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The Obsidian Champion II by SteveArgyle The Obsidian Champion II by SteveArgyle
The lovely Yoritomo Hotako, also fearfully addressed as the Obsidian Champion, in a more serene moment. Or creepy, take your pick. I'm not sure what I'd do if I walked in on a hot, eyeless woman enamored with a helldemon mantis thing. I would probably exit as quietly as possible, and drink until that unsettling image was scoured from my mind.

That's right people. She's here to stay. (So long as I have anything to do with it...)

For Legend of the Five Rings, copyright Alderac Entertainment Group.

Demonmantis by Jigokucorp Bioweapons and Novelties.

Prints and such at www.steveargyle.com
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" This one stands out to me with its contrast and bright, striking, eye-catching colours. The artist has managed to represent by using different elements the ferocity of the character. " -drop-asd

The Obsidian Champion II by *SteveArgyle ( Suggested by drop-asd and Featured by PurpelBlur )
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Almozinjo Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
myst
erious
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Mondlichtvogel Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa, beautiful! :wow: Stunning artwork, absolutely gorgeous! :clap: :D
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:iconthejohn59:
THEJOHN59 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Superbe travail
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milenyo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Goodbye Obsidian Champion.
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:iconestonius:
Estonius Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Way pretty!
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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist
I appreciate this :)
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AnnaGrimm Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
with what are you working? that is so amazing! I'm learning to work with the colours, acrylic etc.
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:iconsteveargyle:
SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I work mostly in Photoshop these days. Occasionally, some acrylics, but not on this one.
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AnnaGrimm Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much for the answer :)
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ADE-doodles Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
hot
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:iconterrysaya:
TerrySaya Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
She's Daigotsu Hotako!
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:iconneranella:
Neranella Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Magical. :mangapunksai:
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8tonyplus Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Amazing!
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1jsp Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Beautiful!
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very striking indeed
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FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Incredible lighting and realism, i now feel i must drink the image away :)
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Beastmaster123 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I Love the red and black mix it really makes the drawing pop.
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Gwasanee Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work has been featured here: [link]

If you want it removed, please let me know :heart:

Have a wonderful day!
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JW2011 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
awesome man ;-)
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mabu1982 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist
wow...just amazing !
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Zig-zag-zug Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
woah
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bettyblack68 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
..........this, i love!!
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Memison Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Artist
zomg, i recognise this from one of the art books i bought only recently! Small world.
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TonboNiji Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Great. When weŽll see some of Minor Clans suport?
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BeEatingU Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011   General Artist
Why can't women that beautiful be real. Awesome piece.
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MagixJoker Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
lol I was just thinking why can't there be any guy as hot as Byakuya from the anime Bleach. *sob* I guess we can never get what we want in this world :\.
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binkibonsai Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
This is one of my favourite CCG art pieces; the light, the texture of her skin and the weird bestial serenity she seems to possess.

Taint; bad for the soul, great for the skin. I mean, lookit it this way; thanks to the taint coloration, she'll never need to do her makeup ever again!

*Clicks on fave again and again and again*
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lilmokobeanie Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
this is awesome, great job!
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Mitogusa Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Awesome art
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NewmanD Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic!
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nejo233 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
luv this 1...mind blowing :)
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ConstanceVictoria Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
incredible!!!
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KillinglyBlueAlmond Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
so creative, I love it
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moleatom Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
extraordinary work indeed!!
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AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010   General Artist
I love the way her face-painting echoes a mask..and mantis thingy is creepycute!:XD:
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hatake-amber Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
oh i like this this, it is very pretty. and i like how you included the pray mantis. :D
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spoofdecator Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
I really like the contrast of textures in this..good work
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CapriciousAmber Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Magnificent! I just love the Lady make-up!
Bravo for the artist!
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Vidocq999 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Great!

:star::star::star::star::star:
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CleuUsagi Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Hi !!^^
Featured here [link]
awesome work :hug:
this is an amazing piece of work!
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miladiz Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
I very much love your creativity. Really beautiful.
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jess1572 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
It is very beautiful yet disturbing....I am quite enamored
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MonarC87 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
The mantis is not there. I love the doll like face.
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:iconxiare:
Xiare Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Flawless.
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JaeToh Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
unsettling.
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maxxparis Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic works :)
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EnlightenedMadness Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
You, sir, still rawk!
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Livio10 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
beautiful work
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Morgalahan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While staring at it for several hours (or something like that) I found something that bothered me slightly. Forgive me for doubting your digital sorcery, but it seems to me that the mantis-demon thingy is hard to see against the background, and the writing. Was this intentional so as not to distract from the lovely and creepy Yoritomo? Because it makes perfect sense if that was the intention. I only ask because it took me a while to make out what she was holding... then again, that may just have been me >.<
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SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It was intentional, but didn't entirely work like I'd planned. What I was going for, was a kind of sequential one-two punch. First you see the pretty, but a little eerie woman. "Hey, what's she doing with her hands?" You go in for a closer look, and "GAH! There's a freaky bug there!" I wanted to provoke that reaction where you notice something that isn't moving, been there all along, but startles you. Like when you've been sitting outside, and see a spider/snake/serial killer sitting next to you, and you get that sudden shock.

Yeah, didn't quite work out that way. But that was the idea of the semi-camouflaged mantis.

Thanks again!
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