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RWBY-Nuckelavee by arvalis RWBY-Nuckelavee by arvalis
I was lucky enough to be asked by Rooster Teeth to do an official illustration of their villain character from RWBY, the Nuckelavee. I thought their design would be a super fun opportunity to do a Frazetta homage to the Death Dealer as the creature takes a similar role in the series. You can check it out on shirts here They also hired an artist to airbrush it on the hood of a car, thats pretty neat. You can check out that video here.


Photoshop CC: 35 hours

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:iconbakalaerozz:
BakalaeroZz Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I think I've fainted. I think I've fainted. I think I've fainted. 
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Thrawn523 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018
Finally got a shirt with this incredible design on it. Absolutely amazing.
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HanamiYumeno Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a good looking design!
35 hours?!... Master, TEACH ME!
I love the colors of this, the atmosphere and the composition~
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shikomekidomi Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2018  Hobbyist
I like how you've recaptured the visible muscles of the mythological Nuckelavee, which were somewhat missing in the show.
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N0b1eRebe1 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018  Student General Artist
Hold on a fucking minute, that's just Death Dealer.
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2018
Yes, did you read the description?
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:icontophxomi:
tophxomi Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Horrifying.
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:iconlordcastigator:
LordCastigator Featured By Owner May 28, 2018
Well, that'll give a few people nightmares. Bloody well done tho, I like...
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OrionPax09 Featured By Owner May 18, 2018
I've seen plenty of RWBY reaction videos, including the absolute horror people experience upon witnessing the Nuckelavee for the very first time. Here's a particularly energetic response. youtu.be/4q8mZjgJco0?list=PL8s…
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S-J-Fujimoto Featured By Owner May 18, 2018
I don't really know what RWBY is, but a friend of mine reacts to it and I was able to track down his reaction to the same moment if you'd like to see. It might be enough to get me watching too. 
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OrionPax09 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018
RWBY is an original, anime-style web animation produced by Rooster Teeth that has gained considerable popularity. I've become quite a fan myself.

Hmm, that reaction wasn't bad. But it was nothing compared to the freakout that I posted on this deviation.
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S-J-Fujimoto Featured By Owner May 19, 2018
Thanks. It looks quite ambitious. 

Yeah, RarityDash was rather subdued. I don't think he's ever been terribly emotive over anything aside from something funny enough to laugh out loud. 
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Drenarrow Featured By Owner May 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic!
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Gollum123 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
THIS IS REALLY BADASS!!!
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LuisannaUzumaki Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I don't have words.. This is totally awesome! You are amazing!  
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:iconchizurumashiro21:
chizurumashiro21 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Such a beautifully dark and twisted piece of art! I love it!
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GlennB1993 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I think there is some actual mythology around these guys around Ireland and Scotland. They like to drown people by dragging them off the cliffs near the Northern parts of the British Isles. 
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arafridi2000 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Rooster Teeth asked you to do this epic piece?

AWESOME.
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Guntherson962 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018
To my fellow RWBY fans that also enjoy the games of the Elder Scrolls series I pose to you this question, what effect do you think the weapon given to the Dragonborn by the Daedric Prince Meridia, Dawnbreaker, would have on The Creatures of Grimm? Would they count as an undead force since they have no aura?
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Khasdannyanlord Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
this looks more dry skin... the original ons is muscle showing... brrr!!! im scared!!!
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:icontherogoji:
TheroGoji Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018
Wow, breathtaking.
I remember reading you say somewhere that you were making an updated Tyrannosaurus reconstruction sometime soon.
How's that coming along?
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018
You should be seeing it sometime in April I believe.
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:icontherogoji:
TheroGoji Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
Thanks for the reply!
Love your work RJ!
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:iconfolklore13:
Folklore13 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
may i share this incredible picture?
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018
Share it how?
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:iconfolklore13:
Folklore13 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
a page on Facebook
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arvalis Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018
Sure thing, just credit me :)
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:iconfolklore13:
Folklore13 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you ^^ and i will :3 
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Clan-Morrison-Art Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
nackelavee only have one arm
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:icondanneart:
DanneArt Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing as always
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DMGUnicorn Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks incredible, arvalis!! It's absolutely breathtaking!!
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:iconrassilon001:
Rassilon001 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018
Very nice.  Very nice indeed.
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:iconmmuaz70:
Mmuaz70 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sooo badass!!!
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HyenaBonesART Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018
YESSSSSS
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:iconduvessa2:
duvessa2 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018  Professional Photographer
I see someone's also a fan of Frank Frazetta ;) 👌 nice work. 
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NtraceyArt Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
very warm and dark feel, success! A+
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A-Hippocampus Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018
Oh- wicked! He's like wrapped around the horse's muscular system. Fantastic work!
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:iconfraulein-kazz:
Fraulein-Kazz Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
A different piece... It has got a dismal atmosphere. 
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:iconscamwich:
scamwich Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018
You did an amazing take on it. True skill.
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:iconelorawinn:
EloraWinn Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018
Such a creepy grimm and a beautiful piece of work!Great job!
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Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018
one of my favourite Grimm of the series, and a truly terrifying creature based on ancient mythologies
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NemeaBeing Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember reading about the Nuckelavee in some fantasy novel when I was a kid. Never seen a picture of it that captured the sense of "damn, this is so cool!" better than this one. Sweet!
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Ashen-Phoenix Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw the airbrushed video and I just fell in love with this drawing! Bravo! It's easy to see how much work you put into such a hauntingly gorgeous piece.
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levelupbuck5 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
This is definitely one of the best depictions of the Nuckelavee I have ever seen.
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Ronaxenamu Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
This is so beautifulRage Love I think I've fainted. 
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Aklu8Ramon Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I' m in love with your drawings
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c0rwyn Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Professional Writer
badass \m/ 
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SWEETCOLA13 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
Reminds me what it looks like after I fight my own problems on the outside I look like I am the king of all... on the inside I feel like i have torn myself apart
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CorruptionTalesans Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Agreed and it reminds me of the constant srtruggle I have with my emotions to the point when I have emotional errors some people think I act like how this thing looks.
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Quiviro Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
Very disturbing Judge 
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