Splinterlands Art Contest Week 188 - Uriel the Purifier !

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Hello everyone, I haven't posted in a while but I was working on this piece for quite some time. Here is my entry to this week's Splinterlands' weekly art challenge. I got myself a new set of pencils - the Faber-Castell classics set of 60 and wanted to test it out on something a bit more complex, so I ended up choosing Uriel the Purifier's amazing art as reference:

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I went for it because it has so much color so many variations and that flaming blade over the character would be a nice challenge. I have never done anything like it in color pencils, only with lead ones so I picked up the challenge and started.

I went with an A5 paper which was probably a mistake looking back but I rolled with it.


Here is the initial sketch process:

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After I was happy with the pose and the fitting on the page I went in by starting off with some swatches of the colors I intend to use:

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As you can probably tell it wasn't all done in the start I kept swatching and experimenting with different colors as I went through the piece.


Time for the initial first light layer to see how it looks:

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My main focus at the beginning was to tackle the most challenging part - the flames on the blade so I had to start off early laying the foundation of where they overlap the helmet, otherwise if I am not careful it will be impossible to get to the effect I am going for by erasing later on.

So we keep on progressing slowly, I was so happy with the blue-ish grey tone that was included in the set it was a perfect fir for the grey metallic color of the armor.
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It's time to start going for some more detail:

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Some hours later we are progressing really nice:
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A few days later when I had the time to get back to it we are nearing the final stretch:

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And here it is the final work:

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Even though I am very very happy with the end result, the choice of the smaller paper size meant I had to modify the pose and the perspective.

I hope you guys enjoy it at least half as much as I did drawing it it was a ton of fun and I am glad I picked up a challenging character to do. I am still a rookie when it comes to colored pencils so any constructive criticism is more than welcome, feel free to leave some if you have it as a comment, thank you !


The materials used were:

A5 200g/m2 cold pressed paper
2H and HB lead pencils.
Kneaded eraser
Faber-Castell classic colored pencils
A little bit of the Faber-Castell Black edition set and just a little bit of black fine liner.


Massive thank you to everyone who takes the time out of their day to check out my post and have an amazing day!



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It probably took you some time to just find the right colors to use! but hey great work you have here and amazing you opt to sketch by hand when a lot have been doing digital sketching instead. Anyways, keep it up!

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Thank you very much, yeah it did take some time but it was worth it !

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Amazing Traditional Technique Bro!! Keep it up!
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Thank you very much, I am glad you like it !

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beautiful work!!!!

Can you explain to me a little bit how the contest works?
I felt like drawing something.
I haven't done it in a while, and it might be a good way to come back.

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Thank you! The contest is a weekly one, check it out here: Link
All the rules are explained in the post. I strongly advice you to get back into drawing I was also out of it for years but am getting back to it and it's a really relaxing time doing so. Ease into it, take your time and don't forget to share with us what you create!

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thanks for the ideas. I'm really going back to drawing. Let's see what happens. I will share my progress with you. I'm going to check all the tournament information. Thank you very much!

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You are welcome, I am glad that I was able to help!

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Awesomely done man! Keep up the good work!
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Thank you very much, I am really glad that you like it!

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It’s really amazing~ great job 👏🏻

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Thank you very much, glad you liked it!

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