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Dark Souls: Artorias by karniz Dark Souls: Artorias by karniz

Completed: May 15th 2012
Media/Program: Pencil & Paint Tool Sai
Origin: Dark Souls

I would appreciate comments left pertain to my actual art. If you have a question or a comment concerning Dark Souls, please ask me in either my Tumblr, or the DeviantArt notes system. All other comments will be ignored. Thank you!

ADDED AUGUST 2012: Please keep in mind that this illustration was drawn [in May] before any information on Artorias [other than his design] was released. So yes, I know his left arm ain't workin'. But back then? I didn't. Hehe. Thank you for your understanding!

So I made this into a poster for sale at Anime Next 2012.
Amazingly: It sold out.
I didn't think it would! I believe the majority of the copies sold was to people aware of Dark Souls, although there were about two sold to people who just liked the way he looks.

See, Dark Souls appeals to the majority. Cool badasses in armor is always a good thing. ♥

If I were to reprint this, and offer it on Etsy/Store Envy, would you buy it? Discuss.

If you enjoy my Dark Souls illustrations, please visit my Tumblr, or my comic site Karniz's Many Deaths in Dark Souls! | Tumblr | Twitter

Illustration by Donna Brown. All rights reserved.
Please do not copy, use [icons, avatars, etc.], reproduce, or redistribute the art for any reason other than personal use. Thank you!
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99Sebuko09 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
that's freakin awesome, of course I'd buy your copy from Etsy!
karniz Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're about a year too late. ^w^;;
LegacyDeadline Featured By Owner Edited Aug 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
o.O... -gives up drawing-
TacoGrande88 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Photographer
Man, that is soo cool.
Morty901 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Great work. Artorias is such a badass, and this picture captures him perfectly.
Thrashzz Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Wow! Reminded me of Prince of Persia "08 for some reason. 
Awesome work.
Papercopy Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist
omg sooooooooooooooooooo goooood! :)
Totenhammer Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks so bad ass! Nice Work man!
Levyathyn Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Fantastic work. I mean, he's no Tarkus, but this is an incredible rendition of Artorias. Excellent work. =)
Sorosoro Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
He may have lost his soul to the Abyss...But his Spirit Will live on forever.
omnomnommeh Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
One of my favourite pictures of Dark Souls ever! This is awesome :D Keep up the amazing work! :DDDD
iamYORGOS Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Filmographer
jjuliuz Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Best Artorias fanart so far!! I mean just look at that badass pose EVIL Laughter! Devilish 
Storytelleri Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student General Artist
This is really amazing. I love the colors, pose, shades and background - everything. :iconsupertighthugplz:
Nelskii Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's taken me so long to comment on this, but I love it. :love:
For me, it's looking at Artorias from another perspective; you see him in a 'Greatsword-Mastery' pose, and it makes me think... what brilliance he was capable off before the events of Oolacile...

Artorias is my favourite character from Dark Souls, and here you have drawn him in a glory long lost. 
I know you mention about his arm, but he was able to wield a greatsword with great skill so no negatives for overlooking that. :D

You showcase his skill well. 

This drawing is just brilliant. :love: :D
RebellionFighter Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Artorias is an opponent to remember. Just badass pic.
Mistarictuc Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is sooooooo badass.Awesome work
tsukaima Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
super sweet ART-orias... see what i did there? yeah of course you did.
DiddyKongMonkey Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Awesome pose, love it! Artorias was my favorite Dark Souls character next to Gwyn.
KeyStroke-Clef Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student General Artist
I love this piece! But, I see one problem, and I'm not blaming you for it. It says in the game that Artorias' left arm is broken from trying to fend of the Humanity Sprites in the Chasm of The Abyss. Just sayin'. Either way, amazing piece!
karniz Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thank you, but also your comment would have been answered if you actually read my artists comment.
I'll paste it here so you don't have to go back and look for it:

"ADDED AUGUST 2012: Please keep in mind that this illustration was drawn [in May] before any information on Artorias [other than his design] was released.
So yes, I know his left arm ain't workin'. But back then? I didn't. Hehe. Thank you for your understanding!"

Hopefully that clears it up. XD;;
Ichiya-Monogatari Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool badasses in cool badass armor*
gj and great detail
843morgan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Nice pose? Maor like, Nice poise.
Schinkenspicker Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so fucking awesome..
NigelEMack Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, awesome pose!
BunjiTheWolf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I love this guy he's so bad ass :D
Maskss Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
love your style
TweakBlue Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love that stance
GameJunkie7 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have recently discovered that Artorias had dialogue but it was cut from the final version of the DLC. It's mostly him screaming, grunting and shouting during battle but there are lines that he says such as:

"Whatever thou art...stay away!" "Soon...I will be consumed. By THEM. By the Dark." "Thou art strong Human. Surely thine kind are more than pure Dark." "I beg of thee: the spread of the Abyss must be stopped." "Ah, Sif, there you are *cough* all of you, forgive me...for I have availed you nothing."

The Audio is both chilling and incredibly sad as his voice is warped, gravelly and disjointed as he obviously struggles with the Dark he is succumbing to...I only have to ask why FromSoft cut it from the finished DLC
Fattylover101 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
I remember when I killed you hehehe
FellitoRockero Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
I wonder how does it feel to fight him.
RePulsEz Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
One of the best works i've seen. Which portraits a knight of some sort :)
kevrox369 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
thevilgunner Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Screw the dragonborns!
giygas1 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
so far one of my favorite interpretations :)
rosa89n20 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
O--M---G!! This's amazing!!!
MethusulaComics Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
0-0,... i would NOT, want to mess with that!
Great job, keep at it!
Hayakain Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is badass.
TsuraraHero Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
hes just badass
TheForcer Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
TheForcer Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
This looks
razort300 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
masaruten Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
bad ass. No other words...should've sent a poet...
Yoyozak Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
this looks badass. it would be great if you could make more of artorias?
karniz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Give me time - I haven't played through the DLC just yet so I haven't technically encountered him yet!
That's really the only reason I haven't drawn more... otherwise my entire gallery will be Artorias and Ciaran... hee hee hee~
[Although, there are a couple more arts I have done of him... just mostly doodles. Other than this... XD]
Yoyozak Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
alright thats fine with me :) cant wait to see more. keep me updated?
karniz Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I apologize but I simply cannot keep a sole person updated on my artings.
If you watch me via Tumblr I post most of my Dark/Demon's Souls arts there. ^w^;;
Yoyozak Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Sure, could you send me a link please to your tumbler?
karniz Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everywhere, I am Karniz! XD

hint: it's also in my signature. . . . . ↓
Yoyozak Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
k thanks
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