welcome

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 info@neostate.net

yours truly

Niklas Rhöse

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.

the images

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.

this site

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.

legal stuff

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?

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"Big Jim" Rennie

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.

Preacher

Preacher

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!

Portrait of a troll with Fly Agaric

Portrait of a troll with Fly Agaric

Trolls (and vikings) just love to chillax with some hot fly agaric.

Outlaw Biker

Outlaw Biker

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.

Skinhead

Skinhead

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.

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

This was painted from a mirror standing next to the computer screen, as a study in conceptart.org´s "Level Up" program.

cthuhu rising

cthuhu rising

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.

all your cities lies in dust

all your cities lies in dust

Speedpainting on the theme "Afterworld" on cgpad.org

coast line

coast line

A speedpainting done from my imagination. I really should do more landscape studies

1st of november, international self portrait day 2007

1st of november, international self portrait day 2007

A face only a mother could love

wasteland

wasteland

This painting was printed in the american comic book "wasteland" published by Oni Press (issue #14 "Dawnrazor")

welcome to hong kong

welcome to hong kong

This is a speedpainting on the theme "High Rise Pursuit" (no I don´t know either) for cgpad.org

Despair and Deception

Despair and Deception

Despair and Deception, Love's ugly little twins
Came a-knocking on my door, and I let them in.
-Nick Cave, "Despair and Deception"

the hero

the hero

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 factory

abandoned factory

Abandoned and desolate places are so inspiring.

one angry gnome

one angry gnome

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

static (character concept)

static (character concept)

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.

static (weapon concepts)

static (weapon concepts)

Weapon concepts for the imaginary game "Static" (see character concept for further info)

static (enemy concept)

static (enemy concept)

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.

when i was in your age...

when i was in your age...

"...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"

vampires

vampires

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!

vampire

vampire

What can I say. Everybody loves a vampire

amor

amor

Love is a complicated thing. In this image, Amor and his cherubs show their true faces.

dropzone

dropzone

Speedpainting on the theme "Dropzone" on cgpad.org

little mermaid

little mermaid

I wanted to paint a different kind of mermaid, and was inspired by the bizarre appearance of deep sea creatures.

at the korova milkbar

at the korova milkbar

Alex, Pete, Georgie and Dim. My tribute to Stanley Kubricks masterpiece "A Clockwork Orange"

night in the forest

night in the forest

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.

the summoning

the summoning

A speedpainting on the theme "summoning" on cgpad.org

acid kidz ver 2

acid kidz ver 2

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.

elias

elias

My interpretation of the young zombie boy from the novel "The handling of undead" by Ajvide Lindqvist. Great novel.

tree study

tree study

I figured I needed to improve my landscape skills, so I made this image among a few others.

hellbeast

hellbeast

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.

Volcano

Volcano

Speedpainting of some volcano island.

pigs will get what pigs deserve

pigs will get what pigs deserve

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.