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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Open your mind

This week I’ve been watching all three series of The Mighty Boosh, still to this day one of my favourite British comedy series. From Bob Fossils lack of zoo knowledge (and anything to do with animal names), old Greg painting Baileys, to the Spirit of Jazz taking over Howard Moon and of course who couldn’t forget the Gary Numan references.

It got me inspired to do some drawings with influences of funk, jazz and the weirder side of the boosh.

The spiral zone of funk and groove, Rudi’s journey

Trevor Pogo, the recycle hoover on a pogo.

let’s hope that there will be a series 4, an album of The Mighty Boosh music and possibly a film in the next decade. Right now in a world where tv is a dull and grey landscape of boredom (BBC “cough), I think the Mighty Boosh could make tv more colourful again. Just to see old Greg again, Rudi, Milky Joe, Tony Harrison and the Hitcher too.

I don’t know the crunch,

-Bjorn

Experimenting with Contrast paint

I haven’t said anything about contrast at all on my blog, that is until now. I was sceptical about this paint since it was first revealed at Warhammer fest, was it really as good as they say it is?

After watching a couple of Warhammer community videos, pro painter opinions and photos of the finished products, I had some hope. A paint that can give both the recess shade and base colour in one coat.

However, I was unsure about the paints as when images came up on painted Primaris Space Marines in various colours, the models looked very patchy in pool dry marks. Kinda defeats the purpose of a one coat paint if it looks like pooled mess.

When I finally got my contrast paint today, I did some experiments to see what kind of results I can get from this new Citadel paint.

I used Nazdreg yellow contrast for all of my experiments, using Grey Seer Basecoat, Model Colour foundation white as a Basecoat and for drybrushing.

Here’s what I’ve learnt.

First my first experiment I used a Tyranid Gargoyle as they have many surfaces to test our contrast, from deep recesses, details and flat areas. I started my painting by using Grey Seer as a basecoat (three coats) then I applied Nazdreg yellow over the model. This resulted in a patchy look just like the Primaris Space marine pictures from Warhammer Fest.

Despite this, I then highlighted the model in Model Colour Foundation White, making it look nearly like a none metallic gold look.

For the left side of the wings, I used Leadbelcher as a basecoat, then I applied Nazdreg yellow over it. This surprisingly looked really cool, like a gold tint that could be useful for future painting work. On the right carapace side I used the contrast paint again over the first layer and the white highlight. Resulting in a darker gold yellow tone whilst retaining the edge highlight Which you can see below. It’s similar to how AoS studio manager, Jes Bickham, painted his Tyranid army (I think it was called Hive Epemedis?) using mustard yellow colours for the carapace.

From this second contrast application an idea formed in my head, why not use Grey Seer as a Basecoat and drybrush Model Colour Foundation white? Here’s what the results were.

You’ll notice that the raised areas are more lighter yellow, whilst some areas are darker that haven’t been drybrushed in white. It works well for scales which has shading, base colour and highlights all in one application of contrast.

With this test of using white pant for contrast I did one more experiment using both Grey Seer and Foundation white on two sides of a Space marine.

The pooling problem was less noticeable on the lighter side than the Grey Seer basecoat. Left side was fine in foundation white whilst the right side was done in Grey Seer.

Contrast paint using Grey Seer basecoat.

Contrast paint using Model Colour Foundation White.

I think using Foundation white for Nazdreg yellow contrast would be really beneficial for painters who find it hard painting Bad Moons and Imperial Fist armies. It’s a one coat solution to a process that would take a long time to paint, but contrast has proven, to me at least, that this is no longer an issue.

That’s all I have for today. This isn’t a review on contrast paint as I think it’ll take some time to form an informative review on contrast paints. There’s still a lot of experimentation to try out, even pro painters are coming up with new stuff every day using contrast paints. I’ve heard that the Alpha Legion contrast method is a favourite in my local GW store that I overheard from the manager.

I hope this post serves as an inspiration or an informative look at how contrast paint works. If you like what you see and want more contrast posts, post a comment below and I’ll continue to experiment even more!

Until next time,

-Bjorn

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 tribute art, part 5: Deadlock in the style of Ken Walker

Medium: acrylics

Thought it’d be Hammerstein today? Well the power of Khaos can be deceiving, what’s order when you can jump the cue using magic and mayhem at your disposal?

Todays subject is Deadlock, originally created by Pat Mills for 2000AD comic, he is a wizard anarchist who serves Khaos to spread mayhem throughout the galaxy. Concepts like order, rules and obeying superiors is alien to Deadlock, for he despises such things that stands in his way. He has on occasion been at odds with Hammerstein due to both being polar opposites to each other. Hammerstein is a solider who values loyalty, order, respect, laws, rules and honourable combat. Deadlock on the other hand is an anarchist, he seeks mayhem, freedom, individual choices, power and sacrifices to Khaos.

He’s even got his own series (because he was such a badass), and he’s also met Nemesis the Warlock.

Whilst I couldn’t achieve the brilliant standard that Ken Walker did for the Hellbringer arc (it took him a month to paint six pages worth of story!) I could at least try to paint Deadlock as best as I can.

Next up, this time I will be doing Hammerstein!

-Bjorn

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