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Games Workshop Codex: Black Legion

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This was my first Codex Supplement done for GW, under the art direction of Darius Hinks! The brief was to create a companion cover to the formidable Raymond Swanland's Chaos codex. Although the initial brief seemed pretty straightforward, I wanted to offer to the fans of said codex faction(s) at least some kind of visual narrative that represents the faction; and the idea of him standing in the rain, not just holding, but slowly crushing the helmet of a fallen Ultramarine seemed to be a decent idea to go with, one that also answered the other creative parameters of the brief. In an attempt to give some context to the background, an earlier version sported purple lightning coming down from the warp storm behind the Legion CSM as a nod to their 'roots', but it proved to be too distracting.

Other bits for my inner fanboyy:
-Folding grip on living bolter, trigger also demonically fused with trigger finger... because CHAOS THATS WHY! :D
-Reverse melee blade bolted to pistol grip.
-I was working off reference sent to me, and those featured pretty heavily corrupted Legionnaires. But after doing some more reading, I felt it might be also interesting to only partially corrupt him to show er, more facets of this marine's personality, (after all they embody chaos undivided doctrine) in this case mainly his upper body and firing arm, leaving the other parts relatively clean for contrast. I chose to give him base armour trim that to me felt kind of proud enough to be from the sons of Horus, and not overly gruesome, not too frilly and nutty since the corrupted bits literally had trim folding into itself, like on the living right pauldron. Then again maybe all this is lost on you chaos fans out there that might think its still 200 demonic tendrils short of being worthy of chaos... :D Let me know! Actually.. don't :D

"-Some people just want to see the... galaxy...burn."
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DeadKnight1's avatar
The Description... Are you an official artist for GW?
Epifairos's avatar
"To be, or not to be..." :D
But this guy seems to see it clear: "Not to be"
DarthMcBob's avatar
Why do the CSM insist on sticking horns and spikes on everything?
MasterRJ's avatar
Because they are edgy I guess. Traitors who think that THEY themselves have been betrayed.
CaseyR1226's avatar
would love a job at GW..  been on Warhammer, all my life.. I live it, I breath it.  It is my only wish in life..  40K All the way.. I played, I painted, I customized, I drew, and now I am doing digitally..  still working on the digital portion.  Dream of dreams.
alithking's avatar
Awesome art work.
MrGreen37's avatar
Basically these guy's are the Grey knight's of chaos. 
Empyronaut's avatar
When I saw this on the cover of the codex for the first time, I instantly thought that this is the best pic of a CSM I´ve ever seen. And nothing changed that since then, no matter how much pictures I look at or whatever. Reading 
Whoever wants to draw the most epic and fear spreading CSM in the world, has to beat this picture IMO. You`ve set a new standard. Worship 
I have spoken... Stare 
SoveriegnofTruth's avatar
Omfg.That is the definition of intimidating
Sugarlog's avatar
Nope; Intimidate - This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or creatures that share a color with it.
SoveriegnofTruth's avatar
That's nor WHAT I meant
VikingWarband's avatar
This is my all-time favorite piece of Warhammer 40k artwork. Amazing job.
ukitakumuki's avatar
I'm most honoured by your 3D rendition of  this character!!! Lovely attention to detail, great  imaginative filling in of the blanks and melding with your own taste where required!
ChojinRyu750's avatar
That is wicked awesome
J25TheArcKing's avatar
This rocks!!!! Beast Black Legion!! Super!
Real185Darkorder's avatar
Can i use this pic for my youtube channel?
and nice pic ;) (Wink)
Greetings Darkorder
DrewK27's avatar
Wow superb art! I really like the details in this piece!
galvorbak99's avatar
Good to see he has trigger discipline!
Wyzilla's avatar
Easily among the best paintings of a Chaos Space Marine, if not all of Warhammer 40k.
RaymondMinnaar's avatar
awesome stuff    
CapnNOMN's avatar

Hi. You're amazing! If you could take a quick second to answer this, you would honestly change my life: What do I physically need to do during practice, each day, to eventually be able to create something like this?

Can you please break down exactly what one extremely motivated beginner student would need to do, each & every day when he or she sits down to practice, in order to create these incredible photorealistic 2d digital drawing/paintings from my imagination?

I've been trying some stuff, but I still suck!! 

Can you please make me, like, a list?!!!! So I can then go out and explore those topics? Or at least tell me what I need to physically be doing with my practice time? 

If there's any books/DVDs/tutorials, please share!

Thank you for trying to help!

gdpr-18918873's avatar
you should begin with the very beginning of all things : fundamentals like construction drawing, perspective, anatomy, lighting, color, composition and stuff like that; Gnomon and CG Master Academy have some DVDs on fundamentals,  I can recommend watching FZD channel on youtube, it gives a good insight on the whole industry and techiques; start with drawing on paper everyday, don't switch to a graphic tablet until you're comfortable with drawing on paper, because drawing digitally is a lot harder to get used to, start with learning construction drawing, begin with simple stuff and gradually move to more complex stuff ... and GOOGLE is basically you're best friend, that's how I'm learninig it ... good luck
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