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Familiar Stranger by Art-Zealot Familiar Stranger by Art-Zealot

EDIT: Be sure to check out (and Like :meow:) the Process Video on YouTube!


Isn't my good side worth rescuing?  "Stranger" by VersaEmerge

Perhaps even the Lord of Terror can feel fear...
The Diablo III fanart continues!

[DIABLO III SPOILER WARNING]

The ending of Diablo III is really what cinched my appreciation of its story. I have an obvious love for the "innocent-yet-battling-evil-internal-forces" character type (as seen in my own Zalost, Lia Nara, and Sin), and I got so much more attached to Leah when she turned into Diablo.

Unfortunately, the people at Blizzard just killed her off after that. :/ I was majorly disappointed, since I wanted to see some kind of internal struggle against him on Leah's part. So, of course, I have this new headcanon that at some point during the final battle she intervened and distracted Diablo at a key moment, allowing the Nephilim to strike him down. She still ends up dead, but at least it mattered. :'7

I've also recently finished the book Diablo III: The Order, which is set thirteen years before the events of the game, so I decided to portray little 8-year-old Leah (who is adorbs, albeit kind of scary) instead of her normal look. And the scale is kind of off, since I think Diablo is a bit bigger than that...

Whew...I think I can move on now. Brain, you so silly, getting invested in fictional characters. Though I suppose that's what makes games fun to me. C:

Photoshop CS4, ~4 hours
Diablo III Blizzard Entertainment
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Flipsie Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Outstanding!
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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NikObi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
So,... Awsome!
Thanks for your Video!!!!
Great work!
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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NikObi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
He he ^^
Your image is my new desktop background!
Im really fascinated La la la la 
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Razmere Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Maybe we'll bet a chance to save Leah in the REAPER OF SOULS expansion. That's what I hope and even pray for. It would be my biggest draw to the game.

BLIZZARD: "NEW CHARACTER CLASS!"
ME: "Yeah, that's cool, I guess."
BLIZ: "NEW GEAR AND MONSTERS!" 
ME: "Uh huh, that's nice"
BLIZ: "MORE ABILITIES AND LEVELS!!"
ME: "Whatever..."
BLIZ: "Oh and the story mode gives you the option to save Leah."
ME: "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!!" 
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Haha, that would be awesome, I agree. Unfortunately I think they've confirmed they won't expound on that yet, because in order for the loss to really be a poignant story event, they can't just go, "Oh just kidding, she's back in the next expansion!" I think they will (and should) let it "sink in" for at least this expansion, and then bring her back into the spotlight in a later expansion/game.
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Razmere Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
BUT SHE HAS TO BUILD HER INN! IT'S HER DREAM!!!!!! :cries: 
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
X'D Awww, I'm sure the heroes shall go on to make an inn for her in loving memory...

Though you knew as soon as she started talking about settling down and plans for the future that she doomed herself to an early death. The laws of plot demand it. T_T
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Razmere Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Well we shall see what happens in the expansion. I'll probably wait a month before I buy it (There are bound to be bugs that need fixing) 
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ArtTraveller77 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very impressive, I love the contrast.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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ArtTraveller77 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome.
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Filiana Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Wow great :o
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:iconart-zealot:
Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks much!
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Filiana Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
You are welcome :)
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Keilink Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Personnaly, since the next extension is about beyond death, I hope that we will retreive her soul somewhere :<

Fantastic work !
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
YESPLEASETHANKYOU. And maybe well get to chat with Cain one more time! :dummy:

Thanks much!
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Keilink Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah Cain too now that you talk about it : )

Honestly the ending cinematic when Diablo turns into dust after his fall, it's supposed to be something beautiful but in my head it was horrifying xD

I was like : " ... and Leah ? Leaaaah ? ... gross ! what the furnitures !!?? "
When Blizzard succeed to mess with your head ahah.

I've a question too, do you use a particular brush for the smoke ? I'm having a hard time everytime I try to make some.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, as soon as she started melting I died a little inside...T__T ...stupid Imperius...

I actually used pretty much the same two brushes for the whole process, the cloud one being a nice and versatile hard-edged brush with opacity and flow pen pressure settings. I occasionally use a big Soft Round to smooth things out, but most of it was the basic Hard Round.
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Keilink Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pfft, Imperius, such an ass >.>

I see, well I guess its about practicing rendering, thanks ! :D
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Somelarder Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is splendid, woooow... :heart:
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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Somelarder Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome ! :)
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tyranicalsaurus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:happybounce: I think I've fainted. 

Excellent work! 
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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70R4N Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: :clap: :clap:
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank  you!
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imke14 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing lighting! i haven't played the game but i might just try it out now :D
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Excellent! My work here is done!

Thanks much!
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3Rton Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well that would have been cliche, I mean one girl interrupting the Prime Evil.... would could have happened I suppose.

As a side note it's not certain she died, though. Her soul should still be living inside the soulstone, though what's left is a mystery.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I do appreciate their willingness to just bring the hammer down, which sucked but was certainly powerful. I just feel like her character and potential of her unique being wasn't explored as much as it should have been (especially given some of the writing in Book of Cain). Seemed like a missed opportunity. :7

But yes, I suspect they aren't finished with her (given that Cain stuck around for so many games, not to mention the Dark Wanderer), so I'll just have to sit back and angst until then. ^^;
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3Rton Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't angst, imagine *spreads hands in hippie manner*
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Spirogs Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Huh, neat-o!
I love glowie things....
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:iconart-zealot:
Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yus! Demons in this game are full of glowy things! :dummy:

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Spirogs Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
*like*

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avispadator Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Photographer
A father that lingers in the darkness, a mother who travels thru light and shadow, and a daughter who walks in the light, most complicated family...
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So true, so true. I hear her grandfather had issues too...:7

I'm surprised she was so well-adjusted. I guess there's Cain to thank for that.
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avispadator Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Photographer
indeed...
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AM-TravinWayne Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Very nice!
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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diakel1114 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Artist

this is awesome

 

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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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diakel1114 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Artist
your welcome and I did too wanted to see leah be brought back myself, but sadly diablo took control of her completely.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:''C  Tragedy of tragedies. Now all we have is Tyrael, and he's kind of a pushover now. 
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Tiberia123 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
.......Wow....that's all I can....just WOW! I love the scope and stand speechless in awe.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks very much, Tiberia!
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Fireshrike Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's really beautiful!   love the one little guy standing there with the light falling over him, fearless in front of that great beastie.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, Fireshrike! 
It's actually a little girl, but I don't blame you for the mixup, given the age and scale. :7
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Fireshrike Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
^^
Ahhh, sorry!  I could tell it was a child, but not much more than that!
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