It's certainly been a long time, fellow brothers! And in that time, there have been plenty of Dark Millenium projects for me, but not all of them can be shown just yet, nor did I have the time to properly post the ones I could show...
Fortunately (and after much nagging by Commissar Molotov to start this mega-thread), I have some time off today and I think I can extensively explain my motivations and share some details on the thoughts and ideas that popped into my head when I finally decided to remake al of my Primarchs and illustrate the ones I hadn't go to...
Everything started out when a client asked me for an Emperor image; quite a daunting task! But I love a challenge and The Emperor is certainly that and even more. I posted Him here on the boards to great compliments (which I'm really thankful for!) and I think it's only fitting to post him up again, just to make this thread consistent (and in case some of you want to refresh your memory):
After that, I tackled Horus, at the bidding of the same client and that's when I discovered that my passion for the old Primarch legends had been rekindled. I also began forging the composition that I would later apply to al of the Emperor's Sons, thus giving them coherence and a very epic and 'portrait'-like quality that I thought was very fitting. Also, loyalists would be on our right, facing left, and viceversa for the traitors, enhancing their rivalry:
So, now I'd done the greatest antagonists in the whole history of Mankind; what next? I decided to keep at this re-imagining on my own and did a quick sketch of an updated Lion El'Jonson, using the old design I'd worked on when I first rendered him. I was very pleased with the result and I saw that my skills had improved even though I hadn't noticed it (thank goodness!) This one was much closer to my vision than the last and so I showed it with pride to my client, knowing he'd like to see it:
The previous image being this one (for your comparison): LEONIS PROELIATORIS
He liked it so much, in fact, that he proposed to me a project I couldn't turn down: to render all of the Primarchs in this style for him and update the ones I'd already done. I dubbed the endeavour Libris Primaris (The Book of the First) and began my work on the next remake: Sanguinius.
The prior image being this one (for your comparison): IN NOMINE SANGUIS
In these two images I shaped up most of what I'd continue using on the project at large, such as the Aquilla motif, adapted to each Legion iconography, and the subtle environment of the backgrounds enhacing the portrait of the Primarchs; often trying to show their homeworlds, like the Forests of Caliban, or the System of Baal seen from the wastelands of Sanguinius's abode in Baal Secundus.
I'm very pleased, and quite proud (as I've said) of how they're turning out; the client is too, and the people that have been on my deviantART Gallery will agree they've been quite successful there as well. I think I've achieved a certain level with my art that I can be happy with even though there's LOTS of room for improvement and that's mainly why I'm showing these around.
The best way to know if I'm doing the right thing (both fluff-wise and image-wise) is to ask the fans themselves; you! The brothers that have wached my art evolve from the first (now horrific -at least in my eyes-) illustrations to these pieces.
Bear in mind that I don't have a lot of time these days and will not be able to reply to all of the messages I get (in case I get any!) like I used to, though I'll try to do my best. I also won't be able to take a lot of requests for specific things you'd like to see/think should go in the imagery itself, since the client is the one to have the final call on these, BUT, I do like to have my fluff right, so any indications/suggestions/opinions/critiques are MORE than welcome. It's why I'm posting these after all!
Thsi thread will be, thus, a chronicle of all the Primarchs, which will be posted as I finish them, one by one.
So, I leave you now with my latest illustration in this project: the Iron Warrior's Primarch Perturabo.
I liked this one because of the sheer bulk of the armour, that looks like a siege-wall indeed. I also liked the details on Forgebreaker and the background, with the siege turrets firing away and the subtle hint of the Imperial city behind it.
You'll be the judges, brothers! I hope to hear whatever you can think of, from compliments to the most terrible critique and see you all soon with the next in line: a remake of my famous Rogal Dorn!
Aerion the Faithful
Edited by Aerion the Faithful, 19 November 2012 - 07:56 PM.