Fan art of the Corum trilogy (Knight of the Sword)

For the past three months I’ve been doing some work on a side project, that I’ve been working on in between my usual miniature painting projects. After finishing the Corum book Trilogy by Micheal Moorcock, I was inspired to illustrate the characters, locations, Gods and events that took place in the trilogy.

The Corum book trilogy is by far one of my favourite Eternal Champion book series, a story of pain, war, sacrifice, destiny and the complexity of the God pantheons. Each book not only has its own amazing adventure story, but each one expands on the lore of Corum’s world (or time age, in the Eternal champion series).

So I did some illustrations of what I would imagine the first book, The Knight of the Sword, to look like in my perspective whilst respecting the source material. This book is one of my favourite out of the three for it’s story of Corums journey. From being the last of his race and physically tortured by the rising Mabden race led by Glandyth-a-Kae, to a powerful tragedy to use his new ‘gifts’ to defeat Arioch to restore balance to the five realms.

I wanted to share my fan artwork with you today, mostly from the first half of the Knight if the Sword book, and hopefully it might inspire you to take a look at the Corum trilogy book series. There are other fictional works by Micheal Moorcock that deserve a read too, I can’t list them all here (and I’ve got a lot to catch up on reading the Eternal Champion series) but they are just as good if not better. Enjoy!

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Corum Jhaelen Irsei, Prince in the Scarlet Robe

Glandyth-a-Krae, Earl of the Denledhyssi.

The Horned Bear (Mabden vassal God) The Dog (Mabden Vassal God)The Giant of Laahr

Knight of Moidel Castel Moidel Earl Moidel of Allomglyl, the Margrave returned from the depths of the sea Shool the wizard ???

The Eye of Rhynn and the Hand of Kwll Arioch, Knight of the Swords (Chaos Lord)

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I hope you have enjoyed this art filled post! If you want to see me do more fan art for the second half of the first Corum book, post a comment below and if I get enough feedback I’ll do some more!

Again, I’d highly recommend reading The Eternals Champion series and other Micheal Moorcock literature works.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

note: I do not own the names, locations, story nor creation of Corum and The Eternal Champion series. All works of fiction mentioned here were created by Micheal Moorcock. This post is only for free expression and none profit.

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Thornton Reed (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace)

Digital artwork based on the character of Thornton Reed from Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace.

About a month ago I found a pretty funny black comedy series called Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, a very funny but short lived series that’s more interesting than today’s offerings on TV. Out of all of the cast my favourite character was Thornton Reed, he knew the crunch.

So inspired by this character, I did a digital artwork in tribute to this mans genius and bad acting (seriously, he’s pretty bad).

Wait a minute, where’s the cable for the telephone?

Until next time,

-Bjorn

A.B.C Warriors tribute art part 1: Mongrol in the style of Mike McMahon

Original inked artwork using fine ink pens, ink colour pens, inks and blue glaze.

Photo editing version

Final artwork using Procreate art app

This blog post series is a tribute to 2000AD’s Sci-fi war series, The A.B.C Warriors written by Pat Mills and various artist who have illustrated the team over many decades.

I wanted to try this art project for two reasons, 1) I haven’t done an art project since my Kray Twins art project a year ago, I’m getting rusty from a lack of consistent art work. My break from art is long overdue. 2) I’ve always wanted to try and recreate the A.B.C Warriors ever since I first read them back in 2013, the first work of Pat Mills that I’ve enjoyed reading and got me into reading more of his 2000ad work. I liked how unique each character looked that suited their personality, like Hammerstein for example having a masculine and heroic physic wielding his heavy hammer. The members of the A.B.C Warriors personalities really adds weight to the story, and how each of them has a story to tell (well Blackblood is the least sympathetic bot of the lot).

The artists like Kevin O’Neil, Mike McMahon, Carlos Ezquerra, Simon Bisley, Clint Langley and many more have always made fantastic artworks for the A.B.C Warriors. Whilst the group have had big visual changes of the years stylistically, they still however retain their personalities and design over the past decades. From Bisley’s punk 80’s comic book art to Langley’s blockbuster Sci-Fi digital art, the A.B.C Warriors have a refreshing appeal for every decade and artist interpretation.

Inspired by the original cover art for A.B.C Warriors book one by Mike Mchaon, I wanted to recreate Mongrol in a similar style to Mikes work. I’ve gone for inks as I like the different effects it has when applied. Like the colour ink pens are great for covering big areas in a flat colour, and ink paints to shade areas like shadows and background. Sort of like old comic book art, but using more modern tools for the job.

The photo edit and digital art is used to refine the artwork and add a finishing touch. Hopefully this artwork will be at least a good enough tribute to the brilliant artwork of Mike McMahon.

My next subject is Joe Pineapples, one of the coolest and deadliest members of the A.B.C Warriors. I might do him in the style of Simon Bisley’s Black and White ink work, or try the deep end and go digital art like Clint Langley’s version of Joe.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

Justice, a tribute artwork to the late Carlos Esquerra

Inspired by Carlos Esquerra and John Wagner’s creation of Judge Dredd, part of 2000AD comic publication. I do not own the character or anything that’s part of its respective creators.

The other day I’ve found a touch screen ballpoint pen, which I needed for a long time. As you can see above it’s really helped me create better accurate drawings compared to my older works. I’ve decided to do a crop drawing of Judge Dredd in memory of the late Carlos Esquerra, who sadly passed away last year.

R.I.P Carlos

What Is New Grim?

What Is New Grim?

Apologies for not getting this post out on the 31st of December last year as promised, due to my lazy timing in getting it done and wanting to have more time to finalise it to my liking.

I’ve been doing this in a few blog posts throughout the months of last year, each post hinting about the world of New Grim. Ever since the first post there has been one big question, what would happen if 1999’s last second was the dawn of a new dark age in Grimsby?

Yeah Grimsby, not the world, not New York and certainly not some blockbuster cliche city. Instead my whole creative story focuses on a city that’s largely had a bad reputation in the media as a run down city past its golden days. Wether it’s true or not, Grimsby does however offer an opportunity as great place to photograph post apocalyptic scenes (if you know where to find them!).

After leaving college last year I needed a long break from doing art work, as my motivation and energy was spent up on getting my final project done. I felt that I needed to give some time to do other things whilst my imagination and creativity had time to recover. Then after a few months I saw one of the few tower blocks in Grimsby were being demolished, they looked like post apocalyptic carcass’s.

That’s when it hit me that I’ve found my inspiration, a photography/ digital art series on a fictional divergent timeline in 1999. What better place to do that than Grimsby! Why 1999? Well I liked the idea of doing a divergent timeline where today’s technology, lifestyle and even history in nearly twenty years had been taken away by war and massacre.

But what should I call this new art series? I didn’t want a silly Sci-Fi name, nor something too cliche with “apocalyptic” or “Atomic” to name it. Then I decided why not New Grim? Shorten Grimsby to ‘Grim’ as a more grim (ha) and disturbing title.

Set in what was once called Grimsby, New Grim is an art and literature series that explores many horrific and alternative world subjects from the New Grim Cult, to the reorganised British military.

I don’t want this creative project to be just another post apocalyptic world that’s similar to the likes of Fallout, Mad Max, Metro and so on. The series is mainly focusing on the city of Grimsby and it’s changes through the decades, as its culture and identity will be explored through the eyes of those that inhabit the dead city.

My posting schedule for New Grim will be as of when I’m ready to post, as the art and photography (as well as planning) will take time to create and post. But I at least intend to post at least one or two New Grim posts a month.

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Thank you for reading this post! If you have any questions or suggestions on what you’d like to see, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn