Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Stygian Witches

... or The Graeae of the 41st Millennium.

Yesterday was Waitangi Day here in New Zealand and there's no better time than a mid-week holiday to get stuck into a painting. So I decided to use my "day off" to give a more recent sketch of mine some attention... the Stygian Witches, inspired by Warhammer 40K.

Originating in Greek mythology, the Graeae (translates to "grey ones", "old women", or "grey witches") seemed like a great set of (kind of creepy) characters to be placed in the grim darkness of my favourite science-fiction setting.

I got a little carried away with the details when I did the sketch, so it took me the better part of the day and evening to flesh it all out in colour using Photoshop.


12 comments:

  1. Man i like this aLOT. what a cool way of portraying characters in the mural format like that.

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    1. Thanks mate. The inspiration for the composition came from various Warhammer 40K books, and, of course, the magnificent art of John Blanche.

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  2. Amazing artist you are. The Blanche twist is visible in this piece of art, but I think your own vision is still stronger. I see your technique is quite 'light' - I love that when the paintings have air to breathe with lighter spots, and not only grimmiest and eeriest colors are visible. There's a perfect balance in aggressive and zen-like peace in your paintings.

    Also your other works here are astonishing. Keep it up mate!

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  3. Thank you so much for your kind comments. Really appreciate it :)

    It's always tricky to find a balance between emulating other artists' work that inspires while keeping true to ones own vision and style. Very glad to hear that you think I've succeeded.

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  4. Woah! Just traced you back from your comment in my blog. You are one serious talent Christian! I'll keep following your stuff for sure;)

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words, Mikko :)
      Looks like we're inspired by the same sorts of things and imagery.

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  5. Absolutely fantastic job, Christian!

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    1. Thank you, Kari. I'm a massive fan of your work, too.
      Just today I had a peek at your feature in this month's White Dwarf... pure awesomeness! :)

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  6. these are great , thanks for sharing .:-)

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    1. Thank you Neil101... and, you're very welcome. Glad to hear you like them :)

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  7. This is great. The Norns/Fates fit right in in a grimdark/40 K setting.

    Love the medieval composition.

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    1. Thanks Nathan. That's exactly what I thought :)

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