The Assassination of the Emperor

Here I present another fragment of lore from The Leaves of Hellebore series –

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The Assassination of the Emperor

After the Fell War and the disappearance of the Eldar; Mankind was left to fill the power vacuum that had been left behind; after decades of wars between the various clans and tribes the lands were divided up into larger kingdoms and thus the Age of Kings began.

This new kingdom arrangement brought an element of peace to the known world and produced a climate perfect for a boost in population growth and advancement; but after a few centuries the kingdoms began fighting again and this culminated in the War of the Kings and the birth of the Empire; founded by the general of the victorious army, Evrat.

Evrat, the leader of the newly founded Empire went on from the War of the Kings with a large army and continued on a series of campaigns conquering and devastating the resisting factions of the kingdoms until after fifteen years of proclaiming the new Empire he settled into the capital that he had built; Evradis.

Years of warfare and being on the frontlines of major battles had never proved too much for Emperor Evrat and his reputation only grew with every breath that he drew, but ultimately it was his penchant for prostitutes that proved to be his downfall; he was assassinated in a brothel at the behest of his brother-in-law who assumed the role of Emperor afterwards.

Emperor Evrat’s legacy lived on far beyond the man himself and the Empire is still in place four hundred years since its founding and is more powerful then ever, it has conquered and dominated most of the known world and continues to hold it in subjection.

Gallio Lupinus – History of the Empire Vol.I 


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Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part IX

Good Morning!

Welcome to the ninth installment of my Morning Coffee & Sketch series, I haven’t posted for a few days as it’s been one of those hectic weeks where everything seems to get in the way of creating and time disappears.

I do however have a new detailed drawing almost finished and I’m hoping to get that completed and posted on here in the next couple of days; I’ve been working on it for so long, leaving it for a couple of days at a time and going back to it, approaching it apprehensively and then abandoning. Today though I intend to face my fears with the piece and just get it done and stop anticipating the worst.

I also started the colour work on my Gurdan oil painting, there’s still some way to go with it but it’s coming along nicely.

Anyway, on to today’s sketch –

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Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part III

Good Morning and welcome to another Morning Coffee & Sketch!!

Today we’re going to jump straight into the sketch and straight into the second cup of coffee; this is an idea that’s been on my mind for quite a while now and will soon be realised in more detail –

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Flight of the War Drakes

This sketch shows the moment that the great dragons have mustered together and head off to battle, the last war of their kind; I’ll go into a fuller sense of the story when I create the detailed artwork of this scene. I’m most likely going to use watercolours for that as I think the qualities of watercolours will work well for the atmosphere of the scene.

When it does come to the final version, the composition will change slightly and the mountain range quite possible, but this sketch shows the general idea of the Flight of the War Drakes.

As is the custom with these morning sketches, they are all working towards my current project, the Leaves of Hellebore, which you can find the other work for by clicking the link.

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Work in Progress – Gurdan Oil Painting

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on an oil painting which will be the first part of the main storyline for my Leaves of Hellebore visual novel. So far I’ve been completing and publishing drawings in order to build up the lore and backstory of the world; which  will continue to do between the paintings and drawings for the main narrative.

I’m still in the early stages of the painting in a sense, the Brunaille underpainting is now complete and the next step will be the colour layers and then finally the detail work. So far I’m really pleased with how it’s coming along so I though I’d publish a progress post on the piece and hence, here we are.

So without further ado, here is the painting in its current stage –

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Morning Coffee & Sketch – Part I

Welcome to Morning Coffee & Sketch!!!

This is a new idea I’ve decided to try out in order to keep up a discipline in myself for sketching more regularly, most of the sketches I create for this series will be the foundation sketches for larger artworks that will form a part of my Leaves of Hellebore visual fantasy novel.

True to the title, these sketches will indeed be sketchy and rough drafts, sometimes even in the form of thumbnails; I have a penchant for overworking sketches and striving for detail where it isn’t needed, so this will encourage me to loosen up more; and erasers are banned from these works in order to help me fulfill that.

Anyway, let’s cut to the chase, here is the first Morning Coffee Sketch which has been created in the company of a lovely blend of hazelnut coffee –

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The Warrior Returns

This concept is of a warrior who has been on the road for a long time and has finally returned to his homeland, battle weary and perhaps bearing ill tidings; he blows on his horn to inform the people of his long awaited return; or perhaps to warn them sooner of an impending danger…

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I hope you have a good morning!


Eldar Worship

Another piece finished and ready to build up more of the backstory for my current Leaves of Hellebore Series.

It has been almost a thousand years since the Fell War and the disappearance of the Eldar; there isn’t a soul who knows what kind of sorcery they used to end that conflict but it seems to have took them with it; a sacrificial magic beyond the wildest imagination of the wisest practitioners among Men.

With the Eldar vanished and fading into legend and myth, the power vacuum left behind was fast filled by Men of war who soon began upstart civilizations; if only the Eldar knew that their sacrifice would have only led to more warfare, this time between the fairer folk of the world, maybe they would have left the world to the Ogres and other fell creatures after all.

Once the Kingdoms and cities of Men were established, a new religion was born, that of Eldar worship. Ancient ruins became sites of pilgrimage, statues and artifacts were held in great reverence and temples were built; as closely to the Eldar knowledge of architecture as can be achieved by Man.

It has now matured into a very popular religion of peace and its followers adhere to doctrines created by  men of lore elected as priests. The doctrines are believed to be as close to the Eldar way of life as can be achieved with such little knowledge of that Age.

Gallio Lupinus – Religions and Philosophies of Mankind 

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Eldar Worship

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Maíno’s Adorations: Heaven on Earth

At the beginning of the week I took an inspiration trip to the National Gallery in London, (see the post for that and the artworks I found inspiring here!) and I was fortunate enough to see a mini exhibition whilst there – Maíno’s Adorations: Heaven on Earth. This is the first time these two works have been exhibited in the UK and this free exhibit will be open until 29th January 2017.

I had never before heard of this artist and so it was a pleasant introduction to him through his work, before jumping into the artwork let’s take a look at the man himself.

Fray Juan Bautista Maíno

Maíno was born in 1581 in a Spanish town named Pastrana which is about 80km from Madrid, where it is thought he underwent his artistic training. Like all the great artists of the age he traveled to Italy in his younger years and seemingly learned a lot about his trade in the process; he is recorded as living in Rome between 1609-10 and although it is unknown when he arrived in the city, it is known he was there by at least 1604.

Maíno returned to Spain in 1611 and continued working and receiving commissions and then at around 1616 he moved to Madrid and became master of painting to Prince Philip; who later became King Philip IV.

Maíno had a long and very successful career but in spite of that there are few of his works that are known; his paintings express the knowledge that he had of the stylistic tendencies prevalent in early 17th century Rome. His work also shows that he was inspired and influenced by artits such as Caravaggio, Gentileschi, Carracci and Reni.

Maíno died in 1649 in the College of Santo Tomas of Madrid.

Maíno’s Adorations

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Fray Juan Bautista Maino – Adoration of the Shepherds
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Fray Juan Bautista Maino – Adoration of the Kings

These two paintings measure over three metres in height and were orignally part of a ‘retablo’ (altarpiece) for the high altar of the Dominican church of San Pedro Mártir in Toledo between 1612-14.

They both sh0w the deep impression that had been left on Maíno by Caravaggio’s works which he would have seen whilst in Rome; the chiaroscuro lighting and the naturalistic approach to painting are clearly evident.

Another note of importance on these two paintings is that as well as being the greatest works created by Maíno, ‘the two adorations are also among the earliest Spanish paintings to have been executed in a Caravaggesque style’. This is also evidence of the far reaching influence of Caravaggio across Europe in the early 17th century.

My personal favourite of the two paintings is the Adoration of the Shepherds; the muted pallete works so well for the scene and although the composition is probably stronger in the Kings, in the Shepherds it works well enough to keep me captivated and engaged. I also find that the Shepherds painting shows a strong sense of humility on behalf of both the artist and the subject.

Maíno included a self portrait in the Adoration of the Kings, he is posed as a pilgrim on the left of the scene pointing towards the infant Christ. There is also an array of expensive and luxurious drapery which showcases Maíno’s knowledge and skill in the area, a lot of which was possibly influenced my his father who had been a cloth merchant.

All in all, this exhibition was well worth seeing and I’m glad that I have been introduced and made aware of another incredible artist from the past; being one that had been inspired by Caravaggio who is one of my favourites makes it even better.