Diablo Fan Art Watch #107: The Enigmatic Archangel Tyrael


Welcome friends to the latest installment of the Diablo Fan Art Watch. This time we search the high heavens for the enigmatic Archangel that helped the Horadrim seal the prime evils with the soulstones.

This week we show Tyrael is all his awesome glory in various forms of art, and different viewpoints. Varying from standing in the middle of a battle with demons all around him, and flying amongst the clouds; to working the land with what looks like Caldeum in the background.

Artwork by: Espenartman, Toby Lewin, and VegaNya

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    12 thoughts on “Diablo Fan Art Watch #107: The Enigmatic Archangel Tyrael

    1. The fanart by Toby Lewin is great! Good sense of lighting, depth, and asymmetric balance. 

      However a technical error I spotted right away is that…shouldn’t Tyrael have wings composed of glowing tendrils of energy (which is depicted correctly in the other 2 pieces shown), as extensions of his energy-based body? The artist there just did traditional feathery wings.

      It put me off a little.

      • Hey thanks for the original post! And thanks for the comments Jergz. You’re right about the wings being inaccurate in terms of staying true to Diablo and that was a concious decision. It was a combination of things.

        I wanted the image to have more of an old-school and medieval heaven vs hell feel to it while drawing on themes and characters from Diablo. Secondly I wanted the image to be very directional so it looks like he’s zooming out of the sky very dramatically which I couldn’t really communicate with tendrils. With the lighting from the sky his energy-esque tendrils were getting lost a bit too. So strictly speaking you’re right, but it’s more of an alternate concept inspired by Diablo than a replica of a character from Diablo…if that makes any sense 🙂

        Also I’d like to point out the image is a work in progress I posted on my blog, as you can probably tell from some of the sketchy/unfinished characters. There’s actually a foreground and a bunch of other stuff characters not in this version 🙂 

        But thanks heaps for the original post. Once I’m happy with the image as a whole I might go back and work in the tendrils after all. And that image by Espenartment is especially badass! 😀

        • Hey Toby, very impressive work! Is there a higher resolution version available as a wallpaper?

        • I think it’s very interesting that you used actual wings, because I’ve never seen Tyrael with them before. However, it doesn’t quite fit, yet it makes a good study on why the “glowing” wings fit his armor/body composition but real wings do not.
          Or maybe I’m just insane. I wonder what alterations could be done to make it look more natural.
          But bang-up job, friend.

      • Hey Toby keep me posted,  I’ll bring your final work back to the DFAW when you’re done!
        PS: The piece already took my breath away. Can’t wait for the finished piece.

    2. Absolutely wonderful.  I personally like the lack of detail of the minions on the edges, keeps the focus where it should be.

    3. You guys are the best! 😀

      Once it’s done I’ll do an alternate version with his trademark tendrils too! I’ve been talked around 🙂

    4. I really like the winged Tyrael, the lighting is absolutely brilliant. I cant wait to see a version with tendrils. I like the picture on the upper left as well, great colors and contrast.

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