I never thought I'd be so tired, fellow watchers and watcherettes... but I'm truly drained and exhausted beyonf words. Hopefully though, this image will be worth my investment in it.
This is a long overdue commission for a group of fine folks over at [link] . These fellows asked me if I could do an oversized image of their Deathwatch Squad, the Vigilia Mortis, whilst taking their vows of duty and devotion to the Emperor of Mankind.
To be honest, I hesitated at first, but I can't really refuse a challenge so I went for it and here's the result.
This illustration was rendered in A3 paper, with my usual markers and a bit of acrylic and whatnot here and there for effects and glows. This took me about five days, on and off in between my other deadlines (FREE MARS, for example!). There's 10 characters, all told; many Chapters and many facial features, special weapons/clothing and honours. The Inquisitor overseeing the ceremony was a plus for me, as I love the Inquisition!
There's a lot of details I'm proud of, but numbering them all would be quite tiring and I've already spent too long with these battle brothers.
I sincerely hope you enjoy this one; for all of those worried about my not illustrating the Dark Millenium since my last Journal, you'll be happy to see that's not quite the case. And I've got even more lined-up down the road.
Let me know what you think and have a great weekend!
© Games Workshop Ltd. 2012
Watch as almost all the marines go home only to find some of their gear are missing, including their whole armor.
which chapter is the guy with the black beard just behind the ultramarine from, I can't see enough of the armor.
He's a Black Templar, mate.
what chapter is the marine in the silver armor near the Black Templar?
It was quite a painful illustration to render because I had to pay very close attention to all of those details you mention, mate. These were actually players' characters, so I wanted to take them as seriously as they did and pay them proper respect.
Glad you liked it!
Glad you liked it!
welcome to death watch... bitch
Stop being so good at this, seriously now. ^^
Is that Grimaldus?
I believe it was, though the clients were never that specific, they did request this looks, so.
What sort of A3 material did you use? I'm trying to find some that can take a real beating!
Well, usually here at my local art store there's really thick illustration paper that can take watercolors and other wet paint really well. It all depends on how thick the paper is really, but also bear in mind that the thicker it is, the easier it may be to lift up layers of it with paint so... Whatever you feel works best for you would be my advice, but always try to go for a medium thickness.
Grimaldus the hero of helsreach
Hail the storm wardens! Keepers of the coming storm!
I have to admit I am thoroughly satisfied to see an artist using traditional media, especially markers which is quite a hard thing to master. I have always wondered how artists such as yourself find the right brand of markers that blend so flawlessly. I can't even express in words how truly outstanding the artistic effort to create this must have been. Even though after eighteen years drawing I am only an ameteur it's people like you, who when I see images such as these, make me pick up the pen and keep on drawing when people put me down. Well done man, this is truly an incredible piece of art worthy of hanging on a wall.
This is the most dower family reunion ever!
The best 40K
Man you never disappoint. Your stuff us always awesome.
You should do more like this!
Ey, where Dante?
Absolutely mind-blowing. Love it.
Heh, I find it humorous that a Smurf and at least one chapter off-shoot of the Imperial Fists are in the same room together and they are being completely professional about the whole ordeal. If you guys know the fluff, you'd get the funny.
I know pretty much of the fluff, but if you refer to the second founding and the fact that Rogal Dorn opposed it at first...we'll he agreed in the end, so none of the successors will have problems about that fact, it was their Primarchs drecree at last.
Well would you argue with that 3 Templars
that a space wolf or a space shark?
My guess is a Carcharodon (Space Shark). Has the pale skin and the solid-black eyes that the elders tend to get.
So much shiny stuff! So much lively, bright colours! My god this is awesome. Everything looks so alive!
Very nice. I see the space wolf in the back there, I think, with all those knives.
This is one of my favorite pictures ever! Everything you do is golden and I thank you for great work.
The Wonders of Markers.........................................................................
Oooh! Great picture!
i will always love ambitious art like this
One big happy family.