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Paladin by kimsokol Paladin by kimsokol
The ravens tell her that she's chosen. For what, she cannot say; the world's already lost.

Bit of a rehash on this old piece, but painted especially for the contest.

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Edmure-Wytehall Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
I absolutely love this.

Her clothing and gear makes me think of a nearer to modern-day setting, possibly post-apocalyptic, and the text further reinforces this.
The broken window and scenery looks like the interior of a church; a safe haven in a broken world, full of holy power, perfect for the new paladin. Plus the frame looks like an iron halo.
Ravens, being symbols of death, here appearing as glowing light angelic beings, gives the 'death' aspect a lighter touch, which fits perfectly.
And the faint glow on the sword (which looks out of place and mediaeval compared to the woman herself, who looks post-modern) implying she has power granted to her that she doesn't yet understand, but is just right in her hands.

She makes me think of a post-apocalyptic paladin in exactly all the right ways!
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kimsokol Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!  A lot of thought goes into paintings like these, and it's always wonderful when somebody notices and appreciates all the little things.  =D
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Ifrit89 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
I love how the window in the background forms a Halo.
If I had the moniez I would get a printed version and frame it.
I really want this picture in my appartement!
You did a great job.
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kimsokol Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!  There are prints, but yeah, I totally get it, I can't afford to buy art most of the time either, haha.
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Kalashin Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Perfect.
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Half-Dorc Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
This is a perfect paladin origins poster
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Calmar Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
This work is very beautiful. It conceives a sense of both strength and humility; a hero's calling. :)
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kimsokol Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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imad-vanguard Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I got the chill when i watch this

So beautiful :)
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muck1 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Fantastic work. The atmosphere is haunting.
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kimsokol Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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MissTakArt Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great narrative here. I get a sense of epicness from the lighting, palette, and scenery choices. It was bold to use so much dark, but it brings the dramatic points across. 
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Moreuse Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is awesome.
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kimsokol Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Moreuse Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she looks very sad.
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Dark-Louve Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Love it !FREE Emoticon: Heart 
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kimsokol Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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PokeyFluffytail Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
"What's a Paladin? :|" -The Avatar
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ayola-sokai Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I reallylike the atmosphere and the light in this picture. Stunning art, even more with your describition.
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kimsokol Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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Gabriel-Verdon Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This picture is so great. The expression is so genuine.
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kimsokol Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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mdlillustration Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey,
You're featured in my journal! [link]
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kimsokol Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a ton! Looks like I'm in good company, great stuff there, thanks for the feature. =)
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mdlillustration Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Glad you like!
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MistressKurumi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing art.
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kimsokol Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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MistressKurumi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yw!
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davidkeen Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Looks great dude, huge improvement over your previous version. Really nice treatment of the face and hands.
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kimsokol Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! A year and a half makes a difference, I guess. =)
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