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Armor Breaker by drachenmagier Armor Breaker by drachenmagier
Haven't been working with pencils in quite a while. So, tried that again. :D Coloring metallic surfaces with pencils is just great~. I keep forgetting that there is nothing better there, at least in my eyes.

Frills and armor. Best combo on every battlefield, if you ask me. d:
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:iconlordfhalkyn:
Original characters are, in my opinion, more interesting to draw than pre-existing characters. You are allowed more freedom with the design and pose, not to mention the coloring. You certainly seem to embrace this to the fullest.
Alas, however, armored females carrying big swords aren't exactly the most original thing nowadays- however, among all those femme fatales to cross my path over the years, I don't think that I've ever seen an elf (or your elf-equivalent) wield a massive sword. In an age when the presentation of a concept, not the concept itself, is paramount, this drawing certainly is ahead of the pack for that bold stroke alone.
Bearing in mind how tough it is to use colored pencils, not to mention coloring to properly convey textures, your technique is outstanding. My particular favorite is how you rendered the hair in the lower-right corner. In addition, the detail you worked into the blade (not to mention how you shaded it) really adds some "oomph" to the drawing.
All in all, this is an excellent drawing wholly deserving its position on the front page. You should be proud of yourself.
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I love the fun changing and intertwining colors and fine detailing you put into this! Especially the transparent fabric!!!
The weapon has such a neat design as well.
This is stunning!
I'm afraid I can't give much more insight on further technique because of my lack of skills with colored pencil, but I think yours is a perfect example!
Fine crisp lines and stunning colors to boot!

If I could where to say one thing that could be added to this, I would recommend a background or something to further bring out the character. But as it is now it's still delightful!
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xxarishaxpxx Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I want her sword. It's so cool! :D
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D Might be a tad heavy for a normal human being though. XD
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xxarishaxpxx Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Possibly... Probably for a female, but any adult male could probably if he has the proper upper arm strength... no woman could wield it naturally seeing as all their muscle resides in their legs.... she'd have to be some sort of hard core body builder. @_@
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neither could a human male. :D The muscles might be able to deal with the weight, but the power of a good sword does come from the momentum. And our sinews are not made to deal with that much stress. Actually, one of the problems you face when you train your muscles: Muscle grow can sometimes be a lot faster than your sinews can handle, resulting in injuries. I had to make that experience first hand. ^^'

We could just say she's an elf and with that able to do such stuff? d: Or we can say she knows the magic to make the sword lighter for herself. Third option is always that the sword is a special material that is not quite as heavy as steel, of course. ^^
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xxarishaxpxx Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Aptly put. She isn't human, so that most definitely could be a factour in the possibility for her ability to wield it. I like the third option as well. And now I have claymore on my mind because o the talk about chicks wielding big swords. XD
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Claymore is one of my favorites too. X3 I adore that manga and its weird storytwists! Reading the printed German version, so we have to be a tad careful about spoilers. ^^
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xxarishaxpxx Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Ive that kind of stuff too. The art style is so elegant, but I am still angry that my favourite character got killed off. :<
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very. To both. My fav charas constantly die in every series I read. :D It's a bit like a curse: Every chara I like is doomed to die in the end. ^^'
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To-Ka-Ro Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh man, this would make a magnificent cosplay :D
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wouldn't mind wearing something like that, but the crafting would be hellish. :D
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To-Ka-Ro Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
True- but it would look fantastic :D
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Clareesi Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely stunning. I love her design and especially that amazing blade^^:love:!
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Clareesi Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome:)
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Karageorges Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Wonderful style and character!
I like the colours and the result a lot!!
Greetings from Paris!
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:icondrachenmagier:
drachenmagier Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :bow:
And say hi to the Louvre for me!
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Mylady-Lilith Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sehr elegant!
Ach ich mag die Art wie du ihr Haar gezeichnet hast! Und die Waffe ist zieeemlich cool!
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Vielen Dank. ^^
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Mylady-Lilith Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So ne coole Klinge würd ich auch gern schwingen!
*swing*
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ich habe hier zu viel Glass, ich lass das sein. d:
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Mylady-Lilith Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Darf ich dann bei dir? Mir würde dein Glas nichts ausmachen! ;P
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD Scherben hier würden mir wenig Glück bringen! XD
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Mylady-Lilith Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Das weißt du gar nicht! Vielleicht ja doch ;P
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nee, neeee~! Die Vitrinen waren doch etwas zu teuer als das ich die freiwillig für etwas "mögliches Glück" hergebe! XD
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griffsnuff Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
That armor AND THAT transparant cloth looks amazing D8< <3
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! 8D Transparent stuff is so awesome to draw!
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great armor and weapon design! Very well done! :D
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :bow:
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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o-Enide-o Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
what did you use to ink? :)
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The lineart is done with a normal black fineliner. :) And the black of the eyes.
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o-Enide-o Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
What is it a fineliner?...^^''
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A very thin ink-pen. ^^
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o-Enide-o Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
thank you...^^'' I understand now
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Movielie Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaah, that blade! And that hair! And ears! And... and... *in awe* I love your pencil work! There's true skill in that in my opinion. :D
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart: Happy to hear you like it! :heart:
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Eonari Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
To think that one glance was enough to see this scene play in my mind. :D
Close to a wood of elder myth, men wage war for the sake of gold. When the men reached the wood and stole of it for fire and contraptions of war, a lone elven kind stepped forth of moss and leaves winning their hearts by a glance. And soon thereafter she would sing, her hair dancing fairly in the wind, knowing soon her sword too would sing. Armour and hearts, swords and souls, all dancing for beauty, their love; this elven kind.
And ever since when morning came, the mist there seen was red as blood, and ever since was it known as Bloodmist Wood.
(Thinking of it, she wouldn't happen to be related to the guy with the "living armor" would she?)
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She must dance quite fast for the blood to form mist, but since she's elven... never know, she might be able to accomplish this feat. ^^

And I would say so. They seem very alike. :D
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Eonari Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Well, I'm certain she could make blood form mist by hitting with the broad side of her blade too. :XD:
But I was actually thinking more poetic. Something in the direction that the grounds would be so soaked by blood that the water that evaporated in the days that followed would in large part be blood.
And naturally someone would wonder what became of their armies and so come looking, but the sight that met them would be a red shaded morning mist that once lifted revealed a most dreadful scene, hence Bloodmist Wood. (Or at least so the tales would tell.) :D

Now imagine if they teamed up, a wielder of things that grow and a beauty with as siren song. You might as well call them the Army Slayers. :XD:
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read too many books about science to be able to picture that. d: The water would evaporate, but every other material would stay on the ground. But the image is powerful, no question here. :D
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Eonari Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Naturally, but science and tales of magical medieval worlds are just as naturally different things. :)
Besides, how many tales from medieval times are scientifically accurate? A storyteller would more often than not exaggerate for nothing more than to give a greater impact on their audience. A modern scientific mind might suspect the fantastical additions to such tales is what gave rise to religions as much as the belief in magic. But true magic has always been simple. It lies in the wonder of not knowing, a state of mind when all possibilities might be true. ;)
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Toradh Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Der Metalleffekt bei der Rüstung sieht auch richtig klasse aus! Auch das Design ist sehr schön. Die Muster auf dem Schwert haben was (und der "Schraubengriff" ;)), und der transparente Stoff unter der Rüstung gibt einen reizvollen Konrast zu Leder und Metall.
Warum auf praktischen Nutzen im Kampf achten, wenn man so viel Spaß mit Texturen haben kann? ;)
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Vielen Dank. =^^= Metall macht einfach Spass. Jedenfalls Chrom (was ja eigentlich völliger Schwachsinn ist, wenn man das auf dem Schlachtfeld trägt d: Aber es sieht so hübsch aus!).

@Texturen: Da stimme ich Dir absolut zu! :D
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LorCoruLimlug1516 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Schön kraftvolle Pose :) Wie du das Metall coloriert hast *_* Respekt. Man merkt, dass es dir Spaß macht.
Die Haare finde ich voll interessant, sehr hübsche und eigene Darstellung. Passt zum Charakter und zum Bild.
Chickes Design! Ein absolut klasse Bild, ich mag's gern ansehen. Weiter so x3
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Vielen Dank. =^^=
Und schon am nächsten dran. d:
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txteclipse Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
All of the metal in this picture is very pretty. I also like the hint of leaves around her hair, that's an interesting touch.
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D I guess it's visible how much I like chrome-surfaces, eh?
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EndlessShower Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Dat sword.... Oh, sorry, the person is nice too :P
I love the hair the best, but the crotch looks funny to me, but I like the armor and sword allot. I'm all about swords :la:
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. ^^
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EndlessShower Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Well I luv ya' X3
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