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Commission: Steel Flameblade by Johndowson Commission: Steel Flameblade by Johndowson
Yo everybody. Long time no see. :)
I have been working on my blog lately ( [link] ) and I have not updated anithing on DA (shame on me). Mostly because I work with moving images mostly and I canīt put them here (Iīd love it though).
Aaaanyway, for this commission I had to follow a very precise character description. It was a hard but rewarding task. This is, in brief, the description I had from the client:

Name: Steel Flameblade.

Nature: Half fire demon and half dragon in human form.
Powers: Black magic, fire spells and enchanted sword.

Height: about 6'6", toned physique, light skin.
Hair: black with sideburns, also black.
Face: Strong jaw, slightly pointed chin.
Eyes: Dragon-like (vertical slit pupil and extended firey iris).

Dress/Equipment: He wears mainly red and black, small portions of white interspaced for contrast. The very bottom layer of his outfit is a scalemail, the second layer is cloth, and it's made to mesh with the armor on the front of the legs, upper arms, and chest. This cloth is black on the leg and near the waist, and overlapped by a red tattered "shawl" at the top. The arms are red.
His armor includes steel, clawed gauntlets, shoulderplates (not overly massive), and spiked boots.
He wears a red and black cape, ground length and shoulder width at the top, flared wider at the bottom. It is tattered from many battles. It loops over his collarbones just inside the shoulderplates, and clasps around the neck. Wrapped over his right shoulder/collarbone is a chain. It winds down his right arm, and hangs about an inch down at the wrist, ending in a wicked spike. The chain also binds his sword to his back.

Weapon: He carries a double edged greatsword, very wide and tall like him. I would prefer that the edge was a bit on the more complex/unique side and not completely straight.The sword hangs diagonally across his back. The chain on his right shoulder binds it to his back by wrapping around the blade and then wrapping over his left shoulder to secure it. The blade is made of diamond at its center, the actual edge is made of metal with a very thin silver line at the egde. The sword has no sheath.

Props: He carries a dark book with a silver spine and silver corners. It contains his black spells, and is normally hidden away, but should not be in this case.

Composition: I would prefer him to be drawn at an angle, staring off to the right, so that as much as possible of his face is visible. The chain should be visible on his right arm, the sword be shown as fully as possible and the armor displayed adequately.
Setting: I would like him to be standing on scorched earth, possibly with a mountain in the background. The ground around him maybe revealing a charred skeleton and the smodlering remains of some armor. A tattered flag of some defeated enemy blows in the wind behind him. It's just for effect, no specific symbol required, and feel free to exclude it or hide it as much as you like. The time of day should be approaching sunset.
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OldMjolnir Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2018
Beautiful piece, congrats !!
SBlackburn Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
saw this image on an ebook cover, not sure if used under license or not...…

(awesome image, btw)
ultimatede Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017
This is ridiculously badass!
DIAZFIR Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017
how to download this
Sintobus Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016   Writer
How much was this? o_o easily in the 300-500+ range I imagine.
SnowInHades Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yuul-Shamar Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
This, is kick ass, and one day I shall make a character like him with which to play. :D

By any chance, what's your commission fee? Once I get  new job I might like some commissions of my own :)
zevl Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Very good work :clap:
decipher666 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
I knew of your drawing years ago, so I thought o myself, Hey! Do you remember that guy, the one that made D&D drawings, I should go to check his page surely he has got better skills now. I came here and, Holy shit!!! You sure have better skills now :)
decipher666 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Cainor35 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Awesome :O
SeaLadyJ Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
This is an incredible piece!
Agacora Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Where's a reluctant young hero when you need one? Great job!
Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Beautiful and awesome!
Azzitay Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student General Artist
God , it would be awesome to see without watermark !
cat-spat Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012   Digital Artist
:iconcomeatmebroplz: The most epic battle will commence!
Yusef1 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love the composition. Normally I detest those big anime comic swords, but this one seems to fit. Somehow. A serious success!
I would love to try to make flameblade's armour but I would not know where to begin! Leather and steel and scale OH MY!
CrimsonOblivionKing Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Great work!
FlailingFrog Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
:wow: this is rediculous! I wish I had a third of your skill! Great work!
Ole-Ingvar Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Kradath Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Nice art, and very complete the profile part. He only needs a background now.
dawn-is-dead Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow really well done! so much detail!
Ariade Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
whoo I wonder how much comissions from you could be ;3
Ammotu Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
awesome work!
the colors and lighting are completely amazing :)
DarkDragon247 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: Great! :woohoo:
sephiroth2478 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
HOLY HELL, this is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Veltharis Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Beautiful piece. It's nice to see you updating again and I hope you can continue to do so.

I'm a big fan of your work - as a Planescape fan, I especially loved your "Consorts to the Arch-Devils" series and other similar pieces.
Fernschzet Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's one hell of a level adjustment.
mcovvey Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
spell 'cast' is vivid and beautiful... more fire rain w/ mixed (water) rain might make it a touch more magical (maybe?) but the greaves are v. cool and love the light effects... envious sigh~~*
Liamythesh Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the way you use those glyphs in your spellcasting images.
Pocketali Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful!
sannamy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
wow... beautifull work... just a comment about the angle of the right magic circle... looks a little weird... but... ignoring that.. is a masterpiece... To favs. ^^
tuangd Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
great work, love the color scheme and the mood, pretty cool!
MOCKINGSCOPE Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sareth1337 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
now thats what i call a true warlock, a magic-user bound by his blood and trained in the use of weapons
Johndowson Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Agree :)
Captain-Mary Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks to make us see such wonders ! This is a masterpiece, really.
Johndowson Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Thank you! :)
NestorPriest Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student General Artist
no comment...
Johndowson Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Thanks :)
dreamweaverm Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
You just keep getting better and better. That is INSANE. Especially since the description was so detailed, especially about the costume.

I honestly can't think of much to say about this beyond "WOW THE DETAIL THE DETAIL MY EYYYESS!!" :boggle: Maybe the composition is a little rectangular but you make up for that with the depth and richness of the background.

And also, hello old friend. Remember me? :)
Johndowson Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Sure I do.
I Miss the good times in SF. :)
Thanks for the love, I hope you are heaving a great time ;)
dreamweaverm Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Hey Paulo...

If by any chance I might want to commission a work, how might I go about it?
Wingnut55 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
outstanding work !
Johndowson Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
LeNNeaH Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy mother of nuggets, just checked your gallery, and DAMN... THE IMPROVEMENT IS DELICIOUS
Johndowson Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Thank you!
Alioli1 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Johndowson Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
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