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SONS OF ORION : Process x Tutorial by ukitakumuki
SONS OF ORION : Process x Tutorial
Something I've promised many who asked, been a long time coming, but I figure this recent piece can finally be of help since its been received relatively well. It is no easy feat to make a informative yet concise-enough process /tut but regardless I hope it helps someone out there along in their journey in art and design.  
Sons Of Orion: DCA1 Dropcan by ukitakumuki
Sons Of Orion: DCA1 Dropcan
Cleared some hefty projects and found some time for myself today! Was feeling inspired after chatting with Alex Konstad and decided to do something for myself. A sketch of a "dropcan", a "retro-future" utility walker, re-purposed out of spacefaring technology and sports numerous configurations as a result-- a throwback to my old Tears of a distant sun by ukitakumuki  world :) The background was an afterthought as an excuse for colour! Perhaps this "dropcanner" found himself blown off the drop site coming in through the thick atmosphere.
Eternal Crusade Promo Art: Jain Zar by ukitakumuki
Eternal Crusade Promo Art: Jain Zar


Illustration © Games Workshop / BHVR
Special thanks to Creative Director David Ghosland, Art Director Ghislain Barbe and Producer Mathieu Fecteau and Narrative Designer Ivan Mulkeen :)

So this was revealed yesterday on the EC Twitch channel!

Its certainly been a while since I did 'advertising-grade' work whose amount of brief changes rivals that of theme parks and events... :p This series (which you will come to see over the following months as part of a ongoing reveal), took a few months to put together. And for me that is one hell of a long time to be 'attached' on a project, one where I play a larger role of illustrator than designer. In my book that is the equivalent of a personal hell, but one that I look back at with pride when I see how far we came from the original brief or the balancing of "IP lore-hound" requirements which I think I needn't have to explain...

In no small way this was thanks to the support and prowess of art director Ghislain Barbe, who pretty much guided me and afforded a wide enough creative berth through it all, at times more of a collaborator than an art director (in the conventional sense). I'll say that I have never been more certain of not wanting his job :p, and that he has my deepest respect given the creative challenges we had to go through.

The main point I am trying to make, as a kind of "outsider" contractor to this production, is that to all the 40K fans out there, know that you have a team there that is truly committed to delivering what you have loved and will continue to love for a long time to come.

See you on the battlefields ;) Ave Dominus Nox!

PS: It was really weird to paint a character I was led to hate thanks to Aaron Dembski Bowden's Night Lords Trilogy...
Onwards and Upwards! by ukitakumuki
Onwards and Upwards!
Received a piece of unfortunate news recently-- that a great producer/AD that I worked with for the past 2 years (time freaking flies..) at the Black Library/Games Workshop is leaving the company and moving on in her career.

Few producers/ADs have left as strong an impression as she has in terms of work ethic and professionalism, and the pieces that I have collaborated with her on, have all become better thanks to her C̶o̶m̶m̶i̶s̶a̶r̶-̶l̶i̶k̶e̶ ̶c̶o̶m̶p̶a̶s̶s̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶I̶n̶q̶u̶i̶s̶i̶t̶o̶r̶ ̶g̶r̶a̶d̶e̶ ̶a̶t̶t̶e̶n̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶d̶e̶t̶a̶i̶l̶ highly practical, keenly translated and kindly-worded input that I am most certain the many freelancers that have worked under her guidance can attest to. :)

So here's to you, Karen Miksza. Its been a privilege!

Perhaps we'll fight together again some day, on a different battlefield..! \m/

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Note to self: Never make unicorn-related remarks in times of personal weakness lest they come back and bite you in the ass.

About time for my annual journal update..! orz

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 14, 2014, 7:54 AM
Hope everyone's been keeping well!

I realise over the years I've gotten increasingly shite at managing my DA 'routine'. Quite frankly I find myself balacing my time with my client work, teaching endeavour(which is turning out to be a really fulfilling new chapter in life) and working on side projects that I actually find it increasingly difficult to sit down and respond to comments here like I used to. Its always been a thing of mine to respond as much as possible and I still aspire to do so when I can, but I guess I'm in a pretty frantic pace of life at the moment. And I hope that my lack of replies do not come off as apathy or worse. I enjoy reading all the comments and critique and am thankful for your time in letting me know how you feel about the work in general. Especially for my work on hardcore IP like 40K... the level of 'fangasm' as I call it never ceases to blow my mind time and again. You guys always light that fire under my ass and I hope in my own way I never let you down.

As such, I hope that its a bit more obvious that when it comes to posting work I've done, I've always put more emphasis into the description section-- elaborating on my thoughts and process to share as much of my personal experience in art as possible for those of you who are more keen to know. To my mind, its the best I can do to make up for not being able to respond personally to your often colourful commentary. :p

I'm very thankful for all the support over the past decade here on DA(wow has it been that long... u_u), so much wouldn't have happened without it, and I can't wait to share the stuff I've been working on the side in greater detail, soon enough. :)

Have a great weekend!

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  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: 80s anime OSTs
  • Playing: risk of rain
  • Eating: LEGO
  • Drinking: Cortex Command


Kai Lim
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
Current Residence: Singapore
Favourite genre of music: OSTs
Favourite photographer: Natgeo photojournalists
Wallpaper of choice: Black and Clean
Favourite cartoon character: Starscream
Personal Quote: Understand your limits, but never limit your understanding!


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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hey thanks Kyle! Though I believe that unless its a supplement that job would most likely go to Raymond Swanland!
BlackDonner Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't say it lightly; You're the best!
RaymondGriego Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Love your work!
artcollectorSS Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
nice stuff
Valentijn90 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Hey there, I really like your 40K stuff. Could itbe possible for you to make a tyranid work? Would be very cool if you did :D
Sohdakin Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Very Very nice!  I know this may be late but Congratz on your artwork being used by GW!!

Now if only there were more awesome Tau art ;)

I will be watching your page for sure! Cant wait to see more of your works!!
alithking Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
awesome pictures of the space wolves my friend.

OkitaMaiku Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Impressive gallery. Really nice to see lots of talented work from Singaporean artists. +watch
Bonorye Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have phenomenal work dude. Would love to see some illustration videos of you using photoshop on youtube.
Treasures-Of-Wisdom Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy belated birthday!
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