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Death Dealer by krysdecker Death Dealer by krysdecker
for the detail version, check this: [link]

this drawing started in a very particular way. I was reading some book in my bed ( i believe one of the Saxon chronicles from Bernard Cornwell ) and by reading the description of a character i had this img (or something similar to that) in my mind, got a random notebook i got near my bed and quickly sketched the "idea" ...

in the following day i had 2 major inspirations for her. The Death dealer, which is a guy that Frank Frazetta has several drawings of ... and some of the woman Luis Royo draw. So basically i got those "inspirations" and started to draw my own one.

Then it was a matter of minutes for me to give it a small "wow death knight" frost theme, since i have a dk since wotlk beta and always liked the "frost death theme" they had.

Its not exactly a fan art from wow, because it is not a particular character, nor the death knight class ... its just my version of the general idea of a death knight in the fantasy world.

Took me around 60h or so (mainly because of my progress in the 1st 20h was very slow) and 60-70 layers ...

And yes, i used at least a dozen of references for the background, horse etc ..


EDIT *******

For those interested. My brand new youtube channel =) [link]


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FERNANDO1987ACUARIO Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
amazing woirck psd pleaze.
savannah2002 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Could I use this and just slightly edit it? I will credit you and link you, and also show you were I put it and what I did (just give you a link to my editation) 
FastFlyer01 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
She can be my Death Dealer any night! She can bite me and give me neck anytime. I would love to make out with her, and give her my baby.
Zmaj92 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Amazing work :D
NuMetalWolf Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Epic! :meow:
You know Diablo, right? Cause #DemonHunter, you know. Reminds me of it. :3 :heart:
krysdecker Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's actually based on this:…

A small personal homage to one of the greatest fantasy artists 
ancient-warrior Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Great artwork, amazing !
Silverwarden Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's of the most stunning drawings I've ever seen ._.
It gives me goosebumps.
You're really, really talented
krysdecker Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well thank you =)
CyanBahamut Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I'm speechless...
MossyThoughts Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Mad!! Love it.
MiyukiSayumitsu Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh o.o
Yu wanna know something funny? I wrote a story for english class, a goth story, and would yu believe this picture looks EXACTLY like the setting I pictured and described? Detail for detail...even the horse. Amazing work.
krysdecker Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i changed the image several times before settling in this one ... but yeh, thats a big coincidence lol
Hakkyou-no-Yami Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
I like effects VERY much.....they are wonderfully done.
ErebusRed Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
utter masterpiece.... a classic.
jbdezoveelste Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
sansque Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
This is just pure brilliance... I love the frosty, cold winter surroundings! So beautiful!
Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Definitely a brilliant piece, and I'm not usually a fan of 'death knights'. But this piece spoke to me with its great amount of ambience and appreciating the amount of detail that went into the background. =)
krysdecker Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you ... theres more than 2days-hour work on this image =)
XeroReality Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Sorry if someone asked this before, but would it be possible for you to place in a download for resolution 1280x800? I think many of your drawings are great and I just wanna place as my background haha :D
krysdecker Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the download size is 1680x1050 .. you can simply crop the edges =)
laurabaw Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Hum, vejo que alguém começou a levar a sério desenhos de cavalos ;]
E me diz, Wolfe, o cavalo é MUITO grande ou ela é mignon?
krysdecker Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eu fiz pensando naquele tipo de cavalo grande de montaria (q eu lembro q num era qualquer cavalinho q dava pra vc cobrir com armadura) ... então peguei a proporção de uma foto duma mina montando um desse =o
MakeyTheBrave Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Student
It all looks really good, but somehow I got the feeling that the character itself and the background are two separate paintings. Honestly, don't you have that feeling when you look at it?
Wingmind Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Well technically, wouldn't it be 60-70 different paintings because that's how many layers there are?

I think that you're getting this feeling because the horse and rider (who are in the middle ground) are really crisp and in focus with sharp edges, while the landscape starts blurry in the background and becomes more clear in the foreground. If this was real and you took the picture with a camera, the focus could be narrow, with just the rider in focus, medium with the horse, rider, and surrounding area in focus, or wide with both the fore, middle, and background in focus.

Since this is a fantasy piece and we are suspending our belief, and it is a painting and not a photo, I think it is more than acceptable to widen the range of focus, and or pick and choose what we want the viewer to be able to look at. After all, our eyes do adjust to what we look at.
krysdecker Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nah ... honestly no .. i'd have changed if it had bothered me =p
g0rDoN Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Dude... you rule...
darkao Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
You know, i`m a fan of your gallery =D


Really nice job, congrats!
Genosious Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
That is amazing! Her face is my favorite part, the dark hood, almost black shadow around the eyes, her red lips and pale skin - GREAT!
Zipiii Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Student Filmographer
"for the detailed version"???? wtf?
so this one is not detailed :O
i love it!
Enidehalas Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
Of all your works, this is one of your best, really. You know your basics, all the trees, both background and foreground, pointing toward the character. Colours maybe just a bit too warm for the theme in my opinion, but on the other hand that actually gives a good contrast. Amount of work and technical level is astounding.

Armor reminds me of a clever mix of Dragon Age origins mage robes, wow's DKs and pure medieval chainmail

Let me analyze it futher, and as usual, I'll have plenty of questions for you :D
krysdecker Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the picture actually started as a completely snowy place. The problem was that it was way too monocromatic in my opinion. Was basically a variation of white and blue.

Usually i try to play a bit with colors in the background (if you notice dragonqueen and warsong, they have a very colorfull background) simply .. because i like it =p. Sunset in particular is the best for me, since it provides a big range of colors to work with (the hues for the background were based on real sunset pictures on snowy forests).

In the end i think the purple/orange in the upper half and the white/blue/darkgreen in the bottom half was a nice mix.
Duskbat Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Nice!!!And I was just about looking for a nice wallpaper!! :P
silverhammer Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
simply astonishing :D
Outstanding work mate :)
Vynndetta Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing!
virus-leach Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
wow!!!its so cool,especially the light effect :D
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