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Uriel Sketch by Zephyri Uriel Sketch by Zephyri
Pencil sketch done for the CGHUB CharacterFORGE challenge - the Archangel Uriel in full body armor and wielding a flaming sword. Deliberately stuck to what would be considered a fairly traditional angel look, simply because I enjoy drawing armor and wings and chiselled men :)

To be finished (hopefully) in watercolour, ink and colour pencil.
EDIT: Finished version can now be found here, under the title 'Dawn's Presence: [link]

Currently about 14" by 9.5" Initial digital sketch this was done from found here: [link]
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:iconcocogerber:
cocogerber Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016   General Artist
I love the concept and detail!
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BigGrabowski Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
excellent, love the detail. cant wait to see the colored version!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I should probably have called the finished version Uriel so people could find it... :D but here's the finished version: [link]
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Superb Art!!!
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Glowcrow Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the rough pencil marks on the sketching here. Already so full of detail and well done shapes. The anatomy is to die for.
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whispering-destiny Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my... thatis incredible!
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:icontowim:
Towim Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Wow I really adore this. So far it is shaping up to be one of my favorites of yours. I'd be in love with it even pencil shaded, but I can't wait to see what you do with it.
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Sevel Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
ooooh thats great i can't wait to see it finished :D
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:icontaralphiel:
Taralphiel Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
I can't wait to see this in colour. Beautiful work! And so much detail too. Down to the achitechture of the church rooftop and designs on his armour.

I really admire your work - I have for a long time. And I think seeing these sketches, it's a nice added dimension. To see where things start and the planning of your work.

Thanks for sharing! :)
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:icondisneypsycho:
DisneyPsycho Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW, those wings are AMAzing! Great job!
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Epic. :)
Cant wait to see this develop! :eager:
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Amafel-Elf Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This looks so amazing.... O_________O
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Unicorngirl89 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow the details are really amazing. The anatomy for the wings are great too, good job.
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TheArtfulMegalodon Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
It's lovely, absolutely! But why does his hair and clothing blow in one direction while the sword flames blow in another?
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Honestly, I hadn't noticed that til I got the whole thing transferred onto the board, and then cursed myself for that slight oversight. In this instance I'm going to claim artistic liscense and the fact the sword is magically inbued means it's unaffected by normal wind? *cough* Failing that, it works better compositionally, as it leaves the silhouette of the angel's legs intact. >.>
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eyeofthenyte Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist
love his wings especially!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconeyeofthenyte:
eyeofthenyte Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist
any time! I've had an odd interest in angels/fallen.
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:iconibble:
Ibble Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Very cool!!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
very fine work Sam! :thumbsup:
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks m'dear!
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
;) it's my pleasure!
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:iconrazio:
Razio Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Way better and depth oriented than Wen-M
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, Wen's work is awesome, and done under much tighter time constraints than mine, I suspect! But I appreciate the compliment as an admirer of his work!
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Rollinlol95 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Whoa!That's great the details,armor and the expression!
Good job!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconhelena-of-troya:
Helena-Of-Troya Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Amazing job, love the details on the armor!!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconhelena-of-troya:
Helena-Of-Troya Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
You're welcome! :D
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kirkpatrickpsalm Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely wonderful, can't wait to see it over
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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xxmihoxx Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Awesome as always. :) I really envy the speed you put out such quality work! Are you going to use watercolors? I may have already asked, but what is the ratio of you using traditional media vs photoshop?
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thanks! Yeah a mix of water colour, colour pencil and ink, usually. In what sense do you mean digital/traditional? Just in this piece, or generally over all?
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xxmihoxx Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
generally over all :)
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well overall I work mostly digitally. Exclusively digitally in my day job as a concepter.. and I do tradtional as and when I feel a piece would work better in tradtional media at home.
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Charmaiden Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Wow, can't wait to see this finished. It's very promising so far. Although, Uriel is the 4th Archangel of Nature; it is Michael and Raphael that are warriors, but that aside; this is a stunning drawing.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Reading up on the wiki page it seems he has many roles.. I think the one they were going for this challenge was the 'standing at the Gates of Eden with a firey sword' vision. But a nature-based angel would have defintiely been cool too. Glad you like the art!
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Charmaiden Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Oh I see. There are so many interpretations of the Archangels it can become quite confusing. Breathtaking art nevertheless :thumbsup:
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Brett-Neufeld Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This...

This has the potential to become on of my favorite pieces of art on deviantart O.o

This is honestly breathtaking lineart. I CANNOT wait to see it finished.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thank you so much! I'll try not to disappoint with the colour version ()though I invariably end up prefering my own line art).
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Yeah, that's not the kind of angel that flits around shaking fingers. That's... 'Okay, we tried persuasion, now let's try it with WRATH.' Very good.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hehehe glad he comes across as more of an ass kicker... always liked the idea of them being more warrior like myself.
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:iconmensjedezeemeermin:
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
I hope you'll do a finished version. I get tired of all these demonic types--what's keeping them from overrunning creation?
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:iconzowieblaze:
ZowieBlaze Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011   Digital Artist
Everything about this is aweshum. <3
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thankin' you kindly :)
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:iconzowieblaze:
ZowieBlaze Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011   Digital Artist
No prob, you have epic works! <3
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:iconravital:
ravital Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic! I love the pose :)
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Jesterelle Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Ohhh!!! I love his wings! did you use reference?
Can't wait to see it inked and all cleared up, I have the impression I'm not appreciating 100% of the details!
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