Sep 25, 2012

Metal Artists by Metal Artists


This will likely be a regular feature of True Metalhead.

There are metal artists and then there are Metal Artists.
There are musicians performing the art of metal and there are artists who find a brush or a pencil as their tools of the trade. This is a tribute to the latter. Here is a showcase of some Deviant Art contributors.


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Afterlife Gig

In 2010 we lost a few important musicians. Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Gray. The artist pencilled in Dimebag Darrel and recently departed Avenged 7X drummer The Rev for a cool look at an afterlife gig.


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Gaahl from Gorgoroth

This Chilean artist does some really cool work that is hard to define, using both traditional and modern mediums. This Photoshop comp of infamous Gaahl is both tastefully rendered and well executed.


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Sepultura - Max Cavalera

Accurate portayal (note the four strings) of Max Cavalera during Sepultura days.
Be sure to check out some other (incredibly sexy actually) art from Gardraw. Not always metal, but guaranteed to be a feast for your eyes.



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Steve Harris - Iron Maiden

Incredible hands of this creative individual have not only created this portrait of Maiden's monster bassist, but also the rest of the member of Iron Maiden. This Australian artist even offers some shading tutorials. Attention to details is fascinating. Up the Irons!



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Celtic Frost

Featuring Franco Sesa, Tom G.Warrior and Martin Eric Ain. The Sadogoat Maniac is a big metalhead with his own style. Likely one of the coolest paintings of Celtic Frost this side of Giger.



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Kerry King

If you thought this was a photograph, you'd be wrong, but don't feel ashamed. The works of Belarusian  metal master Luba are top notch and you're not the only one she managed to fool. While you check out her work, be sure to admire the portrait of Peter Tagtgren (Hypocrisy) - that one took her 30 hours to complete.



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King Diamond

Dan is a great traditional artist, this King Diamond portrait (Fatal Portait?) reflects his catchy style very well. Landscapes found in his portfolio are particularly interesting. His other fave singer is Ronnie James Dio and I'd love to see Ronnie throwing the horns in Dan's style.



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Musicians - Ozzy Osbourne

Quirky look at your typical Ozzy. The extensive gallery of this Swedish artist is worth browsing through if only to study some of the cruder exercises in quick doodles. 



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Rob Halford of Judas Priest

Unique is an understatement when you browse through the gallery of this Canadian cartoonist and illustrator. I specifically looked for Halford portraits and this one jumped out at me and I singlehandedly picked it over anything else.



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The Big 4

This is one badass illustration of Dave Mustaine, Scott Ian, Kerry King and James Hetfield. Probably from years before the concept of The Big 4 on one show became realistic.




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