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Devil Summoner RK: Ex Libris by wredwrat Devil Summoner RK: Ex Libris by wredwrat
Long time no see, guys. I've been flat out, work has been taking up a large portion of my time these days(same as everyone else!) and my own personal output has diminished greatly T__T

anyway, I've been working on this bookplate design piece over a couple of weekends, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. :D

Heavily influenced by a couple of my favourite artists of the Art Deco & Art Nouveau periods; Gustav Klimt and Alphonse Mucha. There was also a Taisho Art exhibition in Sydney recently which I went to check out, which was fantastic! When the Orient meets Deco the results are just beautiful :)

But yeah, those influences and my undying love for this game resulted in this picture hahaha. Fans of the Shin Megami Tensei series will probably be able to pick out the DSRK elements as well as the Nocturne elements. I'm such a big nurd.

All digital. I drew Raidou in Mangastudio, and the rest of the elements were drawn and coloured in Photoshop.



Kuzunoha Raidou © Kazuma Kaneko & Atlus games.
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:iconrougealienpirate:
Rougealienpirate Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The designs and ascetics are amazing. It also feels like something from the 1920's fitting the scenery of the Raidou games. 
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DarkyJunks Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Devil summoner Raidou Kazunoha<3 you did great on this one love the details and how old and traditional you made it look with the patterns and textures. Am so faving;)
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Bahimiron Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
I want this on a shirt, can you sell me a shirt with that on it? a black shirt
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Adm-James Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
This is incredible! I love how even though I can see the influences of Klimt and Mucha, it's still such a fresh, original piece! All your detailing is absolutely lovely, beautiful work!
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yaconoco Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
It is very beautiful!!
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:iconyaconoco:
yaconoco Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
It is very beautiful!!
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LetumNexOmen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice Raidou you made. I can see some of the elements from Nocturne in there too. This I could see as a book mark being sold to fans of the series.
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KawaiKawaii Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Wow I can really see the influence, but you really made it your own! Love the pose, the colours, everything. I really liked the game :)
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:iconaddaline:
addaline Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Student General Artist
OMG
AMAZING
LOVE THIS!
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:iconandrea-cavalcanti:
Andrea-Cavalcanti Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gonna use it for my books x) It is really well done. Thanks :heart:
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:iconorokabujackliz:
OroKabuJackLiz Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
I love the style, so original :D
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:iconstarstray:
starstray Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010   Traditional Artist
lovely art nouveau! I hope you did print and use it as a bookplate!
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:iconflufftailed:
Flufftailed Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Epic job. Why didn't I bump into your work sooner? D8
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:icontrollzaya:
trollzaya Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
I love your art! Seriously, I can't stop favoriting them.
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:iconteriyaki-broth:
teriyaki-broth Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
So utterly beautiful. Such a lovely blend of colors, textures, and style.
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kiyo-e Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
This has such an elegant, stylish feel to it. Raidou is looking very classy, as usual. :P Kurama Tengu and Baal at the top are my favorite part!
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Satomi-Tadashi Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Your pictures are awesome such always: Hitoshura - Kuzunoha. Kurama Tengu is very cool :) !
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Addicted2Kura Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I just wanted to point out that this is probably more Art Nouveau than it is Ex Libris. The style you used here is very Alphonse Mucha--an artist who probably started the movement--aka Style Mucha

I say this because Ex Libris is more of like etching with ink to make intricate and complicated illustrations usually done with bookplates. A friend of mine once said it's very "Rococo" While Art Nouveau is more focused on the handle of color, texture, and giving a warm/sultry feel. Sometimes in black and white, though often with flat colors that play with more with shapes. It even applies to architecture. That's how I understand it at least from what I've learnt.

You can see more examples of Ex Libris art here: [link]

And here's some for Art Nouveau so you can see the difference:

-a website on Gustav Klimit, warning, NWS content
-Polish Art Nouveau site
-Direct link to black and white Nouveau Art
-Same site leading to poster art. I believe this is closest to the style you used here
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Alinevora Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
Perfect!
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kissman966 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
agen...you made another awesome masterpiece...
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:iconrairyu:
rairyu Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Awesome!! Looks like a tarot card.
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:iconwoshibbdou:
woshibbdou Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
LOVE this pic!!
Beatiful details and handsome man!!
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DoNotDelete Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009   Digital Artist
I like the texture... and everything else.
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:iconesterk:
esterk Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Awesome background, very creative! :D
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ElMafia Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
I adore this one! It's so sexy! : D Especially the male with suit : B How are you able to draws hats so well? ;^; It's a nifty composition too and I dig the flat effect! Keep rocking!!
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Maheby Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Student Digital Artist
fantastic!
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:iconastro98:
astro98 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
Amazing!!!
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BobTodd Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
I love that you included Kurama Tengu. That guy's one of my favourites.
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WorldEndAnthology Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
wow! two of my favorite things! alphonse mucha artwork and SMT! NICE!
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Derlaine8 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous, love the color palette!
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BetulaNigra Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
I recognized the influence of Klimt and Mucha immediately. I love them both. In fact, I love the entire genre. It is a beautiful work. If I have a bookplate that looked like that, it would go in every book I owned--and a few I don't!
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k80r Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Yay for SMT, espec Genma Kurama from Lucifer's Call in the BG. Tis awesome. I also like the discreet candelabrum pattern, all it needs is some gold leaf and its totally Klimt :D
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animot Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
wicked!
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RenMoraes Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
. . .

:clap:Very Good !! :clap:

All the elements and textures really make an excellent composition .

Art Deco RULES !!!!


-- R E N M O R A E S


RPG professional illustrator.


You can see my efforts here: [link]


:D COMMENTS WELCOMED :D
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shawnlee Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
I love this piece
ill check up on your artwork
cant wait to see more
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AlHambra Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008
holy f****** SHIT!
THIS is just PLAIN SEXY, my friend.
woah he looks so good and all the surrounding give him a very seductive and dangerous feeling
I M IN LOVE
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paintupyourass Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
hey this looks like mucha alphones !great work :D
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:iconkidavi:
kidavi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008
wrats, I love this piece. It's so amazing. *Q*

LOVE
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
I really like the composition of this, and the textures compliment the bold colors well.
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Sairobi Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Goddddaaamn woman I love this. If there was a SUPER PLUS FAVORITE option, this one would get it twice over.
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kurukuruchan Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
heyy!!!!! this is really classic! I tried to draw pictures in Art Nouveau style, but the concept is kinda hard. You done really good job on this!
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
The result looks great! Good to see you're still active. I'm just impressed you still have time for other commitments after I've learned how much you have to work on per day.

Hmm, I just googled Manga Studio. How would drawing in Manga Studio be different from Photoshop?
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shinjyu Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008   Digital Artist
Raidou in art-deco? absolutely amazing!
love Belial and Kurama in the back! haha~
Just can't wait for the new game to came out in Eng :)
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shiro-san Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Devil Summoner, awwwwwright~
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:iconfrostious:
frostious Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
My goodness, this is beautiful. I have never played the game(s?) so I have no connection to the subject, and I still love this to utter pieces. SO. GORGEOUS.
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Quatrina Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
I've never played those games myself, but the picture is really awesome! :D I really like that sort of art noveau style, and I kind of want to do something like that myself. All the framing and patterns and stuff are really cool.
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ninamo Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Incredible design!
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:iconelectric-blue:
electric-blue Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
amazing concept; his pose is absolutely perfect
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Orga-Kuttie-Tarka Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow o.o
That is awesome!!
Really cool :heart:
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galsan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
oh god, this is beautiful *A*

I LOVE the style (I am also a fan of Mucha) the colouring and the characters!
wow, it must of taken so much time ;;
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