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Gilded Thorn Armor by arvalis Gilded Thorn Armor by arvalis
Did this one for the IGN Dark Souls 2 armor design contest.  The concept behind the piece is that the sword plays host to a demon soul that seduces noble warriors to become its wielder.  They get entangled in the thorns that are an extension of the sword until the next chosen wielder slays the enthralled knight.  Had to cut a lot of corners to get this out in a couple to hit the deadline, but I rather dig the end result.  You can see my design process over on my tumblr post.  Wish me luck.

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:iconzehois:
Zehois Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
great work, it's "Dark Souls style"
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:iconulton:
Ulton Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Professional Writer
Indeed great work. Ressemble some gloomy hybrid between Ornstein's and Smoug's armors.
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:iconfabharty:
Fabharty Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Great work !!!
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Learningasidraw Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
you painted this? Looks like a 3d model :O great work
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Thanks :)
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:iconjaevulen:
Jaevulen Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
The theme and design of your armor is perfect for dark souls! :O Amazing work
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:iconbohba13:
Bohba13 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student General Artist
nice Zweihander
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:iconcommander-bentley:
Commander-Bentley Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing! Reminds me a lot of Kirk, Knight of Thorns. Great stuff bro!
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:iconronde69:
Ronde69 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Love it ! <3
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Jordan90334264 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Wow, this is beautiful work! This looks like something a lord or even a King of the early renaissance might commission for himself!
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cubs2084 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Does this contest have voting? Because I'd vote for this.
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:iconeternalblight:
EternalBlight Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist
You draw all the stuff I love :)
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Hakuramen Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet design. I saw your progression post leading up to this piece and it all looks very impressive seeing you build and flesh out this concept. All the elements look so dark and fitting-- the spindly sword with the "lady" carved into its hilt, the rose decorations, the wrapping of thorns... even the metallic face on the headpiece with its own "crown of thorns."

I would have liked to see this ingame. Nice job!
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KnightofSpades Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Awesome work! Great details!
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:iconjaevulen:
Jaevulen Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Looks amazing!
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:iconpocketpixelart:
PocketPixelArt Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! So cool, I hope you win because this deserves it! (っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ 
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NirvanaGenesis Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Those winners don't really impress me. I prefer yours much more than the winners.
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Thanks, man :)
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Cazadragones Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great Rose Knight!!
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GalaxyFrame Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really, really like this. But unfortunately I don't think it would really work out as an armor set in the game because of the rose vines. Since you are able to equip/unequip individual pieces, how would that work out? Overall, it's an amazing design nonetheless. The helmet in particular is very good.
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razort300 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
cool
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TheEpic1 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Great work man! Yours was my personal favorite :)
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DirtyMachina Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
So I've just been looking at this from IGN through Reddit to here, I'm really captivated by it. The work that has gone in it is ridiculous. The tumblr page alone should qualify you to do some work for fromsoft. It's evident in the first silhouette piece that, given the time, you could have expanded into a wide variety of unique and compelling armor designs. As for this piece, apart from the way that the aesthetic entirely evokes the feeling of Dark Souls (the first more than the second which can only be a good thing) and the comprehensive fidelity of your forms, there is a thematic consistency with the very nature of the souls games. The base design of the metalwork evokes the mystical, gothic sensibilities of the series whilst the thorns evoke the theme in the souls game of what i would call 'sacrifice to the sublime'. Had I pursued art as a vocation, this is the kind of work I would hope to be doing. 
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arvalis Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Wow, man thanks so much.  I'm still slightly embittered over losing, but comments like these really help.  The problem with contests like these and why I so rarely enter them is how subjective the judging is, at the end of the day it can come down to just one person's opinion.
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Hardvaro Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
I love the design as a whole aesthetically speaking, but god, if you look at it with practicality in mind, that sword just hurts to look at.
I guess it's meant for stabbing (I mean it clearly looks like it), but even still it looks like it would snap like a twig after the first thrust, even if it lands successfully.
Maybe that's the idea, that it intentionally splinters and leaves you with the tip stuck within you like a thorn? Correct me if I'm wrong.
Not to mention the handle. Ouch. Although I assume that's actually intentional, since on top of wearing heavy armor the guy's an undead so pain doesn't matter. In fact it probably makes for a better grip since it literally digs into you.
Anyway I'm rambling. Really neat design.
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SaintValiance Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
I am currently playing through Dark Souls 2, & I will admit that if I saw ANY enemy or player dawning that armor I would be filled with intimidation, which I think is the greatest compliment anything that's trying to be associated with DS can get.
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Rauron Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Goodness gracious this is gorgeous
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NobleThorne Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey its like that Blue Oyster Cult song www.youtube.com/watch?v=7krC6S…
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NobleThorne Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student General Artist
pointy
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SpecterCody Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Enjoying the game a lot! When I saw this I thought it looked like dark souls a bit too :) I wish you luck on the contest, this deserves to win!
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LunarWolf1920 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Would have love it if it were in Dark Souls 2! Rhetorically and literally an entangling armor set!
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:iconmenaslg:
MenasLG Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very imaginative, great work!
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:iconseyfel:
Seyfel Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
The sword is really original. I haven't really seen a ultra greatsword that thin. It does bleed damage i suppose?
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:iconcusd:
Cusd Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
you're so good, it's unreal <3<3<3333
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CHEF96 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woa didn't know you were a dark souls fan nice job on the armor I would most likely try to get this set ingame it me of The murderous kirk's armor of thorns.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
I would die so many times trying to get this armor! Excellent job, man! 
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annedurew1 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is just...OMG I think I've fainted. 
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Greensleeve11 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Great armour design. Ornate, but not overdone or WoW-ridiculous. I adore the sword too. 
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:iconkordyne:
Kordyne Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Heh, Game of Thorns :P Dangerous-looking armour!

Tons of luck to you :)
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sjbernhisel Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
sweet. nice face detail on the top of the helm
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Primogenitor34 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is probably the most amazing original design for a set of armor I've seen in a while! Where can I vote for your design!?

Also I hope you don't mind, but I featured this on my Facebook page, because I love it that much!  ^__^
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, thats some very thorny armor1 That sword is also long as hekll too lol :)
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:icongabriela-birchal:
Gabriela-Birchal Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional
This is so awesome, I do wish you win the contest :)
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:icondromep:
DromeP Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the helmet design, it's so eerie. And the thorn sword really brings the ensemble together
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Fallenangel700 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Whoa.... that's amazing. If this makes the game, i am defiantly going to use it. Good luck with the contest!



Also.... Praise the sun!
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:iconhabzu:
Habzu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great design! is that an evolved zweihander? :)
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ReimaHowaido Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
It's pretty fabulous to say the least~
Very interesting :3 And in some side it has some long range with the sword and protection (as well as some hinduranse in movement) By the thorns~
But overalll it's neeeeeat and very interesting~ Wishing luck for you~
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Rickomarr123 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
That looks so sweet!
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froggywoggy11 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great armour! Can we vote for you?
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WhiteMikhail Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh Crap, wel...Sh!t I am dead........one hour later.. you died
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