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Shark Blade by WesTalbott Shark Blade by WesTalbott
This was another school project. We had to find a factoid and illustrate it. I'm not really a fan of the cheesy humorous typical factoid illustration so I decided to vaguely illustrate mine with a higher purpose of the peice doubling as a fake Magic The Gathering card illustration. (trying to build up my portfolio for that sort of work)

Since I was so vague, I'm curious if anyone can guess what my factoid was. :p

Also if you want to see my preliminary sketch and color study compared to this, check out my blog post. [link]
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:icondark-dragoon-gao:
dark-dragoon-gao Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
I love all the little details you've put in.
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:iconbunetheburtango:
BuneTheBurtango Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like this, very simple concept and yet effective.
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:iconelven-samurai:
Elven-Samurai Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Very cool looking image! :dance:
I really like how it turned out and
hope it scored well for you! :)
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:iconsigma-echo-seven:
Sigma-Echo-Seven Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Writer
Nicely subtle shark influence, very well done.
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:iconmidknight23:
midknight23 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012   General Artist
awesome
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:iconyamiphill:
YamiPhill Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
You are AWESOME at swords, you could make a living out of drawing sword and nothing else, but please don't! You have a gift sir!
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Artist
thanks!
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:icontrahelion:
Trahelion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing stuff!
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:iconbadlilmunkee:
badlilmunkee Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A truly beautiful job.

Love all the fine details in this awesome piece, right down to the frayed edge of his blue cloak.

A most definite favorite. :D
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:iconhawkeye137:
Hawkeye137 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
One of the best sword designs I have ever seen...
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:iconversispellis:
Versispellis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
This is a clever design. The shark motif is certainly present without completely dominating the image. The whole thing is rendered beautifully, and what I love most of all is the composition and tight crop. Beautiful presentation.
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconfabio-p:
Fabio-P Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Nice work, man!

[link]
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:iconzousha:
Zousha Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The factoid being that the Maori or some other tribe in the Pacific islands used shark teeth to make swords, similar to how the Aztecs used obsidian chips on their macuahuitl?
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:iconwezlez:
Wezlez Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Gorgeous!
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:iconvadich:
Vadich Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Great rendering! Pleasure for eyes.
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:icondraks:
draks Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
WOW! I love this sword! :)
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:iconinnocentbystander19:
InnocentBystander19 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Very sharky, without the blatant obviousness of having something like a shark-head pauldron or something. :/ I love the teeth in the crossguard.
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Artist
thanks!
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:iconkavalier:
KAVALIER Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome work here =)
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:iconisolitude:
ISolitude Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
This is excellent. It's very dynamic, the metals look very metallic, and I love the blue.
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:iconchojinryu750:
ChojinRyu750 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
that is sweet :D
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:icono0magnus:
o0Magnus Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
superb illustration
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconeddiepolidura:
eddiepolidura Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
simply amazing. WOW!!!
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Artist
thanks!
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:iconichanichan:
ichanichan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Nice Amazing.....
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:iconrahulsilverfang:
rahulsilverfang Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is incredible...mind blowing..beautiful work..!!!!! :love:
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:iconardrak:
Ardrak Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Great work! :wow:
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:iconavoan:
Avoan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Wow... that is some shining effect there.
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:iconnaeran:
Naeran Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What a fantastic masterpiece! The quality of it is amazing. And that feeling of movement... Just great! :clap:
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:iconxavierlardy:
XavierLardy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Congratulations ! "Shark Blade" has been voted "Warrior of the Week" :)
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Artist
Whoa awesome! thanks!
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:iconxavierlardy:
XavierLardy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
My pleasure !
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:iconrocueto:
RoCueto Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Shields were'nt solid pieces of steel as it's often thought?

I dunno, but what I know is that this is great and I would like to see your art in MTG someday and you're not far from the quality of art there, hope the same could be said of me.
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:iconnonier:
NonieR Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Factoid: Unhemmed cloth ravels quickly?

Oh, wait; that's just a fact. ;)

--Nonie
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:iconzyrithus:
Zyrithus Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the fabric on his cape looks spectacular. you've got my attention :)
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:iconcrystalsabre:
CrystalSabre Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is one cool looking sword.
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:iconvladimirgospodinov:
VladimirGospodinov Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah! Very, very, very good! I love it, it`s wonderful!
-Fave-
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:iconmallettepagano:
mallettepagano Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love the armor and textures.
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:iconpeppermintschnapps:
PeppermintSchnapps Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Great work!
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:iconlistoric:
Listoric Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Looks great, the shark skin chainmail, the fin on the gauntlet, the grip, the teeth and the gills (which I especially like) :D Very very well made. Love it. It just doesn't look cheesy at all, that's the best part about it.
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Artist
haha thanks!
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:iconlistoric:
Listoric Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
And I just LOVE how you incorporated the teeth in the center. It just looks so epic.
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:iconkelloth:
Kelloth Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
impressive, I hae to admit the idea is really original and the design really well done, but looks more like a dragon than a shark blade, but its only mi opinnion, this work is really amazing. Imagine a Megalodon blade??? o__o
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Artist
haha but was is a shark, but a dragon of the sea? haha I know what you mean though. Thanks. :)
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:iconnarholt:
Narholt Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is great! I wish you good luck with filling your portfolio : )
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmr-ripley:
Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love how you painted the sword and armor. =D
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Artist
thanks!
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