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You killed my brother and stole his coin - colored by warballoon You killed my brother and stole his coin - colored by warballoon
Jan 2013, Just created a facebook page for my artwork--> [link]

Here is the piece I illustrated and colored for Digital Artist/Fantasy Artist Magazine. The commission called for a male and female barbarian about to duel in a tavern. I wrote an accompanying digital coloring tutorial which can be read in Fantasy Artist #35 from Imagine Publishing (UK).

There are a couple of little easter eggs in this piece :)

see the line art here --> [link]


I do take commissions and will pretty much draw anything you like. Please send me a note if interested.


***12-9-2012 Daily Deviation! Wow, amazing! What a fantastic surprise I had today when I logged in to dA. Thank you!***
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:iconsmackos101:
Smackos101 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work Ben, just love the range of lighting to this. Really like your gallery, gotta watch ya buddy. Fantastic.
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Awesome, man!  Thanks a lot for commenting and the faves and again for the watch!
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:iconabrax-deathadder:
abrax-deathadder Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Conan and Red Sonja- often allies....often argue
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
:D
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:iconalc26:
alc26 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
wonderfully done..with the fire light on sweating skin..an the swords swirling...good male to amazon fight scene....
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
thank you very much!  Thanks a lot for commenting!
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:iconbogie-dj:
Bogie-DJ Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Very nice, great lighting / shading.
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the comment!
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:iconbogie-dj:
Bogie-DJ Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
You're welcome.
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:iconroadkill-sarny:
Roadkill-Sarny Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The girl kinda looks like Tyris from Golden Axe. :)

Can't seem to see any easter eggs. Are they something a small time gamer like me would notice?
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for commenting and for the fave! I didn't use any ref for the characters, just made them up in the sketching process -- besides what the client specifically asked for. I did keep the outfits pretty basic on purpose and changed some of her apparel to a red tone after trying a few different shades.

The "easter eggs" are nothing really; just some little details like the golden toad and some skyrim influences along with some mushrooms being dried over the fire.
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:iconroadkill-sarny:
Roadkill-Sarny Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh yeah, I hadn't noticed those. The toad took me a while to find. This really is an awesome pic. :)
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:iconharpokrates:
Harpokrates Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Great work!
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the comment!
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Cool work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Angie!
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
My pleasure! :)
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:iconkhudozhnik-stock:
Khudozhnik-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconcongratsdd1plz::iconcongratsdd2plz::iconcongratsdd3plz:
I featured your work here >[link]
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very cool, thanks! My reaction was similar to yours. When I logged in that day and saw my message count I thought there must be a mistake! ha!
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:iconizaquesss:
Izaquesss Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
fantastic
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:iconkhudozhnik-stock:
Khudozhnik-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like the Inn at Goldshire!
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:iconhelloaxi:
HelloAxi Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Is the hidden dinosaur in the top right rafter an Easter Egg?:O
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
I wish I would have thought of adding something that silly ;) If you go through some of the other comments you'll see what I meant. They are nothing spectacular :)
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:iconhelloaxi:
HelloAxi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Well you subconciously did! I clearly see a dinosaur!
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:iconedmonddantes23:
EdmondDantes23 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
And then it ended in sex by the fireplace.
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
of course!
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:iconartattack1983:
artattack1983 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
This pic is making me wanna play Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance for PS 2. Great job
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:iconskeenlangly:
SkeeNLangly Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
epic
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:iconlunarinsanity:
LunarInsaNIty Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, congrats on the DD! This is a very well done piece. You have a wonderful understanding of color and light. And wow, I would've never expected to see a female and male fighter who BOTH aren't wearing much armor. I love it!
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! It was a hot, humid summer day. I think he stashed his other garments in the room he rented for the night.
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:iconjoeltonongkh:
joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
love the composition and detailing. splendid.
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:iconshockwavex2:
ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Awesome barbarian piece looks very excellent! :thumbsup: Congratulations on the Daily Deviation by they way. :clap: :party:
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:iconm-y-a:
M-y-A Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really liked this piece, but, if you like, I think that they should be looking more at each other. The pose of the bodies, faces and eyes make it look that they're fighting another person that is not in the picture. I saw that other person also said this... but well...

Again, really liked this! Congratulations!
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
I see that also. In the original hi-res piece their line of sight is a bit better than it looks here on this jpeg. I deliberately drew her pupils looking more upward and his more downward. That small detail got lost here. Thanks for the feedback!
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:iconanivalo:
anivalo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Do my eyes deceive me? A serious fantasy picture where the woman has on more clothes than the man?

Seriously though, Great picture though.
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
haha! thanks.
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:iconveterilu:
VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist
Epic!!!
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:icondamanyel:
Damanyel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
no one even thinks of the food.. i mean how does it feel over all this?

SO awesome! you did a wonderful job!
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
no doubt it was overcooked anyway.
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:icondamanyel:
Damanyel Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
very true!
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:iconbraixlord:
braixlord Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
I was looking at the pic and then I realized, That's Arnold's chin and that must mean that is Red Sonja with him! AWESOME!
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:iconthe-lost-hope:
The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation! :clap: Also awesome job on all the details and lighting!
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks!
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:iconthe-lost-hope:
The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome :D
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:iconnamicat101:
Namicat101 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Anyone else still searching for the easter eggs like me?
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:iconnerdio222:
Nerdio222 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
i am. i couldnt find any though -_-
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:iconnamicat101:
Namicat101 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Me neither ;^;
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:iconwarballoon:
warballoon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
hehe, they are nothing really. Just some little details like the golden toad and some skyrim influences along with some mushshrooms being dried over the fire.
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:iconbritts-demesne:
britts-demesne Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Brawling Barbarians..what's there not to love? ^_^
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:iconmariokluser:
mariokluser Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I like it an title kills me, lol.
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