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Prince of Persia by invent-a-shell Prince of Persia by invent-a-shell
Had to re-upload cos I forgot the prince's scar! :P

It's for the Prince of Persia contest (UK res only). The prizes include an Xbox 360 and an A5 Wacom and seeing as i've never had a games console in my life (i'm 24; old!) and my cheap fake-Wacom graphics tablet is on it's last legs, I thought it would be a competition worth doing. :P

Factoid: Mainly painted to the sounds of 90's rave classics e.g. The Shamen.

Traditional Media. Acrylics on board.
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TollersTree Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is truly an incredible image! I loved the 2008 Prince of Persia game and I hope that Ubisoft will make a sequel to it!
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LimbsforWings Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Student Artist
if i am not mistaken, your print won a official contest held by ubisoft...great work...maybe some day ill draw (and paint) like you...great game by the way...hpe they release a sequel...with a more challenging gameplay...
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sammywhatammy Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Student Filmographer
THIS IS GORGEOUS! I also ive you mega infinite props for using acrylic in this age of digital paintings. It makes such an amazing difference - the rough texture you get in your brush strokes really adds so much to the painting, and fits the game. LOVE IT
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Russiancrantz Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This strikes me as a really interesting picture. I really loooove the interplay between texture and color. There's so much to look at in this picture, and yet it's still unified and very bold. I think what's most interesting is how the two people mimic eachother in pose and expression, and yet they are very, very different from eachother. And of course, the moon light is lovely. That greenish valley is really sweet. One of the best pictures I've seen in a while, for sure!
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
Thanks! It means a lot. <3

That was the effect i'd been going for too. ^^
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TRGamer8 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Great artwork =)
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KeanKennedy Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009   General Artist
omg you listen to the shamen? me too! (never been admitted previously) in fact some of his b-sides are actually really interesting.
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karulox Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
nice traditional media =D congrats
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Many thanks :)
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kurayami53 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Very good! I love style but also hate it in a way, if that makes sense. Does it?
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
Not really. ^^

But nevermind.
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georgeb92 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
But otherwise its a great
not knocking you like, i know i couldnt create summat like it xD
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
No, I REALLY appreciate constructive comments. When people say "Amazing work" or "Pfft, that's rubbish. Why is this first?" it doesn't tell me why they think that and the latter just puts me down.

What you told me was very helpful, even if I personally didn't agree with it.

*hugs for you!*
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georgeb92 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Nice drawing, can see why it made 1st place
The princes' chin looks abit deformed xD
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Thanks.

I think it might be the mouth. I was trying to stylize it by making it low down and long but I think it just makes his lower face look a bit weird. ^^
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Oreilly-Art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
wow are you kidding me?? first place!? there must not have been many entrants!
that said i could not do any better
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
I agree that cesar should have been first but a breakdown of what you do not like about this picture would be far more useful. It is not my fault I won.
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Oreilly-Art Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
i guess its just not in my tastes, i think the prince doesn't look enough like the prince, for that matter niether does elika. His face rubs me the wrong way, also his hand and arm are at an unnatural angle. Also i dont like the roughly painted lower half of the picture, but that seems to have won you favour in some eyes so i guess it worked out. The picture in itself is fine, it just comes as a shock to me to see it take the first place. Congratulations and sorry if i offended, if you can win first place you can do a lot more, good luck
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
Well i'm already working as a professional illustrator and artist so I must be doing something right. ^^ This painting is in a VERY different style to my normal work though.

And I was very pleased you had the guts to comment on my page even if it was a mild flame. Everyone else seemed to comment on the page announcing the winners and said baseless things like they were annoyed that I hadn't played the game and therefore couldn't put any emotion into my entry. For a start the competition started before the game was released! Half the entrants hadn't played it. Secondly, the brief specified for us to use the reference material they provided and nothing else! Thirdly, what is wrong with putting emotion into your painting anyway? I care about all my work. Bah. Rant over. XD

Also, I was purposefully trying to make the Prince and Elika look different by making them less good looking in the "traditional" way but I now see that was a really bad idea as the purists have slated me for it. :/ Have you seen Cesars entry? It was the third place. It's SOO pretty. :D
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Oreilly-Art Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
I just checked out your galler, nice, i like your characters.
Yeah its not that he doesn't look like the prince, i just find his face thin lipped/featured and ugly, like he's got a shit personality or something, i dont know, he really rubs me wrong.
yeah fair point about not having played the game/only using the specified material. have you played it now? did you get it for the prize? i didnt see what first place won. anyway its a great game.
yeah i did see cesars entry, but ive forgotten it and i cant find it now, could you possibly link me?
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Cesars work along with the second place entry which I also think is great can be found here: [link] on the news page announcing the winners. You can also read all the colourful flaming there.

As you'll probably notice they've cropped my image; I think a lot of people thought that what they see there is the whole thing.

And everything has arrived now except the Xbox itself (they say what each entry has won on the linked page). I love the T-shirt. It's bright pink and shows the evolution of the PoP game over the decades. :D
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Oreilly-Art Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
yeah i see the crop, its actually not too bad though, i almost like it more, almost.
the shirt sounds awesome! especially that its a bright pink PoP shirt, i wonder how many people wear one of those!!
enjoy the game, you cant die in it, which i think is a great idea.
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
Thanks. I expect i'll work out some way to die. My gaming skills are that bad.
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ollyfish Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
At first I wasnt too impressed with the painting and felt there must be another piece more worthy of first prize, but then I ventured to the full sized deviation, and was intrigued so much as to click 'dowload'. It was then that I was astounded by the ferocious style, impressed by the intricate patterns on the fabric and armour, amazed by the delicate skin tones and light falling on the characters. Congrtaultions on your win, it was well deserved
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
Thankyou muchly. :)

Yeah, I think the crop kills it a bit. ^^

I don't care bout the trolling though; I get the biggest prizes! I'm not sure if my piece deserves to win either but if people aren't going to look at the full image and are going to shout illogical and baseless flames then their opinion doesn't count for much. ;P
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pulse36 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gratz on the win dude =)
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
Many thanks. :)
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pulse36 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*dudette xD

sowwi :P
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Xt3mpX Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009   Digital Artist
skillz
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
cheerz
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liquidfire Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Congrats on your win!
The detailing in his cape and how it flows to the bottom is my favourite part ;)
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Thankyou!

Glad you think so. :D
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Cobra-ss Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Well done on winning, this looks great.
I'm working with acryllics but I've got a while to go before I'm at this level, great style.
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Thankyou!

And where are your acrylic pieces? I can't see them anywhere obvious in your gallery. :(
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Cobra-ss Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Everythings seperated into themes, but there are some in the Marvell and a big one in Dredd.
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mycarman Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
Congrats on the contest win man! great picture
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Thanks m'dear!
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Zoshism Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations! The traditional media looks beautiful.
I really love the background, too :D
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Cheers m'dears!

It means a lot. <3
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Zoshism Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
It's gorgeous!
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akitatoma Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
And where are people saying this doesn't deserve first place? I think whomever wins is subjective to whomever is judging. The judge pick what THEY feel PORTRAYS what they wanted. And apparently you did that. It's not only talent (which you have) but a picture with more talent than this could very well have less feeling.

Well done, I love how you can tell it was a hard worked on painting, it doesn't look perfect, which adds to the feeling. Wonderful work!
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Thankyou! I appreciate it. :) I think Cesar should have won too though. ^^

I think the crop on the page announcing the winners isn't helping my case though. :S
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Karasunokazu Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Congrats!
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Thankyou!
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x8Holly8x Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Congrats on the win!! Enjoy the 360 !
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Cheers m'dears! I will do!
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srag Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Am an old fan of the game...and am really glad that u managed to capture the atmoshpere of POP perfectly!
the texturing and details r awesome :heart:
congrats :blowkiss:
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Thankyou!
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Proitzen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
I like how the medium shows this, and how the two seem to have the same pose. ^^

And reading your description, I'm personally glad you won! :D Best way to replace that old tablet and get hooked on gaming. XD When it's a free prize, right? XD
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Thanks! I'm also glad I won! Just in the nick of time too... my Aiptek tablet has virtually ground to a halt.

Like a lot of people, I also think Cesar should have won, but i'm just in love with the Ubisoft judges for choosing me!

I hope i'll be able to get a job in the computer games industry in the future actually. First I need to get the money for a brand new pooter that can run Maya on it, then spend a couple of years getting up to scratch with it. But I think I have the will to go through with it. :D I know a texture designer who's worked on one of the Halo's and a very pretty game called Drake's Fortune from last year and also the lead graphics programmer at Rare, who have already given me lots of help too. And now i've recieved recognition from Ubisoft! Yay! :D
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