I wanted to make a quick portrait of my Dark Heresy Psyker – it’s been a while since we played any Dark Heresy, but it’s the one resource on my blog that keeps the punters coming back, so I thought I should do a little something for it.
That and the whiff on the air for our weekly RP group is that we’ll be picking it up again soon.
That and Witch Hunter, so I’ll have to draw my character for that sometime soon.
Finished this bust picture yesterday – but seeing as I’d already posted, I thought I should wait until today.
This is my Inquisitor; Nicolai Hellbane.
And I have had this post open to share for ages! So, nothing else to say just posting!
In the hope to keep things going on here – after leaving them to go stale for a while – I thought I would share this sketch with everyone.
It is my Dark Heresy character, Nihilius, who I originally drew back in 2013 so this is something of a redraw too. Or will be when I get around too finishing it.
I might line it digitally, print it out and try some traditional colours – I am really not confident with my traditional inking stuff at the moment cause it has been an age! But it’s be awesome to be able to colour some of my own artwork with my coloured pencils again!
Anyway, Nihilius’ outfit design was inspired by the Boer War and the film Zulu. I wanted something a bit different – he is a Telepath Psyker and mind reads/rapes people and I wanted a look for him that didn’t go with his very ‘Grim dark’ setting/nature.
It’s been a while since I did any character sketching. Honestly, after the last bout of pathetic idiocy on DeviantArt, I thought I’d just hang up my pencil bag and not bother doing anything character related ever again. Mostly because I felt so annoyed and upset by outside sources that I’d be better off without it in my life.
I don’t think that’s true though. This need to draw characters and keep drawing them is inbuilt in me somewhere – I didn’t stop because people at University told me ‘I suck at it’ so why should I let some insignificant, arrogant shithead on the internet put my off?
I am out of practice though – it’s been a couple of weeks – and I am questioning the direction I’d like to go in with my characters. I’ve not had much ‘luck’ with the furry fandom; I’ve made some great friends certainly, but as of late it’s not been “for me.”
So, I’ve returned to one of my other fandoms. Warhammer. Combining with doing a spot of painting as and when I can, I feel it’s only right to come back to drawing it as well.
The sketch above is Knives. The Scout Sergeant from my home brew Space Marine Chapter – I can see a fair few errors with with the sketch, but it’s a start back on the path that I’d like to be on.
It’s been a little while since I drew one of the Primarchs and Perturabo has been waiting ‘patiently’ for a while for his picture, so, here he is.
In all his wonderful Terminatory glory!!
I really enjoy drawing Space Marines and the Primarchs series, because I feel that I can really, really push myself and learn while I am doing the deed.
However, they do trigger all my ‘I am shit at everything’ feelings and I have more doubts that I can ‘do good’ while doing these more than any of my other art pieces. It’s most likely because I lack confidence with drawing both them and the backgrounds as well as the full illustration-y feel they have.
I just need to work through these thoughts until they become second nature – as a part of that I’ve been doing a few sketches in a sketchbook too. Really quick images to get more comfortable with the concept of them
I am thinking, maybe I should make this a ‘daily thing’ like a couple of two minute sketches a day until I am a lot happier drawing Space Marines whilst still keeping ‘my style’ of art with them. These sketches were all drawn really quickly too, so they aren’t going to eat into much of my other free time.
Might be something for regular viewers to look forward too as well?
I’m contemplating on taking most of my artwork down this route, even the anthro/firry stuff. More illustrations than quick pin-ups, but maybe there should be a good, clear divide. The Warhammer stuff for full illustration, furry for quicker stuff? Just some thoughts.
Either way, I hope you enjoy the arts~
Sometimes, the need to do something Warhammer 40k related takes over.
Alas, I am still very much caught in the ‘Pin-up’ trap!
Another suggestion that came from the land of twitter.
I am still very surprised at the reception my Pin up Space Marines have had over there – I’m glad that it has been overwhelmingly positive though, it gives me encouragement to keep doing them; and I really enjoy doing them. They’re different and they are what I enjoy drawing. Pin ups are awesome; even if everyone and their Mum can do it too~
No video with this one though, sorry. I honestly forgot about recording!
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