The eternal conflict is always raging between the forces of the High Heavens and the Burning Hells, and it’s hard to believe that the Archangels of Hope, Valor, Fate, Wisdom, and Justice have much time for anything other than the war at-hand. But every now and then, every virtue of Anu deserves a break.
This week’s community spotlight showcases fan artist Crimson-Nemesis and her adorable renditions of Diablo III’s Archangels.
Many of Crimson-Nemesis’ illustrations feature members of the Angelic Host partaking in activities that wouldn’t necessarily be connected to the tastes and past-times of the High Heaven’s finest. There are angels playing pranks with Imperius’ halo, Auriel’s unique method of breaking up fights, and even Tyrael being treated to an ice cream cone by a kindly Barbarian. But they all share one thing in common: a distinctive comic style we can all enjoy.
Crimson-Nemesis was also nice enough to answer a few questions we had for her:
Q. How long have you been creating art?
I've been drawing and painting since I was little with any sort of medium I could get my hands on, but when it comes to digital art it started about 4 years ago when I finally got my first tablet.
Q. Your chibi Diablo III characters are incredibly endearing! What prompted you to start drawing them?
Mainly the urge to draw Diablo fanart and turn the ideas in my head into pictures. Because most of these ideas are rather silly I decided to draw chibis - they're cute and more suited for jokes.
Also all my attempts to draw Diablo characters in their true form never turned out how I wanted them to be. They were not horribly bad but for me not good enough and whenever I fail with my art I tend to return to something which usually works for me and also cheers me up - like sketches of chibis for example.
Q. Where do you get your ideas from?
Mainly from conversations with friends when we talk about the game and the chars but also from seeing Diablo based fanart or reading fan fictions.
Q. Which is your favorite Diablo III comic that you’ve created?
Hm, that's kinda hard but I'd say this one mainly because it is the result of a really shallow and silly word-play - which is a good example for my special sense of 'humor'.
Q. Do you have any other Diablo-themed pieces in the works?
Nothing big right now but I tend to doodle on a canvas once in a while which only consists of Diablo based sketches and mini comics - when I find the time some of them will get to be cleaned and colored. Nearly all of my current Diablo sketches have their origin on this canvas as well.
Q. We have to ask: who is your favorite Archangel?
Tyrael of course - he was one of my favorite chars since I discovered Diablo back in 2001 - I always admired his character and design.
Q. What programs do you use to create your art, and how long do your pieces take you to create?
At the moment I use Paint Tool SAI for my digital art. As for the time, that's not so easy to tell but since most of my Diablo art is just sketches with simple colors they take about 1 to 3 hours, depending if it's just a single image or a comic strip.
Q. What tips do you have for aspiring artists out there?
My main tip is always to keep practicing! Many younger artists I talk to tend to complain about the little progress they do or how much trouble they have with certain areas of art - like anatomy or coloring or drawing hands. But drawing/painting, art in general, is a skill and with practice everyone can get better. Complaining won't help, they have to sit down and practice or they'll never reach their desired goals.
Another tip would be to accept challenges. It is normal that every artists feels most comfortable with the things they are good at but if an artist wants to thrive they have to leave their comfort zone and try new things, new techniques, challenge themselves with areas or ideas they have problems with or unfamiliar with. They might not like how their first tries turn out but if they never try new things they won't learn anything new and never find out if they might be able to master a challenge. Practice and challenging ones skill is the only way to move forward.
Thank you again for the chance to feature my art!
Can’t get enough of Crimson-Nemesis? Check out her DeviantArt page to indulge in her colorful gallery!