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Defectors by KaiserFlames Defectors by KaiserFlames
So here we have it, a piece I have been working on for very nearly a year under the watchful eye of my mentor, Todd Lockwood. This was a requirement of my college for graduation, so it's a pretty big deal.

My life went through a lot of changes during the creation of this piece, some good, but mostly bad. I became a home owner (to a home that needed/needs to be gutted and rebuilt, unfortunately), I flew for the first time to visit one of my best friends in Colorado, I entered into my senior year of college, I had a few pieces published as playbills for a theater in Pitman, NJ. During this time, I also lost my father, which was a very hard hit and set the creation of this back quite a bit.

Finishing this is a great weight lifted off of my shoulders and I am very proud of the result. Mr. Lockwood was a wonderful teacher and very willing to see this turn into something to be proud of. He was patient and understanding, which is something I am more grateful for than he might know. I have entered this (among a few other pieces) into the Society of Illustrators Student Competition, so let's see if anything comes of it!

The story here takes place shortly after the man, Zedrion, and his partner, Avorel, defect from the military of their homeland to pursue a greater cause. They are exploring one of the many caverns to be found in the mountains, following rumors that the location of the rebel faction the Guilded Sun can be found there.

Enjoy
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xKaseix Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous lighting and color, I am so impressed by the brushwork. It's always interesting to hear the stories that go into a painting, and this is certainly no exception...the things we go through while working on a piece can have so much impact on the final outcome. I feel like this piece has a really hopeful atmosphere and feeling to it, perhaps even more so because of the hard things you were going through at the time. Thanks for sharing this work with us, cheers.
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Cadel-Kipp Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
Lovely! :iconilavplz:
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ronclon Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this one.  
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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:iconofthewilds:
OfTheWilds Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
That is beautiful, stunning work! I love it! The lighting is fantastic, as is the fur/feather texture of the gryphon. Awesome stuff!
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younger-it Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wow the lighting is amazing.
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:iconvorondara:
Vorondara Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Very beautiful piece. I love how you make the big griffin seem small and look up like that. The lightning and shadows are also well done.
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Scorchwind58 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student General Artist
WOW
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:iconkaiserflames:
KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Scorchwind58 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student General Artist
its amazing!
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ambassador-brouwer Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Jut... just... YESS. :shout: 
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trinsdes1re Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This takes my breath away..... *Stunned.*
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carnival Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Love this.
Simply everything about it is so vibrant and beautiful. Right down to the details in the Griffens' whiskers in the light \|'3

truly amazing work~!
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SkyGazerr Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, this is astounding. Your work is so detailed and follows a story.
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JadeRavenwing Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Just stumbled across this, surprised I haven't seen it before. I can't say I know who lockwood is, and I'll probably be pelted with rocks for that statement judging from everyone else's reaction lol, but I do know this is better than a lot of professional work I see these days in books and whatnot. Even concept artwork for large gaming corporations~

I think my favorite parts about this are the addition of the bats, the detail paid to the saddle, and the way you can see feathers behind those that are in front. A lot of people don't hint to the layering of feathers when it comes to painting, but it's the small details that can make or break a piece.

I want to reach out and touch the moss, to feel the early morning dew on my hands. At least, it looks like morning, and the faint sparkles look like dust specks and dew.

This is what I aspire to be someday. Ever since I found your artwork with pern I have been fascinated and amazed by you. Keep doing what you do so well~
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for these wonderful thoughts. I really love it when the stuff I create gets these kinds of reactions. :3
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Connan-Bell Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
The bats are all like "Look at them! They're so defective!"
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HandmadeOfferings Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The scenery and your characters blend together so naturally, they aren't just plastered on a background or an alien landscape despite their purely fantasy based origins. Incredible ;o;
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Fiveh Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
This picture is amazing! ...

but I want to read the whole story!! I want to know what happens to them xD!
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Dragon-Factor Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure everything I love about this has already been said, but I must say some of it!The lighting is absolutely amazing! I really love the way it goes through the griffin's wings! The reflections on the water are superb as well and I really love the moss :) I love this whole thing and it looks like a great adventure is about to begin!
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Dragon-Factor Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^_^
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Shadowind Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
the way the light hits the wings of the gryphon! and the little bats! its perfect!! :D
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Tikuko Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fucking amazing. This is literally what I aspire to. The colors, the composition, the way the moss and the feathers seem to glow, the way the colors contrast with each other, the way the bats move you through the piece, the sense of motion and grandeur and just--

I am in complete, utter awe of this, to the point where I might actually cry just from the visceral emotional reaction i'm having to this. It's nuts.
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my! Well I am certainly delighted you feel this way. I always love getting those kinds of reactions in people, it makes all of the work and practice and effort feel worth it. :) Thank you so much!
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LauraGarabedian Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Just beautiful! I love how your lighting came out, gorgeous interplay of it on moss and water and feather and fur. And the translucency of the feathers is beautiful. Just really well done.
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ziara13 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is gorgeous, what college are you going to?
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. :D
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unicyclejack Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hey everyone, I know her IN REAL LIFE, whaaaa! Now I'm awesome by association, right? :O?
But f'real, Alyssa, this is crazy
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
xD Kurt what the hell
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unicyclejack Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
eh, you can't blame me for trying ;)
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Graeth-Raltharn Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Amazing work
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:iconkaiserflames:
KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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hellcorpceo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is so, SO incredible.
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! :D
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DeliriouStudios Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I only wish I could be blessed with this tallent for a few hours at least :ohnoes: what medium is this?
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is digital, Photoshop CS5.
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TORAGE Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Beautiful :)
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Maxrunn Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
beautiful lighting!
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:iconkaiserflames:
KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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NakaseArt Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's stunning. I can see how his mentoring has benefited you immensely. The composition, lighting, contrast, it's all there. I really am looking forward to where you're going to go in the professional art field. Well done making it so far, and keep going after your dreams.

I really hope I learn the same things you did. =)
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thank you! And if you really put forth the effort to learn a lot, Todd will reciprocate! He appreciates hard work. :D
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NakaseArt Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm doing my best, and yet I feel like it sucks =(
Any advice to getting over the "spinning my wheels" feeling?
Thank you for being encouraging :hug:
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmm. Just keep pushing, and don't be afraid to rework something if it isn't working out, entirely if you have you.
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SiLahi Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Photographer
FRIGGIN AWESOME!
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:iconkaiserflames:
KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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IrishBecky Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Wow! So awesome! ;)
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:iconkaiserflames:
KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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IrishBecky Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
No prob! ;)
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