A Departure to Fantasy

I was called upon to help a friend who is earning his masters degree. His final assignment entailed artwork from a spectrum of artists ranging in degrees of age and expertise. We were to illustrate a character based only on a short description. I decided to use a different method and style for this illo, because of the subject matter and the short timing.

Here is the character description:

NAME: Arizemli
Age: 23
Height: 6 ft 1in
Hair color: Copper - semi long often in a partial pony tail style
Eye color: Green

Dragon tattoo on his back; claw-mark scars on his left arm
Very ferocious and fearless warrior; arrogant, volatile and wild
Originates from an ancient far east civilization
superb swordsman - beyond mastery
Weapon of choice: his very large sword - hilt is forged to the blade as is the handle. Decorative wrapping encases the handle. Red symbols on the hilt and red markings on the blade
Also carries with him a smaller sword for emergencies - on his right side
Wears a powerful armor - a battle was won between a dragon named Shadow and Arizemli. The dragon embedded his soul within Arizemli's armor and transformed it into a very powerful accessory. The armor has taken on the appearance of the dragon as well as providing it with immeasurable powers.
Long samurai like pants and boots cast from a very sturdy yet comfortable metal also adorn Arizemli.
He is sometimes known to wear black gloves that look like they were fashioned the same way his armor was.

And here is Arizemli as I see him:
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