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Raven Guard by NickHerbert Raven Guard by NickHerbert
quickish attempt at a portrait of a marine. reapplying to forge world
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:icondominichautmann:
DominicHautmann Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
wow, very nice work!
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013   Digital Artist
thank you, sorry for the late response
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DominicHautmann Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
You're welcome! And no need to be sorry :)
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
"always death" hmm....
Nice weight and presense to him. Excellent work on the heraldry, esp the near shoulder. I like the inclusion of the raven.
The goatee seems a little contrived to me. ;p
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner May 18, 2013   Digital Artist
lol, thanks, yeah...soul patches don't work on marines XD
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:iconreithya:
Reithya Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really enjoy the way you painted the raven and the pistol. They are definitely good highlights! You do a phenomenal job on the armor, as always, and I love the simple icon hinted in the background. Well done! :D
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013   Digital Artist
:)
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ChaosAurion Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
this is really damn good, just the overall style of it and the extremely subtle icon background is great.
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013   Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconmarkdotea:
Markdotea Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's awesome!
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013   Digital Artist
thanks man :)
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:iconfmralchemist:
fmralchemist Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Amazing work!! Very detailed and realistic!
What software do you use for painting?
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks :) its photoshop, been slowly getting more familiar with it. tried painter but it sort of threw me as to how to use it effectively. Open canvas was software i found quite useful too...and it was free lol
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fmralchemist Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Thank you for answering so fast! I tried used Painter in the past too, but I didn't get used to it. I'm feeling a bit odd with photoshop since I got used to working with Sai, but I think there's stuff photoshop could complement me with (even I don't know yet wich will that be)
Oh Opencanvas was the first software I tried!! Very neat!!
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013   Digital Artist
lol, just checked my messages for a break from painting. just play with the software, make bad images (and don't worry about them being bad..that's very important lol) and you'll learn what you can and can't do. It's very good for simulating lighting effects that might not be instinctive to just paint in with colour, so you have room to learn.
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fmralchemist Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Thanks, I'll see what I can do, lately I have such a big artblock, so I'm painting 40k miniatures.
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precinctomega Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Some nice touches. The raven is excellent, and you've got all the genotypical traits covered. I like the finger resting alongside the plasma pistol - very military, and one definitely doesn't want to shoot one of those things accidentally.

I think his feet are too small and blobby around the ankles. The earth disruption around his feet and knee doesn't really work - to have that sort of even disruption he would have had to have ground his contact points into the dirt, which seems weird. His anatomy is also a bit too human - he needs to be much broader at the shoulder and more massive overall.

Good luck with your application, though. And if you're looking for freelance work in this area, do contact Fantasy Flight Games, too. They are a good employer of freelancers to illustrate their range of games, including the 40k and WFB licences, and they have a good record for spotting an encouraging talent, which you clearly have.
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you, I really appreciate the crit.
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In2umniaKillH3r Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent once again.
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you :-D
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:iconin2umniakillh3r:
In2umniaKillH3r Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure. :D
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Pvt-Hazard Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
a picture of raven guard that doesnt involve them being super stealth. very intriguing. Well done, looks wonderfully made also. well done!
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you :-)
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Narric-SB0 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool piece.

I'm curious to know why you posed him to be bracing with a Plasma Pistol, rather than a Plasma Gun.
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Digital Artist
It sat better in the roughing stage, the larger gun sort of merged with the leg, and I wanted him to be sort of less braced and more ready to brace.
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wolfgod2011 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Love the armor detail, And the stubs above his brow!
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you
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:iconspectorknight:
SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Very good work :)
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Digital Artist
thank you :)
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:iconbrothercoa:
BrotherCoa Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Nice :D
He even has a raven on his leg :D
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Digital Artist
yup..saw an old drawing of them with a few having ravens perched on their arms, so figured it wouldn't hurt having one in
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:iconbrothercoa:
BrotherCoa Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
It is awesome that you put it right there.
Dark Angels have them on hands so why not Raven Guard too :D
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks :-)
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iam-SHERLOCKED Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy frig, this one is so awesome. It looks so finished and just. . . bah so real. /fail
anyway, good work!
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks XD, no fail lol.
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:iconiam-sherlocked:
iam-SHERLOCKED Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome :) xD
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NAStrydom Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now you're just showing off dude. LOL! Excellent painting :D
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you XD
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:iconnastrydom:
NAStrydom Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've started one, where I'm going to try and depict Njal Stormcaller... I's not going so well. haha
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NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Digital Artist
They never do to start with. Anyone tells you they can draw great immediately is lying or autistic...just keep practicing and things will click
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NAStrydom Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've found that I struggle the most with the shoulder plates, and in cases like Njal's, the librarian terminator armour. The rest in't a struggle, and mainly to get the dimensions and proportions to match so that the marine looks like it should be the way it is.
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NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Digital Artist
those pauldrons are an awkward shape...i sometimes try and visualise a cube shape. (its very obvious in my drawings when i don't lol). so try drawing a cube in perspective where the shoulder pad should be, then draw the semi circle shapes inside that cube/oblong. it takes a little practice but you'll get the hang of it.
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NAStrydom Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, awesome! I've wondered about ways to do that... My Dark angels army is finally assembled, now for primer and paint :D
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NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Digital Artist
cool, enjoy :)
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germanvisitor Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
With the German eagle on the shoulder armour. :O_o: Intriguing.
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NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Digital Artist
There's lots of subtle references in warhmmer, its meant to be a raven, but its very similar to that eagle symbol
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germanvisitor Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Subtle like a jackhammer. :nod:
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NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Digital Artist
XD well...some less so lol
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germanvisitor Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I'm fed up with poultry anyway. Tried to make the Dark Angels in the new starter box defect an join my Black legionnaires. :cough:
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:iconnickherbert:
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Digital Artist
Excellent. The renegades have much more fun
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