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Viking Pinup by NateSonOfSimp Viking Pinup by NateSonOfSimp
A pinup for the Viking trade paperback (by Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein and published by Image Comics). This drawing comprises my first (and so far only) participation in the world of professional comics, and I'm hugely indebted to both Ivan and Nic for taking a chance on me. If you haven't read Viking, you should check it out -- Nic's painterly illustrations are spectacular, Ivan has a knack for creatively-orchestrated violence, and the whole book is handsomely presented in an oversize format. Check it out: [link]

In the book, Egil is an impulsive berserker who curb-stomps guys for looking at him funny (really, this happens and it's super-grody). His adoption of a stray kitten, however, reveals a vestigial tenderness. My illustration posits that cat and man might have more in common than their mutual esteem for grog.

This illustration was drawn and colored in Photoshop using a Wacom Cintiq 21UX tablet monitor. Most lines were hand-drawn using the brush tool on default settings, though I used paths to draw the ship's contours.
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liontroll Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Too real!
Jace-Aeden-Acastes Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The detael line-work is utter'y mind blow'ing. The barnakles alone, would take me all day to draw.
I really hope to work on a comic one day like this, if your in Toronto sometime doing a com show showing your work at a booth,I 've got to know when.
Mayfield Parrish colours,how great is that,very nice, and I must compliment you,Sir on your masterfully placed hues, tints, shadows ETC. congrats.
Of course the subject matter varies and strays a bit from the Maxfields Parrish painting titled Puss n boots at Christies, but both cats are in for it.
Here's a link for fun for you to look at, it's bidding is at WOW'WE…

Price Realized 
Alberthein1 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
He's so proud that he looks like he's about to cry x)
Also, I think the cat won this round!
EllyCooArts Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the idea of this xD
The cat is adorable
JMiera Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
....HERMIT CRABS :heart: :heart: :heart:
SiteLine6 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work, love the pastel palette
Oddly enough foe me what comes to mind is that statement Kyra made to Riddick  in Chronicles of Riddick 
As to who is the better killer...... cat or man
Bernard-Rieux Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Totally aweseome!
RedValkyrie69 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
CosmoWillome Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love how the cats holding up one of the mice :D like saying "oh yea!...well check out what I got!" Too cute! In an odd sort of way..
EmbodimentOfSin20 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Amazing picture and concept. The book sounds interesting.
RITchan78 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very very exciting..!
AlanSteenhouwer Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Buddy?! How did you get to Norway?!
meganbc321 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol right through the ass! this is cool!
Jovan-Ukropina Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
NorthWing Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012   Digital Artist
I love the colours and over all style. Awesome :D
CloveKat Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Love the parallel, not to mention the barnacles. The light is also well done. Found your Nonplayer blog through Making Comics podcast no. 1 and love what I've seen so far!

arwestromen Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
somehow I start giggle when I see this pic...don't know why....oh oh fav
Jim-From-Hell Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Great colors and light!!!!
HaakonLie Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Saw this in a imagine FX magazine!! Really like your style!! Great details and colors! :)
TeknicolorTiger Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Love the colours and the little details (like the crabs and the knife sticking out of the guy's butt XD). The concept is also quite charming. <3
whatwazthat Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
love the sword in the butt!
Davidpoet30 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
may i write about this I have a story/poem idea in mind one from the cats perspective
Davidpoet30 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
i love this it is awesome
SalamanderArt Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The sword in the ass is freakin funny :D
Sweetroll Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it a lot- both the drawing (it's nice to see someone with a little vision in comics on DA) and the story sounds like something I'd like to read.
Arahiriel Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hahahaha, omg that is such an awesome picture!!! Love it.
MNC82 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
I was in the very shit*mood...before i saw this pic. :)
lapin-the-lucky Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
there is something oddly adorable about this. well done. somehow, i especially like the blood spatter on the neck of the bow of the boat. quite excellent.
franksilas Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
MonkeyFiction Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011   Digital Artist
koumako Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wonderful lights and colors as always...
Shastern Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Student
Lol, this is so hilarious xD

There was just conversation comin up my mind

Viking: "15"
Cat: "17"
Viking: "...." (facial expression in the pic)
Viking: "Badass motherfucker! Honoured to fight by your side!"
omegar112 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
they're both killers, their bond is a warriors destiny!
TommyGK Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Featured here! [link] :D
Sch1itzie Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome picture!The detail especially in the rocks is great,my favorite part for some reason is the dude with the sword in his back end,good stuff man!! I didn't get a chance to get a Nonplayer poster while I was at Emerald City last month(bummer).Keep up the amazing work!!!
Jin-Blossom Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic! Cannot stop looking at your work. New favorite comic artist. :]
scamwich Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
This is the new thing that'll appear in my head whenever I hear "Of Mice and Men". You did an excellent job at balancing cute and horror, and the details are incredible... so many barnacles. This is linework at it's best.
Artistic-dribbles Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Just a re-fav since I see you moved :D
DarkDragon247 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol. Nice! :D
raidenlloyd1 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
both are same 'cause they have kills gathered
zombat Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ludjia Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I can't say how much I love this artwork, on first glance it was just the colours that seemed appealing, but on a moments attention I saw the mans facial expression meet the cat and the immidiate communication between the two. Allthough you may not have intended it or not, it seems allmost to me that this man realizes something about his own violent tendencies when he sees that cats doings. I see a moment in selfreflection here anyway. And that is what I love about this.
cristinabencina Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
beautiful colors.. they go together well.
druje Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Your lines and your colors are spectacular Nate! The artistry and mood in your work is breathtaking. Great work! You've got yourself a fan here :)
LadyOfTheDragons Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
behind every great man killer is a great mouse killer
this is AWESOME!!

lol, one of the guys has a sword in his butt
i bet that doesnt feel too pleasent
theonlymagicleftisar Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
Peter-Hon Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
I never noticed his "wtf kitty?!" look he has. I need new glasses or something.
alufblufunk Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great piece!
StarExtinction Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional
u are a great artist man!
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