Friday, February 1, 2013

Warhammer Ruined City

The Warhammer universe is filled with ruined places. The hapless billions of civilians build great cities of beauty and power, and time and again these works of wonder are demolished during the battles between the Empire and its enemies. Warhammer authors revel in describing in lurid detail the destruction of precious things, irretrievable treasures, hard-won information, cultural riches. Libraries and universities perish alongside technologies, industries, and hospitals. All that is left at the end of any story are hordes of desperate refugees fleeing their once-beautiful home that has been turned into a nightmarish radioactive wasteland. I drew this panorama of a ruined city in my sketchbook, as usual it is tiny, no more than about 8" x 3 1/2". I can only handle tiny drawings right now due to an extra heavy workload at my job and archiving.

I scanned the greyscale drawing and added more destruction in Photoshop. Then I colored it with transparent digital color. The blue-glowing areas are concentrations of radioactive waste. This is all described in the Warhammer books, where these places are called "rad-wastelands." I may make this into a larger digital picture someday.

Original drawing in greyscale and black markers, 8" x 3 1/2". Colored in Photowarhammer, weapon of mass artistic destruction. February 1, 2013.

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