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The Beast from Beyond by jflaxman The Beast from Beyond by jflaxman
I was honoured to receive Nephira as a new initiate. She was young and somewhat spoiled, but she came from an illustrious bloodline and a tangible power ran through her veins. As she pledged her loyalty I discerned my adeptsí thoughts; sympathies were shifting, alliances were being forged, and machinations had begun. She was the catalyst for change our ancient order had long sought.

Nephira proved more talented than even I could have foreseen. Her greatest strengths lay in the arts of summoning and binding demons - the most prestigious skills of all. The other adepts rallied to her, or challenged her and met swift deaths. I prided myself on her progress, but less so on her attitude, which worsened as her power grew. First she demanded luxuries unbefitting of her post. When these were refused she dared to misuse arcane rites for selfish ends. To teach her some humility I sent her to the Outer Realm, where the winds are lamentations and the dust the ashes of the damned. For provisions, she had her jewellery, for travelling clothes, her most tasteless attire, and for defence, the ritual knife that I had never seen her draw.

I did not expect her to return, but she did, prouder than before, with fiercer fires in her eyes and colder hatred in her heart. She brought a monstrous entity that answered to her will alone. My guards were powerless against it, and my adeptsí frantic litanies ceased when it tore out their entrails and smeared their brains across the floor.

Most of my followers are dead, and the rest have turned against me; but this world holds no more fear. Zaraghola, Night Eternal, let this final testament be proof I served you to the end! I deserve your harshest judgment; my only source of comfort is the worthiness of my successor. May hers be no more merciful!
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jimmurphy1906 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool
ProsperousErebus Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Man, this reminds me so much of Dungeons and Dragons. I love it!
JTHMFrAeK Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this, man. Great amounts of story-telling in both the description and the piece itself.
I have to say the look of the demon itself really is right up my alley.
The story/picture reminds me vaguely by something from Diablo II.
jflaxman Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Ah, Diablo 2. I've got great memories of that one - I was still playing it last year between watercolour washes. The dark tone and occult creatures naturally appealed to me, though my biggest influence here's the art of Frank Frazetta.

This could be my most ambitious piece in terms of scale and composition, and the action, multiple characters and light sources made it more challenging. I'm quite pleased with the result but expected a better online reception. If this is very much your thing it's further proof we have similar tastes!
JTHMFrAeK Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, I didn't think you had taken a direct influence from the game, it just reminded me of it. I haven't heard of Frank Frazetta however, I'll have to check him out.

Well I can assure you that you did a very good job. I would be hard pressed to try something like this and I don't think I will for a while. Although it does give me something to strive towards in ways of my composition and artwork in general.
I would never take too much meaning from DA not giving good feedback. Unfortunately, this site has been devoured by anime-lovers, porn and those fucking ponies. The fact that you haven't gotten the reception you deserve tells me more that you're able to convey an artwork that is away from the norm and is obviously above the tastes of the damned gnats and locusts we call deviants on this site.
I'm glad to see that my tastes can coincide with yours seeing as I look to you to bring art that I can actually enjoy and work toward as an artist.
jflaxman Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
You haven't heard of Frank Frazetta? In the name of all that's sacred, check his work out if you haven't already! He started as a comic book artist, but went on to depict fantasy scenes with all the skill of the Old Masters. I'm sure you've seen some of his work even if you haven't known it.

He's perhaps best known for his "Death Dealer," a character who's very you, going by your work on DA. You'll probably like his women as well - there's no lolicon/jailbait/pony porn in the Frazetta universe, only classic beauties! There's a strong Frazetta influence in some of my fantasy pics, but his painting's of a sort I can only aspire to.
JTHMFrAeK Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, okay, I have seen his work before but I didn't have a name set to it. He's definitely a master in the greatest sense of the word.
I also checked out the Death Dealer and yes, he is definitely a character I could get used to seeing. Ha ha!
I also quite enjoy the way he draws his women (be they a tad bit skinny for me), but it is refreshing as you said not to see all that other fucked-up sexual nonsense that has become so rife these days.
NanoAngel Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Unbelievably amazing... im physically stunned.
jflaxman Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Thanks heaps! This is the most ambitious piece I've posted on DA so far, owing to the action, light sources, multiple characters and perspective. It's also the first time I've pulled something like this off with any measure of success.

Some details could be improved, but the creature's everything I'd hoped it would be. I came up with the backstory last year, and like many I've put on DA, it could be made into a much longer piece.
darkallegiance666 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
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