Monday 7 November 2011

The art of 40k - More Gary Harrod

In the second of my posts about my favorite 40k artists I've only gone and stumbled across a few more pictures by Gary Harrod so I thought I'd share these before going on to my next fave artist. So here's the pic that blew me away the most [the one I described in my original post]. They all click much bigger than my usual fair, so enjoy.

Next up are three images from the Deathwing, Space Hulk expansion rules. Like I said the stark highlights and shadows literally jump off the page compared to the rest of the illustrations and I think when you add in the two pictures I already found you can begin to see the awesomeness of Gary's work. I love this terminator, just look at the amount of light coming from his gun, you can imagine having your retinas scorched by that after image!

Here too, the psychic battle between genestealer and presumably Deathwing Librarian. Taking into account most of the GW rulebooks at this time were monotone, with pure black and white and where grey was needed the dots in the halftone pattern were employed to give the required grey it was Gary's extensive use of black and white that made his drawings stand out most, like I say they leap from the page.

Lastly, what i think is the weakest of the three images in execution but possibly the image which holds more menace and anticipation thanks to the unsuspecting marine about to experience 'death from above' not the other way round as their usual motto states.

Oh, and the two previous pics to see Gary's work I've discovered so far as a set.


  1. I was a big fan of Gary Harrod! His style is amazingly parsimonious: No outlines! Masses defined with large areas of solid black or solid white, with minimal shading, masterful use of optics, making the viewer's eyes and brain fill in the rest. My own efforts were cluttered and crude by comparison.

  2. Thanks for stopping by Tony. I have to say I love your 'Titan repair dock' picture and also the 'Hyams Arrives on Earth' in particular the Reaver Titan hanging around on that gantry. Your Deathwing Terminator trying to reload his assault cannon whilst being swarmed by stealers is also iconic.