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jason_sation
10-04-2009, 17:58
I play Guard, and I want to get into the Beastmen whenever I start Fantasy (I have a Codex). I just realized that artwork for both were done by the same guy Karl Kopinski. I really like the gritty realism he brought to the old Guard codex. It really has a dirty gritty military feel to it. The new cover to the Guard codex doesn't seem as "in the trenches" to me, but I have yet to see it in person. Anyways, anybody else have a favorite?

http://www.karlkopinski.com/

kairous
10-04-2009, 18:08
I have always liked the work of adrian smith, probably one of his most memorable will be the emperor vs horus.

http://www.adriansmith.co.uk/

jason_sation
10-04-2009, 18:14
I have always liked the work of adrian smith, probably one of his most memorable will be the emperor vs horus.

http://www.adriansmith.co.uk/

I checked out the site. I really like his one Tau painting. To me it looks sort of 60's/70's kind of retro. I don't know why but it looks that way to me. I really like it though.

kairous
10-04-2009, 18:28
sam wood did the blades of the traitor horus heresy artwork.

Wayne england did the fulgrim and magnus demon primarch artwork, and alex boyd did mortarion and angron.

Turns out that i left my copy of the collected visions on the PC desk, so im flicking through it why i surf ;)

Crube
10-04-2009, 21:55
I'm a big fan of John Blanche and Adrian Smith,as well as the Kopinski brothers(good blokes too, very approachable, and enthusastic about their work)

Also, a blast from the past - Paul Bonner

I loved his work on the Orks back in the days of the Ere we Go and Waaaagh the Orks books...

Fire Harte
10-04-2009, 22:05
I've always liked Paul Dainton's work.

Brimstone
10-04-2009, 22:11
These threads come up so often. :p

I'll trot out the same answer as nothing yet has come close to beating him.

Mark Gibbons

http://www.redknuckle.com/

El-Diablo
10-04-2009, 22:18
These threads come up so often. :p

I'll trot out the same answer as nothing yet has come close to beating him.

Mark Gibbons

http://www.redknuckle.com/

QFT.

If anyone can think of a better GW artist than Mark Gibbons, i'll eat my hat. Then i'll find Brimstone and eat his hat too.

hellharlequin
11-04-2009, 00:02
noone mentioned ian miller?

only joking...
11-04-2009, 00:09
John Blanche love him or hate him his imagery is the common factor in both warhammer backgrounds and for me, without him the games would have the same brilliant original appeal.

Rabid Bunny 666
11-04-2009, 00:35
Blanche because of the imagery he puts down, overly GW Gothic, but i'm not too keen on the redness factor he always uses.

This bumps Wayne England up to my favourite, his artwork was prominent in the 3rd Edition 40k rulebook when i started collecting. There is a picture of one marine with his Bolt Pistol down the mouth of a Tyranid firing, when i was 8 it was the coolest thing i'd seen :D. This (http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=71223) picture of a Hormagaunt is, in my opinion, one of the best pictures by any GW artist. His work in the Horus Heresy books are phenominal.

One thing i don't get is Karl Kopinski's stuff, whilst i like it, i'm not too keen on the areas that "wash out" normall around the base of the drawing.

MasterPuppets
11-04-2009, 02:38
Kopinksi, for his work on the 2003 Guard Codex/Brett art. Does anyone know who did the New Guard Codex, I believe it is the same artist who did the 2007 Empire Army Book? IMO who ever it is needs a good seeing to, his/her work is not great at all.

Poseidal
11-04-2009, 12:12
Jes Goodwin's sketches have always been a favourite of mine.

Also, John Blanche.

ThousandPlateaus
11-04-2009, 12:37
John Blanche for his unique vision; Mark Gibbons and Jes Goodwin for offering that vision clarity.

Grapeshot
11-04-2009, 14:36
MG the best :)
I'd never knew how to appreciate John Blanche's arts when I was still a teen, until I grow older.

So, it's MG and John for me, although their style are very much different from each other.

susu.exp
11-04-2009, 14:41
John Blanche for his unique vision; Mark Gibbons and Jes Goodwin for offering that vision clarity.

That!

Though Ian Miller is up there as well, offering an alternative vision which gelled well with Blanches.

Poseidal
11-04-2009, 16:18
John Blanche for his unique vision; Mark Gibbons and Jes Goodwin for offering that vision clarity.

You said it better than I did.

John draws the vision
Jes draws the technicality of it
Mark draws the portrait of it

IMO

ThousandPlateaus
11-04-2009, 19:00
Yes, exactly - I think Jes gives John's visions (of excess) a kind of physical plausibility, whilst Mark Gibbons gives that linear physicality a dynamism and context.

I also greatly admire Karl Kopinski's 'underworked' pencil and watercolour sketches. And of course, I had overlooked Ian Miller, but his work, particularly for the Realms of Chaos books, is absolutely stunning.

Yorkiebar
11-04-2009, 19:23
Can anyone tell me who did the cover for Battlefleet Gothic? By far my favourite piece of GW art; I love all the drawings and paintings of those gothic cathedral-like spaceships.

http://www.nugaming.co.uk/assets/images/BFGGame.jpg

ThousandPlateaus
11-04-2009, 20:49
Can anyone tell me who did the cover for Battlefleet Gothic? By far my favourite piece of GW art, although I love all the drawings and paintings of those gothic cathedral-like spaceships.

http://www.nugaming.co.uk/assets/images/BFGGame.jpg

Do you know, I have no idea who painted that, but it's one of those images that perfectly encapsulates why I love the GW vision/IP so much: the positioning of the medieval or Gothic in space. It's a genius idea, beautifully rendered by some incredible artists. There's an image in the 4th Ed Tyranid Codex which does the same thing on a very different scale (pg.25 for those that are interested): it depicts what, to all intents and purposes, is a Medieval monk in his robes and reliquaries, yet juxtaposes that with a 1950s Sci-Fi aesthetic (his 'bubble' helmet and the tendrils of some unknown creature emerging from the darkness); layer on a bit of dystopian, post-human physicality and you have a perfect 40k image. Just stunning.

Dr. Who
11-04-2009, 22:50
Can anyone tell me who did the cover for Battlefleet Gothic? By far my favourite piece of GW art; I love all the drawings and paintings of those gothic cathedral-like spaceships.

http://www.nugaming.co.uk/assets/images/BFGGame.jpg


I'll go out on a limb and say John Blanche.

- Dr.

susu.exp
11-04-2009, 23:35
IŽll second that. The smoke effects are very Blanchian (his E:40k box art has similar) as is the color palette. But the thing that really screams JB is the background.

hereticdave
13-04-2009, 22:11
Yeah Jes' sketches are great i agree but for completed artwork i don't think you can top Mark Gibbons his 2nd Ed Eldar and the Necromunda stuff he did was phenominal.

Dai-Mongar
13-04-2009, 22:59
I can't remeber how much he did for GW, but Kev Walker is one of my absolute favourite artists. Always a treat when I see a Magic illustation of his.
I'll also have to mention Mark Gibbons; his black and white pictures in the 2nd edition Codices really drew me into the game, particularlly his work in Codex: Tyranids.
As for John Blanche... never liked him, I'm afraid. I can see how people could like his work, but it doesn't sit right with me.

jahorin
14-04-2009, 03:36
These threads come up so often. :p

I'll trot out the same answer as nothing yet has come close to beating him.

Mark Gibbons

http://www.redknuckle.com/

I have no choice but to agree, he's the best there is.

Cane
14-04-2009, 04:28
My favorite piece of GW art so far would be Alexander Boyd's "Carnage at Fortress Carcasson: The 9th Cadian devastates Hive Fleet Scarabus" on page 11 of the third edition IG codex, before the HQ page. Seeing the huge Nidzilla monsters and Imperial vehicles in the background was done pretty well. Its basically starship troopers on an epic scale and growing up as a kid I used to draw nothing but epic-scaled war stuff so it was right up my alley.


Kopinksi, for his work on the 2003 Guard Codex/Brett art. Does anyone know who did the New Guard Codex, I believe it is the same artist who did the 2007 Empire Army Book? IMO who ever it is needs a good seeing to, his/her work is not great at all.

Agreed, I love the old IG dex artwork including the Catachan dex - its what really drew me into the 40k universe.

Also agreed on the new IG dex artwork. In particular the Basilisk sketches look...off. The best work in that book so far has been seen in the other codices.

sic
14-04-2009, 04:40
Adrian Smith hands down. His work on the realms of chaos is the stuff of legend. No one does chaos like smith, his things just seem to crawl off the page.

Kopinski does great space marines brings and a very dirty industrial feel to his 40k stuff which is perfect

Clint Langley is also one of my favourites.
http://www.clintlangley.com/

scarletsquig
14-04-2009, 06:01
Blanche, but Kopinski and Smith are also right up there.

Bloodknight
14-04-2009, 06:31
I'll also have to mention Mark Gibbons; his black and white pictures in the 2nd edition Codices really drew me into the game, particularlly his work in Codex: Tyranids.

Quoted for truth, except that it were the Guard and Ultramarine codices in my case.

dancingmonkey
14-04-2009, 09:00
In no particular order:
John Blanche
Mark Gibbons
Adrian Smith

all sterling artists with their own style and characteristic quirks that mark them out as leaders of the pack.

GW has always had strong art teams though.

Jes for his ability to sketch something then turn it into a near identical sculpt also deserves praise.

static grass
14-04-2009, 09:07
Blanche
Mark Gibbons
Adrian Smith
Paul Bonner

honourable mention to Jes Goodwin for his eldar aspect warrior concept sketches

Chadjabdoul
14-04-2009, 23:57
Mark Gibbons

Plaguebeast
15-04-2009, 00:36
Mark Gibbons
John Blanche
Adrian Smith
Karl Kopinski

I also quite like some of Dave Gallagher's older works (his 4th Ed. Empire cover art is still the best of the Empire covers), although he seems to be getting rather lazy these days as all the faces he illustrates look the same. A shame, really.

Plaguebeast

Kushan Blackrazor
15-04-2009, 03:14
Karl Kopinski. The 3.5 Chaos codex cover is just gorgeous and as other posters have said, its really hard to beat him when it comes to well drawn marines. :) I'm also exceedingly fond of John Blanche.

Freakiq
15-04-2009, 10:51
Paul dainton, Adrian Smith and Karl Kopinski make the most realistic artwork of all GW artists and are great at capturing the gritty details that makes the Warhammer world so special.

Can't stand Dave Gallagher's googly eyed spearmen and buck-toothed Dark Elves though...

daemonkin
15-04-2009, 15:22
For me it has to be:
Mark Gibbons
Adrian Smith

While on one level I really love Blanchitsu's vision and creativity, the guys needs to learn that there are other colours apart from yellow s##t, red s##t and brown s##t (apart from his Epic 40k cover box artwork)

D.

ThousandPlateaus
15-04-2009, 18:23
I'm amazed by the amount of Blanche-lovin' on this thread; he's more often than not absolutely derided on this site. I'm chuffed.

Sheena Easton
15-04-2009, 19:48
Mark Gibbons

Grindgodgrind
16-04-2009, 13:22
Dainton, Blanche and Mark Gibbons.

All really nice guys, too.

whilewolf
18-04-2009, 14:20
I loved Paul Bonner’s pencil drawings particularly his orks.

I also liked the spindlier wirier long limbed orks with elongated jaws much more then the current steroid abusers GW put out.

Grimstonefire
19-04-2009, 17:06
Mark Gibbons is certainly technically the best of the best, but in terms of what the GW artists have done, the imagery chosen, Adrian Smith is my favourite by far.

His style may not be photographically perfect, but many of his bits of art positively drip with character.

Whitesun
21-04-2009, 08:23
Jim Burns
Cover to the old Space Marine box, with the original Dark Angels on that picture. One of the best box arts ever for GW.

Then it's MG and JG.

Netherghoul
21-04-2009, 09:27
Paul Bonner

http://www.paulbonner.net/

Martin McKenna

http://www.martinmckenna.net/

Mark Gibbons

Adrian Smith