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Maybe I'll make some little changes later. Anyway...
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I haven't write a critique in a while, so bare with me here~

1, I really love your brush style and the over all mood. You've always been very good at creating an rather expressive painterly feeling of your art. And I just love the background, I hope i can do that one of those days~

2, the composition is dynamic, with the horse and knight swingin his sward. However, the horse's rare legs got "cut off" at the frame bothers me a little. It'd be nice to see the full figure of the horse, would create a better, more complete composition.

3, I know you're trying to achieve a upside down triangle, to create a dynamic composition. and the figure successfully achieved that. But, the stone on the right hand side in the background broke your composition. Check out this little drawing I made to demonstrate my point.

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4, If the horse tilted a bit more, I think the composition would be even more exciting. Check out here...

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5, very nice tough on the sward effect, nice color, stands out against background, and draw the attention.

Over all, very impressive piece, I'm being nitpicking here. it's too late to change composition anyway, so keep it as is, it's good work.
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coopersdesign Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
What would you charge me to use this image in a t-shirt design?
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Dionisante Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very best!
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Romaneck Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
duck or lose a head in height
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:iconoverdrivezero:
overdrivezero Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
Aye!!! But don't forget to dodge the horse too!
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Count-Vilanova Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Amazing show of cavalry attack.
You just forced me to play dragon age origins again...
Thank you!!!
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heavens-champion Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
Amazing.
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hoennchampion Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Love the sword!
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:iconoverdrivezero:
overdrivezero Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Thank you so much!
I can tell you it wasn't easy. Thank God someone noticed! =D
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SpaceVikingDude Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
Now this is what a black knight should look like! It's not ridiculously over-elaborate, but still looks awesome in every possible way! Especially like the magic sword! :clap:

Awesome work! :headbang:
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Hell yeah bro!!!!
I agree with you. Many thanks for the compliment.
Cheers.
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SpaceVikingDude Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
Anytime mate! :ahoy:
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Nemesis-of-the-Gods Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
PSHFUCKYEAHTHISISAWESOME!!!!!!

Duuude, is it just me or did you become even better overnight? This freakin' rocks my socks all the way to the east coast man!
I LOOOOOVE The textures and colors that you used for this, the sword is so badass. The lights and darks truly contrast each other well here. And that armor on that horse is outstanding; overall amazing job; gotta love this one! :heart:
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Hell yeah!!!
You made my day girl! Awesome comment!
Yeah, I'm trying to make more darker characters for now on, and I'm practicing really hard these days.
Thanks a lot, really. :headbang:
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Nemesis-of-the-Gods Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, I'm glad to hear that!
Hehe, I like them! They're really turning out great, I think that the dark side is calling your name mister haha ;)
Well it shows! This looks magnificent ^^
You're very welcome =]
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
hahahahah
Totally agree! Dark side is way cooler!
I'm happy you liked! =D
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Nemesis-of-the-Gods Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed it is!! :boogie:
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hrwilliams Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Professional Writer
Wow! I love the action in this one. And the flames on that sword. Looks pretty good! It does look different from your other works, though... less... defined? But that's not necessarily a bad thing. :D

You're awesome!
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Hey!!! Thanks a lot.
You are totally right, it does look a little different from my previous works. I tried to make this one looks more painterly, if you know what I mean. I don't know if it is better yet but I tried anyway.
But thank you for your compliment. I really appreciate.
And of course, thank you a lot for checking out my stuff again! =D
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hrwilliams Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Writer
You succeeded, then! It definitely looks more painterly! I don't see anything wrong with your usual style either though. :)
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:iconoverdrivezero:
overdrivezero Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!! =D
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Spirit-Inspired Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
WOW! :wow:
You're an inspiration! :)
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Hey!!! Thank you a lot! Me inspiration?
Awesome. It means a lot to me =D
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Spirit-Inspired Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
You truly are! ;)
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GuidantLiberte Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
You never cease to amaze
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
hehe
Thanks a lot man!!
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HotaruThodt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009   Digital Artist
How cool is that. It makes me think of Frank Frazetta's "Death Dealer" a bit. :)
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Indeed! It looks a little bit like. But I assure you it was totally unintentional. Maybe it was because I'm heavily influenced by Frazetta artwork.
The first artbook I really bought was his. I was like 12. Probably it helped me to choose to be an illustrator.
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HotaruThodt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009   Digital Artist
Well, it doesn't look that much like the Death Dealer, but I do see a Frazetta influence to your work. :) I think my first introduction to Frazetta was when I was 11 or 12 when I found and old issue of Creepy Magazine where he had painted the cover. :)
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Creepy magazine covers are awesome!!!!
By the way, every thing Frazetta does is. Anyway...
So, you have been introduced to him at the same age I did. Really cool.

Hey, which other artists influenced you?
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HotaruThodt Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009   Digital Artist
Yeah, and then I got two pinup art books later, a couple of pages were missing in each, but considering I bought them as a thrift store. >.>;

Let's see who influenced me...Clive Barker (his art in The Thief Of Always was really creep/gritty), Steven Hughes, Joe Madureira, Luis Royo, Naoko Tekauchi, Amano Yoshiktaka, Gerald Brom, Rankin-Bass...and those are all I can think of right now. >.>;
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Clive Barker? Cool!!
Joe Madureira is just awesome! One of my favorite comic artists
I don't know Naoko Tekauchi Rankin-Bass and Steven Hughes, but I'll check it out later.
Amano Yoshiktaka, Gerald Brom are incredible! In fact Brom is one of my top favorite artists as well.
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HotaruThodt Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009   Digital Artist
Rankin-Bass was the animation company that worked on ThunderCats, Silverawks, Flight Of Dragons and The Hobbit just to name a few things. Holy crap do I feel old now. >.>;
Steven Hughes was the co-founder of Chaos! Comics and did art for Lady Death and Evil Ernie.
Naoko Takeauchi is the creator of SailorMoon. :D

Brom is still one of my faovurite artists. I need to get a copy of 'Offerings' along with all of the illustrated novels, excluding the Plucker since I already have that if course. :)
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
Hey, I do have every Brom's book. I recommend them all!

Hey, this Rankin-Bass stuff is really cool! I loved that style!
I grew up thinking that it should be natural to look like, at least like an amateur, bodybuilder when you become an adult.
I still think that this is the standards for me by the way. =D

Hey, great recommendations, I'm checking them out right now.
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oPiotreek Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009   Interface Designer
Not bad, its good.I liked this sword ;P. But :headbang:
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
hehehe
Thanks a lot!
The sword was the last thing I changed. I'm glad I did it.
Cheers.
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catzav3ncu Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
Man its great , no its awesome!
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
He-hey!!!
Thanks bro! I really appreciate that! =D
You have a great gallery by the way.
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catzav3ncu Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Your welcome and thanks a lot :)
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Sanitaw Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
i like it, dont really see anywhere you may have messed up.
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Hey, thats a hell of a compliment mate!
Thanks a lot.
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WesTalbott Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Professional Artist
I like the affect you added on the blade, and the overall composition, the one thing that kind of confuses me is the dark rocks at the bottom of the page. The one one the left appears to be in the foreground due to the cloak going behind it, but the the one on the right is behind the horses leg yet both rocks seam equal as far as what plane they are on. I would recommend lightening the one on the left a bit so that it blends in more with the background and drops it back and on the one in the front you could actually lighten it up as well since that would cause more contrast between the horse's leg since at the moment they kind of merge together as one shape. Maybe bring up the saturation a bit aswell to pull it forward. Well I said alot about what is actually a very small problem but I just noticed it so I figured I'd say something. Otherwise this is a very solid piece, good job :)
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Man, awesome comment.
I must say I totally agree with you. After seeing that I cannot like it anymore. hehe
This is the result of poor composition studies in the early stages.
Besides, I didn't like the point of the leg of the horse I cut the leg. Bad mistake.

But thanks for your compliments as well. I'm very glad you like it!
Cheers.
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blindvoyeur Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
I really like this, the feel of power in potentia.

It's hard for me to tell but is the gossomer shreds on the blade match the angle of the hilts, blade and the swing?
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overdrivezero Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
Oh! Very perceptive my friend.
I did want to give the perception that he would be swinging the blade like he was attacking someone on the floor just in front of him.

Thanks for the compliment by the way!
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