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The Sword of Radhost by michalivan The Sword of Radhost by michalivan
Hi Guys !
This is a cover I just finished. It's for a re-edition of fantasy novels I did covers for about six years ago (my first ones). So this is actually new version of this cover: [link]

This is one of the first images I've been doing after Berlin Made Symposium where I had my portfolio reviewed by Marko Djurdjevic, Coro and Esad Ribic. They gave me a lot of useful critique. So I'm trying to develop my illustrating abilities. I'm trying to use less effects and concentrate more on the painting, composition and anatomy. Hopefully in some time I'll get better and faster. Looking forward on this road, but it'll be a hard one :)

Hope you’ll like the image. I may change something after some time (it’s too fresh now to see all the mistakes). If there is something you don’t like please tell me.

edit: I edited the picture a liitle, corrected proportions of the rider, gave it a little different crop etc. thanks, for the comments and crits!
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An-Old-Otaku Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nice updating from the orginal!  :thumbsup:
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ZabithWolf Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
heh, funny idea. maybe this guy was rider, before somebody chopped off his head. *hint hint*
Zak05 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Again very nice my friend:)
Juliano-Pereira Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
belo trabalho!!
VeteserusLupus Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Great color. Very good work.
Solios-cz Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This look great, like the main page of book written from Juraj Červeňák
Demonic-NiK Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
It's amazing!
gajumaaaaro Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
ZlobaNajvacsia Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Rogan sa veru vydaril :))
TaniaAV Featured By Owner May 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
GReat job!!
ShadowLinku Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
woah! awesome (:
exocolumn Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
PeterPalmiotti Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
shadowpaintedwhite Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :speechless:
HalHefnerART Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This fucking rocks! Such emotion, movement and awesomeness. Great use of a limited color pallet. Technique is awesome too. Love it!
KxG-WitcheR Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010   Digital Artist
this is great, I like how you use bold and fine brush strokes... sharp and soft ones too. Great composition use of colour and character.
Jpskyline Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow your really good, you should consider sending Magic:The Gathering some of your completed works, might just get your art on a card or two
CarlosTelecaster Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Student Digital Artist
wow amazing....
QuintessentialArts Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
The red in there is pretty epic. I like it :D
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Dynamite!!! Beautifully Done!!!
Dream-of-This Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I love the emotion in this piece, I feel both man and horse express fierce determination and agression. Very well done, colours work perfectly to complement it. Fav!
hood-lord Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Amazing! I really loved the expression! seems so aggressive as if it's coming to you next!!
That-Random--Artist Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cools lighting!!!
joepessanha Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Love this one! Great work!!
fabrifly Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Troppo bello.
monchiken Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's really cool picture :D
LaColombeDeDeuil Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional General Artist

~~ As a first time commentor on your work I have to say this is awe inspiring!It makes me want to be a better artist.~~

a humble poet

je1dedo Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
mas tu krasne prace poklona
soumyadham Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
great motion :0
PetarMKD Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
like it
Black-Platinum Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
This looks so amazing. Very impressive.
PabloRemiro Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I chose this picture to comment, but could have chosen any one of yours. Your art is very inspiring and artists like you are the mirror where watching.
Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010   Photographer
Cowgirl-Hank Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Wow, this is awesome!
Zobko Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Radhostov meč? Skvele!! Úchvatná práca - ako spomínal Červenák v poznámke ku Vládcovi vlkov, vidno že sa zlepšujete oproti pôvodným prácam :) Mám pocit že patríte medzi špičku slovenských fantasy výtvarníkov. Vlastne... pokial ste sa už nedostali na samotný vrchol :D Takže Radhostov meč... Znamená to že sa chystá tento rok vydanie upravenej verzie pôvodného Radhostovho meča? Mám pocit že toto bude mať účel poslúžiť ako obálka :) Och, je tiež pravda že ste to aj písali hore T_T No nevadí :) Prajem ešte veľa úspechov, vaše výtvory sú úžasné.
La904e Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
wooow it's huge!!so realistic!!! :love:
Xerces Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Fantastic work! such a dramatic and intense piece of work! the colours look fantastic :)
Rotaway Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Student
I totally disagree with the composition. (For the first time, because I always loved your work with colour composition.) It all seems to lack some free space on the right side. The sword tip is almost at the edge of painting and also Rogan is facing to the right.

As a huge fan of Černokněžník ( :-D ) I'm curious if there's another book planned.
tarekanwer Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
good jop
InstantesEternos Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Missnyss20 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
i really like the blood splatters at the bottom...:)
Tenebrian Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Student General Artist
I love the dynamic action & posing in this. The colors are great.

Hrm. Not sure if it's easy to control a horse without having both reins in one hand. Just an observation. It's been 15 years since I did any riding, plus since it's likely a war horse... it prbly would have been trained to work on foot/ leg cues. lol

:) Great job!!
Meegz0 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
this is stunning.

And the horse was made perfectly o.o
leseraphin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Epic scene and beautiful artwork
joeytheberzerker Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
HOLY SHIT MAN!!! Great illsutration, I love it!!!!! there's nothing wrong with this kick ass image!!! The colors are amazing! everything is just great!!!

Pinpil Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Wow, wonderful drawing!! So dramatic and dynamic! I don't know if it's just me, but I think the legs of the horse would look better if a little bit larger, or thinner... specially the ones on the back. I don't like the branches background too much aswell, I think they compete with the flag silhouettes and the blaze of the sword which I believe have a much stronger image. Maybe an abstract background would work better there. Just trying to help here, could be just my impression, it really looks great!
lioncourt7 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
nice work! Love the horse....he is beautiful and actually looks more intelligent than his rider :)
I went through art school and actually work a lot with horses now and I think the overall piece is very well done! Great movement, composition, colors...
the only thing that I question is the right front leg of the horse(his right)....looks a little like it doesn't quite go with the horse ( they are often more narrow than we realize between the front legs) It's very slight, though
And do you think his bridle needs a strap across his nose? that would be how bridles are designed although that head is so beautiful that I almost don't want to detract from it....thats just a practical thought from a horse person who knows how a smart horse can spit out a bridle bit :)
Skorp77 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
This is badass my friend!
EndWorld Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Student Artist
im in love with that black horse ... so nice and looks so strong ..

love all the lines man ...

keep it up ~
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