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OSS: Kylenan The Barbearian!

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Kylenan The Barbearian
Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Halas, there was an age undreamed of. And unto this, Kylenan, destined to hoist the Lombardi Trophy above a troubled brow. It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga. Let me tell you of the days of high adventure!

Today, I bring you a very special OSS. Instead of a mere photo edit, or just another movie poster parody, we have a full blown illustration! One that took me far longer to finish than I care to admit, and thanks to the inclusion of Staley, far more nightmare inducing as well... I can still feel his malevolent eyes staring daggers into my soul. I’m never sleeping again.

What were we talking about? Oh, right. Kyle Long has been quietly dominant on the Bear’s o-line this season, so in honor of that, I give you: Kylenan The Barbearian!

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Obviously the inspiration for this came from Frank Frazetta’s fantastic Conan paintings (not that I came even remotely close to that kind of quality), which not only defined that character, but even the fantasy genre as a whole, most of which borrowed it’s visual style from ancient Rome and Greece prior to Frazetta’s work in the genre. Seriously, google the early Conan book covers. Then google Frank Frazetta and just bask in the awesomeness.

As per usual, for those who are interested, I’ve put together a little process gif for you all. It covers inspiration to line work to color to completion:

As always, if you have any suggestions for Bears related photoshops or illustrations, share them in the comments section. If your idea is chosen, you will receive credit in the post! I know I haven’t done any of the suggestions yet, but I am making a list of the ones I like, so stay tuned!

Also, feel free to share any bears related photoshops or illustrations of your own! I’d really like these articles to be a space for people to get creative and share. Also, go ahead and share what music you’re listening to currently! I’m always looking for new stuff since I’ve generally got something playing while I work. Just something to keep the deafening silence from driving me insane.

Currently listening to: Magic Sword - In The Face of Evil

On a side note, if you like the art that I create, and are looking for some fantasy football related shirts, have a look at Waiver Wear! I sell some simple graphic tees there that might be up your alley. Just shamelessly throwing that out there.