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Spellsword by TheFirstAngel Spellsword by TheFirstAngel
None had walked the Emerald Valley for years for the cold grip of the undead had taken merciless control over the once holy place of the elves. An elvish rouge enters the scene, she draws her enchanted blades and blessed flames enlight the dark passage, for danger fills the air. The Spellsword walks in, to bring redemption to those, who had been cursed for too long.

Done for for Ilex-Press UK's Fantasy Art NOW! as a pixelbrush.net exclusive WIP [link] , where i posted my steps on page 6.
painted in ps cs2 on my wacom cintiq 21ux
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:iconbolton-ramsay:
Bolton-Ramsay Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
She is amazing! I love the pose, the soft yet bold coloring, the clothes of the elven girl. You have huge talents!
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconjacinda420:
Jacinda420 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Yo, I dont know any Illustrators and I need to write a biography of a book illustrator, anybody know??
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
talk to Todd Lockwood. he's a living legend and still one of my greatest idols. not only an awesome artist but also down to earth person who very likely might be great to write about. [link] send him my regards ^^
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dam025 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
This is a very good piece, Nice work :)
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconoo-monkey-oo:
oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Incredible detail, awesome armor and a sexy expression! Amazing work :D
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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:iconwolf74145:
wolf74145 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I found you works on Facebook 1st. Truly awesome. I will love to see what more great work you create next.
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
cool :) i post them here, finally made it to stuff my art of page ^^ [link]
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:iconwolf74145:
wolf74145 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! Thank you!
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
most welcome :)
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:iconkohaku-dono:
kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
This is incredible! I love the amount of detail, especially in the armor!
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconspellsword95:
Spellsword95 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hey, that's my name! :D
Awesome work, looking really great.
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yay, like your name :D
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:iconcrypticwraith:
CrypticWraith Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice one! :clap:
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconflamerella:
Flamerella Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very pretty. your work is amazing, and i did have that book but i don't know what happened to it i thought this looked familiar :P
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :) should be "fantasy art now!" no?
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:iconflamerella:
Flamerella Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the one. ;D
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:iconkrayisako:
krayisako Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wooooooooooow!
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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:iconmarkg:
markg Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely Gorgeous! I always find your gallery to be very inspiring. Keep the good work coming :)
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconkaraokecowboy76:
karaokecowboy76 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This picture is positively epic! Great job!
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:iconai-to-maho:
Ai-to-maho Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Wow this is awesome!! I love her Armor!! She looks like she can be the Horde Queen of War of war craft!! LOL.
Wow, this is one fabulous piece of art!!
I am so freaking jealous of her body!!!! rwaaaaaa!!
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
^^ she wouldn't be such a douche like garosh i guess, but definately have some complex personality too :P
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:iconhettar7:
Hettar7 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Her face is gorgeous. Very exotic and beautiful and dangerous. The statues in the background above her give a very ominous feel to the image, which is appropriate given the story behind this. The green tint makes me think of mold and poison, which is also appropriate.
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TakayamaToshiaki Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
It is a splendid illustration.
The background is very beautiful, too.
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot :)
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:iconiskyloft:
iSkyloft Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a great character ! love the eyes :heart:
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:icondarkmoon50:
DarkMoon50 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Wow, best thing I have seen in awhile, hands down.
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thansk a lot :)
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:iconapocalypsekitten:
ApocalypseKitten Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
Professional caliber; are you sure this isn't an oil painting?
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nope i can ensure you its not tho the way i work on my cintiq comes close to oilpainting, laying thin layers of color over each other to have rich shades of color, its nto the fastest way but very enjoayble ^^
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DominicHautmann Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
outstanding details!!!

amazing work!
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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Giggilymoricon Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's quite good.

However, her head is too big, and it gives a sense of dwarfishness to her.
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thes a Woodelf. they are tiny ^^
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:iconernestovladimir:
ErnestoVladimir Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply stunning, amazing detail on the armor or whatever it's supposed to do, I can't really find the words to describe this, since I'm not an actual critic, but I like to bitch and say what I think =]

Her face-- she has a whole lot of attitude, she reminds me of my ex's cousin, I feared that woman X_X

The hair flows really delicately, in contrast to her fearsome, yet beautifully striking pose.

The thick dense, damp green colors in the background let her stand out very nicely, good use of opposing colors there.

There is a staggering amount of detail here, from the foliage, to the grass, to the temple/ruins' architecture, it's just amazing and beautiful to look at, the people you work for couldn't possibly pay you enough for your beautiful work.

It is truly inspiring for me to see this piece, and in such great timing, too. I was just about to give up on my own work, but lady luck, or maybe god, who knows which, brought me here, and I am glad to have stumbled upon your page ^_^

If I may ask you one question, it would be what program do you use?
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks so much :)
i apint in ps cs3 on a wacom cintiq 21 UX, wich is my (*hugs my cintiq*) lovely gadget to make my pc a handcrafting tool. i spent almost a week on it every evening after work i kept pushing her a step further.
bout her attitude, hehe yep was thinking of a readhead hotblooded immortal bladewielder and of course she's terribly cocky, wich makes her being so fun to paint :)
glad you like the piece and don't fear her, in her heart she's, at the end, an elf :)
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ErnestoVladimir Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I need to get myself a tablet, the mouse is hell on the wrist with it's level stance, if that makes any sense at all ^^;
You must be using some of your own costume brushes for the intricate details, am I right? I've also seen on a video how that tablet can pretty much recreate traditional oil painting.


By the way, your designs would actually do wonders for the Legend of Zelda series. You must be in high demand and have lots of work to do, though.
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
painting with a mouse is doable but its unnessesary painful and a tablet definately feels a lot more natural :)
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:iconernestovladimir:
ErnestoVladimir Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're replying to a comment from May 2009 by the way haha! So long ago!
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:iconalltheoriginalnames:
alltheoriginalnames Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
Excellent skill and technique done it that classic fantasy style of the old great artists the likes of Frazetta, Royo and Vallejo. Great attention to detail and and very cool effects. Nice comp and scene.
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:iconthefirstangel:
TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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