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Darkness Weaves

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Last year I got the honor of creating the wrap around cover for the reissue of Karl Edward Wagner's Darkness Weaves. An amazing job it was and an incredible read to say the least. The luxurious book is now online for preorder, and is signed by yours truly! Check it out here: www.centipedepress.com/horror/…

Feel free to follow me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/selsbram or Arstation: www.artstation.com/artist/boco as well!
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1898Krag's avatar
Just found this! Nice work but lacks the moodiness of the original Frazetta cover.  I was a fan of Kane from back in the 70s and still have all the Warner Books (now in plastic bags with a dose of baking powder.) Many claim that Kane was just a spin off of Conan by Howard but Wagner was a better writer than Howard and the stories are much more complex and "darker". Too bad Wagner died early especially when he had a contract for several more Kane books and anthologies. There was some talk about a Kane movie but never got off the ground. Always thought the wrestler "Seamus" would have been great in the part.
ChrystoffCrowley's avatar
WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Matthewkdfg's avatar
Wow, this is amazing! Really good D:
Mac25's avatar
...the germanic lands are cold as fu**, they probabley need more clothing. ...and loose the horns, not historical/ colonial, christian theatrical design that wouldn't work well in battle.

I would add some shadow and vanish to the rope that the front most character is holding so that it lands on the opposite side of the character. As it sits it looks like the rope ties in one the same side of the ship as the front most character, which would not work since his legs are inside of the boat and he is standing pretty much straight up.

As well all of your characters are the same height and in the same pose, for the most part with no variation of density of population within the boat. You should refer to classical ship paintings for composition of character layout.

check out

"wrath of the medusa" by Gericault
or any of Caravaggio' compositions for character

Naturally it is human nature to focus on images of humans, if the characters are static so to is the composition.

Lighting, overall composition, fade, warm and cold tone, texture of objects all look great =D.

 
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Shaka-zl's avatar
If only the helmets, the swords, or the clothes were in any way viking. There's the shields and boat at least.
LindArtz's avatar

Congratulations on your DD! :clap:!

Hamma-of-RammaH's avatar
Ha! This is great. When I saw the thumbnail I immediately thought of Frank Frazetta's painting.

My only gripe is that Kane is left handed. ;) (Wink) 
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mea00's avatar
Nice work! Congrats on the DD
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Waqas57's avatar
Beautiful art
EclecticManta's avatar
Stunning detail and painting!! Congrats on the DD it was well deserved!
Firest's avatar
Nice pic, though as someone who grew up watching the Muppet Show I can't see a scene like this without hearing the Village People in my head.   :D
ZeusThunderer's avatar
the lighting is greatness!
Lintu47's avatar
Congrats on the DD! :DALove: by Ikue
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
boc0's avatar
Hey, wow, thanks for the DD and the support everyone!
Lyrros's avatar
Vikings attack.
Grim-Grinning's avatar
I just can't get over how beautiful this is ♥  I really hope that you do more viking work in the future!  Your style and technique just compliments the subject so well.
jmb200960's avatar
Great painting. The Drakkar seems a bit small compared to the characters, however.
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