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Desperate Measures by velinov Desperate Measures by velinov
Hi guys. New spoil from upcoming MTG: Dark Ascension expansion. In Order to avoid misunderstandings I'll try to explain something that might be unclear about the main action in the illustration.

The shield of the main character is a mirror. In the world of Innistrad vampires can see their reflections in the mirrors, but they look twisted and disfigured, so in fact the vampires are scared by their own real nature. Something like Dorian Gray syndrome.

Hope that make sense!

Desperate Measures
MTG: Dark Ascension
2011 Wizards of the Coast LLC.
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:iconjannadann:
jannadann Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Cool!
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:iconiriso34:
iriso34 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Oh man... great!
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Shang-Tsung-Fi Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really like this pic. Good job! Makes me want to get some dragon dice and get a game going for old times' sake, that and play some Castle-Vania. :lol:
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jelk1 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic! Great concept. Beautiful detail in this work.
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:iconrazort300:
razort300 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
cool
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:iconnychodemus:
Nychodemus Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
He looks like my Champion of the Parish. I think it is. It's good to know he's loved.
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sleepingToddler Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
is this the champion of the parish?
i won the last fnm 4-0-1 with a lot of cards you illustrated :D
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:iconimortal-night:
Imortal-Night Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My hat it has four corners,four corners has my hat-*slaps self* Shut it! You're spoiling the awesome mood.
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:iconzak05:
Zak05 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome reflexion!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconmea00:
mea00 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work :)
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:icondarkagentjd:
DarkAgentJD Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Very impressive, love the detail with the shield.
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:iconodcinki:
odcinki Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Cool and creative.
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:iconmegas505:
megas505 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Okay, that makes sense. I always took it as it was the reflection of several werewolves beginning to transform.
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:iconbytebullet:
Bytebullet Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic work!
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:iconniquebilbo:
NiqueBilbo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Makes me want to level up my skills. Technique is inspiring.
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:iconpun-3x:
pun-3x Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
That. Is a GREAT composition.

And I just figured the shield was warbled metal and that their reflections were naturally 'fun-housed.' But that's an interesting idea. Very cool.
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Elnxida Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Student Artist
Since it's out, I may as well name it: Faith's Shield, no?

Again, amazing art. I never knew that about Innistrad Vampires...
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shimakee Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
nice... really great...
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VeloriumCamper3 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
nice...
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:icondargonzine:
DargonZine Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
This is fantastic. Great imagery, great execution. I love the beast reflections in the shield.
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:icontribereaver:
Tribereaver Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
I hope to pull out of the box i buy.
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:iconstratus41298:
stratus41298 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Awesome!
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:icondonmalo:
donmalo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Impressive work my friend!
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:iconrita-ria:
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
so cool!
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:icono0magnus:
o0Magnus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
superb illustration
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Incubo-Infinito Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I really enjoy the reflections on the shield. It adds to the intrigue created by that clawed hand in the foreground. The painting style is very detailed and consistent throughout. Wonderful work!
I featured it on my page! :)
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tarrey Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
WOW, amazingly done!
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:iconmangatellers:
Mangatellers Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic art work. The scene is very intense. I like the perspective and the strategy that the hero is following here. The reflection on the shield looks awesome. Well done! :D
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:iconstevenfox6:
StevenFox6 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This looks fantastic. In both senses of the word.
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:iconexocolumn:
exocolumn Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Great!
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:iconmanweri:
Manweri Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student General Artist
I really like the concept, and the way you portrayed it is really cool. Great job! :)
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:iconalbertbruun:
AlbertBruun Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow amazing work
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:iconcassandrajames:
CassandraJames Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The reflections on the shield are amazing, such a great concept!
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:iconfromabuick8:
FromaBuick8 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Wow. This is amazing!
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:iconmrblackcap:
MrBlackCap Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wonderfully done!
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:iconwhy-did-kenji-die:
Why-did-Kenji-die Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
oh wow that is so cool, what is happening and the way you portrayed it :)
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CarolineCherry Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
Awesome!! Can't wait for Dark Ascension :D
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:icongregmcevoy:
gregmcevoy Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
NC Wyeth would fave this!! Fantastic work! ~gm
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Bonzo83 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional
awesome piece pal!
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:iconyvette1988:
yvette1988 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The 'middle' vampire looks like " The count" of sesami-street hehehehehe
Really cool!
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:iconvexedvortex:
VexedVortex Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student General Artist
<3 Really, really pretty. But... I never knew vampires HAD reflections. MTG has a different lore on vampires?
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Mottenfest Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The textures make this look like an oil piece, what did you use in the way of software and hardware? I've really grown fond of your style.

I really like this character, and I've seen him in a few cards. Is he going to be featured in an Innistrad novel or anything? I'd love to see him utilized!
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Stijn74 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Brilliant composition!
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Dkundzinsh Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
awesome!
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satosukke Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
nice
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:iconkoma-host:
Koma-Host Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student General Artist
That is cool as fuck.
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:iconmr-ripley:
Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love the idea =D
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wufei02 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
:thumbsup::thumbsup:
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:iconkatepfeilschiefter:
KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's a really shiny shield. I really enjoy this concept
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mysticalgirl222 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing detail! I love the reflections in the shield! Fantastic Job!
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