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Dwarven Last Stand by AdrianBorgnine Dwarven Last Stand by AdrianBorgnine
A dwarf Hammerer, one of the most stubborn ones of their kind - and his last gasps before he would be slain just as the rest of his brethren. But before that, he is sure to crack some skulls. He will never sell his skin easily.
Warhammer Fantasy Battle. Can be something else if you want, though.

Another derailment from the Bretonnian path. I wanted to do some dwarven piece, mainly because they are all ornate and inricate. This proved to be my biggest mistake...
All those celtic knots was a horrendous pain in the neck to draw, especially when one had to keep up with the perspective.
But putting that aside, it was nice to draw something architectural. Only geometry - mathematical, relaxing, predictable and easy to do. Sure a nice thing to do after redrawing a human face tousand times before achieving an acceptable level.
This piece was also a first experiment with a normal drawing ink, optionally mixed with water. Be sure to tell me if you like it or not.

Done with Sakura 0.05 and 0.1 pens, Staedler 0.2 and 0.5 pens and Koh-I-Noor drawing ink.

"Download" for higer (2300 x 3252) resolution.

The optional lineart is within my scraps.
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steven61388 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
reminds me of DF :P
ZawArt Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
Fantastyczne detale!:ahoy:
POOHEAD189 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Writer
BobBobuszko Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
A looot of work here! Impresive!
outsidelogic Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yeah...that background is tremendous. I know it must have been a pain, but the payoff is great. A wonderful picture that just emanates epic dwarf-ism! Did you have a reference for that architecture or did it just come from your head?
AdrianBorgnine Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Thanks ;) I made up most of the architecture, only the celtic patterns are referenced.
PedroGomesSilva Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Awesome hatch!
TheAntiPriest Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice details.
blanket86 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! Great work!
afrijv Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
LoneStranger Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer

Always have liked Dwarves better than Bretonnians anyway, love this piece.
Gagoterapia Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AlanBajric Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   Traditional Artist
As a fan of black and white traditional work I found this piece fantastic. I adore your line-shading, composition is great.
secretoflurkmore Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful piece, and an inspiration for a character in an online DnD rpg I'm playing.
Tobaris Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
This is a truly fantastic Piece. The details may have been a pain but the quality of work clearly shows it was worthwhile.
Dwarf555 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Brilliant piece of art! I really love all of the details, as well as determined face of the dwarf. I really love all which is dwarven, in fact.
Snoo-Snoo Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my GOD O.O
how amazing
GermanGangrel Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
This is sweet. I love all the detail in the architecture. Very characteristic of Dwarven cities.
evilomega13 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. Could almost be out of the armybook, but it'd be cool to have some form of indication of his imending doom. Corpses, shadows, or even just broken weapons, it'd be nice to see who was about to kill him.
Other than that, brilliant :)
HexEnductionHour Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Sweetness. It all comes together very well
Morhiriel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
O bogowie, ornamenty na ścianach swą dokładnością przyprawiają o opad szczęki! Niesamowita praca w ogóle ^^

A w tych runach rozumiem że coś zaszyfrowałeś?:D :P
AdrianBorgnine Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
Duże thx, generalnie. Doceniam.
A w runach rzeczywiście, coś jest zaszyfrowane, ale już nie pamietam co.Jak ktos zna warhammerowy krasnoludzki to prosze bardzo... moze cos ciekawego uda sie znalezc... :)
Undermound Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
This is a very evocative piece - the architecture and overall design has a brilliant sense of tangibility that is often lacking in published RP supplements, especially when the illustrations are black and white. Regarding the narrative, could you have even more markers of the impending doom of this dwarf? Perhaps some shadows leaning towards the warrior from the watcher's point of view (judging by the lighting)? Well, I know it's a cliché, of course, but still...
AdrianBorgnine Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
I find this idea of shadows really interesting. I didn't think of it when I was drawing this thing. Maybe I'll put them when I would have some spare time.
And big thanks for the feedback! I appreciate it.
CaptainMiserable Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
I really really love your stuff. I've never seen a dwarf look more badass, GW would be lucky to use your stuff in their books
AdrianBorgnine Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
This must be a lucky piece for me - people keep on telling me extremely good things.
Big thanks to you!
whatsthesitch Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Holy crap! You're getting closer and closer to an official art you see in army books! The lower resolution preview picture looks like it could be one. And perfect perspective too.

Truly marvelous work. :)
AdrianBorgnine Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
I still have a loong way to go, but thanks - I'm really flattered.
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