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To the Death: Unleashed Fury. by Magnus-Strindboem To the Death: Unleashed Fury. by Magnus-Strindboem
At the center of the world is the eternal city. At the center of the eternal city is the arena. At the center of the arena are the games. From the darkness of the dungeons below the gladiators step into an Olymp of light, where gods are made and undone.

Most tend to see those games through the eyes of a material world of entertainment. But the games at their core are a sacrificial rite, a spiritual endeavour. We do not understand them, but still...

Another old picture, mostly I've redone the lighting and cleaned the scene a bit.

Daz3D Iray Render ~7000 iterations.
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MDanecka Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Is it a Daz? Nice :)
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup it's Daz3D. Thanks a lot :D
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dnprostudioindo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2019
great 3-Dimensional art for this picture
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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JoePingleton Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2019   Filmographer
Magnificent artwork, love the drama and the light
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) Thanks!
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emarukk Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"cut the ropes and run before she gets her weapons"

Nice!
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Edited Jan 8, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have to be fast about the run part.

<Spoiler>the guy in the picture may not be what he seems</Spoiler>
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emarukk Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting to see what happens.
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Kibosh-1 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup, you definitely have a gift for creating these scenes! Drama, tense atmosphere, strong characters (personality as well as physically) lighting...
That was a good description of her...   I am and will always be, the Ruthless Sun..  burn, burn!"
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ardoric said that about the ruthless sun, it had a good ring to it, even though his take was more considerate than mine.
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PSK-Photo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019  Hobbyist Photographer
Irgendwie mag ich neben ihrer Pose vor allem das Stückchen was man vom Gesicht sieht und das bisschen Mimik was man dadurch meint zu erkennen.

Die Dame muss aber echt sehr stark und gefährlich sein, wenn man sie derart verschnürt.

Was mich ein wenig ablenkt ist halt die helle Reflexion der Schwertscheide die in einem sonst komplett dunklen Bereich grell hervorleuchtet. Mein Blick wird da irgendwie halt hingezogen...

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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol... da ist man immer ein bisschen von den Props abhängig ;) was das Verschnüren angeht. 

Was die Schwertscheide angeht, es gibt natürlich ein Meshlight für's Füllen auf der Kameraseite, und das leuchtet das Messing auf der Scheide aus. Ich hab drüber nachgedacht, aber dann entschieden, es zu lassen, weil sonst die zentrale Form und Kontrast so dominiert hätte, dass das Auge komplett still steht. So gibt's halt das Schild und die Schwertscheide insgesamt so ein Dreieck bilden. 
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Ardoric95 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
by the intense illumination, it makes me think that she apart from possibly dying, and withstanding other people's gazes, she must endure a ruthless sun...poor of her
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've seen a movie once... wasn't the action kind, probably from the sixties. Can't remember much, it was something contemporary, might have been mistery, the weird kind.
It was black and white, somes scenes with the coast and stuff. But I still remember the sunlight, very bright, everything bleached even with b/w, a deadly and morbid impression. 
I've never seen that movie again, don't know the name or even care. Yet I can recall that light and the intense sense of decay in that brightness any time. 

It is fascinating and probably the most rewarding part of creating pictures or art to get feedback about the way other people react to them. I absolutely love your pictures, they have a deep sense of tranquility and magic to me. But I could not do something like that, even though I like it. :)

To me, she will become the ruthless sun, not withstanding the other peoples gazes, but blinding them. 
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Ardoric95 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It seems that it was a very raw movie. having that background, I am more curious to know what will happen later with this scene.
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really don't remember much about it, was some kind of late night artist special, nothing gory. But somehow that light was haunting.

That's an redo of an older scene where I started to create the Arena and the characters.
She was replaced by Brenna in the posted pictures (the woman with the blueish tattoos) but I do like the way she turned out here.

I feel she is probably a professional gladiator contrary to the others that started as captives, kind of top star, very deadly. I even suspect that the rope stuff is just stage acting for the crowd....
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Tinnuien Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I almost wish, you would do a bull fight scene... 
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd love to, just need to catch some bull... (damn... most ppl wouldn't even notice if it was a cow...)
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thormanoftunder Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2019
This is intense!!
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I was aiming to push into that direction, love to hear that you think so!
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thormanoftunder Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2019
Too much to dream with she snaping those ropes?
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha! I'll keep that in mind.
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mekheke Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2019
Great picture once again. ^^
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) I have to admit, I'm happy how it turned out. The original wasn't that bad or I would not have used it for a remake, but I'm amazed how much a couple of relatively small changes can do...
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CrownDigitalArt Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And beautiful lighting it is!
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:iconmagnus-strindboem:
Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I fear I got a slight obsession with light :D
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sawill77 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
More great work!  Fantastic characters and I love your description for the arena and the games.   Sword Tard Dark link  
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know if you ever read it, but the Arena setting is heavily influenced by Death in the Afternoon by Hemingway. Though I fear he would not have approved of my prose :D
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sawill77 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have not read it but may check it out.
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Edited Jan 4, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's more or less a written collage about bullfighting, including treatment of famous spanish artists, derogatory comments about Aldous Huxley and Walt Whitman, qualities of writing and an author in general, and a collection of great pictures.
It's focused on Spain in the 1920s. Just don't expect any coherent structure or story, but it's an all time favorite of mine ;)
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sawill77 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly all my "reading" lately is via audiobook during my commute to and from work.

Somewhere along the way in school I read "Hills Like White Elephants" and that first scene and description has stuck with me ever since.  No clue why.
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Edited Jan 6, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha, I've heard that often lately. Unfortunately I positively hate listening to audio books (can't follow video tutorials and stuff either, drives me mad), I'm the kind of person who impolitely interrupts others all the time because my thoughts run off in three different ways in the time they need to finish a sentence *sigh*

But I can relate to the hills thing, there's so much story written between the few lines. We had some other Hemingway stuff in school and I still can remember it...
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sawill77 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
>can't follow video tutorials and stuff either, drives me mad), I'm the kind of person who impolitely interrupts others all the time because my thoughts run off in three different ways

I can relate there.  I can follow the video tutorials but I have a bad habit of straying off with something I have learned and never get back on track.
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Exactly!
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PsiDeschain Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019
Great interplay with light and shadow to create tension.
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :) 

When I look at the Arena gallery, I feel I'm circling the light that I'm looking for. It's a slow process :D
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12CArt Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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SUPER ! ! !
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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MichelleLeRainbow Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Dcuzje0-3e5d3f5d-e372-4c79-88d8-38d5999a938f by MichelleLeRainbow  
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Magnus-Strindboem Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :) Happy you like it!
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