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The Serpentarius by TD-Vice The Serpentarius by TD-Vice
This is Asklepos, the Alpha Legion Librarian, Omegon's operative.
Incredibly ancient and more so cunning, this man's wisdom is comparable only to his power. Many an diversion, a war has been carried out according to his plan, dealing a blow after blow to the hated order he and his brothers sworn to destroy.
Asklepos is an expert on human nature and behavior, able to see through the tangled webs of Imperial politics and chaos tides.


The initial concept was to tie the Alpha Legion to some identifiable aesthetics. When I first sketched down this bust, I didn't know where to go, but then it hit me - the letters, Alpha and Omega, the Hydra symbol - of course, it should be Hellas, Greek aesthetics. I've scattered the said symbolism and mythological references all around the picture and I hope it would be nice to look at it.

Technically, it's was very complicated, the initial size of the canvas around 7000x6000 pix, and working on it I've got the worst tunnel syndrom ever.

Another interesting thing about it is that I've done it in Painter Tool SAI. Unfortunately, right when I was doing the picture, my trial period expired, and I couldn't save it. So I've screencapped the pic part by part, all in all in 15 parts, and then reassembled them in PS, which was one hell of a job. But I saved it.

Still, I think it payed off.
It's one of those pictures i consider a personal achievement.
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Its a great piece. I've felt you've always 'neglected' your strength in line art, and this is a celebration of it. The level and quality of detail is excellent, you've forged this armor out of potent, complex shapes that add to the character of the piece. I enjoy the stylized serpentine head, skull and various components of this (librarian turned to chaos?)'s torso the most. You've an equal mix of traditional SM shapes and strong Chaos corruption and I like that.

The only part I don't like is the character's face. The Serpentine styling I like, but the left eye seems off in your attempt to have it focusing on the viewer. If this was an attempt for form a stronger reptilian feel for the face (ie, wider-set eyes), the rest of the face's structure (sans the jawline) doesn't lend to this. If the face is supposed to be asymmetric, more strained detail would make this more apparent. This Chaos boy's face doesn't match, or at least give credit to the insanely perfect uber-detail of the rest of the character.
I love complex line art, and this is top notch complex line art. You, good sir, should feel proud.
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TrololoHunter Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Holy shit man Jake crying plz 
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:icontilskkarishma:
TilskKarishma Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am glad you saved that pic. Sounds really difficult.
There are so much details in it, that I must watch really carefully, because I get lost in it.
Every time I look at it I discover new things.
This must be a real hard job, but I ask you anyway. Can I try to colour it?
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thethey Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
This is the work of an extremely talented psychopath, the style reminds me of Geof Darrow. Also while you seem like a total delusional shut in, your half baked philosophy and skewed alternative perspective on reality is at least entertaining... in a Faces of Death kinda way. Keep up the critical and obsessive behavior, even Orwell wrote 1984 in his bed while dying of TB.
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zoopee Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I am stunned of the details you put in this piece. I cant wait for the colored version.
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:iconkontagen:
Kontagen Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive. :clap:
However, is there a coloured version of this?
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SilverMender Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunningly detailed and intricate lineart. Near flawless armor-wise. One of your masterpieces without doubt.
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DeadDie Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Да будь я проклят! Потрясающая детализация. Когда я отрываю взгляд от монитора, что удается не с первого раза ;), окружающий мир видится мне таким скучным и невыразительным…
Правда лично мне кажется, что шейный сегмент и, следовательно, провода за головой чуть сильнее выражены, чем окружение. Преимущественно, пожалуй, из-за толщины линий. Глубина теряется. И рука в несколько странном положении, слишком прижата к корпусу. Мне кажется, он бы не смог, ее так подогнуть. Но это, как я уже сказал мое личное мнение ), которое не мешает мне всецело восхищаться этим рисунком))
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JCropley Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
This is just crazily good. Ultimately (in the not too distant future) I want to reach your consistently high standard of line drawings, digital paintings, and so on.
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks) This level is easy to achieve with enough practice
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Elminus Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
I see few of your graphics and I like it much, maybe as "Chaotic" as well. I really like the german WWII outfit inspirations on traitor guardsmen. Nice look it gives, maybe I will see less nazi symbols on graphics. You've got nice style.
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, the Blood Pact designs are my pride, lotsa people are using them now)
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Ravenkeeper Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
spetacular piece of work. the detail level is mind boggeling. simply stunning. I keep finding new details on his armour everytine I look. very very nice work, easily on par with and in some regards above, the artwork published as official by GW
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SigilArt Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow love the detail work! very nice.
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:iconkokabael:
Kokabael Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
I'll never get tired of this chaos art, you're an inspiration.
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:iconder-richter:
Der-Richter Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
Wow by the way. Maximum detail and sweet pauldrons.
+Fav
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:iconpiotrasss:
piotrasss Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
The medusa/gorgon shoulder pad looks awesome. I dont like the youthful haircut though
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:iconpiotrasss:
piotrasss Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
The medusa/gorgon shoulder pad looks awesome. I dont like the youthful haircut though
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:iconderelicy:
Derelicy Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
holy shit...a librarian
with HAIR.
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Calacruf Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
That's a pretty fucking badass design. I'm going to have to come back sometime when I'm not lacking a day of sleep so that I can observe the entire thing. :paranoid:
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No-Named Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this lineart so much. *A* May I... color it?
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, thanks.

Yes, you can.
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:iconno-named:
No-Named Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much.
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:iconjezzy-fezzy:
Jezzy-Fezzy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009   General Artist
Wow! Very impressive detail you put to this lineart! :) Mindblowing! :heart:


:+fav:
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:iconstreakspsyche:
StreaksPsyche Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
You Sir, are intense.
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Petesamd Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
Very well done. My only comment is with his tongue. his teeth seem to be clamped shut yet his tongue is sticking out. It would seem he would be biting through this tongue.
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T-H-E-Q651 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
It definitely capture the feel of "Chaos" quite nicely. Stunning work.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This. . . is really, really amazing, even more so because I used to collect Alpha Legion. :meow:

The sheer level of detail is amazing, but at the same time it does not swamp the overall piece, which I think is a considerable achievement.

The omega letter, it seems to be an upside-down Ultramarine symbol. . . Is your inclusion of it here a homage to the Alpha Legion's hatred of the Ulatramarines by any chance? :B
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TotenVeloren Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Insanely detailed and creative designs for the character, I love how you incorporated those symbols and patterns into his armor. His serpentine glare is really piercing. It's great to learn more about him through your words as well. Truly intense work.

SAI painter is lovely for drawing lineart. XD
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Nim41 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
oh hell, this is so detailed! What i particularly admire about this piece, is the quality of your line. The more a drawing is detailed, the harder it becomes to read, but you made it perfectly clear.
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X-emo-sexual-X Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
My eyes scanned over this piece for about half an hour, no joke. It's perfectly phenomenal.
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:iconjackallenart:
JackAllenArt Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i think i just jizzed in my pants!!! :) you set a great standard for all warhammer aspiring artists to follow.
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Komodo-Cath Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009   Digital Artist
I'd hug this guy, but he'd totally smash my brains out for it XD

The details are beautiful, it amazed me the first time I saw it and it still amazes me now :)
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:iconhammerone:
HammerOne Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Very Cool!
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tigerberryette Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
That is so badass. In fact the amount of badassness in this picture actually made me say that aloud. But seriously, you have a great vision and talent for doing such intricate, detailed pieces. The picture is well balanced and really captures the eye, drawing it smoothly about the entire thing. Do you do art as a profession? Because you totally could, in a heartbeat. :+fav:
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Vlaskiyov Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Now this looks fucking fannnnnntastic. Alpha Legion is probably the only Legion of Chaos that I have mucho respect for, and the really odd trait their Primarch has makes it worthwhile.

It's too bad I can't critique like others but hey I'm not an artist in the first place.
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:iconjuskan:
Juskan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Wha- Traitor Marine still Awesome but Heretical.
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:iconkibblinator:
kibblinator Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing!!!!!!!
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you)
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kommando101 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
holy crap this is amazing. the only crit is that it looks better not because its just painted but because i cant make out all the details
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The problem with the details are also here due to compression. It's compressed 5 times it's original size, so loss in line clarity is there(
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kommando101 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
ahhhhh didnt think about that you have a point
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:iconkrewl-rain:
KrewL-RaiN Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
oh man the details on this are INSANE! amazing!
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you)
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
this is your greatest work yet! the level of details is mind blowing!!! i never paid any attention to the alpha untill now.
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks mate) Alpha's actually a cool legion, I always liked their covert/terrorist tactics, something you don't see much in 40k.
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
well that's true.:P
another one that does the same is nightlord yes?
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:iconcatapultedcarcass:
CatapultedCarcass Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Outstanding detail, fantastic work.
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:highfive: thanks a lot)
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:iconcatapultedcarcass:
CatapultedCarcass Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd love to shade this with pencil, are we not overdue for a collaberation? ;p
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is the most impressive lineart i have ever seen. the amount of detail speak for itself as well as the creative design of snake-like quality to the armour. awesome job, bro.
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