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Let's do Doom Pt2: Archvile by Mechanubis Let's do Doom Pt2: Archvile by Mechanubis
Archvile was without a question the most badass of all the monsters in Doom 2. To me, they are one of the finest examples of enemy-design, not because of their looks, but because they actually changed the entire flow of combat. Not only can they set you on fire with their will alone (which forced you to stay ot of their line of sight) but they also resurrected the enemies you spent so much time, affection and bullets to slay. This put them on top of the target-hierarchy. It was crucial to wipe these bastards out at any cost as soon as possible. That's some top-notch enemy design.

I went for a different look altogether. I wanted this guy to have sort of a clergyman-thing going on, so I made his skull resemple a pope's or a bishop's hat. I also added a huge skirt made from human-flesh, to create a sense of some type of disturbing fetishistic insight, so that he's not just a beast, but a sentient and self-aware entity. This also gave him a more distinguishable silhouette from rest of the humanoid beings.
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RevenantOfHell64 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Aside from my personal favorite demon the Revenant, the Archvile reigns
number 1 on my top 10 DOOM demons list.

You did an amazing job this, I love it :)
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :3
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DEM-Tec Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Archvile: Wumpis Macgumpis
*demons resurrect*
Me: FUCK!
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
LoL
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Mryayayify Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
His head looks like a mitre. 
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:iconmechanubis:
Mechanubis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
That was the idea ^-^
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PrettyNormalMedia Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
Better than the Summoner.
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:iconmechanubis:
Mechanubis Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I liked the summoner in the new Doom. But thank you :)
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ScoutFan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
the color palette of the summoner and your design is surprisingly similar tho, like holy shit
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Frost-Spectre Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, this one feels alot like the art direction in the new DOOM. Especially since the demons now have more complex backstory and even society...
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rekettyelovag Featured By Owner May 20, 2016
It's 2016, new Doom came out and the Archvile looks just like this! 
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I don't think it's THAT close. It was a cool enemy tho.
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Zamora1986 Featured By Owner May 12, 2016
I find it interesting that your interpretation of the Archvile is very similar to the one shown in the 2016 game.

Still looks badass though
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:iconmechanubis:
Mechanubis Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Haven't seen it yet. No spoilers please :3 And thanks
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Zamora1986 Featured By Owner May 12, 2016
It only made a brief showing on the Doom Launch Trailer. Still waiting for the game to be released. >:(
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josh121213 Featured By Owner May 5, 2016
I was hoping to doom4 have an arch file that look like this and they have it in spirit !
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind words. Here's to hoping for the glorious return of Doom!
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Blackmaurader62 Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
they have archviles... search for the newest doom trailer ;)
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TheIVHorseman Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
the moment i saw this i instantly thought of those imp shamans from diablo 2
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TheIVHorseman Featured By Owner Edited Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
*fallen, whoops
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The-Dapper-Scrapper Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
With the abilities and overall royal/regal looking design, it's really reminiscent of the Kantus in the Gears Of War games.
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Well Kantus is akin to the Archvile when it comes to enemy design. Both resurrect fallen enemies and are a pain to kill.
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awesreek Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
One thing I'm noticing through out all your doom art,
is that every creature feels a bit more iconic.
This a great example of that, the archviles in the games are a bit bland,
where as this design is definitely a lot more interesting, great job!
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. The original archvile is an excellent enemy, but it did feel a bit bland compared to the rest of the colorful roster.
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Boomstickboy99 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
although i dont think the archviles are the most badass of the demons (for me, that spot would go to the barons and cyberdemon), this is still an amazing piece of work. you finally did it justice, instead of it's bland look in doom 2 and 3, just being a suitless slenderman with pyrokinesis. now it actually looks like a necromancy sorcerer strait from the depths of hell
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Probably my favourite of your Doom monster redesigns.
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Glad you like it :)
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antcow Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
The fact that it wears clothes at all denotes intelligence.
That makes it scarier.....
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed. Last halloween I learned that not wearing clothes in the public is neither smart or scary.
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antcow Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
I wont ask what led up to that XP
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slade-exe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
I just had a crazy idea! Okay, there's the Archviles that do it's normal thing and then there's this bishop-looking Archvile in Hell that summons a few waves of demons like it normally does. And at the end it gives you something (maybe a key item) to help you end the invasion.
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winddragon24 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is best redesign of the Archvile I have ever seen, the bishop look to him plus his robe of human skin makes him a much more of a dangerous threat, not to mention his intelligence as well. I can imgine the doom guy walking into the main hall of the Black Unholy Cathedral, then he see the Archvile sitting on his throne waiting for him. Before the doom guy knew it, he being Burned alive!  He got a whole army of the undead right behind him...and the doom guy is DOOMED!
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow. Such kind words :3 I rummaged through your gallery and you have some really cool works there. Live the exaggerated forms and the Darksiders-esque characters. Also, your depiction of Archvile seems a helluva lot like mine o.O And I thought I was being original, yet I somehow managed to rip someone else off... again : D
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winddragon24 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww thanks.:D (Big Grin)..actually the archvile drawing I did was inspired by the "Death", Vulgrim, and the Watcher from the Darksiders series, plus I based of my own style off from Darksiders and various of kick ass comic styles.
I absolutely love your archvile, you an add bios to your doom monsters. Love:la: choir
I did that to some of my versions of them. and I get really creative with them :) 
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Darksiders is a good source of inspiration. It has kickass character designs, except for War, who I found to be rather boring :/ My personal favourite are the Abyss Serpents from Darksiders 2 <3
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winddragon24 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My favorite I would  say, is the demon warriors designs in Darksiders 2, War's demon form, Samael, and that one goat-serpent demon. 
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ArchVile68 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Always loved the Arch-Vile, from both Doom II and Doom 3, and the this picture does the monster amazing justice! Fantastic Job!
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. Archvile is one badass creature :) Cheers o/
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Awebster7854 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you designed this as well?
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yup :)
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Awebster7854 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You rock!!
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gakusangi Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
It's interesting that you went for a clergyman look, because literally the Archvile was supposed to be a sort of demonic cleric that brought back the demons you'd slain and therefore views itself as a sort of benevolent being, which is why its soundbyte upon death is a distorted recording of a little girl screaming "Why!?"...that's haunting o.o;
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Really? A little girl? Cool. Learned something new today.
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gakusangi Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Yeah, that's part of why the Archvile is so disturbing XD
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armaina Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*SCREAMS*
*CONTINUES SCREAMING*
OH GOSH HE'S SO GORGEOUS AND AMAZING AND I LOVE THIS RE-ENVISIONING AND WOW
WOW WOW WOW
THIS IS SO GOOD
I LOVE THIS SO MUCH
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Whoa! o.O Calm down darling. It's only a painting.

But thanks :3
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armaina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha Unfortunately, Arch-Vile is kiiiiinda my favorite of the doom monsters, I got a little excited
You're welcome :D
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SpawnFire88 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
The least scariest monster in the game for me. Because every time I faced them, they pissed me off so much I wasnt even scared of the game anymore. Cheapskates >.> Great work though. I want to see your version of the Hellknight, or more of your own monsters that could have been DOOM related.
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Are you talking about Doom 3? You must be talking about Doom 3, or you simply haven't played the Archvile-maze level in Plutonia Experiment. If that level didn't make your buttocks pucker up, then you are one cold blooded, badass motherfucker o.O

Thank you very much. Currently my computer is on it's last leg, so working has become very exhausting :/ But the Doom-related stuff should continue this December.
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