Nephara - Original Character Created For Splinterlands Art Contest Week 241
Greetings my dear Hive community!!!
Hello, hello, dear Hivers and Splinterlands fans!!!
I hope you've had a wonderful week. I know I've been a bit lost these past few days, but a lot has been going on. However, I don't want to bore you, and since this post will be longer than usual, I'll skip telling you about my life. hahaha.
This time, I had enough time to come up with an original idea, like a card for #Splinterlands, @solumviz was partly to blame for my choice 🤔🤭🤭 last week that great artist encouraged me to do it 💪🏻😏😏🤗🤗🤗 Thanks for that! soooo that's what my entry for this week is about. And well, yes, it's associated with my favorite Splinter, which, I think you all know, is death.
I wanted to create an ancestral demon, something as powerful and formidable as it is difficult to summon. I named it "𝕹𝖊𝖕𝖍𝖆𝖗𝖆". If you don't like the name I apologize, as I'm not very good at choosing names. That always happens to me when creating my own pieces or illustrations. Although, anyway, I think the name is not too bad. Ha ha ha ha!!!
Well, without further ado, I present to you this awesome, powerful and cruel demon girl named -=𝕹𝖊𝖕𝖍𝖆𝖗𝖆=-.
On the back, you'll be able to see some scissors. I didn't focus too much on them, but rather on the concept of the character. Although, I think it still gets the point across. At least, I hope so.
Next, you will be able to read a little bit about the Lore I created to go with this design. I apologize, as it is quite long. And the worst thing is that it's not even finished yet. Hehehehe! That also happens to me a lot when creating a story for my characters. I never know how to finish such stories, but I hope you like it, just like my design.
Ah, another thing!!! This work had two versions. Although I don't include the second one in this post, you can see it in the video. But if you want to see it, tell me in the comments, and I'll gladly upload it so you can see this same design, but more focused on fire.
𝕴 𝖘𝖍𝖆𝖗𝖊 𝖜𝖎𝖙𝖍 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝕷𝖔𝖗𝖊 𝕴 𝖒𝖆𝖉𝖊 𝖋𝖔𝖗 𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖘 𝖉𝖊𝖘𝖎𝖌𝖓:
For millennia, dark wizards and desperate sorcerers devoted themselves to a tireless quest: to awaken Nephara, the demonic creature whose power and thirst for chaos were legendary. Amidst ancient runes and dark rituals, these wizards explored the forbidden limits of magic to find a way to summon her to this world.
Their efforts became an obsession that lasted for generations. Arcane texts revealed fragments of information about Nephara, describing her evil essence and the horrors she left in her wake. Her power was said to be so immense that she could alter reality itself and unleash a storm of nightmares.
Legends told of the sacrifices required to awaken Nephara, innocent lives offered on the altar of dark magic. Dark magicians risked punishment and damnation to gain the knowledge necessary to bring Nephara to this earthly plane.
Finally, after countless rituals and failed experiments, a circle of sorcerers managed to gather the right ingredients and utter the right arcane words. Dark energy was concentrated, tearing the veil between the worlds and opening a portal into the darkest abysses.
It was then that Nephara emerged, her imposing figure and fiery gaze revealing her power and demonic nature. Her presence terrified the dark wizards, who now found themselves face to face with the embodiment of the evil they had long yearned for.
From that moment on, Nephara became an indomitable force, carrying out her mission to spread chaos and despair everywhere. Her awakening ushered in an era of darkness and fear, and those who witnessed it were both fascinated and terrified.
Nephara's awakening marked a turning point in the history of dark magic. Her presence caused wrenching chaos and an imbalance in the cosmic forces. Her dominion over darkness and her unquenchable thirst for chaos made her an entity feared by even the most powerful beings.
As rumors of her arrival spread, the kingdoms prepared for the inevitable confrontation. Legendary warriors and renowned mages rose to challenge Nephara, aware that their fates would be intertwined in a confrontation that would transcend existence itself.
The stage was set for the ultimate showdown. Beams of dark energy and flashes of arcane power illuminated the sky, as the armies of light and darkness clashed in an epic battle. Nephara stood at the epicenter, her demonic figure shrouded in an aura of malice and absolute dominance.
Nephara's every move resonated with ruthless ferocity. Her infernal scissors cut through reality, unleashing dark vortexes and dragging her opponents into an abyss of terror. The evil in his gaze defied the gods, his laughter echoed like an infernal echo that enveloped the battlefields.
However, the story had not yet reached its climax. Nephara's destiny was intertwined with a greater purpose, an ancient prophecy that spoke of her ultimate transformation. The latent power within her was brewing, waiting for the right moment to be unleashed in all its splendor.
So, as the fighting raged around her, Nephara faced her destiny. A burst of supernatural energy enveloped her being, unleashing a hellish metamorphosis that took her beyond her known form. She became the very embodiment of chaos, an unstoppable force capable of defying the confines of reality.
𝕾𝖔𝖒𝖊 𝖎𝖒𝖆𝖌𝖊𝖘 𝖔𝖋 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖕𝖗𝖔𝖈𝖊𝖘𝖘 💖😋
It all started with a quick sketch to capture the main idea, although it wasn't very elaborated yet. It was just to have something to start from, so this worked as a starting point.
As I progressed in the process, I kept saving images, but in the end I decided to delete some of them, since the changes were minimal. However, at this stage, I was able to develop the concept a bit more and I shaped the idea of the costume with the base I created using leather garters as a guide. I made some subtle changes to the initial sketch, since I was initially going another way, but well, I don't think I was wrong in my choice.
One of the things that occurred to me that might work for this drawing were some scarifications in the form of symbols. I looked up references to see what they look like and... wow, that must hurt!!! Well, I have some symbols I had created for a previous commission, and thought they might fit the theme. Although, honestly, they didn't look as natural as I wanted them to, until now.
The scissors have undergone a significant change. I didn't want to make traditional scissors, so I decided to customize them a bit more. Compared to the previous stage, here they had more details. As for the suit, I did some alterations. The base I had was practically lost, but only the star on the chest remained, and I liked it much better this way!!! Also, I was trying out some textures to put on top of the suit.
After playing with the textures on a top layer, I added the suit. Even though the texture was off by 50%, I was creating something different. However, the color wasn't quite convincing me... By the way, when the scarifications have healed, they look similar to the star and moon on this girl's hip. I wanted to do more scarifications, but who knows, maybe on some monster I'll do many more and even bigger ones. lol
This part was kind of bittersweet, because everything got complicated. I mean the changes were nicer than in the previous stage, but the setting became more fire related. There will be fire demons. But well, that's another story... The thing that is behind her supposedly I would be an eclipsed moon that is fading little by little as well as draining. This girl is quite an enigma!!! Her horns took a more defined shape, but her face is conspicuous by its absence. That's for the end.
After all the previous work, I ended up changing a lot of things... I was leaning too much towards fire, and that was not the idea!!! Since she is a demon coming from the deepest shadows between worlds, something completely dark and evil, I decided to change the approach. So, instead of fire, I now went deep into the shadows, as I had originally planned. I just took a little more time to test and test and test but I just wasted my time. hehehehehehe.
Well, that's all for today my dear Hivers. I hope you liked my contest idea, and I'll see you someday. 🙏🏻
See you next time!!! 🤗💖😘
𝕿𝖍𝖊𝖘𝖊 𝖆𝖗𝖊 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖑𝖆𝖘𝖙 𝖉𝖗𝖆𝖜𝖎𝖓𝖌𝖘 👉🏼😘👈🏼
𝖂𝖍𝖆𝖙 𝖉𝖎𝖉 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖓𝖐 𝖔𝖋 𝖆𝖑𝖑 𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖘?
𝕴 𝖜𝖔𝖚𝖑𝖉 𝖑𝖔𝖛𝖊 𝖙𝖔 𝖐𝖓𝖔𝖜 𝖞𝖔𝖚𝖗 𝖔𝖕𝖎𝖓𝖎𝖔𝖓
𝕴 𝖙𝖍𝖆𝖓𝖐𝖘 𝖋𝖔𝖗 𝖗𝖊𝖆𝖉𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖘
𝕱𝖔𝖑𝖑𝖔𝖜 𝖒𝖊 𝖎𝖋 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖜𝖆𝖓𝖙
𝕾𝖊𝖊 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖘𝖔𝖔𝖓 𝕳𝖎𝖛𝖊!