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Asrai Stalker by radiationboyy Asrai Stalker by radiationboyy
Following in the trend of unit designs for "That Game" I've got boiling around in my head, heres something I made up for poor old Death who seemed to be getting no attention at all from me.

Folklore and bedtime stories behold the Asrai as beings who reside in the depths of lakes, swamps and even more modern bodies of water. Alluringly beautiful and lithe, they exhude an aura of charm that many who have looked upon find near impossible to resist - naturally leading to their watery demise.

Behind their youthful and comforting appearance, the Asrai hide a savage and instinctual aspect of nature - old as time and ever turning. Life and death being one in the same - a beginning and end. For one thing to live, one thing must die; an unbroken circle. It is this very natural philosophy that the Asrai find themselves working as dealers and hunters in Death's name. Their touch an icey reminder of of death's embrace, and the spears they craft and wield echo this.

The Asrai adorn themselves in trophies and the trickets and stolen treasures that were once their victims - not only to sate their attraction to objects of beauty (yes, skulls), but to serve as a grim means of beautification to lure future prey.

Concept wise, the Stalker is your beginning tier ranged unit if one was playing as the Death faction. Capable of dishing out moderate damage to ground and air units, their usefulness lies in the ability to later upgrade their weapons to be able to slightly slow their victims down as well - allowing melee units to dispatch or simply providing more distance between the Stalker. The Stalker is also later able to call upon their ability to lure to attempt to entrance their enemies for a short moment.
To keep in line with the water/ice feel that the Asrai have, I equipped the Stalker with a natural feeling frozen javelin weapon, stored within a shell-like quiver.

Hope you enjoy :D - not really much of a cultural influence in this one, wanted to make it nature all the way baybay. When I get more concepts for Death out there you'll see a similar trend in their imagery.

(In before folklore-purist comments. No, just no.)
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exocolumn Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Awessome!
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UberMan5000 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Friggin' awesome! It's a beautiful yet intimidating creature, and the way you drew it up is superb. I love the way you drew her foot in particular. :+fav:
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PulseBoy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
I detect more than a little Mass Effect in there too. But the artwork itself is awesome. Well done! :)
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Fenrir-24 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
although this is really cool;) it looks a little too much like the Asari from Mass Effect and even the name Asrai - Asari strangely similar:P but it's a really nice concept though:)
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Lordoffantasy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
asrai? never heard of them. and after a quick google find i am intrigued. gave this creature more characteristics to one of its mythological cousin, which is all cool..... got to put them somewhere into my own idea.
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NebojsaC Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
A Death Faction refference made me want to +watch ^^
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LizaZ Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Professional Filmographer
wow, freakin sweet, bru'. I'm trying the surfer lingo. for some reason, I'm loving that foot. no, i don't have a foot fetish.
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radiationboyy Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
YES - I'm so glad someone other than me digs the whole 3 toes thing...not saying its a fetish or anything, but viva la difference!
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LizaZ Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Professional Filmographer
eewww matt. really.
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radiationboyy Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hawt
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ZeroExile Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
You may not be local anymore, but your art is still lekka :D
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:iconradiationboyy:
radiationboyy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
Shhhh let me get my work permit here first before you call me not-local D: OTHERWISE, thanks man! Much appreciated :nod:
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ZeroExile Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
Bwaahahaha! No problem bra
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FXMorph Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
Job well done bro. Like said before, the pose is good as is the detail in the material and blending of the skin. Nice. ^^
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radiationboyy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank youuuu man! I'm trying to up my speed with these concept things and so far so good - usually I'm dead quiet :D
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FXMorph Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
egh, not as quiet as me. T_T.... (damnit b-day, c'mon now) xD
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Kitty-Cat-Angel Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing, Matt! The pose is so dynamic! The hands and feet look awesome!

Well done!
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radiationboyy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ah thanks Kim :D Finally trying more fluid poses - Keyword: FINALLY D:
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Kitty-Cat-Angel Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yes!
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wraithbaby Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
OI'M BEAR GRYLLS, AND I KNOW, THAT IF I EAT THIS SCALEY THREE TOED WOMAN, SHE WILL TASTE LIKE SCALES, BLOOD AND GUTS.


HMMMMMMM 200% MORE PROTIEN THEN BEEF. :meow:
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radiationboyy Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
JUST STAB IN BEHIND THE NECK AND NOM. ITS AS EASY AS THAT :3
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Hungrysparrow Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Good strong design and a dynamic pose. I'm loving how you rendered the fabric and the skin too. Is 'that game' WOW? I don't play it so I might be missing the obvious if that is the game.
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radiationboyy Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ah crap man - thanks! REALLY appreciate it :nod: Nah "that game" is this imaginary game idea I have in my head that I'm using as a focus point to design concepts around. I'm basing it on my pre-existing interpretations I did of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, although I'd like to go back and refine them some more! Thanks again for the comment dude :D
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Hungrysparrow Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Sounds good. I think it's a good idea to have a theme like that to group a set of concepts, makes for a more focused presentation to prospective employers than a load of unrelated designs.
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radiationboyy Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ah awesome to hear it! - its what I've been trying to aim for, to keep that sense of uniformity and simply because I like springing one idea from another, and weave together some bigger picture :D
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blackopal Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Student General Artist
:jawdrop:
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radiationboyy Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
Heres hoping thats a good thing ;D Thanks!
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blackopal Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Student General Artist
:XD:no worries it is :heart:
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saburu91 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Student Digital Artist
LOVINg it. I like the water feel of it and the webbiness
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radiationboyy Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh hell yeahs, thank youuu :D
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saburu91 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Student Digital Artist
No problem!
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