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Flame from Soil 1024x768 by Gorrem Flame from Soil 1024x768 by Gorrem
This started out as a sketch I did 2 years ago which I decided to paint. The " story" I had in mind was this peasant girl who runs away from her farm life to become a knight, rebelling against class, family and gender bias to fullfill her dream. Thus the title.

What I find repetitive about most female medieval warriors is that A) they're always squeeky clean with their hair in fashionable perms (tell me people, where is the Pro-V shampoo being manufactured in 900 AD?), B) they're either under dressed or over dressed, and C) they're always so cocky. I tried to avoid these factors in my piece.

same version as previous in 1024 x 768.
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dropemcityrecords Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
So atmoshpheric!
ForTheLoveofSatire Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Would you feel comfortable submitting this image into the Battle Ready Womyn group? [link] Were a group dedicated to realistic/semi-realistic armoured women warriors and feel this artwork fits group qualifications. Hope you chose to contribute! (This would be best submitted into the Metal Ages folder).
azzacanth Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist
I'd be cocky too if I could kill dragons in a chainmail bikini ;)
AlPucelle Featured By Owner Edited Mar 30, 2015
Lol! One of the best chainmail bikini jokes yet! :D
mercc1 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
I think you almost described Joan of Arc almost =P
AlPucelle Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
The title too ;)
Of course Joan didn't go as willingly as this girl. It took angels to get her out of her hometown! XD

Cool looking girl in a cool scene! I bet she'll be a great warrior!
LaSpook Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2006  Student Photographer
Great work! :o
Voice-of-the-Dead Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
This almost reminds me of a novella by Tamora Pierce but it is also quite a bit different.
^_^ I like this
Leadcrow Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2004
This is amazing. She's gorgeous, I love the feel of this!! May I use it as my desktop background? ^^
grabiasz Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2004
I like this :) but crossbow is better, she can't shoot from bow when she have armored gloves, and chainmail is no good for foot fight, :) i tell this as user of this stuff :) :+fav: but.. i like this cuty :)
Little-Katydid Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2004
Her eyes are just amazing! They have so much life in them! They were the first thing that caught my eye. I also love the disigns you put on the armor and the birds flying in the background are a really great touch to the pic.
bellatrix Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2004
Great piece! I like the composition... the birds are a nice touch. (adds to favourites) :)
mikkow Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2004
this is one of the few un-hot girls I've seen.. haha. Well, she's hot bodywise, but her face and hair isn't that appealing. But the painting is, ooooh my. Sooo nice, background and everything. I'd love to see you try different styles sometime, like anime, etc.
Yxeri Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2004
Beautiful armor! Argh ;| but after looking at this pic my urge to play Baldur's gate came back :>
cyberia23 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2003
Awesome, such nice detail in the armor and her face. The rusty look is really cool.
pogotribal Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2003
:O This is very nice!

The firey clouds really go well with her flamekissed hair and battle-hardened demeanor. It's almost like the image is split in two, with the bottom half emphasizing a farmgirl upbringing. The armor is colored so beautifully as well. Her hand on the hilt seems a bit too delicate... almost as if she's hesitating to pull out the sword, and in one way this is almost as if she's actually reacting to the person looking at her through the monitor. The crows make a lovely swooping line following the clouds too...

Beautiful, I must say :nod:
mytearsoffire Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2003
I love it *adds to favourites*
sweed84 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2003
dude.... you.. i just.... but i thought.... i never.... DAMN YOUR AZN SKILLZ!!!!!

(subtext: this is an awesome cg)
XipeObsidian Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2003
I am in much envy of your mad cg-skills. Absolutely stunningly details, radiant work. New desktop background!
bourne Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2003
Um...christ? Yeah, Jesus christ! that's so freakin good. the eyes, the hair, the slightly dingy face. The crows in the background add so much. Lovely piece.
crazi8s Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2003
nice nice work here, looks great ^^
kengiroo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2003   Interface Designer
Yeees, yoove avoided those factors very well! Altho she does look a bit pale... Mabye they don't get much sun there? ;)

The background is really amazing, her armour too... Her hair looks all dirt and gritty and nice :)

Yeah, I bet this is what travelling heroines REALLY look like.
fearful-toxicin Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2003
Youve done well.

I have to agree most are all gorgeous with lipstick.

I like the REAL feel of this piece.
AlPucelle Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
Most medieval peasant girls may never have seen lipstick let alone use it and like a model at that! XD
I agree this girl looks "real" not like a modern model at her photoshoot and I like the real feeling
kamikazesouljah Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks so good and i love her eyes and hair! AND the armour is ver well done, and, and... oh, why try to say things when the damn thing is so excellently beautiful?! That's it, :+fav:!!! 'Nuff said! :peace:
hitodama Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2003  Professional Digital Artist
Nice. Very nice.
liquid7 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2003
great job overall, i especially like the sky
hyperfrec Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2003
love those small rusty marks in the armor. Great job.
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