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Blood Omen- That Legacy of Kain ;)
Watercolour, 50x70 centimeters.


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sagaratutuji Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
cool☆
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LauraPanico1987 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
povero raziel :(
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018   Traditional Artist
Yup Bored 
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roundtower Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016   Traditional Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº5 o Destacados nº 5" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).
¡Por favor, queremos ver más trabajos tuyos en el grupo!. 

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* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 5. (Best works of the group). 
Please, We want to see more works in the group of you!. 
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Evo-ker Featured By Owner May 15, 2016   Digital Artist
Dual-blade sword from BO2? Lol, course of history is really changed ;) (Wink) 
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner May 16, 2016   Traditional Artist
Why not if he can even kill Mr Greeno and Raziel with it ;)
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Luna1292 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to see that someone else has a love of the way Kain is really supposed to be. Not that green imposters!!
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016   Traditional Artist
Yup, not everyone likes the Legacy of Raziel turn of this franchishe. That green orc should rather pass as Yoda's double in any Star Wars movie than claiming the slightest relation to the original Kain character. 
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BeyondTheNytemare Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This should've been the cover of Blood Omen, it speaks volumes, and is very blood soaked and dark :D
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Grace-Zed Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow This is amazing! The painting looks like some kind of a poster. You did a great job on this! :thumbsup: 
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you! I used the original game box cover for inspiration, I found it the most suitable backdrop to the main character. 
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OstinLein Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Raziel noooooo! XD But art is gorgeous!!!
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015   Traditional Artist
Raziel deserved it. 
And also Kain deserved some justice ;) 
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OstinLein Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cry run 
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Luna-Fantasma Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art got me speechless :love: great style!
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it :) 
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AlienaXLoK Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015
I guess you don't like Soul Reaver series :p
This is an awesome pic, you should have spent much time to do this...
It's impressive :) I like your style a lot :D
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015   Traditional Artist
Can't deny that ;)
Thank you, actually I didn't spent as much time with this as with an acrylic work, surprisingly watercolours is faster to work with. 
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DaemoniumNocturnal Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That is fucking amazing O_O the concept and execution is amazing. the amount of detail and great work on the shading and light effects is stunning. the whole piece looks very refined and painted with care. also love the blood dripping from the severed heads :D 

glad to see I am not the only one who isn't fond of Legacy of kain.. I recently decided that I wanted to try the series out. but I am really stubborn about playing games or movies in order of release so I started with the first Blood Omen. I really liked it, then I tried Soul reaver knowing that it would be a different game but hey everyone says it's good so let's go for it.... eh I didn't manage to finish it :no:
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you for your comment. I like to put as many details as possible even into watercolour works. 

It's great, rare to meet someone who agrees and not raging aboout my dislike to the Soul Reaver side. I belong to those who played the Blood Omen games first so playing any of the Soul Reaver games was a painful experience of disappointment. Those games were different by all means as they even started as an entirely different franchishe with different story and characters and got the Legacy of Kain title slapped onto in the end. It doesn't carries the essence of the original Nosgoth universe, I remember I checked the game's box if I really really bought a Legacy of Kain game as the game itself had not a single connection to the Blood Omen side. Not to mention the Kain character I had my hopes in to turn up and save this game, it only crowned the disappointment when I realized in the middle of the game that green critter meant to be him. 
I think the only reason the Soul Reaver overshadowed Blood Omen is it worked with the old goodguy vs badguy stereotype setting and it's gameplay shamelessly copied the classic Tomb Raider  which was the most successful title by the late '90-s. 
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DaemoniumNocturnal Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :) ah I can see that you put a lot of effort into your work; they look really polished and realistic and smooth :wow:

yeah it's rare, kinda weird that people take your dislike for the games so heavily O.o
indeed they are really different. I was willing to accept it as it's own game separate from the others but I have to be honest even as a stand alone it wasn't really worth it to me(going on a bit of a rant here): the areas where boring, (i know it was meant to be an empty destroyed world but you could still make that interesting and atmospheric but it didn't work ) I disliked the soundtrack except for the intro cinematic track. I don't know if this is only the case with the pc version but the controls where too sensitive and it made platforming a chore. the camera angles they used eventually made me feel nauseous that I stopped playing. the game feels really "empty" and underwhelming. it was frustrating to play. I eventually only played to see how Kain was doing and it was kinda weird seeing him in that form. like, he didn't look anything like kain, yet his voice was coming out of him :'D I know that lore wise the vampires eventually start to change in appearance but they could have done a much better job then this :XD: I really tried giving it a chance but all those problems showed up so after like 4 hours I stopped playing.
I can't help to compare it with the first installment..blood omen was much more playable and had way more interesting characters and areas to explore with great atmosphere and voice acting. the dialogue was awesome, I think that the soul reaver games go waaayy too over the top with the long words that it started sounding unauthentic and forced. (i decided to look up the story of the other soul reaver games cause I was unwilling to play them)

euh I'll be quiet now I started rambling a little :'D
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015   Traditional Artist
There are those kind of fans who take it too seriously when their favourite isn't liked equally by someone else. (but their rage is entertaining in a weird kind of way ;)
I really tried to accept the Soul Reavers and the change their presence brought to the franchishe, but in the end, who was I trying to lie, it was pleasant to say hey, I don't like this, that's not Kain's Legacy, instead of keep pretending. 
SR1 was really terribly boring with those oversized areas and the enemies you couldn't kill without something pointy edge tool. Both SR games were a carbon copy of Tomb Raider, especially SR2 that cloned the locations and puzzles too. You're right, the whole thing is lacking the wicked atmosphere the Blood Omens had, while BO's characters weren't good or evil but all of them were selfish and cared not with higher causes and other cliches, Kain himself was also a cynicidal sadistic guy, then the Soul Reavers brought the title to the cliche fest of angelic righteous vampires vs the dumbass humas and hylden where the vampires are the competent keepers of the world's balance and of course our new main hero is the victim of circumstances kind of person who keep endlessly pitying himself. 
Vampires didn't changed with time, it was just Crystal's excuse to fill the gap between the original Kain character and their own green critter. Greeno not only didn't looked like Kain, it hadn't a single personality or trait that'd had the slightest reminiscence to Kain. Like Conan has not a slight similarity to Yoda. 
The other thing about the SR dialogues they were full of pathos and grand stuff like a theatrical play that tries too hard to look epic. I found Kain's black humour and cynicidal comments on everything around him in Blood Omen far more memorable. 
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DaemoniumNocturnal Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah it can indeed be somewhat entertaining to see XD I usually get the opposite reaction, people just go silent. I have this when I mention I don't like skyrim and when they ask why and I explain, they just don't say anything :?

yeah indeed... I was willing to accept it as it's own thing if it was good, but in my opinion Soul Reaver was awful :'D
hm I don't remember that much from the first tom raider games, it has been a long time since  played them. it sucks that they relied so much on TR's success and formula though.. 
I think that is what bothered me the most, I'm willing to play games with wobbly controls of their world, story and atmosphere drag you in but it didn't even have that. and i completely agree BO's characters where more interesting and memorable. 
oh yeah I saw parts of that storyline when looking up cutscenes of the game :no: and of course there is a prophecy/faith thing going on which we have seen a million times. 
hm I thought they did cause of that scene when you meet Vorador for the first time? 

oh they start fucking up his personality completely in defiance O___O that whole wise-man talk is nothing like the original kain and it seems like there hasn't been any clear character development to show why he became like that. it just POOF happens, at least that is the impression I got from it.

yeah they completely overdid it, in BO it felt more authentic and they did not overdo it to the point where you can't take it seriously. 
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015   Traditional Artist
They used to send me a wall of ramblings about how awesome their game is and how wrong I am for not seeing it's greatness, recently they're just reblogging or sharing my works on various fansites to cry about it (why sharing something they don't like is beyond my understanding) 

That's it, doesn't matters how hard it tried, the Soul Reaver franchishe is terribly not matching the Blood Omen's universe, as it never been the part of it by default. The classic Tomb Raider formula worked till 2001 so the Soul Reavers had not much longer future either. And a good game also takes more creativity than the Star Wars cliche with the baddie-baddie antagonist who turns fatherly and caring with the Chosen One goodhero. That scene with possessed Janos frying Raziel cries for a Star Wars crossover parody. Although Star Wars is awesome, the millionth copy of it's formula is rather boring. 

The Greeno comes from a different game concept Shifter (both Greeno and Raziel had not been created as the part of Legacy of Kain) it meant to be a biblical themed game with a revenging fallen angel, had no connections to Nosgoth. Crystal took Blood Omen from Silicon and all of a sudden Shifter was merged with Legacy of Kain and got released as Soul Reaver. Claiming "Kain got older and wiser" is a weak and unconvincing excuse for the exchanging of the character with something entirely different. Tey really used Vorador's look to backup their excuse, but the vampires in Blood Omen rather looked like different species within the vampire breed as Vorador was green, his minions had even yellow and white skins and nothing assumed they're supposed to morph into giant green orcs or critters from The Thing. Also I liked better Blood Omen was free from prophecies. The Pillars were guarded by powerful wizards who gone mad and Kain got turned into a vampire only to gain equal powers to be able to fight these people, and not because of any scion of balance thing nor the vampires as the rightful competent guards stuff. Not to mention his sword was just a prop, and not a prophesized magical item wielded by a destined saviour. 
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DaemoniumNocturnal Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
jesus that is some overreacting if you ask me :?



oh that completely explains why the soul reaver games are so different... they should've kept it their own game and not have tried to slap the legacy of kain name onto it. :no: and they weren't even able to make it a good stand alone game in my opinion. if Silicon kights had kept their license for the game I bet they could've made something far better. I remember playing Eternal Darkness; santity's requiem, another game that Silicon knights had made, and when I played BO I saw similar qualities, things that most game companies haven't come close to.
that was something  I saw from those cinematics that I didn't like either, it indeed get's really cliche and Kain is definitely not the type to become a wise-man-fathery figure, even if he did turn "good" he wouldn't be like that O_O

that is indeed a weak excuse for his character change. hm your right there about the whole look of the vampires there. and Kain did already got a changed appearance when he turned into a vampire. :O
oh yes definitely I really liked the lack of cliche prophecy stuff in that game I got so tired of those story lines :stare: cause what those storylines basically say at the start of it all is that the hero will win anyways. :XD:
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015   Traditional Artist
I'm just playing Blood Omen 2, neglected it for a while so replaying it was a kind of "wow!" feeling. That's what none of the Soul Reavers could bring with their cliche-fest. I love Kain's style, his attitude towards others, his short comments, his sadistic and sociopath traits. He's also hated by all other characters in the game, Kain has no clue why but he doesn't care. Also important he's not justifying his actions or himself. That's where he differs from other videogame characters and developers are afraid of creating anti-heroes like Kain as risking their marketability, it's safer them to stay with the loveable cliches. It worked for Crystal Dynamics as Soul Reaver had a higher selling rate than Blood Omen (yeah it became a top hit at kids, hooray! ) but it doesn't means they made a better game. Blood Omen was made for adults in first place who love the darker side of life while the Soul Reavers targeted a far wider audience, including kids and romantic adults (those who're into the predestination, prophecies and pathos crap) 
Blood Omen 2 is criticised the most and claimed the "weakest of the series" mostly by those who're the fans of the "series" but never played Blood Omen and actually hate Blood Omen 2 because it isn't another Soul Reaver. The truth is Blood Omen 2 had to be made of restricted budget (Crystal invested into the Raziel games, but withdrawn money from Kain) and I'm glad it was made by a different team and not by those people who made the Soul Reavers, so Kain got a second game that was sourced from Blood Omen and didn't became the subfamily of the Soul Reavers. 
The Soul Reavers are a cliche fest, Defiance was close to the level of sickening, only the rainbows and flying unicorns were missing for the perfect Disney picture. On the other hand, Kain was victorious by the end of Blood Omen 2, but was it good for anyone? His victory was rather menacing, and was a good closing of his story as nothing left for him to do. 
The funny thing is while Crystal put a lot of effort into creating a complicated story, their time-travel stuff had unmade their whole SR storyline, all sci-fi fans can understand it. And it doesn't requires the knowledge of hard Sci-fi literature like Asimov, enough to watch Family Guy.
I didn't played anything else by Silicon, I was interested in Too Human but it never came out for pc. Once Denis Dyack said their game would never took that direction the Soul Reaver did, their version would had no Raziels, Green Orcs or prophecies or the importance of the Reaver sword in it. SR divided the game characters to goods and bads, while Blood Omen had none of these. Kain wasn't a good guy, and Nupraptor, Atimuth etc weren't baddies either, they were simply in Kain's way, he killed them for his own release and not for some moral cause. As Kain's writer said, evil is simply the matter of perspective. 
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LoKIMOOn1000 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015
Wooow, nice work! And with watercolors too? Yep, you're definitely a wizard! And I see Kain's got himself some trophies there.;)
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you! Watercolours' technique is right the opposite of the acrylic paint but I like it so far. 
Yup, Kain always kills his butcherers ;) 
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JillkyoGalliard Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
oh, this is amazing! Congratulations!
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015   Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it :) 
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Alkonybestia Featured By Owner Edited Nov 16, 2015
Imádom, hogy ennyire részletesek a festményeid, az pedig külön tetszik, hogy Kain nem csak átvitt értelemben veti meg Razielt és jövőbeli önmagát. :) Ötletes kifejezése a véleményednek!
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015   Traditional Artist
Szeretek nagy méretben festeni, így több részlet fér el a képeken, akvarellel se sűrűn dolgoztam eddig, de egészen megtetszett. 
Nálam Raziel és Yoda mutáns bátyja gyakran szó szerint elvesztik a fejüket :) 
Szerintem ha Kain valós személy lenne, a Crystal fejlesztőit is egy fejnyivel megrövidítené amiért ezt tették vele, lényegében egy laza mozdulattal a kukába hajították a Shifter játék karakterei és története javára. 
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chemicalking Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Student General Artist
This is beautiful! Kain looks better than ever
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you :) 
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StefaniaRusso Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
EPIC!!! :wow:
Amazing painting... This is perfect for the cover of remake Blood Omen :D (hoping in a miracle for game)
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you :) Wish that could be possible. 
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VoiceInForestShadow Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Badass!
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you :) 
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AuronTsubaki1985 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
VAE VICTUS!
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015   Traditional Artist
:) 
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StonedSmeagol Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015
Awesome concept & layout, beautiful work my friend:wow:
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like :) 
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Lucinvampire Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015
I always loved the eyes on the box art and you've made them look awesome, BO is the best <3
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015   Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it, the original box art was the best choice for backdrop to the character :) 
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Lucinvampire Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
It works perfectly for this :D
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CiNiTriQs Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
excellent compo, great work!
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :) 
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Skullgrin-140 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Such beautiful work, I love the touch as well of younger Kain holding the heads of both his older self and Raziel. The recreation of the original box art shows some amazing detail too. 
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like. Often happen Kain kills that green imposter or Raziel on my works. Blood Omen is also a good source of inspiration.
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85NERO Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
wow amazing pic from Kain very crazy and cool love iDeviantArt :) (Smile) :D (Big Grin) =P (Razz) +fav deviantART tWoohooooo! Psychotic 
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