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Photo illustration. Wacom Intuos 5

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Three years ago, in order to celebrate the blog’s first anniversary and as a way to thank all the readers for their support, I made a simple competition. I asked: what would you like me to illustrate and why I should choose you as the winner.

I chose to illustrate a cover art for Andrew Aston’s (a.k.a. Lord Lucan or LL) Flesh Trilogy, portraying Vash, who is a corporal from an Imperial Guard Regiment called the Lychen Guard. The character is quite complex, as described by the author:

“Vash is essentially a psychotically barbarian warlord figure, a failed neophyte who fled from his chapter when they turned renegade, fleeing to the world of Lychen. He is a mad butcher, with a cheerful streak to match his insanity. He is a seven foot giant, with a shaven skull, permanently bloodshot eyes, a skulll with a lower jaws which terminates in a bear trap-like bionic jaw and wields a great eviserator blade into battle.”

The Lychen Regiment itself is formed from a world bound to a death cult that worships the God Emperor as a god of war and butchery. Flesh Trilogy is a Warhammer 40k fanfic, if you want to know more about it check this post.

The illustration I did for LL was alright but retrospectively I don’t feel it worked well as a book cover, you can have a look here. You know, more often rather than not, when you see an old painting you start thinking about all the changes you’d do, destroying your own artwork to pieces. So rather than going back to the illustration I decided to make a completely new cover that I feel works a lot better than the original. 🙂

-Forjador.

Photoshop + Wacom Graphire3

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Following my previous illustration, I’ve designed the cover for Lord Lucan’s Flesh Trilogy. As some of you may remember, Lord Lucan was the winner of the competition I did celebrating the first anniversary of the blog. You can read about it here.

-Forjador.

Photoshop + Wacom Graphire3

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Finally I’ve completed the illustration of Corporal Vash. He is the main character of Lord Lucan’s “Flesh Trilogy”. If you want to know more about it please check this previous entry: Sketching Corporal Vash

As usual, I could spend hours just working on little details or amending mistakes here and there, but this illustration has been taking too long already and I need to move on. I tried extending the drawing and placing Vash on top of a pile of corpses, I even added a Thunderer (siege tank) in the background; but it wasn’t working as it was too distracting. I wanted this painting to be all about Vash and Vash alone.

Working on the corporal has been a great experience and I’ll probably be doing more about the Lychen in future, though for now it is time to focus on another part of the vast universe of Warhammer. There are some unfinished Dwarven Heroes that needs my attention, I have plenty to do about the Silver Skulls, Nick Kyme’s Grimblades, Dan Abnett’s Eisenhorn/Ravenor and many more.

-Forjador.

Pencil on paper.

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I’ve been spending some time doing some sketches of Vash. At first I tried drawing straight in Photoshop using my Wacom, but I didn’t feel comfortable by doing so. My Wacom is an old Graphire, it is ok for painting I suppose but it doesn’t suit me for sketching. I’m about to invest on an Intuos4, just a small one, to feel the difference. I’ve been told that it is very responsive and a world apart from any other Wacom, can’t wait to try it out.

What I’m planning to do next is to take this sketch to Photoshop and expand it a bit. I want to make Vash standing over a pile of dead enemies in middle of a battlefield. The mad Sergeant is on a berserker frenzy, crazed eyes, eviscerator in hand – he has surrendered his being to the God-Emperor in his own twisted way… The Lychen’s way.

If you’re curious about who is Corporal Vash or the Lychen, just read my previous post. 🙂

-Forjador.

Ball-point pen, pencil & Photoshop.

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Corporal Vash is the main character from the ‘Flesh’ trilogy by Lord Lucan. Corporal Vash is part of an Imperial Guard Regiment called the Lychen Guard. The character is quite complex, as described by the author:

“Vash is essentially a psychotically barbarian warlord figure, a failed neophyte who fled from his chapter when they turned renegade, fleeing to the world of Lychen. He is a mad butcher, with a cheerful streak to match his insanity. He is a seven foot giant, with a shaven skull, permanently bloodshot eyes, a skulll with a lower jaws which terminates in a bear trap-like bionic jaw and wields a great eviserator blade into battle.”

The Lychen Regiment itself is formed from a world bound to a death cult that worships the God Emperor as a god of war and butchery. If you are curious about Lord Lucan’s fanfics, you can find them at the Black Library Bolthole. ‘Flesh Sacrifice’, Book One of the ‘Flesh’ trilogy, can be found here.

I created these sketches after I started reading ‘Flesh Sacrifice’. Lord Lucan seems to be pleased with the results so I’m now ready to begin a colour illustration of Vash in action. There are some memorable characters in the novel that I’d like to illustrate later on besides the infamous corporal; the Commissar Emeline comes to mind.

Blood for the Emperor! Skulls for his Golden Throne!

-Forjador.