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Unlimited Blade Works by ErikShoemaker Unlimited Blade Works by ErikShoemaker
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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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
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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.
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JQuasarD Featured By Owner Edited Aug 3, 2018
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.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much for the nice compliment! The gears are actually floating in the air, more or less to simulate a magical clock work. 
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Flupser Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mein aller erster Anime und Lieblings Anime^^ Hab ich vor ca 15 Jahren ? das erste mal geguckt
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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
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Flupser Featured By Owner Edited Jul 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.
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Flupser Featured By Owner Edited Jul 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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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Cold-Tommy-Gin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the ambiance is incredible :wow:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks man! Glad you like it!
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Cold-Tommy-Gin Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes I really like it, you are one artist who inspires me 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks again for the nice compliment! :blush:
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Cold-Tommy-Gin Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your most welcome, Erik :hug:
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azimutth Featured By Owner May 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! The perspective is amazing!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad you like it! I'm proud of the angle here as well, thanks so much! :)
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Floating-Particle Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
Stunning work! Wow!  
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! :D
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Mr-Xerty Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant! Great scene :ahoy:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks man!
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FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018
You did such an brilliant job overall! Yeah so so stylish for reals! I'd love it if you did more but hey that's up to you really!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe thanks a lot! I'm currently on my second run of fate/zero - just for fun because the art is so amazing. So who knows what might happen :P
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FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2018
Hey look don't even worry about it! Keep up the great work and do your best too! Alright?
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll try, thanks :D
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juicefilled Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ho-lay shet I love FATE!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been inhaling all sorts of Fate stuff since then :D, unfortunately a lot of it was kind of a let down. Like Apocrypha, or Extra Last Encore, which is less than impressive so far. :|
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juicefilled Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
but...
 I LOVE Apocrypha
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, OK it had it's good sides, like some of the action scenes for example. I couldn't get myself to care about any of the characters, there were just too many of them. They ended up focusing on Ruler, Astolfo and Sieg, all of them pretty much annoying to me. :XD:
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juicefilled Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OK good.



 but...


  what about my wife?
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ultradesignsgfx Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018
FATE STAY NIGHT FAM

great work either ways though. it's a fantastic representation of Unlimited Blade Works itself. GJ!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what does FAM mean? :XD:
And thanks a lot!
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Wesley-Souza Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful work :wow: Great scene and light :love:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks mate!
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LordLogan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017
If i had one complaint (and it would be shallow) it is that there is no central fine detail in the place of importance. When you look at an area with your eye, it sees its focal point more clearly than anywhere else, even if its at a distance. The amount of detail in the central sword draws the eye to the center rather than the fight i presume the artist wants you to focus on. The eye would be drawn more to the distant fighters if more detail was focused there specifically rather than anywhere else. Additionally you could draw attention with distinct contradictions of color. For example: darker clouds behind Gilgamesh and more light golden colored portals behind him. Excellent piece though, well beyond my ability.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the critique! I agree that's a problem which I tried to compensate by placing the swords in such a way that they lead the eye to the fight, and by using the red color. It's difficult when the supposed focal point is so small lol. Thanks again for taking the time to write this. Happy 2018 to you! :party:
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xLocky Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Havn't seen unlimited blade works yet, but thought Fate Zero was quite amazing. Great scene, characters are well done. 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fate/Zero comes with an intense story and great action, but Unlimited Blade Works really had lasting impression on me because of its characters. I must say I'm a big archer fanboy. >_> I do recommend giving it a try! Thanks a lot!
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Rowye Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2017   Digital Artist
Always amazed at the control you have over things' sizes. Also the lighting here is amazing. :D
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah I think the lighting + apex blur works really well together here :XD: still thankful for your recommendation. Thanks a lot!
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Rowye Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017   Digital Artist
Hm funny, what do you mean with "lighting + apex blur"? Now I am confused, especially since apparently I did spawn it. xD
But, you're welcome! ^.^
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's called analog efex pro and I don't know why I abbreviated it to 'apex' XD it's part of the Nik collection. I use mainly the bokeh blur filters from that plugin. 
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Rowye Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017   Digital Artist
Ahh ok, yep I use Apex too then, sometimes. :P I also like the scratch plates and such for grimy artworks, and the film layers can give it a nice touch too...
But, this one in particular crashes PS about 1 of every 3 times so... I lost plenty of work to it... -.- Sometimes I just forget it can screw me up, and so it does. xD

(and when it's a plug-in crash Photoshop won't auto-recover my files :s)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually I had this problem for the first time last week and it happened to me two times. Super annoying! I have to remember saving my file before opening the plugin. I was looking for a way to recover the files but it seems there is none.
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Rowye Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018   Digital Artist
Yeah... I've looked at ways to recover Photoshop files until plain desperation. When you have not minded saving for 3 hours and it crashes it's like... you just want to die lol.
But I neither have found a way that's worked for me, I can now find the tmp files but for some reason they never seem to be what I'm looking for. Gotta wonder if something "more" happens with those files if it is not a PS crash but a plug-in one.

Yes 3 hours is a lot but when I really get into it sometimes I just go into auto-pilot mode...
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you apply the plug-in filters on the full-sized images? I have noticed recently that the plug-ins are terribly unstable if I go up in resolution. I usually apply the filters on my web-sized images, where they work fine most of the time. It's faster too, but unfortunately I cannot properly integrate them in my psds.
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Ifarisa Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting and amazing drawing! Nice effect :heart:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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Ifarisa Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :hug:
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Madink2000 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful work, great perspective! Are you using the grid for it?Clap 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! What do you mean by "the grid"? If that's a special PS tool, then I didn't. :D But I usually add perspective lines and vanishing points by hand to keep scales and angles in check.
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Rui-Abel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017   Digital Artist
Gorgeous composition Love 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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