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Unlimited Blade Works

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I recently stumbled accross the fate/type-moon universe and got addicted really fast to the setting and the amazing characters in the series. Here's my depiction of a fictional battle between Archer and Gilgamesh inside Archer's 'reality marble': a magical world materialized inside reality with a special set of rules. In this world Archer has access to an unlimited amount of weapons to defeat his enemy, hence the name "Unlimited Blade Works" (which I find pretty awkward actually, but maybe it's just me).

I have been experimenting with volumetric light in all of my recent artworks, but I feel like it turned out quite cool in this one. I'm also happy with the perspective, although admittedly the composition might appear confusing because of it. I actually spent a lot of time placing each sword and cog carefully to lead the viewer through the scene. I hope you like it!

The stocks I used came from visualhunt.com and photobash.org. Here's a comparision with the original plate:
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spiraloso's avatar

Amazing work Erik!!

ErikShoemaker's avatar

thanks a lot mate!

benlonewolf93's avatar
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This definitely looks like a fight between EMIYA and Gilgamesh. similar in terms of Noble Phantasms yet different. Gilgamesh's Gate of Babylon has noble phantasms ranging from swords to pikes to axes. EMIYA's noble phantasm is strictly all forms of swords. Also, they are both Archer class servants. the difference is that one is a demigod. the other is the future version of Shirou Emiya who was betrayed by even his own ideal.
my favorite contrast of all is that one archer is on the ground with two swords in hand. the other, is floating in the air. the gears in the background are a nice touch.
ErikShoemaker's avatar
Thanks for the critique! It's nice to see that a fan of material approves :)
benlonewolf93's avatar
You are Welcome. anything to appease an artist, man.
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I keep waiting for the picture to move or pan in closer. It's great and has depth. The Lighting is spot on. The detail makes me feel that this you could move in any direction or zoom in. You did a great job on the depth. The detail is good. There's very little I can find with this picture. More in the series would be interesting to build a world of art of it. Some of the swords are a light odd but otherwise, I can't see how you improve much on this. You should be very proud of this piece.
ErikShoemaker's avatar
Thank you very much for the kind words, I'm glad you like the details! I always wanted to animate my landscapes, but I have to learn how to do it first. :D
Sarita116's avatar
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The realism that you put on your digital works of art is incredible. You can see how the bat battle took place in some desert in the United States (I'm not American). I love your work is amazing that touch of realism and fantasy at the same time you give your art with the fantasy of that boy-adult floating for what I think to fight with the other. And the boy on the floor using all the swords on the ground to save himself. Unlimited Swords Work to win the war. Once again your work is incredible I love it, keep it up
ErikShoemaker's avatar
thank you again for the nice critique! I'm glad you find it realistic, it's a great compliment for me. :)
Sarita116's avatar
sure no problem
preaplanes's avatar

Advantage: Gilgamesh. Heroic Spirit Emiya isn't going to be taken as lightly as regular Emiya, so Gil's going to be more prone to grabbing the big guns. Another 0.5-1 seconds and he would've used Ea in UBW as it was.

enOrehtonA's avatar

That skeleton right down there implies that there were animals wandering around Emiya's soul.


Like Sword cow's or something

Otherwise, I love this picture. Great job.

ErikShoemaker's avatar
lol - to be honest I simply wanted to emphasize the atmosphere of a graveyard of decisions "for the greater good". The skeletons are there to turn it into a more sinister place. Admittedly it doesn't make too much sense with respect to the original meaning of the reality marble. Sweating a little... 
Glad you like it though, thanks!
TwinXCrussinem's avatar

SUGOI DESU!!

(it's amazing! seriously...)

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BillyNikoll's avatar
This picture is amazing!
ErikShoemaker's avatar
Thank you again, glad you like my works! :)
I totally agree with Sarita116's rating and MedusaRedden's words in the critiques!

This is utterly brilliant, and your placement of swords is perfect. The fight is clear, and I'm surprised the guy on the ground is still standing. He seems to have been hit often enough.

Oh, and those giant gears falling all around? Deadly.
ErikShoemaker's avatar
thanks so much for the nice compliment! The gears are actually floating in the air, more or less to simulate a magical clock work. 
Flupser's avatar
Mein aller erster Anime und Lieblings Anime^^ Hab ich vor ca 15 Jahren ? das erste mal geguckt
ErikShoemaker's avatar
Ich glaube 2006 kam der erste Anime zu Fate raus. Respekt, ich bin erst letztes Jahr eingestiegen. Aber das gute ist, dass es jetzt schon jede Menge Zeug zum Franchise gibt, und man somit nie auf dem Trockenen ist. :D
Flupser's avatar
Kam erst als Spiel raus 2004, der Manga 2005 und der Anime 2006. Ja musst aber die Reihenfolge wissen, da die Haupthandlung immer ein bisschen verändert wird mit einem anderen Schwerpunkt. Dann gibt es noch den ersten Krieg um den Heiligen Gral und die ganz neuen hab ich noch gar nicht gesehen weil ich irgendwie keinen Reiz verspürt habe das zu gucken vor allem weil glaub ich die alten Charakter nicht mehr auftauchen
ErikShoemaker's avatar
Fate/apocrypha ist bis auf einen Waver-Cameo quasi eigenständig, aber alle anderen Ableger wärmen entweder die Story von Fate/Stay Night auf oder enthalten zumindest ein paar bekannte Gesichter. Z.B. gibt es ein Loli-Spinoff mit Ilyasviel, was aber an sich ganz witzig ist.
Flupser's avatar
Jup der Kinofilm der vor kurzem raus gekommen ist zum Beispiel. In Night ist ja die Heroin Saber, in Unlimited Bladeworks Rin und im Kinofilm ist die Heroine Sakura mit dem Servant Raider und nicht Shinji^^ Naja ich hab nur nen trailer auf youtube bezüglich Ilyasviel gesehen aber das ist denke ich nicht für unser alter gedacht da es sich da um Mahou Shojo's handelt lol.. deswegen hab ich es auch nicht geguckt :3 aber mal sehen wenn es witzig ist, guck ich es irgendwann mal^^

Genau und weil es nicht um die Story mit Emiya/Archer geht, hatte ich noch nicht die lust verspürt apocrypha zu gucken
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