Size A3, Took 3 - 5 hours on/off. Used HB, 2B, 4B, 6B. I took quite a long time for the hair. I edit the lighting with Adobe Photoshop CS I used the piece of eight which is different from the original photos. Hope you like it and Thanks for fav.
[Small edit: I haven't mispelled the name of Magnus, my friends! Magus is the latin form of Sorcerer ...]
I bet some of you were expecting this...
At some point, I always wonder if I'm not doing a LOT of Warhammer 40,000 artwork and not much of anything else, which is bad for an artist's portfolio. But, when I see the level of detail and skill I achieve with each passing piece set in the Dark Millenium, I'm convinced that you can see progress and evolution, despite the theme. Thus, I bring forth another addition to my Primarchs; and, as promised, here is Magnus the Red, leader of the Thousand Sons Legion during the Great Crusade.
There was a lot of debating when I came up with my design for Magnus some time ago, mainly because I'd made him bald and with a third eye. The baldness I've corrected, because it was a fluff inconsistency on my part, but the third eye idea I kept. Why? Because I like to add that bit of my own to these characters and because the hobby community didn't see it coming at all. Everyone pondered and imagined Magnus's single eye as being cyclopean (that is, just an eye on his forehead), or with a mutation that made one of his regular eyes not be there. None of the ideas convinced me, so I came up with a third eye design; thus, my Magnus is blind, from both his eyes and sees with his one third eye, which opens up to the Warp and much, much else (to the dismay of his Chapter!).
I particularly enjoyed doing all of the egyptian details as well as rendering the backdrop of his homeworld, Prospero, because it is beautifully described as having a marble city in which the Chapter dwelt and I hope I've done it justice. Another good detail, I think, is his expression and the energy blasts of psychic power emanating from his eye and chanelled through his hands... it shows how much raw energy stemmed from his powers.
All in all, I consider Magnus to stand a bit apart from his brothers, design-wise, but I think it does his essence justice as he was rather odd in the eyes of mankind and even his Father, the God-Emperor.
It's been a while, my friends, and not much has happened (well, or rather, much has happened, but not worthy of tales, for the time being) since my last update. However, I've been working like crazy and this is one of the results (the one I can show!); following my latest project of rendering The Emperor and all of his astounding Sons from the Warhammer 40,000 mythos, I bring you the most beautiful of them all this time: Sanguinius, Primarch of the Blood Angels Chapter. This Chapter is widely known because of the "Dawn of War" game, that has them as the main Chapter to crusade the galaxy and I must say I've always been attracted to their legend, that has some very interesting and haunting elements... There are, obviously, many things I like in this image, but I particularly think the background came out quite alright, and the wings, which were very bland in the original. Speaking of which, here it is for your comparison and perusal:
Almost a week and some days have gone by since my last upload here on dA... shame on me! But I hope this piece will be worth the wait ...
I've been very busy lately, handling orders of my MiniMasterpieces offer and other projects, but I finally got around to inking and colouring the fabled perfectionist that was the Emperor's Children Primarch, Fulgrim. Ever since I started doing these reimaginings of my old designs for the Emperor's Sons, Fulgrim had always struck me as the worst in his previous incarnation (despite many fans still regarding it as one very good illustration!); thus, I was eager to do a better job this time, which I think I did.
There are a lot of details (as usual) that I've put into this piece, that enhance many aspects of Fulgrim's personality and background: you'll notice that the sword he's carrying isn't very 'Imperial', because it's the sword that was to be his downfall; there's also the detail of his ornate armour, which I tried to make as stremlined and beautiful as I could, which contrasts nicely with the smoke and venom filled skies and factories in the backdrop of his Homeworld of Chemos. The Chapter symbol is a personal favourite of mine, and so is the Aquilla on his chest, which I've tried to do as magnificient as I could, because (despite the fact that his other brothers also sported eagle iconography) the Emperor's Children were the only ones allowed to display it fully as their Chapter symbol.
So, I hope you enjoy it as usual, and let me know what you think!
PS.. The previous version, for comparison can be found here: [link]
It feels like a while from my last Warhammer 40,000 illustration, but I think that's due to all the other projects I've been developing in-between.
I return to the Dark Millenium, though, with the latest Primarch in the Libris Primaris series: Alpharius Omegon, of the Alpha Legion.
This is one I was really looking forward to depicting. Mostly because I knew there was going to be a lot of symbolism to him, given the secretive and deceitful nature of the Legion. As I had foreseen, I did incorporate many elements that make this one one of my favourites. The most obvious is, of course, the presence of Omegon in the background. Or is he Alpharius? No one will know. That's key to the Alpha Legion, their unknown plans and schemes, which i tried to accentuate by making this Traitor Primarch face left as a loyalist, but looking right, as my Taritors. Omegon is promptly doing the inverse, so you never know... They don't have an established homeworld, so I incorporated the many faces effect on the background, emphasising the Hydra quality of the Legion as well as Alpharius' likeness to that of a regular Marine from his ranks. Something also present in the relatively simple design of his armour, less pompous than his brothers'. The Hydra is a repetitive motif all around, too...
So, overall, I'm very satisfied and happy with this one and I hope I've once again done justice to the character. You'll be the judges, as usual!
It seems my updates are coming scarcely these days, but you'll read all about that in my Journal. The short story is: on top of being swamped with work, I've also had the annoyance of experiencing a week-long Internet crash, so...
However, all that time I could've spent surfing the web has bore some interesting fruit, with my finishing some things I was quite behind on. This latest Primarch being a perfect example.
Ferrus Manus was always - and ever since I got into the Dark Millenium - my favourite Primarch. There was something about him, his strength, resilience and overall essence that (to me) represented the 41st Millenium perfectly. Perhaps it was his metal hands, crafted in the fires of a volcano whilst he fought a C'Tan; or the rust and decay of Medusa, in constant strife for survival; or his Legion's allegiance to the Adeptus Mechanicus and its dark technology... everything conspired to make Ferrus a very important figure for me.
Thus, this image is one of my favourites in this project. As you'll notice, the armour on this Primarch is much less ornate than his brothers's, much more 'utilitarian' and blocky, because I wanted to keep Ferrus true to his essence; it being his faith in his own strength above all things. That also led me to render his arms in such a way as to make them a pivotal part of his design. I also kept the decoration very crude and tribal, as a nod to Medusa.
I think this one is a worthy succesor to my first depiction of this great legend of the Imperium and a huge improvement on it as well: [link]
I hope you enjoy it!
PS.. It's my first time using this new Critique feature here on dA, so feel free to add yours!
These latest incarnations of The Emperor's Primarchs from the Warhammer 40,000 mythos are really taking me longer than usual to colour and finish; but I think that's a statement to how good I think they are and how much of my skills I'm pouring into them. This time, it's the Dark Angels Chapter's Primarch, the loyal and honourable Lion El'Jonson turn to get the spotlight and it is this image that marks my true reinvention of these characters. I'd already illustrated this knight before and whilst I think that image has its strong points on its own, it's very outdated now in my eyes, and I think this version shows my evolution as an artist quite plainly. The older version is here: [link]
I hope you'll agree that I've come a long way since then and that you'll enjoy this image. I could go on and on about small details or the character's background, but for that, there is this: [link]