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Kresh, the Bloodbraided by SteveArgyle Kresh, the Bloodbraided by SteveArgyle
Also known as Kresh, the Beefcake-ed. For the ladies, (and fellas,) who like's them a manly man.

Believe me, it takes hours in a make up chair to get that blood-smeared, sweat-glisteny, but casual, "just killed me a small army" look. And the diet is strictly Alaran whole-grains and raw dragonmeat. But when it comes time to crush all in your path as a tidal wave of sinewy muscle, it's worth every rep, every skipped brownie.

So, I've mentioned before, (if you're an uber-fan who actually reads this stuff,) that when I'm stuck on a design, I usually look to something absolutely unrelated. You know, stuff like pictures of jellyfish for mech designs and such. And once I point it out, you can't un-see it. For example, this guys spikey shield-thing? Turtle. He's got a turtle on his arm. I'm sure there's some deep symbolism in that, if I cared to BS some up.

For Magic the Gathering, Copyright Wizards of the Coast.

Bloodbraid boxer briefs by "Wiggly Joe's Biomonstrosities and Survival Goods."
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LanternSavent Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
LOVE THIS ART. Whenever any of my friends play it at our regular Tuesday Commander Games, we announce it to the tune of Queen's Flash Gordon. "Kresh, oh-oh!..."
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Twizzid Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Awesome Artwork!!
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ObscureSanctuary Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
It looks so caught in the moment. Amazing
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DroUltrinnin-61 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
O-O !

I love your descriptions!! And your art!!

On watch!
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bhub2 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Brilliant work, and you're right, it cannot be unseen... I will forever refer to this as "Kresh, the Turtlearmed." Hope you don't take that the wrong way.
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Vaibhavandkratos Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
May be you need some inspiration from Frazetta
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:iconmidniteliquid:
MidniteLiquid Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!
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:iconsilvervulpine:
SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work! :)
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:iconlycanthropeful:
lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the color scheme and the anatomy on this guy. Fantastic!
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:iconlafein:
Lafein Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh damn! This is intense!
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:iconlt-snuggs:
Lt-Snuggs Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Why HELLO there Kresh, The Bloodbraid! Might thine be as skilled in loving as you are in battle? Ride with me"
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Linktydraad Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
So hot and hunky lol
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jsnatal01 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
amazing work.
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DemonQueen17 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Another name for him would be Kresh the Droolworthy.
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zironeto Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey Steve, it'sah me, Ziro (I bought a print from you in the board game festival in Essen, Germany ^_^ )
This one was among my favorites. Oh, who am I kidding, it was a tough choice picking *any* of your work - I'm your newest (über) fan! And this guy here is the incarnation of badass. The turtle shield is a great idea! Cheers :)
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Crazyartstalker Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
What has been seen.. cant be unseen. Turtle.. But brilliant work, utterly dumbfounded by your skill.
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BigHairMexican Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
His chest hair had me hooked! Any other haido wouldn't do it for me. <3
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I have been away for sometime now and I can say that I have really missed your work its amazing in every way.... This piece is awesome....
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snake-eyes-x Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
I first saw a shield. I then read the description. Now there is only... THE TURTLE.

Long live Graakgrouk the Destroyer.
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ALewiso Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
great work,, i like his hair & body
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YokoPyro Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god, he has a TURTLE on his arm.
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RiverOfConsciousness Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Steve,

I know you're busy and all, but I just have one question about this whole turtle-shield-jellyfish-thing. How exactly do you get from shield... to turtle? Or from giant armored machine to jellyfish. Or from samurai to platypus (yes, we do read old posts. They're too awesome not to)? I guess what I'm asking here is: do you have a specific way of thinking, or do you just play the random game and go with what pops up first?

Holy crap, that is a long post. *apologizes profusely*
~A VERY VERY big fan.
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SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, if I'm stuck on something, or if it's just feeling too generic, I'll look at something totally unrelated, and try to figure out how I could incorporate something from it. So in the case of this shield, what I did was incorporate the basic silhouette of a tortoise, turning the flippers into spikes, and even including a skull as a head. I could have just as easily incorporated the scaley look of the shell, or the wrinkled, gnarly texture of the skin for a leather wrap. Take pieces or principles from seemingly random things, and don't get hung up on the actuality of either object.
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RiverOfConsciousness Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You responded! You just made my day so much better! *falls on knees in worship*

Ok, grovelling aside, thank you very much for the reply. I know you're busy ^^" I just have one more question. How do you think up the totally unrelated thing? I mean, if I were drawing, say, a fairy (as a random example) what would you think of?

Sorry, I'll stop bothering you know, I was just really curious.
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SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, the further from your subject you can think of, the more challenging and original of a concept you could arrive at. Fairies? Think way out there, beyond the typical butterflies, dragonflies, and mushrooms. Maybe dirt bikes, dinosaurs, octopi? How can you incorporate something from each of those into a fairy? (But bury it deep enough that you don't think "hey, that's a dinosaur octopus fairy!")
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RiverOfConsciousness Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your answers and your time! Your way of thought (and your way of writing) have been inspirational, and I will use this soon. I'm sure to get stuck on something.
I shall let you in peace now, Oh Mighty Argyle.
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ancient-warrior Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Savage and angry barbarian, great artwork !
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Shatrdexistnc Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
this should b what Garruk looks like... lol
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PajaroDeFuego Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Wow! Itīs realy cool!
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MrNoxx Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art has been featured here [link] as an inspirational piece to all!!! Thank you very much!!!
:squee:
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DragonHeartBlues Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured here -> [link] :deviation:
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ogrebear Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Rockin' Fantasy work!
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Awesome
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6-Qubed Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Heh. "Wiggly Joe".
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orod Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...
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SKIRANGER Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love all the ladies here on dA, but there are just not enough bad ass, cool warrior scenes. Here is one.
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Avahlon Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! That's really intense! I really like the pose! :D
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NephilV Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional Writer
Looking amazing as usual. And I know I've been playing Skyrim too much when those dragons in the background get me all battle-ready.
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Lightsbirth Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Wearing a turtle shell on your left arm and still manage to look terrifying? Priceless.
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Kironaoftheskies Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student Photographer
You are so right. CANNOT UNSEE
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:iconnekessla:
Nekessla Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
... That IS a turtle!!

And I always read your artist's comments and am never disappointed. They're as brilliant as your art.
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
great work, STeven!
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IvySun Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL i couldn't stop laughing at your comment that you left. lol Turtle and wiggly Joe's. and I just watched Conan and cant help but see the resemblance.
oh also you should know if I ever get this card Im soooo pointing out the turtle to all my friends.
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SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm definitely going to need to do some card alterations with a real turtle arm.
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IvySun Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
YESSS! that would be awesome!
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cubicdemigod Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Hot Kresh is hot, although now I really can't help imagining someone amputated part of his arm to replace it with a turtle :P
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cubicdemigod Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Also, the body hair is amazing. Alas, someone who actually considers they don't care to wax in Alara
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popna Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
awesome work!
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JSouza88 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I canīt like this Rasta-barbarians...
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