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EFRASIYAB by ertacaltinoz EFRASIYAB by ertacaltinoz
Hey everyone,
This is "Efrasiyab" who is a very powerful warrior of Scythians.

The Scythians or Scyths were an Ancient Iranian people of horse-riding nomadic pastoralists who throughout Classical Antiquity dominated the Pontic-Caspian steppe, known at the time as Scythia. By Late Antiquity the closely-related Sarmatians came to dominate the Scythians in this area.

Scholarly consensus since the 19th century identifies the Scythians (Saka) of Antiquity as an Iranian people, and their Scytho-Sarmatian language (the predecessor of the Ossetic language) as a Northeastern Iranian language. It should be noted that this does not hold for times after the 5th century AD, as, with the expansion of the Göktürk empire and Turkic migration, Central Asia came under Turkic dominance, and the Sakha of medieval times are undisputedly a Turkic nation.

You can read more about them here:
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And about Efrasiyab (Afrasiab)...

THE MYTHICAL KING AND HERO

According to Shahnameh ('Book of Kings') by the Persian epic-poet Ferdowsi, Afrasiab was the mythical King and hero of Turan and an archenemy of Iran. In Iranian mythology, Afrasiab is considered by far the most prominent of all mythical Turanian Kings; he is a formidable warrior, a skilful general, and an agent of Ahriman who is endowed with magical powers of deception to destroy the Iranian civilization.[1]

According to Middle-Persian and Islamic sources, Afrasiab was a descendant of Tūr (Avestan: Tūriya-), one of the three sons of the Iranian mythical King Fereydun (the other two sons being Salm and Īraj). In Bundahishn he is named as the seventh grandson of Tūr. In Avestan traditions, his common epithet mairya- (deceitful, villainous) can be interpreted as meaning 'an evil man'. He lived in a subterranean fortress made of metal, called Hanakana.

According to Avestan sources, Afrasiab was killed by Haoma near the Čīčhast (possibly either referring to Urmia Lake in Azarbaijan, or Lake Hamun in Sistan) and according to Shahnameh he met his death in a cave known as the Hang-e Afrasiab, or the dying place of Afrasiab, on a mountaintop in Azerbaijan; the fugitive Afrasiab having been repeatedly defeated by the armies of his adversary, the mythical King of Iran Kay Khosrow (who happened to be his own grandson, through his daughter Farangis), wandered wretchedly and fearfully around, and eventually took refuge in this cave and died.

IN TURKIC LITERATURE

Although the identification of the Turanians, a rival Iranian tribe, with the Turks, and Afrāsīāb with their king, is a late development,Turks cultivated the legends of Afrāsīāb as a Turkish hero after they had come into contact with the Iranians. Mahmud al-Kashgari quotes in his Dīwān loḡāt al-Tork a number of elegiac verses lamenting the death of Alp Er Tunga.

As you see, there are lots of arguments about him and who he is. But I like the "evil man" idea most and I depicted (with the help of our beloved writer Yiğit Değer Bengi) him according to that tale:)


And like before- if you have interest- please visit Global Game Center Homepage here ----->
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Photoshop CS2
Wacom Intuos A4 graphic tablet
Approx. 20 hours

Hope you like it.
Cheers
Ertaç
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:iconhypn0s-sama:
hypn0s-sama Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016
Great concept and detailing. You must one crazy dude to face this in combat lol
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:icondudak:
dudak Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
actually scyhitians are not iranian. modern anthropological researches is not say that. 
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:icondudak:
dudak Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
and archaeological, historical workings of course. İranians might be a part of Scythians. Scythians closer a turkic groups.  
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fanglish Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Nice piece. Though if this is supposed to be Afrasiab, you might want to add more armor and royal stuff (namely black iron, iron and black stuff).
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:iconyeappa:
yeappa Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
süper üstad!
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:iconshadowulf1:
Shadowulf1 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:strong: He looks so tough and cool...awesome! 8-)
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:iconstrykzone:
StrykZone Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
SKULL JUICE!!!!!
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:iconradioactivearcade:
RadioactiveArcade Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student General Artist
Interesting, I like it~ :meow:
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:iconmamc1986:
mamc1986 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Hellooooo......!!!!!!
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lplnvqh Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
and one more thing he was the king of Tooran and the foe of Iran and the adversary of Rostam in most of the battles
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:iconertacaltinoz:
ertacaltinoz Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
No, I'm not Iranian, I'm Turk.
This is not the real Efrasiyab of course, it's only a warrior unit which is inspired by the "evil version". Some describes him as Alp Er Tunga himself but we decided to not follow that myth. We decided to follow "the evil man" myth( who lived in a subterranean fortress made of metal, called Hanakana )
Thank you.
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fanglish Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Well... I'm persian and I kinda like Afrasiab more than most heroes of Iran.

He was wise, cunning and honorable to a point, though he was prone to feats of anger and very suspicious of those around him, killing his own brother (also a famous Turanian figure depicted as honorable and kind) for undermining his rule, having killed his son-in-law despite hearing a prophecy that "However who kills Siawash is damned" due to ill advises and his own suspicious nature.

And he was an epic sorcerer/hero/king, and none of heroes of iran dared to face him in combat save Rostahm (who became his arch-nemesis) and later Khosrow (who had to overcome many prejudices and hardships before being acknowledged).

There's even this line in Shahnameh about how feared he was: Mountain of Iron becomes like water if it hears name of Afrasiab.

And he was depicted "His banner is black and he wears a black armors, his limbs and head covered in Iron. He wears Iron Crown and a shroud of black is over his helmet and armor"

All this iron and black kinda makes him look like Morgoth Bauglir in Tolkein's works.
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:iconlplnvqh:
lplnvqh Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
nice sketch
he was described as a good looking man in Shah-Nameh of deceased Ferdosi the Great.
Are you iranian yourself?
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Gadyagrut Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Vallaha senin çalışmalarını inceledikçe, birşeyler öğreniyorum. Ustamsın farkındamısın xD<3

Sevgileerrr
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:icontravikus:
Travikus Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
oh! he's a man i dreamed about! ^^ =)
will hope he has a kind knightly soul =)
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:iconahrjey:
Ahrjey Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
Oh goodness, this guy is awesome!

The skin tones are wonderful, and I'm loving the stream of saliva at the skull xD
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:iconjanegael:
Janegael Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
Your use of light and shadow along with your attention to detail makes this a stunning work of art. I love the subtle colors you have used in the background. They make a good contrast to the starkness of the subject. This is really impressive.
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nixirhei Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
^^; I really don't think I'd wanna meet him. I'd be afraid he'd decide to use my skull as a water canteen. Yikes! Great detail work & what a thrilling stance. -Nixirhei
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Mortis-Spellsword Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
çok iyi hocam. keşke türkçede yazsaydın hikayeyi
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:icongraffitichaos:
graffitichaos Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
This is Amazing man. You drawings are great dude.
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:iconsergeant-killkrazy:
Sergeant-KillKrazy Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
NICE WORK.
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:iconorcbruto:
orcbruto Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What is that he is holding? A stone heart? A strange shapped mug? Oo
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:iconvampiredghost:
VampireDGhost Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!
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:icongogoto:
gogoto Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Professional Writer
fantasticoo!!
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LAS-T Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Man thats gnarly!
:clap:
:thumbsup:
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boot-cheese-3000 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
man you waste NO TIME in spitting these out eh senor fly guy? you definitely captured his evil essence, down to the skull goblet. thumbz up award.:thumbsup:

1nce again worthy to be featured as album cover illustration for a heavy metal or black metal band.;-)
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Wrath-of-Vader Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Tūr somekinda reminds me of the name of the second son of odin (as far as i know) Týr ... and Fereydun reminds me of Freya ... resmblences to the Nordic Mythology seem to be there and as far as i know the ancient language in the nordic area was somekind of related to the ancient language in the middle of asia ... correct me if im wrong plz (Im very interested in such things and when i see a resemblence i try to connect them with other knowledge ^^)

again your art is really awesome ^^
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Fantastic...
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:iconstoneblub:
Stoneblub Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
En iyi calisman bu oldu abi simdiye kadar!
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:iconertacaltinoz:
ertacaltinoz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Sağolasın Alim, beğenmene sevindim!
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Got-Labs Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
That Is Amazing! Incredibal actualy :clap: But its kinda gross how he is drinking from a skull :) but still looks great. And I realy aprishiat how you put your time into telling us about the caracter you just so perfictly created :pat:
sorry i'm blabering off now :blahblah: But it realy is good and probobly one of my favorets!
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:iconertacaltinoz:
ertacaltinoz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Zeke.
You are ok man, go on!
Thank you for your generous support and thank you for giving your time to read under my works(they are always a bit long and hard to read to the end, I know:))
I'm glad to hear your blabering (and you are not blabering). Thanks really for stopping by.
Have a nice day!
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Got-Labs Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Thank
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:iconmmkh:
MMKH Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also what is impressive is the amount of research you did to find out some historical background of these characters.
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:iconertacaltinoz:
ertacaltinoz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I think a character is more clear with its backround:) I hope you don't get bored from this stuff, eh?
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:iconmmkh:
MMKH Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, let's just say I find it "consistent". :P
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:iconberrier:
berrier Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
i dont know why but the thumbnail look'd like he had one of those bee helmets on
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MeWannaLearn Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
you re amazing on how often you update your gallery... You work a lot.. and extremly fast. Shows skills and exp work. Hope i ll get to a point that i ll be fast and pro like yas xD


Keep it coming!!! =) you re awesome

/squeezy hug again!
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:iconertacaltinoz:
ertacaltinoz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
To Daniela:rose:
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MeWannaLearn Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
to Ertaç

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:iconmontalve:
Montalve Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
absolutely awesome image
thanks for the great background on this mythological character
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:iconertacaltinoz:
ertacaltinoz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
And thanks for stopping by Ernesto.
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Montalve Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
my pleasure Ertac, I very much enjy your work and mythology of your region.

I have always loved mythology soevery little bit I learn is always welcome.
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komozeck Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
oyy ismi görünce direk ilgimi çekti(bkz. algida seçicilik ve adaslik baglantisi :D ) hakkaten çok da güzel olmus.illa ki özellikle neresi neresi dersen bilekten dökülen su derim zira ben simdiden ayni lezzeti yakalamak için pasabahce pardaklari kirik gittigidiyordan kuru kafa siparis ettim bile :D


ellere saglik!
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:iconertacaltinoz:
ertacaltinoz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Sağol Alper, kurukafa fikri yazarımız Yiğit Değer Bengi nin yönlendirmesiyle gelişti. Kendisine bu vesileyle teşekkür ederim bilgisiyle benim ufkumu da genişlettiği için:peace:
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:iconkomozeck:
komozeck Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
çift basli kartaldan biliyorum candir kendisi...selamlar sevgiler hepinize :)
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galipwolkan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
yıne cok guzel...bu arada dun uye oldum Oguzlardanım :D bu kadar iş guc arasında nasıl oynayacagımı bılmıyorm ama bos zamanlarımda ıyı gıder dıye dusunuyorum

sevgılerççç
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:iconertacaltinoz:
ertacaltinoz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, eyvallah. Boş zamanlarda takılmaca zaten abi, bizden malesef geçti aktif şekilde oyun oynama zamanları:) Ben de varım haritada bir yerlerde ama neredeydim inan onu bile unuttum işin gücün arasında.
Keyifli zaman geçirmen dileğiyle, görüşürüz abi buralardayız.
Kolay gelsin.
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