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Respite by glitchritual Respite by glitchritual
I've been playing Diablo for the past 17 years – since the original's launch! – and it wouldn't be a stretch to say that it is a vital cornerstone of not only my identity, but that of my community of friends. Together, we've logged literally thousands of hours diligently exorcising all manner of Sanctuary's bad eggs. Diablo has over the years influenced everything from our creative endeavours to our slang, and it has always been a way for us to stay in touch, wherever we may be in our lives.

It's this sense of community which the Diablo franchise engenders that I wanted to reflect in this piece. With Reaper of Souls barely a week away, how else would you properly prepare for the conflict but by logging onto the forum or checking up on the wikis to plan your attack? Together, we're stronger.

Then again, maybe they're just checking their Facetomes. Whatever.

I also included several references and in-jokes waiting to be found by long-time fans of the franchise. Full view, and see if you can spot them all!

Good luck to everyone who entered the contest, and I'll see you in Westmarch!
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:iconfell-atio:
Fell-Atio Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Breath of Dying on the axe is possibly the coolest thing I've seen in fan art in a looooong while. Props to you sir!
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transawex Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...but...where's Demon Hunter?
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txgator Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Definitely drawn by a fan. The auction house closing parchment was a nice touch. Great job!
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NaruHinaSasuSaku4evr Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
YES THERE IS A COW LEVEL! well, actually.... in diablo 2 there was. now its a fantasy rainbow unicorn level. but oh well
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xXKingOo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Beautiful
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RaquelBC Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
It's cool. I had never imagined the Diablo characters in the present!! I like it, It's very original and creative. :D
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Zouberi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014   Photographer
The Cain tattoo. :rofl:
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echo615 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
so fun :)
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:icontawiz:
tawiz Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist
this is amazing! detail are stunning! i love it! 
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:iconlukkar:
lukkar Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014   Digital Artist
You should win :) From semi-finalists your concept is most "fresh"
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:iconglitchritual:
glitchritual Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I figured there were enough scowling, axe-wielding barbarians and badass-posing demon hunters already, so decided to do something different! Glad you dig it!
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Bliood-Kira Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so happy that you decided to draw something different then everybody else, most of the art is about the same, nothing special about it, yours truly stands out, i wish you luck, you deserve to win 1st ;)
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glitchritual Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I didn't, but thank you for the kind words! :D
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Bliood-Kira Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yah, just saw the winners :(, 2 bad :(
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norbyscook Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
good benchmark and originality  :)
I am sick of looking at giant things killing other things eekh  :(
this made my day :)
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:iconlukkar:
lukkar Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014   Digital Artist
I agree, I didn't see many real "fun" arts in submissions.
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:iconfelipecagno:
FelipeCagno Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional
Definitely one of the best and most original artworks, good luck in the finals!
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:iconthm99:
thm99 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist
I actually use a cellphone like the barbarian's one!!
Love this detail: smartphones are expensive! not a good idea to put one in barbarian's hands!! :D

Also, the witch doctor's dog, trying to catch the bone, is very funny!!

I was browsing the works of the 25 semi-finalists.... and had to click on your work to enlarge it. It was a big surprise!! Totally unexpected! :-)  Nice work!
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glitchritual Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Yeah, never give a barbarian sensitive technology.
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:iconthm99:
thm99 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist
Your work is sooo funny and original!
Love it!
It has to be among the 3 finalists!
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VicenteSenger Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This remember me of selling SOJs to get the Ubber Diablo. Lol. True old school, ingenious, master piece, beautifully rendered. Deserves recognition, congratulations and good luck.
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glitchritual Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch!
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igorleandro Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
So well done and so humorous. Love it! =D

Oh why did you have to paint this with references and in-jokes? I HAD TO FIND THEM.

1 - Cain's Tattoo, awesome! Specially on a barb...
2 - Drunk / bored DH, ROFLMAO
3 - Dead or Alive, erm... we prefer Dead, and for all your trouble you get a Stone Of Jordan. =DDD
4 - There is no cow level?!?!?!? Right so... Muuuuuuve along... =p
5 - Auction House: Closing Sale! Burp... another plz! Hick!!!!
6 - That little voodoo doll kind of reminds me of D2 Act 3 little annoying fellas...
7 - Doggy + Bone!
8 - Runeword!!! Vex+Hel+El+Eld+Zod+Eth: Breath of the Dying! This took me a while to find, first because I was trying to look upside down as the axe is upside down, silly me. Second because I wanted to find each rune before, and Eth is partially covered, but yet, awesome touch! =D (kind of made me miss all the D2 loot system, again)

Great art! Thanks for sharing!
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Tharwaithiel Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
My absolute favorite so far, amazing!
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Sergane Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
"there is no cow level" >< and I love how the potions look like alcohol bottles :)
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AmethystForge Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Oh man, I hope this makes the final 3!!!! Excellent job. :D Intriguing looking characters, variety, and cool details!!
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angelsmayhem Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
How do i like/vote for this?
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:iconglitchritual:
glitchritual Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
By crossing your fingers!
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norbyscook Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I will
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Cinnamon-Bluegard Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It is magnificent artwork with wonderful original composition and theme. I really like how built is feeling of space and atmosphere of boredom. For me actually is first place ;)

Best wishes

Blue.
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glitchritual Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad I was able to communicate the proper atmosphere of dullness, haha.
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Cinnamon-Bluegard Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah welcome, it is really outstanding art. It was pleasure comment it :P Have a nice day, week, month, year, Live!

Bluegard
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glitchritual Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! You too! ;)
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J-Sayi-Laolin Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There is no cow Level !! I love the details <3
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glitchritual Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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methegreat Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student General Artist
wow, this is incredible. Humorous and well painted, with lots of nice little details and references to the game ! 
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glitchritual Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
If I have one regret in all the world, it's that I couldn't find an appropriate place for the Chat Gem.
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MermaliorX Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
It should be in the winner 3
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:iconglitchritual:
glitchritual Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fingers crossed! ;)
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blacksmith224 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
surprising amount of humor in this one
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glitchritual Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My thinking was that everyone else was going to paint a badass hero grimacing (I was right), so why not take a completely different path? ;)
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Oyee Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student
I really love this, it looks so awesome and all those little details... I hope you win. :D
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:iconglitchritual:
glitchritual Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That makes two of us! Thank you!
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Roxy-the-art-nut Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this piece...awesome :)
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:iconglitchritual:
glitchritual Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
And it loves YOU!
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Roxy-the-art-nut Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work :)
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SOCTHO Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Congrats! Semi-finalist. Very nice, very Creation :)
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Micha-vom-Wald Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Great idea ! Perfect !
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FreakStar777 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student General Artist
i think "borderlands" when i see this
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IMaskill Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
I see error 503, auction house closing sale, the dog and the bone, the cain tattoo, no cow level, and is the barb using that old phone cause hes the only old school class? lol is there any more??? :P
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