What Have Games Workshop Done For Us? - Artists

Looking at one of the recent updates from the Zombicide Season 2 Kickstarter it occurred to me how many artists GW has fostered. Below are the images and bios pulled from said update.

Kevin Walker went freelance in 1987 and spent years illustrating for British comic 2000 AD and Games Workshop. There followed years of comics, both writing and illustrating, with a wide variety of media, before becoming a father and realizing it was time to get some work done. Illustrations for the Magic: The Gathering trading card game, several computer game projects and comic work followed, working for 2000AD, DC Comics, Dark Horse and Marvel. Working on Thunderbolts actually attracted some attention. He's now the regular penciller and inker on Avengers Arena for Marvel Comics.

In recent years he has worked on cover art for titles such as Young Bond, Artemis Fowl, Changeling and Vampirates. He is currently working mostly for Marvel Comics from his home in Yorkshire, England. 

“Pull my finger!” 

“This... (smack).... is ... (thump) .... the .... (crunch)... life!”

 Adrian Smith (born 1969 in England, United Kingdom) is a illustrator/concept designer living in Scotland. Best known for his work with Games Workshop and numerous similar companies, Adrian has also done concept design work for computer games companies such as THQ and EA. Other credits include a short comic series in France written by Pat Mills and book illustrations alongside renowned artists from around the world. Recently Adrian has been self publishing, the first project being his art book "Illuminations", and plans are in motion for a series of comics early in 2013. In addition to these personal projects, he still finds time for freelance work with various companies." 

Padre Johnson 

“The Lord says... Boom!” 


“This gives me an idea for a song...”

Karl Kopinski was born in Nottingham in 1971, drawing became an obsession from an early age. After studying fine art at university he picked up his first freelance work with Games Workshop’s publishing house Black Library, which quickly led to a position in the main GW art department where he worked for 7 years, looking for new challenges he returned to freelance work around 5 years ago. He is currently still based in Nottingham and now works in a wide variety of fields and media including book illustration, concept design for the games industry, military history paintings and portraiture, and of course the legendary Magic: the Gathering cards!!

Angry Mary

“Don't call me angry!”

Red Cap Ben
“They put something in the water so they can mind control us!”

Between GW and Magic The Gathering there's some very good artists being brought on (personally I really like Adrian Smith's work, but Kev Walker's art for Daemonifuge is amazing (I really do miss Warhammer Monthly). It's a long way away from toy soldiers, but it's interesting to see the way game industry reaches out in ways you wouldn't expect. I'm trying to think of other examples: a fair few GW alumni have gone onto write book, or been game designers for others, or moved over to computer games (not to mention all the behind the scenes staff like mould makers etc). I wonder how GW is regarded as a source for talent in the world of industry?


  1. This is an awesome idea! Games Workshop has really helped bring a lot of great artists to light. Karl Kopinski is one of my favorite artists. The art of Games Workshop has certainly suffered with his loss over the years (they still do have a lot of great artists though).

    Daemonifuge was an awesome series. I would like to see more stuff like that in the future. It would also be nice if Games Workshop showcased their current artists. They need to be given more credit (same with the sculptors). Now the new codex books don't even list the artists by name (save the cover artist). Pathetic.

    1. I have only praise for 90% of the output of GW's art studio, past and present, and I really do wish they'd do more "art books". I also wish they'd do another Jes Goodwin sketch book, but that's a different tale. It is an obvious article for White Dwarf each month, along the lines of the Citadel Hall Of Fame.

      Bugman's Bar sells prints of some of GW's artwork, with a bit of themeing for the latest release, and it's well worth a look if you are ever at Warhammer World. Black Library events also tend to have a limited number of prints for sale, which is where I got my Primarches cover print.

      It is increasingly hard finding the artist behind a piece, and there does seem to be a more homogeneous style these days. Accreditations need to be given far more often to the artists.


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