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IMPERATOR by NicolasRGiacondino IMPERATOR by NicolasRGiacondino
*whew*

I never thought I'd actually get the chance to ever illustrate this character, out of all the great background stories and protagonists that the universe of Warhammer 40,000 has to offer.
When I was asked to draw The Emperor, I was, of course, very daunted and at the same time very excited; The Emperor is one of those characters that every illustrator wants to draw, and if you don't get it right, it can be disastrous. Luckily, I was able to come up with a rendition I'm most proud of, based on the most recognised look of the Emperor by Adrian Smith, but also adding much of my own 'flavour' and style to the mix. Overall, I'm truly happy and (as I said) proud of how the image came out, and how I'm managing to get better and better with colour. There's still a long way to go, but I'm getting the hang of it...

I hope you enjoy it!

Nicolàs.-

© Games Workshop Ltd. 2008
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Slapsticky Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016
Join the Black Crusade in the fight to destroy this fascist dictator and his evil regime. Embrace chaos!
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Preach, brother!

Nic.-
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Krysnha Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
ave imperatur
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
:salute:

Nic.-
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Krysnha Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
thanks
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Clap 
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
"No world shall be beyond my rule; no enemy shall be beyond my wrath."

--- God Emperor of Mankind. circa M30.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The Emperor Protects!

Nic.-
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Robguil4774 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
The most awesome armour ever!
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RAFFETIN Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
All your work is Amazing!!!!
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zibzero777 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Allfather! Great pic brother! :)
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Wolfgar0Snowlock Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
In His Name Let Non Survive!!! Beautiful Work Aerion, simply magnificent.
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Daedor Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Little known fact: those white parts? They're high-power flash-lights.

Top notch.
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raypettit74 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ave Imperator!!!
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blackcore11 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
the god Emperor, bask in his might. XD love it
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:iconkane-of-nod:
Kane-of-Nod Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
For The Emperor!
Great job!
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LMS99 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
HEIL IMPERATOR
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UltraPrimarch Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
I really like that gold....... soooooo Shhiiinyyyyyyy!!!
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NightHerald Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
First off all, you've done a wonderful job on the saviour of mankind.

I need not say that the greates part of this is his armor. Truly magnificent work on the gold. The shoulder pad is particularly great.

Armor aside, I like the face. It really does look like the Emperor.

All in all, a faithful portrayal of the Emperor. Excellent work ;)
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, mate! To render The Emperor is truly a daunting task to undertake, but I'm glad I did this great character justice.

The face is something noteworthy because I think that's THE place where his true might can be seen.

Nic.-
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NightHerald Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
Yeah, I can only imagine. I tried my hand at the Emperor 3-4 years ago... Didn't look much like Him ;)

I agree with that. All his armor and equipment, however splendorous, is 'man-made'. His face is all 'natural', if you know what I mean.
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Genesis-Reborn Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ave Imperator!

Excellent rendition of the big guy :)
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, mate!

Nic.-
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Rhunespire Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
I've been following your work on B&C and I must say I love your work and your perspective on the Master of Mankind and his genechildren. However, I had an idea - what do you think of a Goddess-Empress of Mankind?
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Richard! It's always a great pleasure to see more people find their way here from other communities; especially from one I have so much love for as the B&C. I hope you enjoy the rest of my Gallery as much as my Warhammer 40,000 works...
As for your idea, well... I've always been one to break the creative boundaries of whatever background I get my hands on, so an Empress is an interesting concept for the Dark Millenium. A deleted concept? Something the Ecclesiarchy wants to keep hidden? Lots of possibilities. I'll certainly give it some thought ;)...

Nic.-
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oddspelling Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
The Emperor protects!
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
He does indeed, citizen! :salute:

Nic.-
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Horacus Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
Simply awsome man. It's just exelent, could you make Horus? hehehe, chaos player.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
¡Gracias, Horacio! La verdad es que he hecho ha Horus, el Señor de la Guerra. Aqui te dejo el link. Muchos me han pedido una versión ';Pre-Herejía', asi que puede ser que también veas eso en un futuo...

Espero verte seguido por aqui y que sigas disfrutando la Galería.

Nico.-
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Horacus Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
Si, claro que si
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Maeldruin Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
I don't like the face. That's my only Qualm. It's just not "Perfect" Enough. The Emporer would look perfect. Like the Primarchs do. I can't even imagine what the emporer would look like.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, perfection is a hard thing to achieve, John and, to be honest, I didn't intend for my rendition to be that. I do agree with you (looking back at this one now) that the face could be somewhat improved, and who knows? Maybe I'll get a chance of doing yet another image of the Big E.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nic.-
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Maeldruin Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
I'm not saying it needes to be perfect. But that's just how the Emporer, and primarchs are described. I think the faces perportions are.. Off. And I don't mean to be putting you down. Drawing a perfect face is impossible, I think.
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Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Extremely impressive but where's His sword?
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, mate! The sord was actually left out because of space and composition reasons. Since I was working on a bust of the Emperor, if I added the sword, it would've unbalanced the whole and created enough space for me to fill more of His body, thus leading to a much larger image...

That doesn't mean I'll never draw him with his sowrd, though ;)...

Nic.-
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Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
Do you think you'll ever do a version of His duel with the Arch-Tratior Horus?
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ChameleonBot Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Student Digital Artist
By the Light of the Emperor! This kicks Heretic Ass! =D
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's good to hear, mate! For the Emperor, then! :D

Nic.-
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Canduterio Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
"In his name we fight"...
Great job, i can see it hanged on the wall of an echlessiarchy church. :D
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a great compliment indeed! To be able to render an inspirational Emperor figure is certainly a mark of a job well done...

:highfive:

Nico.-
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bobbymike Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
wowww, great armour...
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, mate! I think it's, by far, one of my best renderings to date.

Nic.-
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midarc Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
I like how the suit looks as if it's barely containing his power.
Halo like aura is nice too.

Also want to say, been enjoying all of your 40k pics.
Just far too pressed for time (re- lazy) to repeat it on each one ;)
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Marc! It's always a pleasure to get compliments on these works, as they're some of my best.
And, of course, you don't have to say anything about being busy and all. I assume not everyone's going to be able to post in every single deviation I put up (nor would I be able to reply properly!)! Just knowing you're out there watching is all I need...

:handshake:

Nic.-
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epeescrub Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Yes. It is shiny enough.

I'm not familiar with Warhammer, but I hope you've done them justice.

The picture, standalone, certainly does DeviantArt justice.
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VrRyoko Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What does the Latin on his pauldron say? "Glory eternal in the name of Terra?"
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I meant it to say 'Glory in Terra, Emperor Rex', which is what's missiing because of the wing: Gloriam in Terra, Rex Imperator. It's not latin per sé (it's not gramatically correct or conjugated even!), but it does sound like it and that's what High Gothic basically is, hahaha...

Nic.-
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VrRyoko Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh. Well, I made a half-assed guess from what I could read.. xD *Rofls at herself*

WAY OFF. Ahahahahaha. Ahem. >_> I'm an idiot yes suh yes I am.

But I do like it. xD
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VanRipper Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
Pretty young for the Emperor, but I can tell this pic have it's feel, epic feel! Good job mister!
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