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Dark Souls 2: Darkness Awaits by karniz Dark Souls 2: Darkness Awaits by karniz
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Completed: March 9th, 2014
Media/Program: Paint Tool Sai
Origin: Dark Souls 2: Lion Knight & Dragon
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Oh hey there.

This is an illustration I did for a new Redbubble t-shirt design I did!
Interested? find it here!

Oh yes! I've also updated "Karniz's Many Deaths in Dark Souls!"
Very important progress is happening... hehe!

Now I have to share this important info: Please, NO spoilers for the game in the comments!
[I haven't beaten the game yet, and more than likely people that are going to read the comments haven't either. So be kind - no spoiling anyone...]

Also, please keep in mind this is an artist's gallery - not a gaming forum or reddit.
I am not asking for game info nor strategy as I'm still working on the game. [as of March, 2014.]
I would appreciate if comments were kept relevant to the art - Thank you for your understanding.

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Illustration by Donna Astle. 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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:iconlikeajon:
likeajon Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
im still trying to figure out what this red thing should be
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karniz Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Squinting helps.
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:iconklydekiss:
klydekiss Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014   Digital Artist
Ahh how I still adore you and stalk you at night when you have your guard down~ 
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karniz Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
u-u-uhhhh.....
/mildly scared yet oddly excited at the same time
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klydekiss Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014   Digital Artist
Gewwd...gewwd....
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4234equinox Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
nice art work, i love dark souls 2

A little pro tip, I'm not gonna reveal anything to you but just know that no tactic is cheap. DS2 is not about being the strongest, but surviving the longest, and as such, you must do everything in your power to stay alive for as long as possible. Also, make sure to light every bonfire you see, as they will be vital to you as you progress through the game. Finally, do everything you can in the game. All of the quests may seem pointless, but any XP your able to get is crucial to your character. Break anything you can, you never know what kind of loot is hiding in a crate. Explore the entire world, make sure you hit every crack and crevice lest you miss a key part in the game. And finally, never under estimate your opponent, every enemy can and will do everything they can to kill you and hamper your progress, and you have to do everything in your power to stay alive. Hopefully, these tips will help you as you progress deeper in the world of Dark Souls 2. I hope you enjoy the game, good luck and have fun!
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karniz Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As your pro tip is appreciated - I am a veteran of the Souls universe, and I have already played Dark Souls 2.
[got it on release for PS3.]
So nothing you told me I already don't do.

You also forgot to mention do not hit too much/break chests.
Since you mentioned all other obvious things I thought you were going to mention that.

[sorry if my response seems a little pissy, but I'm sick of people treating me like I'm a newb at this game/series.]
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4234equinox Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
I know your not a newdy at dark souls like I was, I just wanted to try and be the nice guy and give you a little refresher. I had no idea you played it already. Sorry if I offended you.

P.S. I got the game a few days before I gave you the refresher and I loved it up until i was face to face against 'The Pursuer'. I mean honestly, that stupid thing reminds me of 'The Imprisoned' from the Zelda. Or, for those who are not much of a gamer, think of the Transformer movie series by Michael Bay, where it starts out pretty OK at first, but quickly turns into shit afterwards when you see him over and over again.
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Aegis-the-hero Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I aiready beat the game and got into the lore the ending and concept left me like 0^0 no way
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karniz Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
Hehe... don't saaaay anything more! ^w^;;
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Aegis-the-hero Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
X3 trust me it is a big shock the backstory to all this
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Nobodyspatzy Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing!!! =)
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GarrodWindfang Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Very cool. ^^ yeah, been playing Dark Souls 2 as well. it's a lot meaner than the first... :icongiveupplz:
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Stormourner Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
since it's harder than the first one and all you need is a jolly cooperation
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TsuraraHero Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
i look forward to more of your art, good luck with beating the game btw what system you on if you dont mind?
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karniz Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
PS3! But I do plan on getting it on the PC release.
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TsuraraHero Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
awesome im on ps3 too! i hear people dont like the way it looks on the consoles and are waiting for the pc release, personally im happy to have the 2nd game finally but im curious to see what others will find in the codes and stuff.anyway love your art keep it up
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MenasLG Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent as always.
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warrior-of-tzeentch Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Very nice.

"Push back the darkness for as long as you can, but never forget to look behind you."
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MrGorzitza Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was starting to wonder if that game had beaten you or not, glad to hear your almost done. best of luck :D
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karniz Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Almost done? I don't believe I'm anywhere near the end of the game!
I like to enjoy them... not barrel through just to beat it...
[I'm the kind of person that enjoys experiencing everything in the games they play. ^w^;;]
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Beautiful-Doubt Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D I just beat that game! Its sooooo amazing! I love how in depth the artists make you feel in the world! and how (just like in one if you played it) the world is so interconnected with shortcuts and stufff ahhhhh its just...beautiful.
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Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I've seen a lot of complaints regarding the fact that the graphics were severely downgraded from their state even six months ago, to the point where you don't even need torches anymore since the shadows have been nerved so much. Is this the case?
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Beautiful-Doubt Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For most of the game, yes. you dont need torches, BUT YOU DO NEED THEM FOR AREAS. if you cheat and just set your screen brightness to max, you dont need them as much. Torches ARE important, but you dont NEED them if you dont want them(for most the game cause some places are just so dark you do...like so dark like the abyss in number number one where you fought the four kings. They're also good for more than just shadow ;) trying not to spoil it or anything. but i feel the torch thing is just a asthetics issue.  im sure they'll patch it.
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Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I have to admit I'm still a bit disappointed that the graphics and shadow dynamics were downgraded so much, though. I've seen side-by-side shots of the game from 6 months ago and the retail version, and the beta looked a lot more detailed. Usually it's the other way around.
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Beautiful-Doubt Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah. :)  its sad not the best they can do but i didnt not like it.  but like I said, its the first week of game play. im sure theyll upgrade it.
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Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I've done some digging and apparently the downgrade was a necessary evil to get the frame-rate running smoothly. I still intend to play the game and love it.
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Beautiful-Doubt Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww that sucks. but i really hope they make a darksouls 3. (or maybe a demon souls 2?) i just really love this idea of a game thats designed for you to die. its beautiful. also the feeling of like hopelessness and struggle it provides is like tops...i wish i could work on a game like this....;-;
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Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Dark Souls was apparently going to be named Demon Souls II, but FromSoft doesn't have the rights to the name.
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PwnageguyXD Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
I don't know, game hasn't been out for PC yet and I'm loathe to spoil it.
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