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Salvation is Here by Svenechoff Salvation is Here by Svenechoff

I got tired of seeing all the "feminine" female Crusaders so far, so decided to portray a true female warrior Crusader - an unstoppable war machine, which fears no one but God.  Painted with Painter IX.

"The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? 
The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked advance against me to devour my flesh, 
when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.

Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; 
though war break out against me, even then will I be confident."  

Psalm 27: 1-3

 


Inspired also by the following quote by "Within Temptation".

"Oh Some may call it a curse, a life like mine
But others, a blessing.
It's certainly a lonely life
But a fulfilling one at best.

It's my cross to bear,
But I bear it gladly.
Someone has to take a stand against evil
Why should it not be me?"

~ Within Temptation


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Cheers.
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:iconsolacebeneathsilence:
First off, forgive me for thinking in terms of stories. Writing is my main medium, so I tend to "translate" everything into writing to fully appreciate it. But seeing this positively wicked depiction of a female Crusader just blasts my brain full of scenes of the reactions her male colleagues would've displayed when they learnt they would have a female companion, and when they actually met her in person. I do so pity anybody who dismisses this woman as "no threat"...

I love the detail put into armour, and how she comes forth (yes yes, her epicness is enough to motivate poetic language) from the dust and destruction and monochrome in light, with that semi-halo over her head. She's righteous and absolutely ruthless, and I love her. She might be set a little (but not much) too much apart from her surroundings, though. I get the feeling of ash flakes whipped around in the wind in the background, and some tiny gust of that sweeping in between her and the viewer might fuse her more with the rest of the picture, but enhance that impression of her "coming forth" through the destruction.

Background is so nice, I love looking at that as much as I like looking at her - the detail with the crucifixion in the upper right corner is great. I get a little curious about the structure right behind that, though. That beam that looks like something from a crashed aircraft. It disturbs the Medieval feel a bit, but I only think it's Medieval because we're talking about Crusades. Maybe it's set in another timeline/universe?

Anyhow, I think this is a great picture. =)
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Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your reply, it is rare to find such a well thought and honest reply on DA. :)
I like your description of the character and the piece, regarding the structure on the right...well frankly I don't know what it supposed to be... I just placed it there to create a triangular effect for the general composition - in order to add more depth to the picture & to add more focus on her.

Cheers,
Alex.
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:iconsolacebeneathsilence:
Writers just don't know how to shut up. ;)

Triangular effect? Why, now that I look at it again, I see it!
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TraceLandVectorie03 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Auto fave! awesome!!!
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Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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E-leah Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Amazing! Awesome work =)
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Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Cheers :) 
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MudSlinger077 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
neat!
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Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Cheers :)
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MudSlinger077 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Np :)
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elihaun Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I hope this one wins.  looks awesome :3
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Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Me too :D lol
Thank you :) 
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ShadowGothic Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Artist
amazing Heart Love :APRILCRAZY: 
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Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Cheers :D :D
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
outstanding work! :thumbsup:
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:iconsvenechoff:
Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :D I worked really hard on it.
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
you're absolutely welcome :nod:
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frokamen Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
looks great
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:iconsvenechoff:
Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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frokamen Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
no problem it was a great picture
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rajasegar Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
Featured in Daily Inspirations in hangaroundtheweb.com/2014/03/d…
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Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much  for the comment and the feature! :D
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Ultramarinus Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Among the very best in the contest, good luck!
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:iconsvenechoff:
Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much :D
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maybethecatisblind Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist
amazing, good job..!
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Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Cheers :D :D
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namelessone69 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful lines, colors, mood. Excellent work
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Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Cheers :D
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OmerTheLungsman Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that's Great, great work.
it is inspired by warhammer 40k right?
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Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Cheers :D 
It's mostly inspired by my own vision on how a proper armor suit should look, but yeah I like some of Warhammer stuff as well. 
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QuantumCrab Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
First off, THANK YOU. Nothing is worse than seeing a well-drawn female figure decked out in "Magical Metal Lace Bikini of Impossible Protection +4". Second, holy bad-ass drawing! Gritty and detailed and just well done! Kudos
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Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No problem :D 
Yeah I know, I usually don't mind sexy girls pin-ups ;), but imo these days there is just way too much bikini-armor on the internetz.

Cheers.
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QuantumCrab Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Hear hear...
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Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
????
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:iconquantumcrab:
QuantumCrab Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Hell yeah, basically.
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:iconsvenechoff:
Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Cheers :)
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Starcraftor Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
You really pulled off exactly what you were going for here! I've never been a big fan of the flail as a weapon, but it really works amazingly well. 
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Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, I worked really hard on it...and I'm glad that people can see and appreciate it :D
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KrisCooper Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014   Digital Artist
This remains beautiful, despite being nowhere near a 'pin-up' girl. I love this type of portrayal of female characters. Masterfully done, good luck!!
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Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much :D
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Beastysakura Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I hope you know about the sisters of mercy from warhammer? :)   They help break up some of the monotony of the "sexy" warrior type.   very rad! 
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Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Now I know :D 

Cheers!
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theojeca Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
It's what i had in mind with the armor design ^^
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Mesciurius Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
That's more like it !
Very nice :)
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Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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HDeer Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
I like your colours and details. This is the work of quality!
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Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Cheers :D
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Totally feeling this. I completely sympathize with your frustration over the "feminine" warriors. Ugh bikini mail...

Also a badass pic!
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Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I generally don't mind sexy armor ;) -  but there is simply too much of it these days.
Imo its' just a sign of lack of imagination, as it is much easier to "design" and "paint" a bikini-armor, than an actual badass, cool looking & sexy female armor. 


...and thank you :D.
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I mean if I'm honest I don't hate it all the time, but the prevalence of it irritates me. I've seen the sentiment in places that "female warriors have to be sexy to be interesting," and that's exceptionally frustrating. 

Haha and I find it funny that so much bikini mail does look like it's painted on! Armor like this is IMO 1) cooler-looking; 2) more practical and safer for the wearer
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