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I Will Not Be Denied... by AustenMengler I Will Not Be Denied... by AustenMengler
Updated my submission with this, the final version of my entry to the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls contest; my favourite class in the games - The Barbarian. I wanted to portray the feeling of just how bad-ass and monstrous you feel playing the game with the Barb - dominating all the demons of hell with a nice hack and slash to the face. Hope you like it!

I spent countless hours in Diablo II: Lord of Destruction back in the day. It was the first game I really played to death, trying to make the ultimate bad-ass demon killing character, I even had a file full of the Rune word combinations and recipes to try and craft the best gear! On the whole, really liked Diablo III as well, sure the story was rubbish and it lost a bit of it's dark gothic horror feel of the second - I still think it's one of my favourite game franchises of all time. The art style of the series and character/creature design work really inspired me to get into it myself so I'm really psyched to see what the Reaper of Souls expansion has to offer!

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Pencil sketch scanned and painted/drawn in Photoshop - did most of the work on the Barbarian with a single small square hard brush - then added atmosphere details with some custom Photoshop brushes.

All Artwork 2014 Austen Mengler.
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Hello again!

Another wonderful piece you've created here, now here are a few suggestions from me, which I think will help you improve this already amazing drawing, and get a more Diablo II feel.

First of all, the tiny chain links upon the axe looks as if they were done by a brush, and aren't very masculine / barbarian like. I would love to see the links hand-drawn with larger, more chunky rusty iron links.

Secondly, repair and smoothen places such as the spikes on his right hand, which appears a lot more distorted and sketchy than places such as his helmet, which is by far more detailed. - Make sure every spot is detailed.

Thirdly, it'd be great if you'd try to exaggerate some outlines, such as the awesome axe, which seems to sort of ghost off into the fog in the left of the picture.

Aaaand last, it'd be epic if you'd draw him standing behind a heap of mutilated demon corpses, and include some strong legs on the character, as well as showing us more of that dark foreboding forest in the background. - Perhaps posing the character, with his sabaton atop the skull of a monster would be radical.
What do you think?
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Tr01ka Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Yeah, no matter how good III is, it won't compete with LoD. Blizzard went all-WoW over Diablo franchise. 
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Deadguybeer Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mordekaiser is that you?
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LT-metamorphose-LT Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student Filmographer
...DENIED! *runs away*

Good work by the way! :D
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MatthewLHopkins Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is an incredible piece.  Not only that, but I am in and have been following this contest.  Your entry is unique in its style and composition.  You followed the rule of thirds, have good rhythm (my eye flows from ax to eyes, to handle, to background.) and the color and contrast with the "sepia"/red  mix is very appealing and sets a tone of power and this "monster" can come out during the day too.  You are definitely in my top 5 to win it.  The others are fantastic in skill and technique (as is yours), but this one stands out.  Well done.
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DeviousPuppy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That is beautiful. Lovely job.
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Even though you're using pretty warm colours actually, this drawing contains a feel of cruelty and fear that I can't describe. :o (Eek) 
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional
Cheers, yeah wanted to portray the fiery fury of the Barbarian and how powerful you feel playing him.
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic and good luck :D
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional
Thanks Terri! :)
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :hug:
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The-Walking-Dude Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
simply amazing. the level of detail combined with the colour scheme is just marvelous
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional
Cheers Randall, appreciate it! :)
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Dekokatana Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
One Wicked axe...
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional
Thanks, I put some more details into it! :p
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Demialc-neeb-sah-em Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Does not look a very heroic barbarian, but seeing as everything he has was probably made in hell by hell FOR hell, that's to be expected. Awesome drawing!
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional
Haha good point. I liked playing the Bard because I always envisioned him as a kind of anti-hero who just wanted to kill things so chose to channel that fury so he could end up killing Diablo - that's how I felt in the game anyway! Thanks :)
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PiranhaBullet Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student General Artist
WOW! it look incredible!!! if this is a WIP i cant wait to see the final version! 
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional
Thank you! Final version is definitely up now!
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namelessone69 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice! I love the line work   
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional
Thanks Albert :)
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this style! Really great composition! Wonderful artwork! :-)
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional
Cheers! :ahoy:
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Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Writer
I'll try to criticize later. Great work anyway!
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional
Criticize or critique? Haha :p Regardless, thank you! 
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Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Writer
Critique is actually a noun, but they use it like a verb. Anyway, we do one to do the other. 
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional
Ah right, sorry! And thanks! :)
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LaughingShelly Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OHHH....! He looks bad-ass Headbang McCool 
Great work, it's awesome.
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LaughingShelly Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OHHH....! He looks bad-ass Headbang McCool 
Great work, it's awesome.
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional
Cheers! :)
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Hierodulai Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
that looks bad-ass! Good luck!
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional
Cheers! :ahoy:
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xrc32 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is an insanely awesome piece, I feel there is nothing to do to improve on it fucking wicked!
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional
Thanks a lot! There's always more I can do though! :p
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xrc32 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think as Artists we all feel that way about pieces especially when we are putting them out there for judgement. I feel You did a fantastic job.
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional
Yeah, it's a balance between finishing all those details to a satisfied extent - and getting something done in a reasonable amount of time. I'm trying to improve in this sense, and leave the things out of focus less detailed out, and more painterly - as you really need to catch the eye of the viewer within the first few seconds. Cheers :)
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TheGrodd Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
DAMN!!! the details on this piece are insane!!
Awesome work!
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional
Cheers man! Glad you like it :)
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
very nice and good luck! i was gonna say this has a warhammer fantasy style to it but then i saw the diablo bit...but then again diablo and warcraft's art always mimicked warhammer's art so i guess the statement remains true to a degree.
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional
Thanks man, yeah love Warhammer too! :)
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KKylimos Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014   Digital Artist
Incredible work as always man. Best of luck!
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional
Thanks dude! So many amazing entries :o
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batusai-d Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
This is a awesome piece of art good luck. 
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional
Cheers!
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