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..with my father's sword by Cryptcrawler ..with my father's sword by Cryptcrawler
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Ok.
Little nervous about this one.
This is a finish of the original sketch thats in my sketches folder.
I had a good amount of people express interest in this one getting finished, so I simply *had to* because im a sucker for folks wanting me to finish something that im not feeling so hot about - it gets me out of myself and my comfort zone.
Now this may sound pretentious and dumb but im going to ask anyway: have you ever drawn something that feels like its drawing itself and your just kinda there spectating?
This was one of those pieces for me, things just seemed to fall into place, it was weird.

Im nervous that it wont live up to the peoples expectations that really wanted to see it finished - I hope my version does it justice guys; thanks for pushing me.

Completed from start to finish in photoshop7.
I glanced at a few photo's of gothic church windows and french sword hilts as a guide to make sure the details were right - other than that, no references.

I hope you all enjoy it.


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:iconwla91:
wla91 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jesus, this is just awesome!
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:iconsaltybird:
Saltybird Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Stunning!

Beautifully done.
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:icondionisante:
Dionisante Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Good!
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:iconrunejin:
runejin Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Awesome stuff!!
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:iconblackartist1:
blackartist1 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
we featured you [link] in fron of 4500 people
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:iconravish261:
Ravish261 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I freakin' love this! It reminds me of when i was little playing the Castlevania games.
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:icontannany:
Tannany Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
nice one , it make me to remember sam from Lord of the rings when he stood in front a big spider illustration :D
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:iconarynchris:
ArynChris Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
I've had that happen, yeah... although given my [lack of] drawing skills, I tend to throttle it midway-- I let it happen all the way through once and was horrified enough at the end result to actually use the paper as a firestarter, when in general I keep all of them. But it happens with writing, too... to much better effect. :) Although sometimes I still read back and wonder how such good prose came out of such awful subject matter.
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:iconmirrorwoodcomics:
MirrorwoodComics Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well it turned out brilliant, excellent composition.
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:iconellofayne:
Ellofayne Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so cool! I love the perspective, and the way you light stuff up is amazing! I love his face and helmet! I love everything I guess....
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:iconmarvelousharvey:
MarvelousHarvey Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Nope, just the good guy's left-handed... still great!
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:iconmarvelousharvey:
MarvelousHarvey Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Actually, a lot of my stuff, that turns out well, was by accident. I start and I "let the drawing tell me how to draw it".

Now, getting something done on purpose (i.e. something that goes from inception to execution to completion the way I intended) that's the hard part.

But this, this is great! I love that both of them ended up left-handed!
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:icondruje:
druje Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Amazing work! I don't think there's really any use for other words. Your galley is simply fantastic!
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:icondanihell-lima:
danihell-lima Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
very beautiful.
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:iconmarioteodosio:
MarioTeodosio Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Woooahh!!Great!
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:iconpicturefragments:
picturefragments Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
makes me think of Frodo and the Wraiths on Weathertop
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:iconldrodrigues:
ldrodrigues Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student General Artist
No words. At all.
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:iconhollow-nyan:
Hollow-nyan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
EPIC !!! this is stunning !
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:iconignifero:
Ignifero Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Really?
I love it!! :D
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:iconmackskylink:
MackSkyLink Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is some sweet work! If the hero was bald and black, I'd have assumed this to be an Order of the Stick fanart :P
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:iconmiquel-crow:
MiQuel-Crow Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
This is stunning. I got nothing else to say. Its magnificent.
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:iconpsychedelicemperor:
PsychedelicEmperor Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
So amazing...would you mind if I use the portion of this art with the undead swordsman to represent a villain in my D&D campaign?
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:icongeronious:
geronious Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
A superb piece of art. Though the accent on the lich makes him look more realistic than the human before him... That is to say the monster is is amazingly done.

Also, I can't help but think the poor fellow won't survive the fight...
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:iconjohnson3014:
johnson3014 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no worries. This looks awesome!
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:iconcyberaix:
cyberaix Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Artist
nice
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:iconvisionxtream:
VisionXtream Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Hey There I really like your artwork 10/10! I would just like to mention quickly that I have a gaming team set up of 9. We need more 3d and 2d artists for both conceptual and final artworks. We are a serious team looking for all gaming roles including GUI artists and others. The game is based over 4000 years ago and contains Vikings, Barbarians, Shaolin Monks and the Atlantians. Post a reply or send a note to me or email me on vxtream@gmail.com.

Thanks to all members who read this and please consider it as we do have many professionals involved.
Regards to you and all the Deviantart community,
The VisionXtream Team
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:iconveildark:
VeildarK Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Great job!!!.
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:icon7disney7:
7disney7 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
awesome! I'm a big fan of fantasy! is this person a dwarve or half-ling? or is their opponent just tall? either way it's awesome!
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:iconnixxohplease:
nixxohplease Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're an amazing artist. Never stop! I wish I could do anything vaguely artsy. this is brilliant, and resonates, and i love it. you're awesome. :)
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:iconbuxiuai:
buxiuai Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
I can't begin to explain how utterly affecting this is. It's amazing. I don't know whether to cry and quit or strive to get better.
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:iconschattenlotus:
SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Male or Female Dwarf? ^^
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:icontyranous-king:
Tyranous-King Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the sword hilt
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:iconsillysock:
SillySock Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
The critics be damned! If this doesn't pass everyone's expectations then they are obviously setting the bar far too high, I personally think it's fantastic!

And actually strangely enough, yes. Even though my artwork is still in the very beginning stage, sometimes I'll draw a picture that is 100 times better than the rest of my art and every time I do I always feel as if I'm not the one drawing it, it's the strangest feeling.
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:iconaftermathgraphicart:
AftermathGraphicArt Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wicked
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Thanks very much!
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:iconspectorknight:
SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
A great concept and very impressive detailing. :)
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Appreciate it!
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:icone1d3rs4g3:
E1D3RS4G3 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Amazing job on it!!! :D
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Thanks!
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:iconlatharion:
Latharion Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Student General Artist
:clap: this turned out to be amazing!!! Great job!!
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Thanks!
Background really could have used more love in retrospect but I didnt have the knowledge I have now.
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:iconstormweather:
Stormweather Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Incredible! keep up the good work.
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
glad you think so, ill do my best!
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:iconguillealtarriba:
GuilleAltarriba Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
he he, quite good
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Thanks!
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:iconhe-who-is-tall:
He-who-is-tall Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
This is...awesome. I can already imagine an entire fantasy novel based on this picture. Keep the good work up.
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Great compliment, thanks!
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:icondrimyzth:
Drimyzth Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Love the lich
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
<3 liches.
Thanks!
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:iconmihzrael:
Mihzrael Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
An interesting title for a very interesting illustration.
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