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Can I be a Crusader too? by CheshFire Can I be a Crusader too? by CheshFire
The inspiration for the lady Crusader and the child came from a friend of mine from work who is currently nine months pregnant with her first child and is now on maternity leave. Last I heard she was one day past her due date.  While reading up on Crusaders and their quest to vanquish evil I thought it interesting that their apprentices if you will only take up the title if their teachers are slain, but how early does their training begin? Perhaps like in this illustration it begins early, maybe a year or two old, as the Crusader sees the young child playing with her helmet the idea strikes her that this is the child she should train to one day take up her mantle.

Blizzard Entertainment

This isn’t just some contest to me.  My sights are set to win for one reason alone: to meet the artists and developers of Diablo III at Blizzard. For the past two and a half years I’ve been trying to get into the game industry as a concept artist and after sending in application after application anywhere and everywhere all I get are automatic replies. It seems the best step I can take is just to get my foot in the door so that human resources or whoever it is that truly makes the final decision to hire their man power knows that I’m not just a resume, I’m a passionate artist who squeezes in paintings between calls selling cable.   It’s a decent job, I work with a lot of great people, but it hardly satisfies my hunger to express my creativity. The visual aspect of the game, the character design, the creatures and the world all together is inspiring. I know I have a lot to learn, and that I’m up against a mother-load of heavy hitters, but call me a sponge. I will soak up everything this contest can teach me, what future creative opportunities have in store for me, and one day soon, I hope, I'll get my foot through that door.

In the words a Crusader might quote: “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable.  Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT

-Suzy Almblade

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:iconsilverdragon234:
SilverDragon234 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
FOR THE LIGHT OF ZAKARUM! :D :salute:
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:iconcheshfire:
CheshFire Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014   General Artist
lol. :)
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SilverDragon234 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
:D The Light grows :D
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Veldara Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Looks less of a game art and more like works I've seen in a museum.  Certainly a piece that looks like it was made in antiquity. :)
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:iconcheshfire:
CheshFire Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014   General Artist
The contest called for a portrait. So I thought about the classic kinds of portraits you see in museums, so right on the money my dear! ;)
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Saihai Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice idea, pretty faces, dreamy style. Gotta love it.
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:iconcheshfire:
CheshFire Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014   General Artist
Thank you. <3
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lenboogie Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Great work, the lighting effect on the armour is beautifully done and I like the expression on her face. I must say the improvement of your art over the years is truly amazing.
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CheshFire Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014   General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you think so.  I just hope its enough. There have been some recent entries that are really spectacular. I don't know if it will be enough to win. o.o;
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fxx85 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Nice idea
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BBChild Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014   Traditional Artist
Wow o.o  Just... wow.  xD
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Shay-Chan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this is really very beautiful. The armor, the composition, the look on the Crusaders face as she looks down on the child , everything is gorgeous! I don't know if it is intentional, but there is a softness to the two girls/women, and the young child that contrasts with the sharpness in the Crusaders armor that really makes her a great focal point. I really hope you do well with this contest, they would be insane to not acknowledge that you have a passion for this industry and an amazing talent as well!!!!!
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CheshFire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   General Artist
Thank you Shay! The contrast of the softer character to the sharpness of the Crusader was intentional, I'm so glad you noticed. :heart: 
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RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
O______O WANT.

stop that. I want to make all your armors. D=
I seriously cannot express how much beauty is in this image. And this backdrop is by far superior to the one you showed me before. Simply gorgeous.
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:iconcheshfire:
CheshFire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   General Artist
The background turned out a lot better than I was hoping. All done last night too, which is why I was up so late painting. lol.
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RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
XD
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Wickabee Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
And its so cool that the first one would have worked well as well. But I love this one.
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mikerules135 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
You know this is very beautiful I can see the time and passion you put into creating this image I can see it as a concept art piece or a scene in a video game and while I and many others appreciate your work I have to bring up the question, ^_^ 

"Why hasn't anyone at at a video game industry, say "you know what, we should hire the pretty artist who made this artwork and maybe she has more  to contribute so we should stop giving her automatic responses and being fucking schmucks and give her the goddamn job that she obviously is more then qualified for which we would've realized if we gave a shit! GOD!! I'm sorry I'm just annoyed that no one has gotten a clue and give  you a position which you will be  able to spread your work further!

I love this just as much as all your artwork after all unlike the video game industry I recognize talent worth enough to pay 10 times over literally! 
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:iconcheshfire:
CheshFire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   General Artist
I appreciate all the times you have commissioned me for my art work Mike.  Thank you!
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mikerules135 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
I appreciate the times you took to make said commissions for me it's a good partnership
I give you money, you make art, we have some laughs and game starts all over again.
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:iconcheshfire:
CheshFire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   General Artist
lol.
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OtakuRyan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Amazing art! And if this doesn't help you get your foot in the door, then they are doing the industry a great disservice! Best of luck to you!
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CheshFire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   General Artist
Well if it isn't Blizzard hopefully its a company just as awesome. :)
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Nishikihebi Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A woman's armor that is not a skimpy fuck-up? Count me in! 
Also, good luck! :)
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:iconcheshfire:
CheshFire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconsorryfire:
sorryfire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
+1 for a woman in actual armor! :D
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:iconcheshfire:
CheshFire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   General Artist
:w00t:
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PsychoAndy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Damn. This is really gorgeous. You've rather outdone yourself, this time.

Best of luck to you.
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:iconcheshfire:
CheshFire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   General Artist
My best piece to date! Hope its enough.  Thank you!
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Kra-ZGirl Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
super awesome :D
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Nekos-Pencil-Art Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
woooow <3
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:iconwickabee:
Wickabee Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
:D it turned out wonderfully!
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CyrexWingblade Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
I love everything about this image. Good luck to you!
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:iconcheshfire:
CheshFire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   General Artist
Thanks! *crosses fingers*
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MillieBee Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Top marks for female armour that would actually work as armour, instead of a chainmaille bikini! :D  It's beautiful artwork even besides, but that's the thing that caught my attention.
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CheshFire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   General Artist
Amen to that! We wouldn't want our female warriors to get sceward in the first five minutes of a fight now would we? ;)
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bleachcrater Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
just wow
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francescd Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Very well done. Simply gorgeous.
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:iconcheshfire:
CheshFire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   General Artist
Thanks!
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Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
This looks awesome.

Ooh, she's tall.
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:iconcheshfire:
CheshFire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   General Artist
I figure for a woman to be a crusader she has to be strong enough to lift all that armor, having height helps. :)
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Lily-Ash Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Contrary to popular belief this kind of armor is actually not that heavy, its just very rigid and complicated to put on all the pieces by yourself. If some jeans can give you trouble, imagine rigid metal where you have to bend and adjust every strap and piece into place.
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FJolliff Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! My favorite of your work by far! They should be begging for you to draw covers for fantasy novels! Hmm... If I ever decide to write out the one in my head, you might need a restraining order against me because I would bug you so much! XD lol, jk, I'd only bug you a little and then wait for you to accept commissions.
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:iconcheshfire:
CheshFire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   General Artist
lol. Thank you! If you ever write a fantasy novel my dear, I would be happy to do the cover!
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:iconfjolliff:
FJolliff Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
XD You will be my first choice! I just hope that I have the money to pay you!
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