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Captain Bathory by michalivan Captain Bathory by michalivan
This is a cover for a fantasy book(J.Cervenak: Dablova Pevnost [link]). Published in Czech Republic.

The theme was a classical fantasy fight between the main hero and a black arabic deamon warrior. For the weapons and the armor I did get reference from the author.

I wanted to try more realistic approach and use less saturated colors than usual. Was really fun to do and I learned a lot as well.

Done in Photoshop
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jedikkeneus Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
The guy on the right dies, he swings his sword at an armored dude instead of stabbing. No way that's going to do anything against a vertical axe swing.
michalivan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hehe, you are overthinking it. If illustration would just copy real life it would be boooring ;)
saloniko Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
very cool
meanus Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
good work, the book must be another Solomon Kane clone judging by the hero's look...wish it were in english
lordhadrian Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Awesome :)
BrandonSweere Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
so awesome

butterscotts Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013   Digital Artist
Would have been more awesome if the guy in the hat had that flintlock pistol drawn whilst swinging his sword.  Lol epic work by the way:D
theoristunlimitedx Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me of a scene in pathfinder! Great job!
ThiaminaTenn Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013   Digital Artist
very cool scene, I especially liek the design of the helmet! :3
543Bs0Za Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
that pirate is is owned
GrimvaarWolfthane Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Very cool, makes me want to see this battle!
Juhupainting Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   Digital Artist
WayneKelly Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Simply Beautiful.
XavierLardy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Congratulations ! "Captain Bathory" has been elected "Warrior of the Week" !
Terenbas Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Excellent work. But while we're on the topic of realistic...Why is he using two hands on a basket-hilt sword? They are swords designed for one-hand use.
Hope this constructive criticism helps.
Concibar Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
yeah, was thinking the same here. Also no one who learned swordfighting would get his sword "that" much behind him. You want your sword in front of you, becuase otherwise, well you are dead. Same with the axe guy. The horns are the next thing. They serve absolutely no purpose and would weight too much for a human. But that doesn't annoy me quite as much, because, heck, he's a demon(also: who needs to see the enemy when you can look at pretty chainmail all the day) ;) The cloak is kinda useless, but again quite badass. The weapons and armor in itself are fairly realistic though.
Malaikh Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Good work, excellent scene.
philorion7 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student General Artist
what technique do you use to paint chain-mail?
Frost7 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
this is fucking bad ass!
Creative-Games Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Breath taking. A black arabick deamon warrior! It's almost too cool to comprehend and you did an amazing job. I'm smiling just looking at it.
Mangatellers Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing cover! Excellent art work! The poses of the characters are amazing and their outfits are great. Well done! :D
karichristensen Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional
Very cool. I like how the trees look like they were done with watercolors. It's all digital? Really nice lighting on the armor.
KnightofSpades Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
Cool characters and great battle dynamic.
Bummerdude Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks great. Like a clash between two civilisations, or ages. I enjoy it!
Resonance-crea Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
That classic background is baws
red20 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
As per usual, you have captured the movement so well! The cool, dimmed colours are great for this piece.
However, the warrior looks more sort of inspired by Rus Vikings or an Eastern European knight or something more so than Arabic. The axe could possibly be Turkish, but I think especially due to the vegetation in the background, it gives off a colder or more Nordic atmosphere, which kind of influences the perception of the warrior himself.
Other than that, the armour itself looks fantastic! The helmet kind of reminds me of a Prussian helmet with horns, hehe.
LyntonLevengood Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Seriously great work:)
Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Your fantastic Artwork is featured in
you are welcome!!! ...:)
Meredyth Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great capture! The historical details (Schiavona and all) work to make it outstanding in my eyes!
FisHPastE89 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
awesomeness is all i can say!
rajasegar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work.
Thanks for sharing...
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claudiocerri Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
*_* awesome!
WritingBunny Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Perfektní. Už se nemůžu dočkat, až to vyjde.
AEW Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
velmi pekna pracicka, velmi sa mi tam paci ta pistol (predpokladam ze kresadlovka) a ten mec (podla vyzoru typujem ze je to schiavonna) :) mozno jedine co by som vytkol je trochu vzdialenost medzi postavami, ale to uz zase beriem z praktickeho hladiska, kedze sa venujem sermu, ale inak klobuk dolu ;)
Melonpult Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Awesome. :D
smartsendy34 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great artwork.... and great perspective.....
DK2Assasin2Indy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love dynamic pictures and this one clearly is.
FrodoBacchi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing artwork!
jamga Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
really nice cover !!!
wytherwing Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
wonderful palette and a very dynamic piece! :thumbsup:
CavalierediSpade Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Awesome rendering!
DBRv6 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Most Excellent
NonieR Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Cool! Cool action scene and details, but all the other elements as well - the colors, the connected but opposed action lines, the details of clothing and stance, and the sharpness of focus on upper body/head/weapons where one WOULD be focusing during a fight, while lower legs and scenery have the softer lines of something they wouldn't be focusing on in detail - just general terrain to keep into account and all.

So you've not only focused our eyes on the important part of the picture; you've drawn us into THEIR focus as well.

Nicely done!
AZEITONA Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awesome work! How many time do you spent for did this? Congrats!
hunterkiller Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Skvěle dynamické, hrozně by mě zajímalo, jestli koloruješ černobílou malbu v overlay vrstvě nebo jestli jedeš rovnou barvami :)
michalivan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
diky! zacinam nahrubo ciernobielou, nahrubo okolorujem a potom este cez to malujem. Mam aj nahraty videoproces z tejto konkretnej ilustracie. Ked budem mat chvilu cas spravim z toho videotutorial
hunterkiller Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Díky! To by bylo super, vždycky mě zajímá, jak taková práce probíhá. Černobílá podmalba hodně pomáhá v pochopení kontrastu ve scéně. Je vidět, že se pořád posouváš :)
Sonimul Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow ,fuck ,it's simply gorgeous!
muratgul Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011   Digital Artist
good VS :D
michalivan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
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