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11-23-2008, 05:43 PM
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Title: Cadian Guard
Name: Hardy Fowler
Country: United States
Software: Photoshop

Some cover artwork done for Black Library books, set in the Warhammer 40,000 Universe.

Some Cadian Guardsmen are clearing a battered imperial city of a zombie infestation.

My goal was to create something dramatic and gritty, gothic yet futuristic. I love the "old future" look of Warhammer 40,000 artwork, and tried to capture that here.

Crit and comments are most welcome.

Photoshop CS, ~30hrs

Image 2008 Black Library

11-23-2008, 06:26 PM
Beautiful, very effective piece. I think you succeeded in capturing the mood and look you wanted.

11-23-2008, 10:59 PM
Veery Nice...5 From Me.

11-24-2008, 12:59 AM
wow,that is so good,Unbelievable!

11-24-2008, 01:48 AM
very impresive work Hardy


11-24-2008, 02:59 AM
Very nice colors and warm/cold balance! Love the detail of the fire from the gun also coming out through the little holes on the side.

11-24-2008, 08:47 AM
The desaturated look and the atmospheric perspective both work great! Excellent...

11-24-2008, 11:55 AM
Very nice atmosphere ! :)

11-24-2008, 02:30 PM
wow.. good one..

keep it up ..!

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11-24-2008, 03:10 PM
You draw very well.

11-24-2008, 09:59 PM
Hmm, this is an 'almost' piece for me. Perspective is good, atmospherics are great, nice rendering, nice chaotic feel to it (as I imagine a battle like that would be) and some great details! Little things set me off though. Like the marine in the center. His head looks too small in comparison to the rest of his body and somehow the converging lines lead my eyes more off the piece than towards the marine in the front. I think it's the blast of the gun, which draws the most attention being that bright and all, whilst going off the edge of the screen.

11-25-2008, 03:23 AM
Excellent work! All the soldiers appear left handed. Was that intended?

06-11-2009, 01:57 PM
Love your work. I think you are one of the best Warhammer Illustrators, up there with Clive. I've noticed in this picture your detail to perspective and maybe intentional exaggeration. It looks great. Do you set up a perspective grid in PS before you begin your buildings, etc? I have read some great ways to do this but I am always curious how other artists do this.

Thanks and take care.


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