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Abraxas Scorcher by DeadInTheAttic Abraxas Scorcher by DeadInTheAttic
Concept:

I figured out a Series of Illustrations, all about 'Abraxas', inspired by Fantasy Card Games. Somehow these are my Spell-Cards.
This Illustration is the first one. Seeing not the one spelling but the one influenced by the Spell. While Magic protects her the enemy Spell already is burning the Leaves. This Illustration has been inspired by the gorgeous Artworks of Linda Bergkvist.

Song for this 'Subway To Sally - Hexe'.



Nice to know:

Abraxas means Spell, spoken magic Words. Though it derives from a certain Expression, some old Mythology. As far as I know, it once was spelled 'Abrasax'. A Spell summoning a Being called 'Abrasax'.



Technics:

After picking many References I created some rough Drawings, which I used to illustrate this within Photoshop.
My usual Technic is similar to Airbrush. Masking the single Elements (so I don't need to take that much Care of the Borders later on). Custom Texture Brushes increase the Credibility. The original Size would fit on a Poster.



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:iconcarlos-alberto-salv1:
Carlos-Alberto-Salv1 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful by Carlos-Alberto-Salv1  
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:iconjankulinicz:
JanKulinicz Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017
Wow...
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:iconbeachelf:
beachelf Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Awesome! :iconsquee-loveplz:
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:iconzombio123:
Zombio123 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Nice and good.
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:iconklacinda:
klacinda Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
love the details and the tone
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:iconlaflaquita:
LaFlaquita Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
amazing
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:iconleafbreeze7:
Leafbreeze7 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
The hair is really amazing, you did a fantastic job on the texture and detail. :clap:
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:icondameodessa:
DameOdessa Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave:

This splendid work has been featured in my journal: [link]

:iconhappydayplz:
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:iconrurouni26:
rurouni26 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very impressive concept of shadows and lights... and not only that: the pose and her hair are simply amazing *_*
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:iconrb-illustration:
RB-Illustration Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Amazing work! It's really dynamic and I love the detail ^^
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:iconisissousa2:
isissousa2 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love this piece! There' s a strange sense of motion and mystery there!
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:iconslippery-stan:
Slippery-Stan Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
I love the way you're playing with light and shadow in this one :-)
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:iconmcg10:
mcg10 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I really duno how u did it but its amazing!!
was it a drawing and then u airbrushed it or a photo? or did u just draw elements of it?
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:icontherob70:
therob70 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
Featured here. [link]
I hope you like it. :)
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:iconnightphoenixfire:
NightPhoenixFire Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Artist
Love the intensity of this image and the almost exotic alien nature of the character portreyed here. There is a real sense of movement of energy and of power as mentioned in your description.
The character appears to know exactly what she is doing in the face of such danger. The colours and tones are beautiful in this image as are the textures. You have a great attention to detail and tell an interesting story. Well done
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:iconmarkusvogt:
MarkusVogt Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there!:)

just wanted to inform you that this wonderful image has been featured in my latest journal. Feel free to take a look at:

[link]

thanks
Markus
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:iconlulebel:
LuLebel Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011   Digital Artist
Very cool!!! :D Beautiful!
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:iconhivesotto:
hivesotto Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
This is the most tremendous work I've ever seen...
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:icondesertfire:
Desertfire Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010   General Artist
Absolutely beautiful!!
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:icondeadintheattic:
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Thank you very much!

Chris
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:iconobixani:
ObiXAni Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
SORRY TO BE A PEST BUT..WHICH VERSION OF PHOTOSHOP DO YOU WORK WITH..I'M CURRENTLY USING ADOBE PHOTOSHOP '07 AND AM CONSIDERING PURCHASE OF A NEWER VERSION...
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:icondeadintheattic:
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
No prob. I am working with CS5 (US version is the cheapest of all). Though this illustration has been made with CS3.
Any version will do which got the liquify-filter, I think (for this filter makes it easy to fix your initial sketches before spending time elaborating the details). Depends what style you are trying to achieve.

If you want to create a painting like look you should think about Corel Painter as well; in this case perhaps Gimp will do. If you are a student or teacher, you also should think about the Student Version of the Adobe products.

I just recommend to not use CS4, it's not that better compared to CS3 and CS5 is far better than CS4 in some manners. But the latest improvements where basically made in 3D and some stuff which isn't required for 'Photoshopping' itself. Knowledge about custom brushes and basic colourtunings, working with masks and so on will do for most illustrations.

If you got some other questions, feel free to ask!


Chris
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:iconobixani:
ObiXAni Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
ok thanks! sorry for the late!

Ya that was SUPER help full, Thanks!!
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:icondeadintheattic:
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
You're welcome!

Chris
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Erebus-art Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nice illustration, I like the movement in the picture.

Just one word o Abraxas. Abraxas is an aeon, in gnostic mysticism. I cannot explain here what an aeon is, but isn't related to magic, not directly at least, but to mysticism. Is a sort of God/spirit, guardian of the material realm. You can find more on wikipedia ;)

Anyway, as I told, really good illustration :)
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:icondeadintheattic:
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Thank you, I have edited this in my Description.

Thanks for your Compliment, too ;)

Chris
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:iconkennyc:
kennyc Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Wonderful!
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:icondeadintheattic:
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Thanks!

Chris
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:iconshamiesart:
ShamiesArt Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
lovely work!
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:icondeadintheattic:
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Thank you very much!

Chris
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:iconceruleanvii:
ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
really nice one! The hair and play of light and cast shadow are gorgeous! OK, I know a lot of people on DA hate any kind of crit, but when I see something I like this much, I just have to point out the little details I think would make it a stellar piece. I guess if you don't like it you can always hide the comment :)

you've got these amazing cast shadows - but the silver ornaments on her body don't cast any shadow at all, on her arm or body. Because of it they look a bit pasted on, out of place. I think the palms of her hands could use a teeny bit more warmth - you've got pink on the fingertips but the palms are usually redder, like at the base before the wrist, and the shadows are a little too desaturated on her hands overall. And lastly, jazz up that background - a little more texture, contrast, something - make the piece sing!

I almost never write crits but I really love this painting, so feel free to take it or leave it...
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:icondeadintheattic:
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Hello and thank you very much! Actually I love any criticism, well, constructive criticism. While searching for an overall concept of my illustrations in comparison to others, one part of it is a somehow neverending illustration process. I reedit even the oldest illustrations of mine after a while, considering them as somehow alive. And gorgeous critics like yours help me improving these illustrations and characters ... and my skills either.

I will take care for all the details you mentioned. I really feel honoured that you took the time writing me these lines.

I just took a glance in your gallery, I like the somehow Renaissance-like feeling. By example 'invictus' (the 'undefeated', good latin title for this by the way). Just saying 'thanks' won't do, I guess, so let me recommend to try out some 'filth' brushes (custom made) over your illustrations (modes like 'lighten', 'color' (by example: red filth-dust-rust brush put in dark areas), luminiscence or others). Such distortions on top might increase this Renaissance look even further. Just a suggestion, perhaps you already tried that. Damn, I should try to 'paint' more than to construct thinks on top of my graphite sketches, this painted look is awesome.

So many thanks and up I go ;)


Yours

Chris
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:iconceruleanvii:
ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
well good, I'm glad you are not offended :) and I appreciate your comments about my work as well. Yes, some of my paintings could use a little grunging up, I may try that - thank you!
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:icondeadintheattic:
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
You're welcome!
Thank you, too :)


Chris
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:iconruxandralache:
RuxandraLache Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just amazing! The lightning and the dynamic are just perfect! Wonderful job!
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:icondeadintheattic:
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
Thank you very much, much appreciated!
Though it always hurts when putting a big shadow right into a beautiful face ^^

Chris
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:iconruxandralache:
RuxandraLache Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:laughing: I understand perfectly! :P and you're very welcome! :hug:
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:iconcsnyder:
CSnyder Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
intense and great movement
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:icondeadintheattic:
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Thanks a lot!

Chris
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:iconcsnyder:
CSnyder Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
welcome!
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:iconsaimain:
Saimain Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very intense! I love the pose with her hands and the shadows cast on her face.
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:icondeadintheattic:
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Thank you! You can't imagine how difficult it was to put such a shadow right into her face. A face sooo beautiful and then ... BAMMM! ... SHADOW ...

... but I am quiet satisfied with what derived from an initial sketch. So thank you very much!

Chris
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:iconfishpaste89:
FisHPastE89 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
nice work... i like the motion blur in it, and the leaves on fire
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:icondeadintheattic:
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Thanks again!

Chris
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Gwenn-Art Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
pretty silver "things" on her arm and body :D
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:icondeadintheattic:
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Thanks! I will certainly go for another illustrator with some kind of metal looking venes over the clothing and body. Somehow an illustrator also is some kind of a fashion designer.

Chris
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Gwenn-Art Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I think so, too !
and i find it some way a very interesting part of creating a character =)

good luck for your next illustration ^^ i'd love to see how it will look :p
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:icondeadintheattic:
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Actually most characters I paint are naked at the beginning. Well, a bit time devouring but somehow my characters are like real living beings for me, somehow 3d though only 2d in creation.

Actually I am painting on a character who got a dragon medaillon on the breast, the wings of this are the clothing of the character. I really like the 'think about every detail' stuff of illustrations.

Chris
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010   General Artist
Excellent work!
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:icondeadintheattic:
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Thanks!

Chris
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