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Reign of Magic by AssasinMonkey Reign of Magic by AssasinMonkey
Might not have had an episode this Saturday, but that doesn't mean I can't do episode art right?!

Since I'm planning on covering a bunch of the finale (during the Saturday Livestreams), I thought it would be nice to make that what I see a lot and I didn't do last week myself.

I've also seen several folks already expecting a battle scene from me eventually and I guess here it is! Hope I didn't disappoint.
This one was fun to do as always, creating a low camera large scale character. Brings me back to the Timberwolf Emperor I made almost a year ago already. Done plenty other large beasts as well though.

Anyhow, hope y'all enjoy and bathe in the season 4 aftermath. We can fill up this empty time!

PS: I'll put together the time lapse video for this tomorrow or something, need to get those going again.
Time Lapse is up!

Edit: Added a 1440p version. I don't know how common it's yet, but if there's enough interest I'll see to saving that size a bit more over time perhaps.

Approx Time: 9,5 hours
Time Lapse:
1440p version:

As part of my Patreon, a PSD, and HighRes file has been released for free here:…

Reign of Magic [WIP] by AssasinMonkey
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One thing for sure is that this magnificent drawing has a lot emotion presented to the viewer.

What I mean by emotion: one how you made the background scene, like how you made the amber sky fit with the character and the moment. Second: how made the depth and scale of things, as for the characters anyway. you've shown this in the big guy (forgot his name, so dis on me all you want), and compare him to Twilight, you give the viewer how monstrous the villain is. Finally, how much emotion you where able to give Twilight, the sadness expressed in her face says a lot.

Over all I really enjoyed this picture. I will always enjoy what new things you put out on DeviantArt.
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Definitely a great piece. You caught the sense of "facing an overwhelming opponent" perfectly, and the dark, desolate background adds a sense of doom looming on the horizon, as if hell itself was approaching. Tirek, being a silhouette, gives him that ancient evil look, as well.

My favorite feature, though, would be that little detail of the tear in Twilight's eye. That just perfectly portrays her feelings of rage and desperation, fighting an enemy that doesn't want to just cause chaos, or enslave, but destroy. He was the first true evil she had ever faced.

Excellent work. I look forward to more.
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sheogorath2 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Absolutely Love it :D
Dragonjek Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
What you've done with the size contrast and coloring is incredible.
Yami-Marik93 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Artist… this is how i would imagine their battles would go
SherlockBoy Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Photographer
That is AWESOME!!! Awesome rainbow dash
FantasygirlXD Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Wo O_O So intense...
GhostDragonSpirit Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey,  I really need to ask you a question, how do you keep all the color inside your subject matters eg Twi when you start using overlay layers?  Because in mine there's color leak a lot, any suggestions?
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I usually have a lot of colours leaking as well. In this one I ended up doing a lot of brushwork after I added the initial colour. So I basically went over the entire painting after I was done with overlay, which took care of any possible bleeds.

Still, with others pieces I do sometimes leave a lot of the bleeds/leaks in. Depending on what brightness, colour, etc. it can be less or more noticeable.  I do regularly still paint over it after colouring, to add in details but also clean up a bit in the focus area, and my post-process work and adjustments sometimes obscure it a bit more as well.

In the end it's of course still better to try and keep it relatively clean in the first place, which can be a bit tricky at first.
A little trick I sometimes use is to have a 50% grey on the secondary colour to which I switch with X quickly. On Overlay layers a 50% gray does nothing, so basically an Eraser. (while keeping all the settings from the brush in place)

Hope this helps.
GhostDragonSpirit Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay that's cool.  And I think I'm beginning to understand how you really color your pieces, you add the color initially and then you take care of any bleeding by either painting over it on a normal layer or using the 'overlay eraser' technique.  Way cool.  As one of my teachers once said, "try to imitate the best and put your own spin on it."  Though the gray to color technique isn't just yours alone, lots of other artists do it but you get the idea.
Cooper31 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
Such detail! Brilliant!
ShiftyStorm Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student General Artist
I'M SO GLAD I DISCOVERED YOU!! This is absolutely amazing I'm so pleased with this, and I'm most certainly positive you are too :D :D
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