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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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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. =)
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.

Writers just don't know how to shut up. ;)

Triangular effect? Why, now that I look at it again, I see it!
TraceLandVectorie03 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Auto fave! awesome!!!
Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :)
E-leah Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Amazing! Awesome work =)
Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Cheers :) 
MudSlinger077 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Svenechoff Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Cheers :)
MudSlinger077 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Np :)
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