This is my 2022 US Golden Demon Duel entry. I was fortunate to receive a gold with this depiction of a pivotal fight between two Demi-gods within the vendors lore. It was quite the experience to balance the considerations of a vendor-specific painting competition and, probably the last two years, of my artitist development. It’s not a jab at these kinds of events, simply acknowledging the expectation management side of entering something with such an established background and image. My two cents…I think as long as you are truly aware and ok with that aspect, you can enter appreciating the environment and have fun.
Even though I would have loved to depict a much more dramatic, graphic rendition of this story, I decided these would be too far of a deviation on how the vendor usually portrays their work, so kept it a little more simple but still had fun. It was ultimately very rewarding to try and create the visual epitome of this scene, something that can be perpetually referenced by other fans when thinking of this tale. Its littered with details for a GW fan to examine and remember; as well as appealing to a casual viewer. I would attribute its success in the vendors event primarily on that.
Anyway, I hope you like it with these considerations. There's a run down on the specifics within my Instagram post on the entry if you're interested in the read. Its to long for P&P : )
  • Jakob VPLUS

    Just, wow!!

  • RUSTO art and craft show Fabrizio Russo

    love it

  • Tim

    Beautiful job dude, I love seeing all the little details and Easter eggs within the diorama. It does make me wonder what you would have produced had you not built and painted it more in line with GW’s competition expectations….version 2 maybe ;p

  • Chris "D.Vader" SuhrePLUS

    Awesome work. You did an excellent job on bring this duel to life.

  • Rhett “Saint Toad” Jenkins

    Simply awesome, Steve.

  • Francois "Frado" Daugny

    Beautiful, dynamic, stuffed with incredible and realistic details. What a splendid piece of work!! Justly rewarded!! Gold!!

  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"

    gold with no doubt

  • Will “Sik Willy” Hahn

    absolutely epic bro


    Absolutly love that part of the story as your take on it !! Brilliant stuff !

  • John Fields

    Very nice!]

  • Roman LappatPLUS

    Love it! All the little details and textures are amazing! Beautiful duel!

  • Anthony Wang

    Fantastic! Congrats on the win

  • Conrad Mynett

    There I was watching your interview with Vince and realised I’d never voted/commented on this one.  Anyway, it is really awesome, many congratulations on the GD result and I am truely envious of your ability to paint marble :)