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Abraxas Scorcher
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Published: February 22, 2010
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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'.


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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klacinda's avatar
love the details and the tone
Leafbreeze7's avatar
The hair is really amazing, you did a fantastic job on the texture and detail. :clap:
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DameOdessaHobbyist General Artist

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

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rurouni26Hobbyist 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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RB-Illustration Digital Artist
Amazing work! It's really dynamic and I love the detail ^^
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isissousa2Professional Digital Artist
Love this piece! There' s a strange sense of motion and mystery there!
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I love the way you're playing with light and shadow in this one :-)
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mcg10Hobbyist 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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Featured here. [link]
I hope you like it. :)
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NightPhoenixFireProfessional 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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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:


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LuLebel Digital Artist
Very cool!!! :D Beautiful!
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This is the most tremendous work I've ever seen...
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Desertfire General Artist
Absolutely beautiful!!
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Thank you very much!

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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!

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ok thanks! sorry for the late!

Ya that was SUPER help full, Thanks!!
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