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For a Weekly Sketchgroup topic over at Ordo Illuminatus [link]

"Design your vision of the Dark Eldar of the Warhammer 40,000 universe"

I designed my sketch to be closer in look to the Craftworld Eldar, more looking as if they where Ghosts of the Eldar then their current spiky selves. That said, there are still some spiky bits ;)


The helmet was a late addition and is mainly there to show the sci-fi aspect further.
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Repeater12323 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Very nice indeed
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Ghostwolf09 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
O.o
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
>.o
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lorddante59 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Simply stunning
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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echar89 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
I like how you came up with this visual concept of a toned down dark eldar with many vanilla eldar similarities nearly two years before Games workshop basically did the same thing. You sir, are a trend setter!
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
haha, you'd be surprised.

I posted, on Warseer.com (a forum for GW games) nearly nine years ago (and sadly lost in some reboot of the site I suspect, because I cannot find it anymore) some pencilsketches of a librarian dreadnought with force weapon, along with a chaplain dreadnought featuring speakers that could scream out litanies of hate. Along with some scribblings on the two types of dreadnoughts.

People laughed at me.... and now there are librarian dreadnoughts and chaplain dreadnoughts... I wonder if they will make the techmarine dreadnought I was talking about sketching in that post hehe.



Aside from being a little tounge-in-cheek up there, I think it is more of a coincidence, merged with the fact that some ideas jut are too good not to happend and, I believe, GW has done some leaps to learn how to model figures way better recently.

Jeremy Jarvis allegedly said they learned tons of new things whilst modeling the new Dark Eldar Range. That meant they could model the DE closer to the eldar view but still maintain a complete own look. So it is not all to unthinkable that they originally wanted to make the DE alot closer in look to the Eldar but just wherent able to model them like so. If the models cannot look convincing then the artwork need to reflect that, otherwise people start asking or commenting on the differences between artwork an models.

but thanks, It feels good someone has noticed :D
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NagnetoLives Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
INTO THE FRAY!
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Taytonclait Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome! Morbid nobility indeed!
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Tsardel Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
this makes me want to take the eldar autarch model and convert it "to the dark side", awesome picture!
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Cheeers, well i might do more of these. Eventually. :)
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jorgeelmuerte Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
Awesome :)!
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Vishkander Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
I love how Craftwordian yet sinister the helmet is.
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ConSpearacy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
I really enjoy your non traditional not so spiky touch. I wish you had more Eldar art here. I think you can capture a not so steriotypical style that many want to see.
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El-r0cKer0 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Just perfect
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Kealorian-Naois Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
I love this work man, it inspires me to do some concept art of my own eldar... since mine are from the craftworld Kaelor they are relatively unkown yet have a whole novel dedicated to them which gives me a starting block i guess

once again, great work
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad it inspires, hope you get your conceptart and novel done proper :)
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Sicarius2 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Awesome! If dark eldar start looking like this along with a new codex i might have to consider collecting them! :D
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Proiteus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WOW fantastic work, much better than the current Eldar models.
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Asurael-Returns Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes me think of Ahra, the original Striking Scorpions Phoenix Lord. Very cool
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers :)
Second or third time I hear that comment...
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BZenwrath Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really like this compared to the dark eldar we have now. I'm an eldar player and I think i might even switch to dark eldar if they looked this good.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, wouldn't mind designing some more DE in this style, but alas I just can't afford spending time on personal stuff- it's either paint as a job or do another job to pay bills :(
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khayne666 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
Are you going to visualise anymore of the dark kin? As this is very impressive!
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I might, but right now I'm trying very hard to find paid work to put food on the table. I work with illustration and conceptualizing so you can imagine that I don't really have the time/possibility to paint own stuff right now..

Thanks btw :D
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Monkybutt Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
This would be a great new design for the Dark Eldar, I would like to see your ideas on the Haemonulus and the Talos. I believe those would diffcult to redesign, Very nice interpration.

One of my favorite armies next to Orks.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
cheers!
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jindar Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
My only complaint is the helmet's face looks too much like an ulthwe guardian. It's not as malevolent as what the Dark Eldar would hammer out their helmets to look like.

Other than that, this is awesome. Since GW is evidently never going to release a new codex, it's artwork like this that provides the Dark Eldar their updated look.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers,
I designed my sketch to be closer in look to the Craftworld Eldar, more looking as if they where Ghosts of the Eldar so my aim was to make both helmet and the rest of the armour/clothing very much similar to that of the Craftworld Eldar. I always though that the Dark Eldar looked too far away from Craftworld Eldar for people to mistake one from the other. This sketch exemplifies my thoughts somewhat more...
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LadySepterra Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Wow that is amazing to be sure. I wish the Dark Eldar looked more like the Eldar in terms of model wise. I have so many Dark Eldar Models but I refuse to put them together because spikey bits suck.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. Yeah, Don't mind spiky but the DE models are just ridiculous...
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Armel Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually, the helmet makes it look as if it were Ahra, the first Phoenix Lord of the Striking Scorpions, who fell to Chaos. Great design ^^
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I was not aware of that. Are there any images anywhere of that helmet? I'd love to see :)
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Armel Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not that I know of, and I have never seen conversions of him either. Maybe his helmet would be more decorated after all, considering how huge and ornate Karandras' one is. Actually, there's speculation among fans that Ahra may have become the founder of the Incubi warriors of the dark eldar, since their helmet is quite similar to the one of the Scorpions.
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Erevis Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, this piece needs to be taken into consideration when the time comes to re-do the Dark Eldar army!

The warp knows they deserve and need one..
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :) I wish!
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AmrothDin Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
!!!
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Steelwool Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
i like the way that the helmet resembles a conventional eldar helmet
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, my main idea was to show the similarities between the dark eldar and the craftworld eldar, so I'm glad you like :)
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Steelwool Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
indeed
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Airgid Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
No critique here love since this is just a concept sketch and they tend to be well...sketchy :) What can I say more besides "Don't cry EMO child..." :D
Never been much of an Eldar-fan, but this sketch does seem to fit with a fresher recreation of those gloomy, skull-loving, Goth space-elven boys.
A very well made concept.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
Tha gradh agam ort!
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Airgid Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
proper payment is expected :) Hope things went well at the exam for you today.
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MoustafaChamli Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Can't say I'm familiar with the character, but that is bloody awesome.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers A!
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Graphite-Dream Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
great concept! i've always personally liked the craftworld design better but i must say your interpretation is to my liking. I especially love the striking scorpions-esque braids on the helmet. and as usual your technique is superb. great job!
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, my idea was to tie Dark Eldar and Craftworld Eldar a lot closer in my design. I'm glad you like!
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Graphite-Dream Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
yeah it's definitely one of those " now why didn't i think of that?" moments.
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DavidSondered Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I usually have that sensation myself, so it's nice to be on the "giving" end of that deal for once :p
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Rom-ZoX Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
So good!!!!!
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