This is my portfolio of digital art. My name is Niklas Rhöse, a swedish web designer, illustrator and spare time graphic artist. I hope you find something you like here. Don´t hestitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
I work at the swedish web agency Republic Factory, where I´m also a part owner. I started doing digital painting on my spare time about 3 years ago, but I´ve been drawing stuff as long as I can remember. I went to art school for 2 years before studying web development for another 2 years.
I don´t have any ambitions to do great art, I just paint stuff that I like. Some of the works here are so called speed-paintings which really is just another word for color sketches, while some are more refined. I usually start a painting with some quick sketches in Sketchbook Pro, and when I have a pretty good idea for the composition I start working in Photoshop. I sometimes need to find some reference material to understand how certain things really look, but I rarely ever paint from photos. I use a Wacom Intous3 A4 (a pressure sensitive drawing tablet) for all my digital drawing and painting.
Good old neostate have been around for quite a few years, though mostly with just some placeholder graphic. I tend to put a lot of work in building new versions of the site, and often grow tired of it halfway through. But as least I finished this one as you can see. It was designed in Flash CS3, and coded in Actionscript 2.0 (Yea I know I should learn AS3 but I´ve been busy painting, okay?). Next time I´ll use wordpress or some other free blogging software to save me a world of headache.
Copyright schmopyright. You may use the images found here for pretty much everything, as long as you dont make money from it, and as long as you give me credit for it. That sounds an awful lot like a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License to me, doesn´t it?
My inpterpretation of the main villain from Stephen King´s "Under the Dome". Rennie is a God fearing, megalomaniac, small town politician, and a lovely written character. Read the book.
I love doomsday prophets, so I finally got around to paint one of my own. I actually listened alot to an audiobook of The Book of Revelation (King James Version) while drawing. That´s some crazy cool shit!
Trolls (and vikings) just love to chillax with some hot fly agaric.
A tribute to the amazing TV series Sons of Anarchy. The drawing does not portrait any character in particular, but the tattoos and mood are kind of inspired from the show.
I got inspired when drawing the biker to do a series of similar characters from the fringe of society. Hopefully all kinds of pimps, thieves, pushers and others will follow.
This was painted from a mirror standing next to the computer screen, as a study in conceptart.org´s "Level Up" program.
Great Cthulhu lies dead but dreaming in the sunken city of R'lyeh. He will rise again "when the stars are right" according to H.P Lovecraft.
Speedpainting on the theme "Afterworld" on cgpad.org
A speedpainting done from my imagination. I really should do more landscape studies
A face only a mother could love
This painting was printed in the american comic book "wasteland" published by Oni Press (issue #14 "Dawnrazor")
This is a speedpainting on the theme "High Rise Pursuit" (no I don´t know either) for cgpad.org
Despair and Deception, Love's ugly little twins
Came a-knocking on my door, and I let them in.
-Nick Cave, "Despair and Deception"
I made this painting after playing the wonderful computer game "Fable". One key element of the game is that you can choose to become "a hero" through being pure good or evil, or anything in between. My hero has just killed off 4 baddies, but still has a moment to cuddle with the squirrel.
Abandoned and desolate places are so inspiring.
I used to play World of Warcraft. This was my beloved gnome warlock "Dawnrazor". This image was accepted into the official Blizzard fan art section on wow-europe.com
Game character for a competition on Swedish Game Awards
Your name is Jakob Lindstrom, but everybody calls you "Static". It could be because you´ve been sitting between these same walls for the last seventeen years. Or it could be because you insist on listening to that static radio noise day in and day out.
But the voices hidden in the static noise tells you how to finally get out of this place. They tell you to hurry, before it´s to late. Now, it´s up to you to act.
Weapon concepts for the imaginary game "Static" (see character concept for further info)
Sketch on a demon doctor enemy for the imaginary game "Static". Of course, the doctor only looks this way through the main character´s twisted vision.
"...people lived in cities with houses so tall they touched the heavens. Of course, this was before the plague and the wars". Concept sketches for a live roleplaying event called "Tabula Rasa"
Painting on the theme "Vampires!" on cgpad.org. This was a monthly challenge, and this image actually made me the winner. Thanks guys and gals!
What can I say. Everybody loves a vampire
Love is a complicated thing. In this image, Amor and his cherubs show their true faces.
Speedpainting on the theme "Dropzone" on cgpad.org
I wanted to paint a different kind of mermaid, and was inspired by the bizarre appearance of deep sea creatures.
Alex, Pete, Georgie and Dim. My tribute to Stanley Kubricks masterpiece "A Clockwork Orange"
A speedpainting of some goblin creature looking into the forest. He might be searching for his dog, his treasure, or love. I´m not sure.
A speedpainting on the theme "summoning" on cgpad.org
Remake of a really old vector drawing I made some years ago. It was a part of o series of drawings called "Postapocalyptic Postcards". Really, I should do something more of that idea. Someday.
My interpretation of the young zombie boy from the novel "The handling of undead" by Ajvide Lindqvist. Great novel.
I figured I needed to improve my landscape skills, so I made this image among a few others.
Another speedpainting on the theme "Hellbeast", done in approximately two hours. I guess he is a little inspired from the cenobites from the Hellraiser movies.
Speedpainting of some volcano island.
The very first digital painting I did, with an old Wacom PenPartner. There´s a lot of things I would have painted different today, but I´ll post it here for personal reasons anyway. The motive and text is inspired by a Nine Inch Nails song.