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February 6, 2012
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Commission: Steel Flameblade by Johndowson Commission: Steel Flameblade by Johndowson
Yo everybody. Long time no see. :)
I have been working on my blog lately ( [link] ) and I have not updated anithing on DA (shame on me). Mostly because I work with moving images mostly and I canīt put them here (Iīd love it though).
Aaaanyway, for this commission I had to follow a very precise character description. It was a hard but rewarding task. This is, in brief, the description I had from the client:

Name: Steel Flameblade.

Nature: Half fire demon and half dragon in human form.
Powers: Black magic, fire spells and enchanted sword.

Height: about 6'6", toned physique, light skin.
Hair: black with sideburns, also black.
Face: Strong jaw, slightly pointed chin.
Eyes: Dragon-like (vertical slit pupil and extended firey iris).

Dress/Equipment: He wears mainly red and black, small portions of white interspaced for contrast. The very bottom layer of his outfit is a scalemail, the second layer is cloth, and it's made to mesh with the armor on the front of the legs, upper arms, and chest. This cloth is black on the leg and near the waist, and overlapped by a red tattered "shawl" at the top. The arms are red.
His armor includes steel, clawed gauntlets, shoulderplates (not overly massive), and spiked boots.
He wears a red and black cape, ground length and shoulder width at the top, flared wider at the bottom. It is tattered from many battles. It loops over his collarbones just inside the shoulderplates, and clasps around the neck. Wrapped over his right shoulder/collarbone is a chain. It winds down his right arm, and hangs about an inch down at the wrist, ending in a wicked spike. The chain also binds his sword to his back.

Weapon: He carries a double edged greatsword, very wide and tall like him. I would prefer that the edge was a bit on the more complex/unique side and not completely straight.The sword hangs diagonally across his back. The chain on his right shoulder binds it to his back by wrapping around the blade and then wrapping over his left shoulder to secure it. The blade is made of diamond at its center, the actual edge is made of metal with a very thin silver line at the egde. The sword has no sheath.

Props: He carries a dark book with a silver spine and silver corners. It contains his black spells, and is normally hidden away, but should not be in this case.

Composition: I would prefer him to be drawn at an angle, staring off to the right, so that as much as possible of his face is visible. The chain should be visible on his right arm, the sword be shown as fully as possible and the armor displayed adequately.
Setting: I would like him to be standing on scorched earth, possibly with a mountain in the background. The ground around him maybe revealing a charred skeleton and the smodlering remains of some armor. A tattered flag of some defeated enemy blows in the wind behind him. It's just for effect, no specific symbol required, and feel free to exclude it or hide it as much as you like. The time of day should be approaching sunset.
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zevl Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Very good work :clap:
decipher666 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
I knew of your drawing years ago, so I thought o myself, Hey! Do you remember that guy, the one that made D&D drawings, I should go to check his page surely he has got better skills now. I came here and, Holy shit!!! You sure have better skills now :)
decipher666 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Cainor35 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Awesome :O
SeaLadyJ Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
This is an incredible piece!
Agacora Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Where's a reluctant young hero when you need one? Great job!
Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Beautiful and awesome!
Azzitay Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
God , it would be awesome to see without watermark !
Singerwolf Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconcomeatmebroplz: The most epic battle will commence!
Yusef1 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love the composition. Normally I detest those big anime comic swords, but this one seems to fit. Somehow. A serious success!
I would love to try to make flameblade's armour but I would not know where to begin! Leather and steel and scale OH MY!
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