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DeviantART and Blizzard challenged you to prepare yourself by creating an original artwork featuring one or more of the six heroes of Sanctuary or of Malthael preparing for the upcoming battle. Our judges pored through each entry and selected the top twenty-five works, which will now be sent to Christian Lichtner, Art Director of Diablo III to choose the final three. Congratulations to the 25 Semi-Finalists below!

The remaining 22 Semi-Finalists will receive:
- Signed boxed copy of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector's™ Edition
- 1,000 deviantART points



In the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Fan Art Contest, we challenged you to create original artwork showing one or more central figures getting ready for the coming conflict against Malthael. Our judges reviewed each entry and selected the top 25 works, which will now be sent to Christian Lichtner, Art Director of Diablo III, to choose the final three. Congratulations to the 25 Semi-Finalists!
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franketat2 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Artist
i just dont understand one think, well i had a msg a few days ago than i was in the 25, and than i cant find the msg and im not here, hehe i just dont understand, was a joke???
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Leelor Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Stunning work, everybody!! Dang, how are they going to pick only 3?
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tuanpikachu Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
25 Semi-Finalists
in my opinion , this is the best in them kuzinskiy.deviantart.com/art/N…
these two are good too but not best  igor-grechany-ostrov.deviantar…
                                                                         kashuse.deviantart.com/art/Wit…
this one is good in many ways but a little simple  shenfeic.deviantart.com/art/Cr…
 
hope the Art Director can chooses the best pieces  and hope they are in my list too :)
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luka1184 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
I'm disappointed that Espenartman's "Crusader" didn't make the cut! :(
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GT-Illustrator Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

:) Freemasons of Blizzard! Good Luck, To never see you again :wave:

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lucio7lopez Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally awesome epic art!! Congrats to the finalist!
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:iconweabb:
Weabb Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice artworks these are. :D
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DarkbrineWithGaming Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
GO FINALISTS!!!
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Reahia Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Congrats everyone who entered! I checked you guys out and everyone's looked amazing! And congrats to the finalists! You guys did AMAZING!!!!!!Love Headbang! #1 :squee: Winner  
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XtremeDarkArts Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
check mine out, this was traditional artwork, done entirely with a real airbrush and real paint, and also look at the how to that I made as well
www.deviantart.com/art/Legion-…
yukaman327.readyhosting.com/Le…
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theknitdragon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Congrats to all semifinalists! I was really hoping to score bonus points for originality and craftsmanship with my giant crochet Malthael softie (fav.me/d79jlqj), but alas. There were so many incredible submissions.

 It's funny, I got so familiar with the image of Malthael from making him, and so familiar with the presence of Malthael from having a 4' tall version of him hanging out at my house, that fighting him in the game felt like fighting a friend. "Hey, I know that guy! He hangs out at my kitchen table!"
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IosifChezan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very original! :)
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theknitdragon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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evilestveronica Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wasnt in the top 25 list but who cares? It was really fun to draw something in a contest!
I feel a bit sorry for people who went through so much pain to draw like me and see that they lost.
Cheer up! And be happy :)
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Virhtarea Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
They're nice, but there's one sad thing for me. There's no traditional art. Even one. It's weird to see when really small amount of people are doing arts not in the computer. Yes, they usually have better shadows, colours, easier to do something realistic with great deep of light but I dunno, I can't stare at them for all day like for some from traditional art hmm.
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Exubiuz Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope you'll like my work exubiuz.deviantart.com/art/Dia…
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IosifChezan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
SUPERB! ...
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DeeMona10 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014   Traditional Artist
Wow, that is absolutely  amazing.. Great job, very well done. Awesome details. I didn't even realise how it was made  right from the start. Nice to see there still are people patient and talented enough to do such things these days, when digital painting rules..
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Exubiuz Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really felt great while creating this one. It's very fulfilling to create an artwork out of junk
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DeeMona10 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014   Traditional Artist
Why do I always get better/ more original ideas AFTER a contest ended... oh well..  I am perfectly aware that my entries weren't too original , but given the fact that I painted mine mostly by traditional ways, and not digital, I'm quite at..peace with it :))  Congrats to all semi finalists, I personally respect every artist that made it  in the top 25, for their work, they are all  good. Well most entries were good anyway. I must admit though, that I have seen at least 10 others that left me in complete awe, for the amazing ideas, colors chosen, art style used. And they're nowhere to be found in the top 25. But what do I know?.. It's all a matter of perception, personal preference, a matter of taste. So I guess we can't blame the judges..
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RollingPenguin Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
arist0te.deviantart.com/art/Di… cioč questo non rientra neanche tra i 25 semi finalisti?!? non ch'avete proprio capito un cazzo voi
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siegeshot Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
That pic is extremely beautiful. 
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
His other entry made it into the semi-finalists :)
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MorgansMutations Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Clone tool, clone tool, clone tool,  oh my....
Pretty surprised that one made the semi cut + the bottom of Maltheal is sketchy and unrefined.

..just my two cents. :)
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IosifChezan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Blizzard, thank you DA too, for challenging imagination in this contest! After all this is is an awsome opportunity for any participant to expand vision and improve art skills. Beyond commercial goals and pecuniar interests, contests like this are a pushing forward force to extrude and share in the world more intense CATHARSIS , inspiration and deep inner pleasure.
Good luck to semifinalists.
[ my humble entry :    iosifchezan.deviantart.com/art… ]
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georgemarios Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Whatever the final result is, there should be more contests like that because it is hell of a fun

Congrats to the semies

My entry is really humble compared to them fav.me/d79ylph
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siegeshot Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Ha that looks awesome. I prefer it to all of the recycled cookie cutter art up above. :) 
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georgemarios Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Very glad you like my style sir, thank you
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SelectYourself Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student Artist
You're right this contest was great, even though my entries didn't make it, it was still fun to be part of.
--- by the way your entry is great!!!
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georgemarios Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Thank you for your kind words sir
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SelectYourself Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Artist
you're very welcome
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EA-Firestorm Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
I hear ya, Mine wasn't as impressive either... ea-firestorm.deviantart.com/ar…
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siegeshot Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Yours looks fine. Don't sell yourself short. Keep it up!
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EA-Firestorm Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
thanks ^^; I got lot's a praise from people around me while making it... it wasn't until after I had submitted it and saw the other entries that I started looking at my own submission differently...
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VermillionFenrir Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
At first I though I would be at least somewhere on the semifinalist when the contest start....

...right now, I just laugh at myself because that's so silly, I did not stand not even a bit of chance against all these godlike artist XDD
MY GOD! All of them are very marvelous!! :D

good job anyway, everyone! Wish of luck to all of you! Rin Natsume (Happy) [V6] 
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siegeshot Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
They aren't "godlike" they mastered a specific cookie cutter style that Blizzard gobbles up. Keep practicing and improving only judging against yourself, not others. 
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WinterGoesDraw Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
did you really? ^^
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AoiKita Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student General Artist
totally know that feeling---no chance on these contests T_T
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VermillionFenrir Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, these peoples are way too pro TT__TT
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Mcreation4102 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well i would say, why aint i here!!! but that were to be only my deepest hopes crying, in reality my art is nothing compared to this, so i just bow to this artists and say congrats to you all, and myght the better one win!
Neverthless, i would like who see my post to come and share your feedback on my submission, be mean if you want, i need strong critique to evolve and not just a pat on the back,.
i can spot many things wrong with it, and maybe ill redo it, in the time being, but till there, your criticism would help me grow to make better art, so all comments apreciated!!
if you want my feedback on your art just answer to this asking and i will give you, since my mind knowledge is greater than my artwork, and i can deliver usefull advices, that sometimes i forget to follow.

mcreation4102.deviantart.com/a…

Thanks in advance, and hoping to see who wins.
(ps: i just wanted more of these constest as they really make us work or asses and progree, even futher in our art)
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NarutoLover6219 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I will laugh if ArisT0te wins again :D thta'll be so cool to see him win two deviant contests in a row XD i love that guy's work.
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slonche Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Congratulations to all the finalists! Great job people!  Looking forward to see which will be the top 3 drawings.

Cheers!
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ghettomasterchen Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
are the judges on deviant art blind and tasteless or are they just picking from their group of friends art that was sent in?

these should really be the top picks. they missed some of the best pieces submitted for this contest. what's up there is no where near any of these artwork in terms of design, execution and overall quality.

th09.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i…
th01.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/f…
fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/i/201…
fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/i/201…
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th01.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i…
th06.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i…
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th02.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/f…


 
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siegeshot Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
That female barbarian at the end took my heart and breath away. Amazing stuff. That Amazon at the beginning... I want that painting on my wall. I would pay $$$$$$. Most of the finalists are barely "meh" compared to some of those submissions. 
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peternetherian Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
well i agree at some point with you.

some of the semi-finalists are a bad joke in comparision to the pictures you linked.
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Phesant33 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to agree with you there. Not that any of the semis were not excellent work by any means, but just that I expected at least 3 or 4 others to be in there for sure. Judging is always subjective but really, there were some ridiculously good pieces that didn't make it that really should have given the 25 above. 
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mrDenial Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Some of them are breathtaking! I love them because some of them reminds me of traditional painting style.
That Barbarian is a beast - anatomy, perspective, colors, mood and composition...masterpiece!
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