Characters - The Daemonslayers

Character profile pictures and general simple character art of the Daemonslayers, their respective were- or dracoforms and their rides Knightmare, Gor and the Steed.
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Manifestation  Panel from 'Wolf and Raven', which I thought would work as a full piece. And it does!  Typically, if Raven manages to 'take charge' and fully possess Shade's body, the only outward sign is that his left eye becomes black to match the right, and his voice sounds all wrong... but sometimes if Raven is particularly pumped he can manifest as a visible form.  Whilst he still has no corporeal substance, contact with this apparition will drain life force (which adds to Raven's power) and can be lethal if prolonged. Knightmare  Media: Acrylics (W&N Artists' and Daler-Rowney Cryla ranges) on A4 mixed media paper Character:  "Knightmare"   Autumn 2015 I started getting back into using acrylics after several years of not working with them.  I'd done a few pictures ahead of this one but I think this one of Knightmare here marks the point where I decided I officially was back 'into' them!  Daemonslayers blurb (in case you don't quite manage to follow the links above): Blackjack's ill-tempered, (occasionally) loyal steed Knightmare. Given their frequent 'personality clashes' it seems at first surprising that these two have tolerated one another's company for as long as they have but they are in a way kindred spirits, having both lost everything that they were to demonic powers. Whilst Blackjack has regained at least some memory of his former life and can even regain his true form on occasion, for Knightmare there is no way back to his once noble unicorn self - even his true name is lost to him. All that is left is a twisted, hateful creature that delights in harm and spite though his overriding hatred for demonkind surpasses his ill will towards other beings. Despite the common goal, Knightmare has been known to turn on those around him, including his master. Luckily for Blackjack the worst he's suffered during one of these 'episodes' is a few broken ribs but he always has to keep half an eye on the beast. : knightmare, dire unicorn, unicorn, dragon, hybrid, mix, magic, blood, horse, winged, pegasus, alicorn, dark pegasus, galloping, full body, OC daemonslayers, tymaera Death From Above  Media: Digital Character:  Blackjack   Blackjack, uhm, flying I guess. Mid-manoeuvre by the looks of it. One can safely assume some demon's about to get its arse handed to it, anyway. The pose was somewhat governed by the fact the sketchbook I drew this in is wide and short (or tall and narrow, depending how you look at it).  Tried a different colouring method from usual (look, Ma, no inking) but it took ages so not sure I'll use it very often. Still, love how this turned out. : blackjack, project, character, OC, daemonslayers, cursed black dragon, cursed, black, dragon, syrax, bloodbane, hybrid, dragonwolf, dracosvulf, dracolf, anthro, warrior, furry, winged, male, digital, painting, flying, flight, attack, midair, colour, full body
circle soul  Media: Tria markers, pen and ink on A5 bristol board : soul, warrior, fighter, human, female, redhead, daemonslayer, daemonslayers, OC, project, lycanthrope, werewolf, fae, lycanfae, markers, marker, colour circle shade  Media: Tria markers, pen and ink on A5 bristol board : shade, warrior, fighter, human, male, blonde, daemonslayer, daemonslayers, OC, project, undead, raven, lycanthrope, werewolf, dire werewolf, markers, tria marker, colour, circle Shade - acrylics   Shade , in all his undeady werewolfy goodness. I'm rather pleased with this - the painting came out kind of rough but I think it lends a bit of a visceral nature to the picture which suits him in this form.  (but really, he's a nice guy when not a ravening monster!!). : werewolf, undead, dire werewolf, lycanthrope, dire, decayed, shade, daemonslayers, project, fierce, horror, acrylic, painting, OC
Soul - acrylics  Media: Acrylics on canvas paper  Having painted Shade, thought I would go ahead and paint  Soul  to go with him.  Trying out cobalt green, which isn't a colour I've used before. I was a bit unsure at first and thought I may have made a horrible mistake with my colour choices but actually it kind of works (IMHO). : werewolf, female, cobalt green, acrylic, painting, daemonslayers, OC Message in Blood  I'd been at the Pantera again, so you can thank them for the title. Blackjack's looking mighty pleased with himself here; dread to think what he's done.  Lineart done by hand; tidying up, shading and red added in Photoshop.  Oh, and marvel at how I managed to keep things simple... for once I set out to do simple shading and actually managed to achieve simple shading without it turning into a 20 hour fully-rendered ordeal. In part this is because I'm still very limited on how much I can do on the computer with my gammy wrist, but lets not dwell on that. No Angel of Mercy  Him again. Acrylics, limited palette.
By Moonlight  Media: Digital Print Available:  DeviantArt print account .   You really don't want to be around  Shade  when the silver moon Isel is full.  As the Daemonslayers' saga progresses (whenever the hell I get to writing it!!) Shade slowly loses touch with what he remembers of his humanity. His human form remains much the same but his wereform becomes increasingly decayed and horrific, reflecting the steady decline. Well, more horrific than an uncontrolled undead monster is in the first place. : shade, warrior, fighter, male, blonde, daemonslayer, daemonslayers, OC, project, undead, raven, lycanthrope, werewolf, dire werewolf, wereform, transformed, full moon, digital, colour, full body Transformations Hurt  "..because shape-shifting HURTS, you fool!"  Blackjack carries two magic rings: the Ring of Illusion and the Ring of Change. The former simply makes him appear human through a glamour spell, the latter actually changes his form. Black' prefers not to use either, but sometimes his usual appearance can prove 'inconvenient'.  He doesn't like to use the Ring of Change, firstly because he doesn't like being removed even further from his dracoform than he already is, and secondly because the pain of having spikes sticking out through yer skin, muscles tearing and reforming and a pair of bloody great wings and a tail ripping out of your back etc etc tends to render one overcome with pain and therefore vulnerable. The Coming Storm  Got a Daily Deviation on Deviantart for this one! Proud moment :-)  Given Blackjack's looking pissed but is not yet covered in blood, I'd say the fun's about to happen hence why the title doesn't say 'after the storm'.  This was supposed to be an exercise in simple cell shading but once again I got carried away. : blackjack, project, character, OC, daemonslayers, cursed black dragon, cursed, black, dragon, syrax, bloodbane, hybrid, dragonwolf, dracosvulf, dracolf, anthro, warrior, furry, winged, male, the coming storm, sunlight, storm, standing, watchful, menacing
shade inthought  Media: Digital Character:  Shade   In thought, looking all moody and stuff. : shade, undead, werewlf, lycanthrope, daemonslayers, main characters, character, standing, profile, digital, human, male, project Soul  Media: Pen and ink.  Soul  in her wereform again. Drawn at a point in my life when I was between both gyms and computers so had plenty of time to do little other than put lots of teeny tiny dots on paper in my spare time. Got a couple more of these. : werewolf, female, stippling, pen and ink, black and white, ink, daemonslayers, OC, Soul, project circle blackjack  Media: Tria markers, pen and ink on A5 bristol board : blackjack, project, character, OC, daemonslayers, cursed black dragon, cursed, black, dragon, syrax, bloodbane, hybrid, dragonwolf, dracosvulf, dracolf, anthro, warrior, furry, winged, male, marker, tria markers, colour, ink
Syrax  Media: Inks and greyscale markers.  Both his true and pseudoforms.   I was working on this for a long time on and off. It was originally two separate sketches but they seemed to belong together so by the wonder of lightbox I combined them and got inking :D The trouble with my favourite drawing pad is it's just that little bit bigger than A4 size. This means that it doesn't sit flush on my scanner and therefore the pictures that I scan from it are usualy blurry somewhere. This is a prime example : blackjack, daemonslayers, cursed black dragon, cursed, black, dragon, syrax, bloodbane, hybrid, dragonwolf, dracosvulf, dracolf, anthro, warrior, furry, winged, pen and ink, ink, pen, black and white, stippling, markers, deal, heritage, project, character, OC Haunted  Character:  Shade   Shade never fully escaped the Spirit World... He's repressed the memories, but they're always there at the edge of his mind, waiting for recall. Needless to say, Raven's presence doesn't help. : daemonslayers, shade, project, character, undead, dracoliche, dracolich, spirit world, haunted, ghosts, digital, painting, oC, human, werewolf A Dark Legend   Blackjack  and the other Daemonslayers prefer to keep the fact that he is Bloodbane a secret. This is because when people find out you were the evil tyrant that rose from the ashes of the Old Empire and enslaved the remains of a continent's human civilastion for a couple of centuries, awkward questions tend to arise (even though he's largely reformed).  As well as this, should the Emperor or the Arcanatoria (the high Council of Mages) discover he's still alive, they would spare no trouble to destroy him and any of his allies. Later on in the DS storyline Black's found out and this proves disastrous. : syrax, bloodbane, black, dragon, full body, digital, project, daemonslayers, blackjack, OC, transformation, shape shifting, anthro, transformed, character
Shade   Shade  (wereform).  Another piece from when I was going through that stippling phase. Since I'd drawn Soul I figured I may as well draw her mate Shade. He's not looking so well, though - Tymaera has 3 moons and what with him being undead when the Eye of Decay (the third moon) is full at the same time as the largest moon (which governs their transformations), he tends to get a bit worse than normal. : werewolf, male, undead, dire, dire werewolf, stippling, pen and ink, black and white, ink, decayed, ribcage, zombie, daemonslayers, OC, Shade, project Knightmare (markers)  Media: Tria markers, pen and ink on A5 bristol board  Blackjack's cantankerous but reasonably loyal steed  Knightmare . Given their frequent 'personality clashes' it seems at first surprising that these two have tolerated one another's company for as long as they have but they are in a way kindred spirits, having both lost everything that they were to demonic powers. Whilst Blackjack has regained at least some memory of his former life and can even regain his true form on occasion, for Knightmare there is no way back to his once noble unicorn self - even his true name is lost to him. All that is left is a twisted, hateful creature that delights in harm and spite though his overriding hatred for demonkind surpasses his ill will towards other beings. Despite the common goal, Knightmare has been known to turn on those around him, including his master. Luckily for Blackjack the worst he's suffered during one of these 'episodes' is a few broken ribs but he always has to keep half an eye on the beast. : knightmare, dire unicorn, unicorn, dragon, hybrid, unidragon, alicorn, wings, dark, evil, black, green, red, project, character, OC, daemonslayers, markers, head down, charge, hooves Character Profile - Soul  Character:  Soul : daemonslayers, soul, werewolf, wereform, lycanthrope, female, woman, human, warrior, OC, character
Hoodie  Digital  New (sort of?) duds for  Blackjack . Not that new really as this is basically what he's wearing in 'Heritage', just with a hood. Irked  Tria markers. Definitely annoyed about something... savageinmyfury  Media: Indian ink. Colour added digitally.  Title inspired by the lyrics of 'Agony and Pain' by Virgin Steele.. which I had been listening to all afternoon whilst drawing this :D   Shade   is a nice person... just don't make him mad. : shade, warrior, fighter, human, male, blonde, daemonslayer, daemonslayers, OC, project, undead, raven, lycanthrope, werewolf, dire werewolf, sword
Lunarheadache  Media: Digital  Shade , howling at the moon. : shade, warrior, fighter, male, blonde, daemonslayer, daemonslayers, OC, project, undead, raven, lycanthrope, werewolf, dire werewolf, wereform, transformed, full moon, digital, colour, full body, howling, howl, moons A Little Magic  Blackjack, practicing blood magic.  Mainly an exercise in playing with Photoshop. Travel Book project Blackjack  Media: water soluble pencils, watercolour Project:  World-Travel-Book    I was invited to participate in the  World-Travel-Book  project. This is another of my contributions - couldn't resist including  Blackjack  in there :-)
Breaking Through  Media: Digital  'Breaking Through'. I'm not sure what's the deal here, escaping from some sort of shadowy thing or something. : blackjack, project, character, OC, daemonslayers, cursed black dragon, cursed, black, dragon, syrax, bloodbane, hybrid, dragonwolf, dracosvulf, dracolf, anthro, warrior, furry, winged, male, digital, colour, red, sky Passable Human  Just a profile view of Blackjack in his human form. Blackjack  Media: Digital painting over pen and ink lines.  An ACEO of  Blackjack  that I scanned and coloured. : blackjack, daemonslayers, cursed, black, dragon, anthro, furry, wolf, hybrid, colour, ACEOl
Going Wild  Media: Pencils   Shade  transforming into his wereform and looks like he's lost it a bit. Probably too late to run. : shade, daemonslayers, dire, werewolf, lycanthrope, undead, transformation, project, character, OC, pencils, black, white blackjackbloodmagic  Media: Digital  Due to his curse, blood magic is the only way  Black'  can access mystic energies. It's very dangerous for the user and it's sort of a last resort for him to use it.  It doesn't always work right either so in general he won't take the risk.  Of course, you can't see the blood so well on account of the light effect because I went a bit mad on the Photoshop filters. : blackjack, project, character, OC, daemonslayers, cursed black dragon, cursed, black, dragon, syrax, bloodbane, hybrid, dragonwolf, dracosvulf, dracolf, anthro, warrior, furry, winged, male, blood magic, spell casting, magic, digital, full body red  Media: Digital  About as close to realistic as Blackjack's likely to get drawn. Evidently he has been having fun... at some poor sod's expense. : blackjack, project, character, OC, daemonslayers, cursed black dragon, cursed, black, dragon, syrax, bloodbane, hybrid, dragonwolf, dracosvulf, dracolf, anthro, warrior, furry, winged, male, red, portrait, digital, realistic
The Victor  He's looking happy about something... XD Kindred Spirits  Media: Digital   Blackjack  and his (relatively) loyal steed,  Knightmare . Given their frequent 'personality clashes' it seems at first surprising that these two have tolerated one another's company for as long as they have but they are in a way kindred spirits, having both lost everything that they were to demonic powers. Whilst Blackjack has regained at least some memory of his former life and can even regain his true form on occasion, for Knightmare there is no way back to his once noble unicorn self - even his true name is lost to him. All that is left is a twisted, hateful creature that delights in harm and spite though his overriding hatred for demonkind surpasses his ill will towards other beings. Despite the common goal, Knightmare has been known to turn on those around him, including his master. Luckily for Blackjack the worst he's suffered during one of these 'episodes' is a few broken ribs but he always has to keep half an eye on the beast. : blackjack, project, character, OC, daemonslayers, cursed black dragon, cursed, black, dragon, syrax, bloodbane, hybrid, dragonwolf, dracosvulf, dracolf, anthro, warrior, furry, winged, male, knightmare, dire unicorn, unicorn, dragon, hybrid, unidragon, alicorn, wings, dark, evil, black, green, red, rearing, kindred spirits, heritage, cover, comic, digital, colour 'Trust Me'  Media: Digital  Yeah, how could you not trust that smile? : blackjack, project, character, OC, daemonslayers, cursed black dragon, cursed, black, dragon, syrax, bloodbane, hybrid, dragonwolf, dracosvulf, dracolf, anthro, warrior, furry, winged, male, digital, axe, portrait, trust me
Noms Interrupted  Coloured panel from 'Moonsong' shade wereform  Media: Digital   Shade  kinda looks like he's ready to fight in some beatemup video game or something. : shade, warrior, fighter, male, blonde, daemonslayer, daemonslayers, OC, project, undead, raven, lycanthrope, werewolf, dire werewolf, wereform, transformed, full moon, digital, colour, full body Profile pic - Blackjack   Blackjack
the longest path  Media: Acrylics on stretched canvas  The longest road... ...is the journey of the self.  Read into this what you like. That's the demon city Khisan, poorly painted in the background there.  Have I mentioned how much I absolutely love Payne's Grey? Best colour ever!!!!! : blackjack, daemonslayers, cursed black dragon, cursed, black, dragon, syrax, bloodbane, hybrid, dragonwolf, dracosvulf, dracolf, anthro, warrior, furry, winged, painting, art, canvas, acrylic, paynes grey, project, character, OC shade beast within  Media: Indian ink, brush, digital colouring   Shade  in his  wereform again. : shade, warrior, fighter, human, male, blonde, daemonslayer, daemonslayers, OC, project, undead, raven, lycanthrope, werewolf, dire werewolf, wereform, transformation, the beast within bloodbane sketch parchment  Bloodbane...
Run Away  "We laugh in the face of danger (provided danger's out of earshot and looking the other way), we daringly make rude hand-gestures behind death's back and we bravely leg it when opposed by overwhelming odds." - Blackjack, not one for bravado. Running away isn't something new to the DS. Although they could potentially wield a heck of a lot of power between the three of them, they don't exactly achieve that potential - partly due to their own personal limitations, and also not helped by their inability to function properly as a team. Bloodbane1 04  Media: Digital   Bloodbane ... I was very proud of this at the time - took me forever! : syrax, bloodbane, black, dragon, full body, digital, project, daemonslayers, blackjack who spilled my pint  First try with a new colouring technique, (at the time) : daemonslayers, blackjack, syrax, smoking, cigarette, moody, full body, anthro, dracosvulf, dragonwolf, axe, unbinder, fierce, threat
Someone is Going to Get Hurt  Trying out Prismacolor pencils and a slightly different style here... Brooding  Looking all moody and "Get lost or I'll rip your head off and stub my fag out on the bleeding stump of your neck"-like.  Not that he's a cantankerous bastard or anything...  Detailed pencil sketch coloured over with Photoshop. Wings  Indian inks, brush... quick drawing of Black'
Full Moon   Soul  in her wereform again. Unlike Shade who tries his best to cling to what's left of his humanity, she's much more comfortable with her lycanthropy and works with it rather than against it. But then as a werewolf she's not half the monster her partner is so she doesn't fear what the beast within her might do. shade necro inks  Media: Indian ink, brush.  Redraw of  Shade    as he features in 'Summoning The Dark'. This is because Shade was originally drawn for it as a pencil sketch done on my way to work. For the stippled madness I used a lightbox to copy the pencils. For this I just laid marker paper over the pencil sketch and painted away ^_^  Given that he's blonde, his hair's looking a wee bit black but I had too much fun painting it to care : shade, warrior, fighter, human, male, blonde, daemonslayer, daemonslayers, OC, project, undead, raven, lycanthrope, werewolf, dire werewolf, f'lair, brush ink, ink, indian ink