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Heroes of Sovngarde - Skyrim by IceDragonhawk Heroes of Sovngarde - Skyrim by IceDragonhawk
I tell you something, I'm loving drawing Skyrim stuff right now. Enjoy another offering of fan art from the lands of Tamriel... or rather, the Asgard of the Nordic folk.

Sovngarde is probably the single most beautiful place I've ever visited in a video game, so it only made sense to draw the penultimate event that takes place there. None other than the final confrontation between the World Eater, the 3 heroes, and Rhalas Dovahkiin.

This is going to be difficult to top. *ponders*

Skyrim copyrightę Bethesda Softworks.

Art copyrightę2012 - Nathan Lowndes :iconlowndesuk:
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The best part of this piece of artwork would be the background. The bright colors in the backdrop give a sharp contrast against the dragon giving it a darker and even down right nefarious look that would have been achieved even if the dragon wasn't roaring. I would also like to comment that you did well with the general light around the dragon to prove glare and a good layout of the shading done on the people.

However, I would have left the tower in the background out as the bright lights draw away from the main focus, it would have been preferable to put a rock or some other dark feature there as it stands out a little to much.

The wing's could have used more work, by work I mean that it looks as if you put the same scribble over each wing and merely flipped it. 2 in from the outside on both sides there is the same exact circular mark, 3rd in there is the same exact thick lines etc.

The people themselves, who are a supporting role in this picture are well done. It is not the detail that makes them well done but the lack there of. As the bright fore-light casts a shadow that has to be respected and is done so by the dark black that obscures any detail. I also noted that their armor and body shape seem to be proportional and well done if not thought out.

Overall this piece does very well in the respect that it shows the action and drama of the event clearly and even imbues it with a sense of chaos and is incredibly striking. However, there is in most cases only so much originality to be had when working with a piece of fanart and as I mentioned the wings were a bit of a let down, judging from everything else you clearly have the talent to do more.
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The depiction of the star filled skies is absolutely beautiful as it contrasts with the dark shadows of the heroes and Alduin. But what I love the most is just the epic impact that this conjures up especially when you're listening to the Sovngarde theme.

Sovngarde pretty much harkens back to the Norse mythology of Valhalla as the great heroes of man gather in the afterlife to prepare for the ultimate battle with the invincible Giants. Even though it is prophesied that we shall inevitably lose that great war, we will never forget our companions as we sing, drink and die in each others arms in the greatest battle of our lives. As we draw blade, axe, bow, and hammer, smash our shields together and cheer for every heroes as we prepare to march. May it be dragon, serpent, wolf, bear or any other, we shall not retreat. Draw your weapons, brave men and women of Skyrim! Do not fear our foes! Shout them down with our voices!

Victory or Sovngarde!!!

Sorry got carried away...

Still a wonderful picture.
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Thuslan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016
So that's where this picture came from. I've been using it as my desktop wallpaper for about a year. This is brilliant.
SnobbyWolf Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Student General Artist
So amazing :love: :heart:

I love it :heart:
julian0123 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is an epic picture :iconfavbomb-plz:
Akatsuki-Kuchiki Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist
Beautiful use of the colors
LaPetiteNini Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god hes awesome
bobbyv94 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
which ones the Dovahkiin
SilenceOfRain7 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Holy fantastic you are AMAZING!!!! Your whole gallery is STUNNING!!
Smilex360 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
God i love this
Dhinas Featured By Owner Edited Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Sovngarde ^^.
FinalCylon Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesome detail
Greenham45 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
hey um you guys be brave and fight that dragon who eats souls i'm going to find a lake to hide in so his fire can't reach me
SpinosaurusDinosaur Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very excellent and epic shot :)
323starlight Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always named my character Alex.
alexiaNBC Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
When I first saw Sovngarde, I found it breathtaking and thought, "This is what Valhalla should be." The final battle between the heroes and Dragonborn against Alduin also captures the Norse theme of man defeating the unknown and dangerous beasts of the Baltic. Just a wonderful image
SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is entirely too epic. q-q
GOLDmouseTRAP Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Arkthian Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing work! I love this. 
EdessaArts Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just stunning!! You caught the scene with all its beauty...
naked2hobby Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great. Awe inspiring work.
Soror-x Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
fantastic work!
Twister548 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Powerful and beautiful colors you got in this one.
A very epic art! :D
*Listen to Heros of Sovngarde when i looking at this one, which makes it even MORE Epic ;D*
LichSwederske Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Love the colors you used, looks just like a scene out of Sovngarde.
Neffin Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist
amazing work!
Varvendale Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Even the world below heard the glorious sounds of battle! :D
Furythecat Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alduin's dark aura stands out against the luminescent sky. The world eater looks beautiful. Dragons are always beautiful.
kevorkian02 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
I just made this part this night. Awesome.
LeeH1989 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Photographer
Amazingly awesome :P
LoneCrusader206 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Beautiful artwork here.

And I share your sentiments about Sovngarde exactly. Absolutely beautiful, amazingly epic, and the first time I heard the Sovngarde theme I was breathless and just put down the controller, taking in where I just teleported to :)
hellya2011 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a bada** picture.... i love it
kayly101 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Truly a story worth singing about. Love this <3
Beautiful background with the deadly warriors of Sovngarde and the World eater
MrRaptor-the-1st Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist
All that's missing is this song playing [link]
Spirogs Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Snazzy =]
I remember looking straight up into the sky in Sovengarde, and staring at the light for a while =P
Synweaver Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
This is amazing!!
wolfgangcalifan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh and i just raided the thalmor suxxsessfully.
wolfgangcalifan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just killed two blood dragons, i was wearing CLOTHES. bot armor. Ive now got four shouts :0
Kirsui Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student General Artist
So beautiful. *_* I love the angle in this one.
Mokkwill Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
I love it C:
xJellyfishxX Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Alduin has sovngarde ,I love ░0░
PintSizeArtist95 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
My thoughts if I ever saw that dragon come towards me like that:

"I am so screwed!"
wolfgangcalifan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im not ready to fight alduin, but id pobably beat him with luck. I dont havr much, four shouts and elven/dwarven stuff.
Eaglemcfly Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
"Run like hell until he decides attack someone else!"
lozzy-bbz Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student General Artist
IM LOVING THIS! The beautiful bright starie background is just the
most perfect background for the great black world eater
Alduin :D How long did this take you??
Wolf-Ninja001 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing Alduin!
WarbeastKing Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
This is stupendous! It's just too bad you can't go back to Sovngarde ...
stardrop Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
I just kicked his sorry butt two hours ago, damn one of the most epic parts in any videogame I ever played.. Seeing those three suddenly in the Hall got me like 'oomgomgomgomgitsthem!'. Lovely piece, epic composition.
DBZCrazy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
This is awesome!
japsoda22 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i never understood why the gaurd was right on the dragon bone bridge, so i just turned into a werewolf and kicked his ass.
japsoda22 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sombody took their badass pill this morning.....
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