Here’s a diversion from my current commissions, from my sketchbook of last year; on the left is my working out of a Fish-man mask I made for Hallowe’en (it ended up OK, not quite how I’d planned) and on the right page is my idea for a Demon Captain serving the Demon Lord of Pestilence.
Rather than having Demon’s represent the embodiment of a human emotion or fear (as Games Workshop has its Chaos Gods; Khorne is violence and slaughter, Slaanesh is unfettered decadence and perversion and so on) I imagined my Demon Lord’s (or Lady’s) as having a particular fetish or obsession that reflected their attitude to warfare and conquest. So my previous two Demon Lords have been a melee-fighting Warlord and a multi-armed magic using Mage Lord. These are some ideas I’ve been sketching for a Demon Lord whose interests are in biological warfare, diseases and poisons. More of these when I get time!
A brief diversion back to my Demon designs. Here is the Mage-Lord demon himself (leader of the army featured in my Ghaan-og the Berserker one-page comic) with his centaur-demon bodyguards in the background. The Mage-Lord has multiple arms for casting multiple spells on the battlefield.
The demon spirits he’s summoning from the globe on top of staff came from a combination of ideas (they were blue originally but my brother said they didn’t stand out enough):
Firstly these critters on the right page:
The demon witches on the left are servants of the Demon Prophetess, from my earlier post:
And also the colours came from the invisible monster in an old weekly ImagineFX challenge on the theme of ‘invisibility’:
These are three of my ideas for the lower ranks of demons but higher up than the rank-and-file demon soldiers. http://www.willbeck.com/artblog?p=262
They’re essentially bulkier soldier demons with exaggerated proportions. The female demon on the right serves a different demon lord; hence the symbol on her armour and colour of its metal (the demon in the centre also serves another lord).
Again at this time of year I’m delving into the past! Here are some early sketches I did for the one-page comic last year. They’re Knights but from oriental and celtic/pagan cultures.
Also a preview of a set of demon concepts I’m working on. More later when I’ve finished them.
Here is the final design with some other troops sketched in to show his monstrous size. His evil gauntlet can magically slash and crush things from a distance or produce dark smoke to obscure the battlefield.
I’ve almost finished the first Demon Lord picture; here are some ideas I had for his weapons and a Demon Lady. More soon.
While I’m working on a concept design for a Demon Lord I thought I’d show some sketchbook pages on how I come up with a final image.
Before starting this project I wanted to establish a few ‘rules’ for my Demons – firstly not much hair or fur, secondly no hooves and lastly no lava!
The first doodle is from my sketchbook from 2005; a demon sketched in a matter of minutes.
I liked the look of his long angry face and a few years later I thought it would be ideal for the first Demon Lord; a huge brutal looking monster. These are some of my ideas from my A5 sketchbooks.
More of my designs for demons. As I had doodled a flying demon (carrying a warlock) I wanted to see if I could create a more detailed version.
I scribbled a few ideas but it was while watching a dinosaur program on the BBC website I thought the way the Hatzegopteryx had been animated gave me an idea for how to draw my flying demon that wasn’t obviously a like dragon or a wyvern. I later had the idea that if endangered it could vomit acidic bile on an opponent.
Finally my first non-Christmas themed comic page (apart from my Mr. Scarecrow one which I drew at art college).
I approached this as a professional comic book artist would, from (my own)script, thumbnails, drawing and inking the panels and so on. An excellent exercise; it really made me appreciate the skill of my favourite comic-book writers, letterers, colourists and artists.
The next one will be at least two pages long!
Fonts by Blambot
A brief diversion back to my demon concepts. Here is my idea for the warlock demons; I hope the notes fairly are self-explanatory but here is a bit more description:
Demons warped through their use of dark magic are usually stunted and need creatures (slaves or other beasts) to convey them to the front line. Here I’ve designed a dog-demon for the weirdest-looking warlock to ride (controlled by a control rune linked to his master) based in part on cryptozoology’s ‘Texas Blue Dogs’.
Next, for my ghostly-gas polluting demon I doodled some ideas for the way he could travel around (a balloon or carried by a flying demon) but the bloated soldier demon seemed to suit him (it?).
And finally for the arch-warlock, the most powerful wizard in the demon army (apart from of the Demon Lords ) he required a more high-tech magical way of moving around and fighting so I invented this automaton-cage device.