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Bloodbraid Elf by SteveArgyle Bloodbraid Elf by SteveArgyle
Here we have a lovely amazonian elf who's lost her way. Or perhaps found it.

For followers of Magic: the Gathering, this is a Naya vixen who found life in the barbaric wild of the jungle just a touch too safe and mundane. So she decided to venture to a place where you can become barbecue at any second, just because the land beneath you felt like burping.

I wanted to give her a sense of being an immersed immigrant. She's adopted much of the dress, customs, and ways of her new home, yet retains and incorporates her own history. Not entirely acculturated in this strange land.

For scheme, I thought it'd be fun to experiment with a mostly neutral subject on a highly saturated and active background. Kinda the opposite of what I usually do. It's amazing just how much color we perceive from context alone.

For Magic: the gathering, copyright Wizards of the Coast.

Art direction by Jeremy Jarvis.

Obsidian headdress by Sharphead, a division of Discount Bandages and Sutures Incorporated.
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sakuyasworld Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is stunning. I love her piercing eyes and the amount of detail on her armour and hair, great job!
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LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous<3
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:iconleeloosionach:
LeelooSionach Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just gorgeous!
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:iconkynamh:
Kynamh Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of my favorites of yours. Not entirely sure why, though it could be a passing resemblance to Yeva, who is one of my favorite planeswalkers. I guess I'm a sucker for white-blond hair and green eyes.
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aquanesia Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Vixen, you really love using that word, do you ever think why?
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:iconkraylahi:
KraylaHi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
She gorgeous! Heart - Free 
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:iconlanestraflameheart:
LanestraFlameheart Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing work.
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:iconwickedprince:
WickedPrince Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
This is really cool, I love her design. :)
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:iconninsennansen:
ninsennansen Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks f**king hard core :D
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:iconraefevakhar:
RaefeVakhar Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Love this, one of my favorite deviations to date
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:iconseigychi:
Seigychi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
beautiful!!!!!!!
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:iconneranella:
Neranella Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Stunning. :omg:
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:icondoolhoofd:
doolhoofd Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Amazing.
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:iconthegreensprite:
TheGreenSprite Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
this is absolutely breath taking!
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:iconbloomingrosexeniia:
BloomingRoseXeniia Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful artwork :blackrose:
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:iconcountessart:
CountessArt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
she is stunning love her... added to faves
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:iconvalvado:
Valvado Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Dude your an amazing artist :D

Com and see fantasy Gallery :

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:iconnicholas2004:
Nicholas2004 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Fabulous!
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:icongwendolyn1:
Gwendolyn1 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is AWESOME! Love the colors and all!
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SilveriMoonlight Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is really beautiful. I love how striking her appearance is made by the tattoo around her
bright green eyes, in contrast with her white hair. Really, very beautiful!
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:iconthe-grim-sleeper:
The-Grim-Sleeper Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Am I weird if after my first glance of this my thoughts are: that thing on her shoulder must have had a nose like an elephant.
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animemaster16 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
this is awesome im glad they decided to use this art for planechase 2012
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:iconnightmarecl:
Nightmarecl Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Gorgeous work Steve, up to a similar standard as your other works. I love the mismatched design, how she seems so out of place, while trying to fit into her surroundings, while the tattoo, work on her skin and garb are just great. Well done, keep it up.
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Raritize Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome new art!

Pre-ordered the new 'Chaos Rains' Plane-chase set entirely for the cascade... this just puts the icing on the cake :D
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PaigeN7 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
This is awesome.. I wish I could do stuff like this. Dx
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:iconoutlawedtoons:
OutlawedToons Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love the druidic look.
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:iconjdantoine:
JDAntoine Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Still love this piece of worth of you the most, it's the use of colours that fit the card and the card itself in all it's foilyness.

Just fantastic!
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:iconduskdiamond:
DuskDiamond Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Ohh, now that is an elf.
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EmeraldGrizzly Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The contrast of forest to mountain is incredible. She doesn't seem lost like some may think, but rather, ready for the challenge. I love it, being a red/green planeswalker myself, it's awesome!
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Overlord-J Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
You are such a great artist! And your comments here are incredibly funny, would you mind if I add you to my watchlist?
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SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Please do! :)
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:iconoverlord-j:
Overlord-J Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
I did. :)
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:iconamitanchan:
Amitanchan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
I absolutely love it; I think it is a huge improvement over the other version of Bloodbraid Elf.
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SerenaSchwinge2acc Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you've been featured :) [link] (right sight)
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:iconneufville:
Neufville Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student Writer
I love your artistic ability to capture the emotion in her eyes
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:iconim-the-dreamer:
Im-the-dreamer Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It's fantastic!!!!!!
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Blueridinghoodhorses Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesomesauce!!!!
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:iconthe-confuddled-hint:
The-Confuddled-Hint Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this version waaaaaaaaaay better than the other! Great job ^.^ 5/5
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KawaiiAnimeplusheart Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional Artist
This should be a new Race in World of Warcraft!!
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:iconkerryopia:
Kerryopia Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love those eyes. Chilling.
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Chinchilla-Girl Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
she is teh badassness... like it heaps :)
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:iconhopevjustice:
HopeVJustice Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so talented.. i'm in love with your art! ^^
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Argentum-Silva Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Reminds me of my little sister... They both have an air of "We can get along well, or I can just split you clean in half." Scary and pretty.
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SeikoHonda Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Very pretty. I love how smooth you make your skin and hair. The details are simply amazing!
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:iconlastrazska:
Lastrazska Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
WoW!
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:icondragonlord01:
DragonLord01 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
I own a Bloodbraid Elf, and now I'm wishing this had been on the card. Very nice.
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:iconvory:
vory Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
WOW
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:iconxotz:
xotz Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Excellent!
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Nevrawd Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very well done
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:iconkenseiden:
Kenseiden Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
amazing art conception. Great card (almost broken also). Very happy to find you here on DA.
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