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Melchiah Lair

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Melchiah Lair - final (for now) design in my "Soul Reaver - redesigned" series. It's the first boss in the original game - Melchiah. I consciously deviated from the original design (big blob of a monster made off corpses became too common nowadays imho) and wanted to trully redesign him with his story in mind. I decided that the whole illustration of the lair would sell the idea better. Hope you all enjoy it! This one took me a looong time : )
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Hebi87Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm totally in love with this! it possibly looks even more terrifying than the original design, because you can clearly see where this appearance came from. it looks like an intermediate stage of his evolution to me.
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KarlosroleroHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice art! Yeah, I agree, his original form while innovative back then now it's too used, specially in games like Dark Souls. Not a bad conversion, I like the concept and he could still go slow due to the weight of those corpses.
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mrJB27Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man! Glad you like the design
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The catacomb walls are truly befitting of Melchiah. Brilliant work! :D
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mrJB27Professional Digital Artist
Skulls! Skulls everywhere! For him those are probably spare parts...
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I was thinking they were trophies. Melchiah has to skin his kills every so often to replace his own, maybe these are the skulls of those he skinned?
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mrJB27Professional Digital Artist
The hall of fame. The owner of best skin has the best place for his/her skull :D
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RafaelESalazarProfessional Digital Artist
Well done Kudos!
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mrJB27Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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hamedShayeghProfessional Digital Artist
very good works . i pleasure to see your works . please check my works and say your idea about my works
thanks
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NotoriousNoireHobbyist General Artist
I love your re-design, it feels more suited and grounded to his character and yet still holds that grotesque look about him. I think Melchiah is very underrated and doesn't have enough attention in general. Also the collection of skulls are a nice subtle touch to the background. Just like the catacombs of Paris which suit his area really well :) Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing more!
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mrJB27Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Yes, my aim was to make the design a little more fresh and grounded, yet scary. I tried to incorporate as many small story details in the illustration as I can. If you are interested you can see the process shots on my artstation profile: www.artstation.com/artist/mrjb…; Cheers!
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aaTmaHiraHobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! Fantastic artwork!! I featured your work in my Blog. Could you spare some time to check it out? Thanks! Link: Here
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mrJB27Professional Digital Artist
Hey! Thanks! I've checked your blog, thanks for featuring my work : ) The only thing - the original game was named "Soul Reaver" not "Melchiah" ; ) sorry for being picky!
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aaTmaHiraHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for checking it out! No problem, I will change it! Once again, wonderful work!!! You're insanely talented!! Thanks for sharing your work for us to see and admire! :)
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mrJB27Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for kind words! I really appreciate it : )
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aaTmaHiraHobbyist Digital Artist
Huggle!
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EdarneorProfessional Digital Artist
Cool! is this made in 3d?
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mrJB27Professional Digital Artist
3d was heavily used in the process (3d-Coat and Blender). Final compositing and overpaint was done in PS.
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EdarneorProfessional Digital Artist
Oh, I see. Did you use 3d Coat for sculpting? is it any good?
I'd love to get into 3d but $800 for Zbrush is just out of my league
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mrJB27Professional Digital Artist
My current workflow for 3D is 3D-Coat and Blender. Both are cheap (well, blender is for free) and have a lot of tutorials online. 3D-Coat is becoming quite popular right now and is really good (especially voxel sculpting method), but I feel that Z-Brush has a better "feel" to it's brushes (but has a mad and frustrating UI). Check it, I believe it has a 30 day free trial. Cheers!
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avenger09Hobbyist General Artist
"Do you not recognise me, brother? Am I so changed."
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mrJB27Professional Digital Artist
"-Melchiah?! -Yes brother, you should have stayed where the master sent you, Raziel."
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avenger09Hobbyist General Artist
You will find Nosgoth less pleasant than you remember.

Raziel:
What has become of my clan?  Answer me, little brother, or I will beat an answer from your horrid lips.

Melchiah:
Everyone is afraid, sibling.  You awake to a world of fear.  These times of change are so... unsettling.
Do you think I feel no revulsion for this form?  Do you believe for a moment that our Lord would risk his empire upon an upstart inheritance?

Raziel:
Enough riddles - what are you saying?!
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