example image above.

So until our special offer ends, you will get to download the full image, for the cost of a tweet, FB-share,Google+ mention. Just follow the link below and it will tell you how it works.

You have our permission to use it for personal usage only, meaning that if you want to print it and hang it on your wall, that’s fine.

Below you will find the link to use

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

In rain, in sun…

This week will see a very short update as we are vacationing (of sorts).


Life as a freelancer is never truly a place for vacation, but to remain somewhat sane we need to ease the schedule atleast a few weeks of the year.

For that reason, no real updates on this weeks blog-entry.

We are still working on professional jobs and private commissions though, and keep an eye out for updates and sketches on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

Next week will see a minor update on the blog (possibly a bit more in case we got a go on some releases) but in two weeks the blog will be back up with fresh new stuff.


If you are interested in private commissions we have two slots open this week and we still have a couple of slots open with 100 Euro discount.

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


Until next week!

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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