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MiniMasterpieces - The Autarch by NicolasRGiacondino MiniMasterpieces - The Autarch by NicolasRGiacondino
My dear citizens of the Imperium of Mankind...

It isn't often that I get the chance to draw something from the Dark Millenim that isn't Space Marines or the forces of The Emperor of Mankind. So, I relish these assignments when I do get an opportunity to depict other aspects of the vast galaxy of the 41st Millenium.

Lately, I've been getting more Eldar requests that usual from my clients. It's a race I love to depict, mostly because I try and instill them with a very alien look, the opposite of the official depictions, which make them look too human to my tastes.
Thin, elongated fingers and cold countenances are the trademark of the Eldar for me and I hope I've got that accross with this Autarch rendition.

The design was a special request by the client, of his own imagining, so I tried to stay as close as possible to the original and still add my own touch (especially with the aforementioned anatomy distortion).
The enemy this brave warrior is facing isn't something to take lightly either: Necrons have also been a favourite army of mine and I love to depict those ancient skeleton-machines...

I'm especially proud of colours with this one, as I am with all my illustrations lately. I'm focusing light much better and getting the best our of contrasting hues.

I hope I've done these two great races justice and stay tuned for some more Warhammer 40,000 variety!

Nic.-

© Games Workshop Ltd. 2010
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:iconjailgurdnegative:
jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist
eldar ftw

that shade of red is splendid
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Estonius Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Love the styley and colours on this.
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SageWolf009 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
awesome. the dead necrons were a nice touch.
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cat-gray-and-me78 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Curious and very interesting.
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VanRipper Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
your best art in ages

best eldar fanart in ages

best warhammer fanart in ages
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Reverberon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
I can not agree with you more about the eldar looking alien, beautiful. It is also refreshing to see it is wearing it's helmet, in franchises like dawn of war they lose quite a bit of their appeal when they simply appear to be ladies in tight armor. Hoping to see more!
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AngaelWings Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Student General Artist
space elves!
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Lost-Egg Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Lovely work. Good choice of colours and I like the addition of th fur cape/mantel.
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High-Remnant-Shadow Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
lovlely done i love your work keep the good art work up
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Shavarn Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
He showed them Necrons! Good art work.
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DaRKkrish Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Yay Eldar art that doesn't want to seem them slaughtered whole sale! Who else will truly protect the universe?

Very nice with the colors. :D
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KingUnderTheWoods Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
I've been a fan of your work for a long time (as a member of B&C I am subscribed to your Primarch thread) and I always love seeing your non Astartes pieces and this is no exception.

Saim Hann is my favorite Craftworld and I love the direction you took this one, the Egyptian style chin, the claws around his wrist and top knot. They really convey the savage image of Saim Hann.

However from a fluff standpoint.....the Necrons would have phased out once destroyed. Anyway still great.
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Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
"It isn't often that I get the chance to draw something from the Dark Millenim that isn't Space Marines or the forces of The Emperor of Mankind."

Because thats the highest form of treason and heresy!

Superb drawing as usual, its a rare instance I achknowlegde the Eldar might possibly be cool or capable of a fight with something stronger then a frail leaf and this is one of those occasions :D Well done!
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jmqrz Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're colors are always fantastic!
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Sebbythefreak Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I love Autarches so nothing to say on that part. It's lovely!

But what caught my attention was your necron design. It's very round, and kinda creepy in a retro way! Kind of a mix of the first generation "chaos cyborgs" and the newer necrons.
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
it is a rare treat to see eldar from you!:D
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Ravenkeeper Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
very nice, it isn't often we get to see you try your hand at the Eldar, or Necron for that matter =)
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Thebuild Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
I really like it,

Definitely prefer your way of doing Eldar they look more Alien if that makes sense, both sleak and graceful on a level humans can't compete against.
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:iconrovien:
Rovien Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
Your style is simply amazing! I feel like I can actually reach in there and touch the composition!
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Alex-Von-Carstein Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
After seeing how awesome this is I have to ask, have you considered rendering the Phoenix Lords, since your Primarch’s project is getting close to completion? (only the 8th, 13th and 17th to go, very excited to see them)
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HammerOne Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
Beautiful. Now get cracking on some dark eldar. New codex has come out, lots of stuff to get into.
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Lem4n Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
Congrats. Exellent work. Faws for sure.
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SewerRat42 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
Probably my favourite piece yet. Great work. :)
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SykA-theblacker Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa...this is so awesome. Instafaved
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tcraigen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
I like the fur robe, good touch.
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vanchet Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
That is an awesome piece! :D And the Necron corpses are also good :D
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Lithianne Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
I think I said that before, but I just love your style, with the sharp shading lines and your outlines.
I could never do that, I tend to get all watercolour-ish.
And the way you do smoke and night-skies... :D

I think you did a great job with the Eldar.
I have to admit I only got interested in Warhammer 40k, 'cause I loved your illustrations :)
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MisterScourge Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, the colours are great. :)
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DiceMasterOM3G4 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Very nice, Eldar as so cool
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robertharutos Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Now this is a great artwork from you that's made the front page yet again! Nice to see something Eldar on the front =)

Also, is it just me or does the chin piece on the Autarch look.. off?
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Front page stuff? Wow, that's quite an achievement for a 'mini' piece :D I'm glad I keep the Dark Millenium present on dA.

As for the chin piece, it might look off because his head is slightly titled to one side, and not completely facing the viewer; I understand that it may not show, but that was the intention and thus the orientation of the chin.

Nic.-
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robertharutos Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Even if the head is suppose to be tilted, the chin piece doesn't look natural =\

But I still love it!
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I completely and 100% agree. The large majority of artist (even 'official' GW art) simply depicts them as tall, slender humans with pointy ears. The only person I ever saw make them look and feel alien was Tiernen Trevalion (and you, LOL) in the last part of the Daemonifuge graphic novel.

But this exactly what I like to see them look like, simply awesome Nic :thumbsup::meow:
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Vlaskiyov Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
And to think I would actually like a picture of the Eldar. Only you Nic. Only you.
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warp-zero Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I agree, I love the color choices. Once again, well done sir!
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Kophasbile Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the dead Necrons in the background, wonderful work
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BrotherOstavia Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing as ever. Me encanta como has resuelto el brillo en el cráneo del necrón. ¡Gran trabajo!
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MajesticChicken Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Great job Nic :)
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Tr01ka Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Student General Artist
!!
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dukeleto Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome as always, but there may be some problems with his left shoulder and "beard"?
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KoniraThax Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Dude killed a Necron, badass.
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firefromheaven Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
incredible as always dude. i love the fur trim on his shoulders. perfect blend of opposites, red contrasting with white, smooth armour with fur, eldar with necron.
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damonx99 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Como no? Your style lends itself without effort to the Eldar. The slight plainness with a great degree a detail added about in a subtle way. Great work amigo.

Also, best wishes on your familey life as well.

I have asked for some of your work as a Christmas present this year. I Cant wait to see how your progress in all your other works too.
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry about not doing them justice, Nic. In my humble opinion, you have.

I have to ask, and maybe you've answered it already, but what types of markers do you use and on what type of paper? Just curious, as my markers tend to bleed no matter what type of paper I use (I'm currently using a form of water colour paper) and I envy your clean shading lines. And your metal. Even if our styles are very different.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the compliments as usual, Maria!

The markers I use are a brand called KURECOLOR and they're cheaper and work just the same as the expensive ones. As for paper, I try not to use something special (like the watercolour paper you mentioned) but I can't recommend anything, really. Markers aren't supposed to bleed a lot; though they do bleed, that's inevitable. That's why you have to work fast as hell.

One other thing that i find stops the bledding somewhat is to blackline the drawngs (ink them), which makes the marker stay within the lines.

Nic.-
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Grimmorh Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
SUPER!!!
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