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The Deceiver by VegaColors The Deceiver by VegaColors
*PLEASE READ* (to avoid confusion!): This is redone work, meaning I did not create the original image. Original image can be found here: [link]
Bigger version: [link]

Ever since I first saw the picture, I thought it was pretty awesome. So I wondered what would happen if I created new lineart and colored/shaded it in with my own style haha. The final image is also posted in the League of Legends forums.

Original artwork is by Riot Games, behind League of Legends. Very very fun game :). Anyway, this project was really fun to do, even if it took awhile. Learned quite a few things along the way. Hope you enjoy!
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:iconfaithfeather:
Faithfeather Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
holy crap this is epic!
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:iconvegacolors:
VegaColors Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank ye!
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RuneKatashima Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Trying to figure out why Noxian Soldiers have four eyes.
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:iconvegacolors:
VegaColors Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013   Digital Artist
All I know is that if they're soldiers under the command of Swain, they'll have the four eyes look (similar to his ravens).
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MelodiaMystic Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, amazing! 
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:iconmetagrossfreak:
Metagrossfreak Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If this is titled the deceiver... shouldn't LeBlanc be present?
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:iconvegacolors:
VegaColors Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013   Digital Artist
;) Just gotta look a little closer.
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:iconmetagrossfreak:
Metagrossfreak Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If LeBlanc is reflected in the necklace, doesn't that mean she's J4? If she's J4, why is she fighting Swain? If LeBlanc is Swain, where is he? 
Most important question of all: if LeBlanc is Swain, how is she using Swain's demon bird form?
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VegaColors Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Rumor has it (from what the Journal of Justice read) that LeBlanc is J4 as seen from the reflection. What most conclude: Since Leblanc and Swain work together, they stage this fight to make it look as if J4 wanted to start a battle with Noxus (at this time, Jarvan was actually missing) because of the tension between the city states.
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Metagrossfreak Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah, I see, how clever.
Looking at the lore, though, it's not that they work together, it's the Black Rose. LeBlanc is the current leader of the Black Rose organization, and Swain used to be a member.
The Black Rose, like the Gray Order, were an organization that opposed Noxus's old leadership. That does make me wonder if they were ever in allegiance. If so, Annie's parents could have been allies with Swain!
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KatarinaDuCouteau Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
jericho Swain IS a member of the Black Rose. He is an ally of LeBlanc's. We truly do not know if J4 IS J4, as when he joined the League, he did not have a judgment. The summoners did not look into his mind, because Swain paid a Noxian summoner to let him in there to attack Jarvan and because of that small battle, Jarman was allowed to enter without doing the proper things.
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VegaColors Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013   Digital Artist
That's true, I was wondering if I should've explained that part a bit more haha.
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:iconnobodyspoetry:
NobodysPoetry Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
LeBlanc is Swain. you can see the true self of her in the shiny necklace
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:iconmetagrossfreak:
Metagrossfreak Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If LeBlanc is reflected in the necklace, doesn't that mean she's J4? If she's J4, why is she fighting Swain? If LeBlanc is Swain, where is he?
Most important question of all: if LeBlanc is Swain, how is she using Swain's demon bird form?
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:iconnobodyspoetry:
NobodysPoetry Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
LeBlanc is Jarvan IV and that is why her true self is reflected in the necklace. Why she is fighting Swain is to start a Demacian/Noxian war.
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Metagrossfreak Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Figured that out. Btw, happy international talk like a pirate day. Yar har har and a bottle of scurvy
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NobodysPoetry Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Take an orange an be K
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TridanV2 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Yordles fan?
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:iconnobodyspoetry:
NobodysPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Veigar <3
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Metagrossfreak Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omnomnomnom
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Felix-james Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Even though this may not be your original artwork, the reworking is fantastic! Good job
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:iconvegacolors:
VegaColors Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Was quite fun to do.
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Voracious-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
At first, I went "pfff, great, someone just taking some art and saying they edited it a bit. What's the origin---HOLY MOTHER OF GOD."

you, sir or madame, certainly taught me to think twice before thinking someone "just edited" something. This is almost like a completely new work. Fabulous job.
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:iconvegacolors:
VegaColors Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks so much haha. I just had to recreate the image, since the original had an interesting composition and setting! Thanks again.
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Baihu Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Hey Vega, just asking, have you thought of remaking the last image of the JoJ? It's not a particularly exciting scene I admit, and there's no larger version of it to check for detail, but still, it's the last image of the JoJ so it's a little iconic (plus it has Swain in it again, which is a plus for me ^_^)
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:iconvegacolors:
VegaColors Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Digital Artist
I've always thought about remaking that image. For sure, it's more tame, but variety is always interesting. I'm not exactly sure when I would start the work, but it's on my list of future projects to do :).
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Baihu Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Love that you kept the little detail of LeBlanc's reflection in Swain's chestplate. Wonder how many people can figure out that significance of this ^_^!

I just imagine the 'battle' being incredibly well-choreographed between the two of them XD
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VegaColors Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Same, love including/retaining the little details. An animated rendition of the battle would be epic.
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DaiReth Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
.....it's not even funny how badly jarvan would lose.....
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Baihu Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Did you see the unreleased Dominion trailer? Jarvan ults into Swain. Swain kicks the CRAP out of Jarvan with AUTOATTACKS.

Start of Jarvan vs Swain: [link]

Seriously Swain in the trailer NEVER uses any spells except his ult. Smacks Jarvan like a ragdoll. Losing to AD Swain...
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nlPosIdon Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Then Lux happens...
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:iconvegacolors:
VegaColors Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013   Digital Artist
I must...not...fail.
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DaiReth Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
it's not so much a matter of failing but one of getting away with any shreds of dignity left....(Swain op in other words...)
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:iconvegacolors:
VegaColors Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013   Digital Artist
haha, definitely :D. Poor Jarvan...
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AdrianWolve Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice! I really like it^^ take a look of my gallery, is not so good like that but I have much lol art :P
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:iconvegacolors:
VegaColors Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot :). I really like your skin ideas and concepts. The dragon Skarner, so cool. Keep it up and keep drawing!
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:iconmaldracai:
Maldracai Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Riot need to hire you O.O
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:iconvegacolors:
VegaColors Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   Digital Artist
:D I'm still finding ways to improve, but that'd be pretty awesome haha
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:iconxglide:
xglide Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Writer
OH! there's LoL cinematics with these two involved. the effects are pretty sweet. you should go look for it =D
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:iconvegacolors:
VegaColors Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Ah yes, that part was epic :D
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:iconxglide:
xglide Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Writer
indeed it was lol
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AnthonyPap07 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
My two favorite characters locked in an epic struggle to the death.I always liked the concept and you sir just made it better
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:iconvegacolors:
VegaColors Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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Hassir Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Man....this shading is so smooth, the shadows, the recoloring...it's way superior to the original JoJ entry.....wich art I am not quite fond of (too sharp and sketchy).

This looks more like the dedication put into the splash art of the skins...it's really awesome!!!

I run Jericho-Swain at tumblr...would you mind if I used your background instead of the original? I'd quote you of course on my description!
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:iconvegacolors:
VegaColors Featured By Owner May 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks so much, really glad it came out well. And I don't mind :D. Thanks again!
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:iconkateikyo:
Kateikyo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
That's called a masterpiece O_O (sry for my bad english)
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:iconvegacolors:
VegaColors Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012   Digital Artist
No problem, it's perfectly fine! And thanks so much!
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FilmTheCity Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My Goodness. Quite the epic scene you have going on here.

Stunning color choice with plenty of immediate detail in the foreground.

The final battle between Noxus and Demacia is underway....
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:iconvegacolors:
VegaColors Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot :). It took quite a while to create, but I definitely liked how it ended up.
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:iconfilmthecity:
FilmTheCity Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your very welcome, and, again, very nice work.
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