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Crusaders by Losmios Crusaders by Losmios
I am not much of a writer, but I thought I'd give you a hint at leats of teh story i my mind...

Crusaders

The holy crusaders of Shairat were unleashed from their ancient tombs, wher they had slept for millenia, imprisoned for their pride. But when the world fell under the raging sandstorm, they were forgotten, as the people went into hiding. For ages the menacing storm ruled the once beautiful white dunes of Shairat, and the people suffered underground, slowly forgetting the sight of both sun and sky, forgetting the touch of warmth during the day, and the cool breeze offered by the night.

It was not until a young boy ventured deep into the caverns of old, and found a way through ancient seals, and entered the temple of the crusaders. There he found their tombs, and above each one, a name carved in the wall. He went from grave to grave, saying speaking the name aloud in wonder. His innocence freed the spirits of the long dead crusaders.

Roused from the darkness, they were bewildered at first, then angered at their sentence, but finally worried and stricken with love for their suffering people. They flowed silently through the caverns, and drank the memorys of their patrons. Soon they were powerful again, and they sprang upward, through mountainrock and sands.

The air above was filled with sharp sand and evil winds. But the great spirits were phantoms now, and they carried the sorrow of their patrons like blades in their manes. They flew like arrows, and the sand was tamed under their hooves, and gave them bodily substance once more. So armed with the desert itself, they charged at the wallcloud of windsand. Ghosts and not, they were the holy warriors once more, and battled the evil SandStorm.


I had this uploaded previously for a short while, under the name Palestorm. After some critique I decided to take it down and work some more on it. It took on a new shape! :)

If you think it's too pale and bright, turn your monitor down a bit - it looks nice on my screen, and I wanted it pale. :)
Link to detail at 100%
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:iconbejiita-san:
Bejiita-san Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
Amazing work... *stares*
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Larka-the-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Hobbyist
:jawdrop:
It kinda reminds me of that bit in Lord of the Rings, when she sumons the river to her aid, and it comes like a herd of gallopping horsies!!!
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AngelusMorti Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
That's so amazing, you almost can't tell that they're even there. Good job!
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kestral Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is quite gorgeous as is the rest of your works.
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VFireFalcon Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007   General Artist
If you give the story more detail, that has potential. And the picture is incredible - I love how the dunes swirl and how there is an almost abstract element to it. The horse in the foreground seems a bit odd to me, something with the front legs looks off balance, I guess. Sort of rounded, like a rocking horse, maybe. Otherwise, it looks great, and I love the pose of the second horse back. And I wouldn't want to be the enemy of those crusadors. They look extremely powerful.
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JenWardell Featured By Owner May 17, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Los, I love it. And I agree, write the story it sounds so good!
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:iconkajnova:
kajnova Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007
amazing work!! :+fav:
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narutorox2 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007
thats amazing, i love the picture
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Sehvrin Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
Neat =D

It looks very mysterious :nod:
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photocrafter Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional Photographer
Wonderful high key.
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:iconfristles:
Fristles Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007   Photographer
beautiful... :+fav:
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:iconhypnocampus:
hypnocampus Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
stunning..
you should be a writer :D
lol
x
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daniellemasucci Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
amazing. what a gorgeous otherwordly feel.
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:iconazynia:
Azynia Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful as always, my dear!
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KahlanAmnellRox Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: another amazing piece!!!
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Rosestears17 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
It's gorgeous...^_^
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violetrosepetal Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007   Photographer
Yay its so pretty! I like I like!! :D
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amber-dawn Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
this is amazing. and, I would totally read the story that goes with it! Amazing job!
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HarvestFire Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007   Photographer
Okay, your picture is freakin' amazing. But your paragraph on the story...it's twice as good. I can't believe how amazing you are! The picture has such detail, and the story follows suit.
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HotaruKun Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007   Traditional Artist
o fun! its really cool! i like how u made the colors blend!
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DV-Skitz Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
It's stunning, Los. And I absolutely adore the coloration - or lack-thereof... What you do with such a simple and limited pallette is astonishing. Bravo!

Although I do have one minor 'gripe' *wry grin* The pose of the second Crusader? I swear that is the EXACT same pose I sketched up last night for our art-trade. Seriously - I will have to scan the sketch so you can see how close they are... (Only difference being that the leg positions are opposite). LOL - Doesn't that just figure?

Anyway - it's tremendous and I love it!! :glomp:
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:iconlosmios:
Losmios Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
Thank you dear! :heart:

Haha, that's how it goes hon! Oh, and will you not give me ANY directions for my part? ;p
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Raifie Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
oooh! very pretty and mysterious too.
its fabulous!
Laterz
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UntilWeHaveFaces Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007   Photographer
I love love love this!

Your work is seriously amazing...


the story is very creative... save for some grammatical errors, I loves it.


I love how with your work there are always so many different ways to intrepret it... how you bring to life emotions in the equines eyes. ^^
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tally-marks Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007   Writer
One word. Amazing.
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photocrafter Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007  Professional Photographer
Beautiful!
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JenniferG Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
Well done. :)
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ictenbey Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
so nice image ;

well done ! ...

:gallery:
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howlinghorse Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
It's so beautiful! You're incredibly skilled at working with the silvery tones. It's delicate and yet ...you can see the story and emotions in it.
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TeenageTurnover Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
This is absolutely beautiful 8_8 <33 I love the chow the horses almost blend into the clouds. <3

And a very nice little story to go with it <3
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Ardnak Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Student General Artist
Tis' very very nice! :D
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horsebackrider15 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
:faint: omw!! looks ammmaazing!! nothing could make it better :heart: ^^;
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pearwood Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Like a passing dream.
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Jackal-ope Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007   Digital Artist
The horses are beautiful!
Along with the pale sand dunes. :heart:

This is an incredible piece of work, Losmios,
as is the story! I encourage you to write it.
I adore writing! I'd love to read
some of Crusaders one day, if you ever write it!
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:iconlosmios:
Losmios Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
If I have the nerve maybe I will. :D
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:iconjackal-ope:
Jackal-ope Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007   Digital Artist
Oh, please do! =)
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Mariahthief Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
You see more detail every time you look at it... it's defined, yet as evanescent and fleeting as a passing ghost.

Amazing.
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thepurplemonster Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! Especially the phantom clouds in the far distance, above the dunes. Its lovely, the paleness, and how it makes you search for the details, appreciate them more. And the story has potential too.. there are quite a few typos, but the idea, if developed further, is quite lovely. It fits the form of illustration better than that of words, I think--either ways, beautiful work! :)
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Losmios Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
Aaah, typos, my constant companion. :D

Thanks!
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Freelance-Dreamer Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
definitely better than the first one! I love it!
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Pherzii Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Student
Oh I really like this!
Maybe its just that I love grey or how ghostly but peaceful it seems..? I love your art, great work.

How long did it take you by the way?
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xxEarthTones Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
Ahh, its so lovely. It just draws you in.
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GymkcannaGrl Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
This is something that makes you stop what you are doing and truly just take the art in. I was busy doing this and that, then I saw this and just stopped, and smiled. I love the movement in this, and the feeling that if you don't look with your entire self, not only your eyes, you'll miss these beautiful horses running like ghosts in the wind.
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:iconlosmios:
Losmios Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
Thank you! :heart:
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GymkcannaGrl Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
No problem. your artwork is why I started trying to do my own horse digital drawings. So of course i'm going to comment on my favorite artist's work! (you are also the reason I read the Firebringer trilogy, which I must thank you for again and again, great books)
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Levathien Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
Wow.. amazing. I don't really
have anything other than it's gorgeous.
And that's a wonderful idea. Great job. :)
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Levathien Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
*have anything better to say
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Megeso Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
This is fantastic! Wow... and what a story! Beautiful!
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Woaska Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
Ohh really nice! :heart:
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Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007   Photographer
Amazingly beautiful! I love art like this. :) I love how it makes you actually look at the art, and not just a quick peek. :D Amazing job!
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