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::Howling Banshee:: by martinhoulden ::Howling Banshee:: by martinhoulden
At some point in the last few days (i think it must have been Wednesday) i lost my pencil case! and all my bloody stuff ive had in it, and been drawing with for the last 4 years or something. Suffice to say i am quite ... unhappy about this! There is a slim chance i guess that its been handed in (i think i know when i lost it). But well ... ive been telling myself, and focusing to get onto at least my tablet.

Anyway, ive been playing a lot of DOW (warhammer 40k, Dawn of War) lately, and i like how the howling banshees stand. Like women but with freaky as hell scary screaming masks that let out this giant wail when they run into battle. Pretty cool i thought.

tbh this is nothing more than me just testing the mechanical pencil setting in painter.

All comments welcome and appreciated
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:iconchaossslegion:
ChaosssLegion Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Awesome dude :D
She will shred my mind with the wail of the Banshee!
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:iconkunizaki-kite:
Kunizaki-Kite Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome, but you have the wrong rune on her helmet. You have the symbol for the Dire Avengers not the Howling Banshees.
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:iconmartinhoulden:
martinhoulden Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
d'oh! ;)
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:iconkunizaki-kite:
Kunizaki-Kite Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It still looks really great though XD
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:iconmartinhoulden:
martinhoulden Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks! I made this when i was still mostly just playing Dawn of War, ive since gotten more into the boardgame so would be more likely to know this stuff!
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:iconkunizaki-kite:
Kunizaki-Kite Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, I see.
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:iconjorgeelmuerte:
jorgeelmuerte Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
One of the best Banshee pics out there, anywhere.
9/10 for this one!
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:iconmartinhoulden:
martinhoulden Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Must ... earn ... extra ... point. If i put it fighting a shark, would it be better? =)
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:iconjorgeelmuerte:
jorgeelmuerte Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
Give her an Executor and a mountain of skulls behind her, that will do the trick :)
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halorecon32 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
do one where a guardsman is an inch tall trying to escape a howling banshee that saw him that would be cool. well the guardsman would be like this "oh crap she saw me" *starts running* BOOM! SQUISH!
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:iconmartinhoulden:
martinhoulden Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
=P
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dirtbiker715 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
This morning, I just curb stomp a banshee's skull with my Grey Knight's giant boot.
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:iconmartinhoulden:
martinhoulden Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
orly!
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:icondirtbiker715:
dirtbiker715 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
They shall DIE for the Emperor's glory!!!
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:iconcorvenicenail:
CorvenIcenail Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
WoooW!!!!

And that`s just a scrap???!?!
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aeon-of-sorrow Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2006
sorry to hear your pencil case. i know how much i spaz out if i lose a single peice of art so to lose 4 year's worth must have been quite the blow. i'm going to second the opinions of many of the commenters of this peice and say that it would be pretty awsome if you could land a job with GW as an artist since it's clearly something your passionate about but their twerms do indeede sound screwy.

aaaaaaaaanyways, onto the art. it's insteresting to see how your style translates from paper to pixel. the lines really help to build up form, especially on the more subtle and less angular areas of her, such as the mask. alos, i find it assentuates the flow of the mane of the face mask. over all, it's a sucessful peice and there's something self asured and triumphant about the pose that leves me really wanting to listen to 'ride of the valkries'.
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martinhoulden Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2006  Professional General Artist
hahah, awesome! yeah .. not having a pencil case sucks =( i still have no replacement! but its good ... got me moved onto digital at least!

thanks for the kind words once again! they always make uploading pics all the more worthwhile!
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oyog Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Iwonder if I still have DoW around somewhere. That game's the proverbial "shit".
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F-2-8 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006
Damn, hope you find your pencilcase!! That happened to me right after I bought about a hundred dollars worht of Copics Panetones Trias etc .... man I was pissed, I really hope you find it because I know how it feels (I think) like something in my heart is ripped away T___T
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Kia-san Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006
NYYYAAAAHHH! Creepy but I wub it!!! XD Hee hee! Why must you be so talented? You are going to join :icon spirapride: in my stealling and kidnapping of talented people!!! *grabs Oni-kun and runs away with him*
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solid-alcohol Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
The style of illustration reminds me of MGS. Pretty cool!
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:iconippus:
ippus Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
It's sketchy!
How dare you!
it's not DA proper D:!
Rarg!
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Retiredartist Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006
awesome
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:iconninja-raven:
Ninja-raVen Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006
Wow, I've never really thought about it before... but your detailed style actual reminds me of the 40k artwork you get in the rulebooks and magazines, have you ever thought about applying for an artists position at GW?
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martinhoulden Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006  Professional General Artist
lol, a lot of people have ... said i should go for it. But i got advised against it from someone who actually used to work for them, saying they have some very odd rules when it comes to making artwork. Something like, if you make a piece of artwork for them, they make you sign a contract to something of the effect where anything that you do in the future, if they decide it looks like one of their things, they own it. or something. Not sure ... i also hear they dont pay all that well and they can be real bastards to work for.

This all doesnt mean to say that i wouldnt like to work for them sometime ... just not right now! I think the guy i spoke to effectivley said that if you work for them, on site, its fine, but with freelance stuff they get pretty wierd about it ...

And thanks for the compliment! I love their production values of their artwork. Heck, i dont play the board game (way too time consuming and expensive) but the constant thing ive always loved is the universe and the artwork.

it would be VERY cool to work for them one day. I mean, i remember a board game called Space Crusade, which i got when i was about 8 ... and that really triggered a lot of things and interests that ive developed today. So who knows! I always enjoy doing 40k art, cos there are so many designs, and theyre so varied and creative. I also prefer doing pics on already established designs (as i prefer doing takes on a costume, etc, or doing something in my own style to actually designing a costume/etc from scratch)

Thunks!
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dukeleto Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
true about their contract, it's VERY restrictive, still... Mark Gibbons and Paul Bonner both went on to successful careers in the Games Industry, so it must be possible to get out of it!
That said, I wouldn't mind working for them, pretty much everything I do is their stuff anyway!

Great banshee, and you only had DoW as reference??
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:iconmartinhoulden:
martinhoulden Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
nahhhhhhh ... i'm a big GW fan anyway - so i kind of already knew them. Plus, i painted one once =) But that was about 7 or 8 years ago hehe. But yes, for this pic i mainly used DOW =)
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Ninja-raVen Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006
Cool reply :D

I was about the same age when I first played Space Crusade, did a similar thing to me :)

S'a bit strange about working for GW huh? Good luck with your job hunting (when the time comes), you'll have HEAPS of opportunities so researching the companies will be really good.
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baenling Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006  Student Digital Artist
YES! Eldar fanart, I love you. I just got my eldar battlepack for christmas and I've been painting my army up all nice. Havent gotten any banshees yet but I will.

Anyway, I like this. You must hear it a lot but you are damned good at shading with b&w.
Anyway, although the designs on the weapons n stuff are a bit shaky (but I guess thats because you have DoW and not the tabletop version? I have no idea) but if you were just messing around with the functions in painter, then that doesn't matter at all, does it?

Btw it REALLY sucks that you lost your entire pencil case. I know I get really upset when I lose just ones eraser or pencil. I hope it turns up soon!

And thank you for the eldar art ^^
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LordDante715 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006
i love your 40k stuff
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soulfreeze Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006  Hobbyist Artist
lol great shot you got there. banshees are preety slick, but not as much as beserkers. (in terms of killin stuff.)

shame about the case. :( it may have gone to a better place, hopefully not the bin. but i doubt it's gone to an artist as good as yourself.
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DarkAngelKira Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006
Awww, sorry you lost your pencil case... :/ That sucks... I hope you find it. But the work is awesome :) You're very skilled with the tablet. (Man I wish I had a tablet, would probably make my digital works a lot better... Oh well) Anyway, yes, very nice. :) I've never gotten the chance to play DOW, but now that you mention it, I think I'll try and find it somewhere... Well, keep up the nice work :) Love the detail you put into each piece.
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Maverick-Hunter-Kat Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006
Wow.... 4 YEARS!? Damn man! I think its great! How can you not like it yourself!? Now I need to get this Dawn of War...
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:iconmartinhoulden:
martinhoulden Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006  Professional General Artist
no, dont. youll become addicted. and SO frustrated when people use possessed chaos marines. theyre invincible. unless you have some yourself ...
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Maverick-Hunter-Kat Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006
hmmmm... Sounds fun!! XD Addiction is always good... Well maybe... Chaos Marines sounds even better!!
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camelchild Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006
have you ever thought about submitting some complete 40K work to the Warhammer people? You would be fantastic!

This is so brilliantly executed! The detail achieved without much effort is awesome! And to top it all off, the tonal values work like no other!
Congrats. Please do more in the near future!
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