Navigation

50 Incredible Examples of Battle Art

Inspiration | Aug 28, 2009

Today we travel to imaginary worlds created by talented concept artists to experience battles, war and conflict.

This showcase includes three different aspects of a battle: the preparation before, the actual battle and the following aftermath.

The images are extremely dynamic and full of motion and are sure to bring back memories of similar types of movies or video games.

Even when the image represented is not threatening, pay attention at how the slightest detail can represent a silent gesture towards hostility or unforeseen violence.

Here are 50 incredible examples of battle art that we selected for your inspiration.


Compiled exclusively for WDD by Liz Fulghum.

Which ones did you enjoy the most? Please share your comments with us…



Share this post
Comments (no login required)
  • http://armeda.com Dre

    These are amazing pieces! Talk about talent. You can give these folks an idea and a copy of Paint, they would be just as brilliant!

  • http://www.analton.com.ar Analton

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!

  • dorji

    there are really amazing pictures. it is inspire me.

  • http://klaupiu.wordpress.com klau

    nice! :) love some of those picts ^^

  • http://dapetilmu.blogspot.com idblack

    omg…those are wonderful rare collection…i never saw most of them
    thanx for shared this…:) so inspiring…

  • ana

    j’ais seulement dit: wow.

  • http://www.creatuswebdesign.nl Gert van den Brink

    I can only say one word: Amazing!

    I would like to draw like that…….

  • http://www.aledesign.it aledesign.it

    Incredible. Some works are really amazing. Colors and faces are fantastic!

  • http://www.kamikazemusic.com Dave Sparks

    Some nice artwork there, is one of them a cover from a Tom Clancy game?

    I recommend checking out any of the artwork from Games Workshop, some stunning fantasy and sci fi battlefield images there.

  • http://www.geldik.com Misafir

    thanx for shared this

  • http://www.sorinistudor.ro Sorin Istudor

    Nice pack, the first image is repeating :)

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      Fixed, thanks for pointing it out.

  • http://www.moinid.com Most Interesting Ideas

    Incredible art works of battle art. Respect to artists

  • http://blog.microlite20.net greywulf

    Wow!

  • http://www.brettwilliamsfiction.com Brett Williams

    Nice. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  • Tam

    Uninhibited glorification of war, what’s the point? If the war is by and far an experience that is a combination of fear and boredom that’s worst kind of mental torture for those that survive to tell about it. The war is hunger, fear, sleep deprivation, insanity, cold, loneliness, misery, pointless cruelty, devastation,… Something quite different than these pictures allude it to be.

    Sad, pointless crap.

    • Paul

      Oh dear oh dear. What more can I say – these are amazing artists with loads of talent working in the fields of “Fantasy art”. Its fantasy – get over it.

    • Russ

      It’s ok sweetheart I’m sure Marcus and Dominic weren’t affected for their shot of the Gears of war 2

  • http://www.bebop-ad.com BebopDesigner

    Wow! amazing work… Thanks for posting

  • http://essenmitsosse.de essenmitsosse

    I think this post should be titled “50 images from deviant-art that have ‘battle’ in their title“ While some of the pictures are pretty good (and others don’t), you might have found some better one, if you searched … well … in more then one place. Or at least for another keyword. Especially because much stuff from deviant looks the same and there are so many other great artists out there.

    I mean you forgot Craig Mullins
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2217/1592077150_2d25660740_o.jpg
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2001/1592120044_fd2e643bbe_o.jpg

    And there are some easy to find other examples
    http://anry.ru/gallery/frost_dragon.jpg
    http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/767/3727/1600/What-If-Final04.jpg

    And ever heart of the old master?
    http://www.awesome-art.biz/awesome/images/medium-om/Amazon%20Battle%20by%20Rubens.jpg

    I don’t want to be rude (even if it may sound so ;) , but it’s really not that hard to do some more research …

  • http://essenmitsosse.de essenmitsosse

    I’m sorry, I just saw, that some of the picture are also from other sources, than deviantart :D

  • http://www.creativeindividual.co.uk Laura

    Wow, these are amazing. Thank you for sharing. I am so jealous and envious of the talent showcased here.

    Not to be a prat, but there’s 2 copies of The Battle…though it is really amazing so I’m quite glad to see it twice ;)

    Once again, a big thanks.

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      Fixed, thanks for that :)

  • http://www.karlbowers.co.uk Karl Bowers

    Some stunning pieces of artwork here. I’ve always been a huge fan on concept artwork, it’s usually better than the end result in films!!!

  • http://oddworlddesign.com Jeff

    Oh I really like this collection especially the mechbot kinda ones… The old school war ones are really interesting too. Great Job!

  • http://www.crearedesign.co.uk Adam

    Stunning artwork, I absolutely love it. What’s that attack on the Eiffel tower from?

  • http://www.sametomorrow.com/blog Adam

    Nice post, some really good stuff

  • http://www.caruccioweb.net Francesco Caruccio

    Great works!

  • Kate Madigan

    Battle’s really not my thing, but I have to say that some of these are technically brilliant.

  • http://adstem.stemshop.co.uk Roch

    Empire Total War is not only a fantastic game, but the art work is amazing!

  • http://twitter.com/Murlu Murray

    <3 the God Emperor!

    Excellent collection, now that's inspiration!

  • chris wilcox

    New wallpapers! :D

  • http://php-programming-tutorial.com Jonathan Bennett

    Wow, these are just breathtaking. I especially like the video game inspired ones. Thanks!

  • Bryan

    Awesome collection…but you used the first one twice. Sorry to be THAT a-hole (I might need to find meds for that; it’s a compulsion); otherwise, this collection totally made my day.

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      Noted and fixed. Thanks!

  • Gustav Gourmet

    Not only are these garish, they’re flat and totally uninspired. I have been following this site for a long time, and this is the first post I’ve ever seen that makes me not recommend this site to my friends in the industry.

    Pointless, vapid, and a disgrace to the reputation webdesigner depot has earned.

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      Hi Gustav,

      Thanks for the honest feedback.

      I use all feedback good and bad to build the site in the best possible way. That being said, I don’t expect you or anyone to enjoy every single post in the same way.

      We’re all very different individuals and as you can see from the comments here, some do like it and some don’t, and that’s fine.

      In this particular instance the depiction of violence can be enough to make one person not like this and this would be a very valid point.

      I respect all opinions and your feedback is certainly taken into account.

      Thanks again!

  • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

    Thank you all for the feedback.

    Although there were some negative comments, I concede that this post may not be suitable to anyone.

    We’re in no way advocating violence or conflict, just to highlight some amazing concept art with emotionally charged scenes.

    Thanks.

    • Russ

      I don’t think you need justify what it is you are doing here…

      This work is great!!! This is a designer depot right?

      If they can’t find inspiration from this and choose to instead argue what point it has, then like you say it’s up to them.

      Great post I say! I’m very glad you I saw it.

  • http://pelfusion.com/ PelFusion

    really amazing artwork…thanks for sharing

  • http://www.orphicpixel.com Mars

    amazing battle art graphics

  • Tyler

    I’m sorry, but is there any way to remove the third entry, “The Battle,” from this list? It’s a blatant case of shoddy copypasta using screenshots from the Dawn of War opening cinematic, (Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cWnuxLbc34) and as both a fan of the Warhammer 40,000 games and of art, I find it offensive that it’s on the same list as some rather stunning pieces of art.

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      Point taken. I’ve replaced the image.

      Thanks.

  • http://www.pianetaricette.it Pianeta Ricette

    Nice computer graphics! Great collection…

  • RoaldA

    Awsome, but suprised to not find many scenes from movies or games!

  • http://avidedesigner.com Avidedesigner

    nice compilation!

    my contribution : 155 pictures of concept art with a lot battle too ;)
    => http://avidedesigner.com/?p=5208

  • http://www.cmykpublicidad.es CMYK

    Very Nice Post!!!

    Thanksss for sharing!

  • http://partytow.com/e omary

    a great arts

  • http://fantikerz.com/ Ryan Hamilton

    Funny enough, I was wondering who created the art for the loading screens in Empire: Total War. Overall a very nice list; provocative stuff.

  • http://www.5ivedance.com 5ivedance

    so so sosososo cool

  • Pablo Manitta

    I found this one some months ago:

    http://chain.gfxartist.com/artworks/150310

    I loved it!

  • http://www.dzinepress.com Dzinepress

    you share such a great battles. thanks for this creative art images.

  • doug77

    very good, specially the first two, what is that, matte painting?

  • http://www.virtualmonk.com Virtual Monk

    Nice!

  • Mark

    What, no Frank Frazetta? Frank was and still is the MASTER of this type of art. These pieces are great but a nod to the grandfather of this style of art would have been nice…

  • http://www.r4-kort.dk r4i

    wow all the 50 50 Incredible Examples of Battle Art pics are just awesome. They are so crystal clear with the graphics.

  • Hamid

    awesome , you said art and i said just imagination , incredible imagination .

  • http://www.arcologodesign.fi/logon-suunnittelu.html Logon suunnittelua

    Thats art!

  • http://www.farmvillehileleri.tk farmville hileleri

    Thats art!

  • http://www.bilogr.com Kıvanç Akdeniz

    star trek is the best

  • http://doramarth.blogspot.comwww.flickr.com/andreaalemanno Andrea

    Wonderful illustration! good arts!

  • A2475810

    Outstanding work, but how could you leave out Clint Langley
    http://www.clintlangley.com/