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The Princess' Protector by DrZime The Princess' Protector by DrZime
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Here's another picture I've been trying to finish for what seems like forever. :faint: Busy busy busy.

I was thinking a while ago that it's unfair that skeletons are always viewed as evil. So, I came up with an idea where one gets to save the princess from its evil counterparts. Seems like a fun story to me!

Inspiration goes to Ray Harryhausen. (Although he only got to animate bad skeletons. Heehee. They were still awesome.)

I don't know if I made it obvious enough, what with his heroic pose, blue instead of red eyes, the cross on his breastplate, and the fact that the girl's not trying to get away from him, I thought that it'd be obvious enough that the skeleton is rescuing her. :XD:

Unfortunately it appears their path is blocked by one last big daddy.

I did a couple of new things while working on this picture. Namely the patterns I drew on before shading it. It was fun but very, very time-consuming.
I also worked at MUCH higher resolution than usual. I got a new computer, might as well use it!

I should probably give them names... How about Janna and Jurgen? :3

Can love transcend life? Who knows? :lol:


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Drawn on regular printer paper with a mechanical pencil, re-lined and colored in Photoshop with a mouse.
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:iconchinesegal:
Chinesegal Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
For some reason, this reminds me of dragon's lair.
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love this!
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
The twist of the hero's physical appearance is brilliant. :D
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DelDiz Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
This is a very good concept. It'd make an amazing movie!

So somehow he manaed to retain a bit of his humanity. I wonder...
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crazygamerrofl Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is really nice excellent job!
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Kassis Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
That's really nice, I like the idea a lot :)
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:icondrzime:
DrZime Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankee!
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Akogare Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I absolutely love this. So nice to see a good and heroic skeleton. Lovely lighting and textures and colouring, too.
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:icondrzime:
DrZime Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I think it's one of my best pictures. :)
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moosewingz Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the idea of this, and the design is fantastic! And I really adore the way you've done the background, with the complimentary colours and the dramatic lighting AND IT'S AMAZING :heart: And the pair of them are just adorable, and he has the most fabulous spikes on his boots :D
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:icondrzime:
DrZime Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a ton! ^0^
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moosewingz Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem at all! :D
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Feyqueen91 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, what's the story with these two? How they meet in the first place?
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DrZime Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The story behind Jurgen (the skeleton)... he doesn't have one. The princess is captured and he just comes and rescues her out of the blue. He can't talk, so the princess is very unsure of him at first.
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Feyqueen91 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So…He just randomly decided to help a captive princess out for no reason?? Now that…is… um…er…interesting?
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DrZime Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a mystery! ;D
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luismario Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
JUST-- look at all I've been missing! Awesome all the way
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queenmoreta Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I LIKE IT! awesome twist for a usually portrayed evil skelly :).
I like everything about this image, I find the design of both undead hero and princess looks great, I find I keep looking all over the picture at all the details. Like the shadow of the opponents hand and the other skellys on the wall.
I'm also digging that rain :D.
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DrZime Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a ton!
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Xnessax Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student General Artist
This skull man looks like from Zelda LOL.

So cool ^^
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JohnMichael007 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Epic art! :heart: You did a spectacular job with the concept of a good skeleton saving a princess. You did excellent work designing the skeleton and princess. I love the background for this one too. It is really cool how you have the rain dripping off of the skeleton's sword and head gear. And the obstacle's shadow looks very menacing.
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DrZime Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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NathanOM Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you need to see, skeletons were only bad because they were soulless, with the soul of a warrior, he's one undieing warrior!pretty awesome, i think.
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clwnprincessofcrime Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
I LOVE this!!It's amazing!The background is perfect and so are the character designs.I just love her face expression.
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DrZime Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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clwnprincessofcrime Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
You're welcome!
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Franciscathedragon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Super awesome art work, do more! The costume designs for Jurgen and Janna are great as well as the colors. I like your idea of blue eyes instead of red. I'm with you, skeletons should be portrayed as good way more often. Who is the baddy?
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DrZime Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure who or what the baddie is. Haha.
I didn't give it much thought. :0
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Franciscathedragon Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
a litch might work for a bad guy :shrug: or maby an evil plant :B i also like the arrows on the ground because they seem to add another epic story :iconwowplz: and that the skeleton gaurds in the back ground don't even notice that the prisoner is escaping XD
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who-stole-MY-name Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
lovely idea :clap:
awesome anatomy, too! for some reason I find knees horrybly dificult to draw :faint: aye, admiration/jealousy strikes once more.

the textures are amazing, too! you even aded some scratches to that helmet :clap: AWESOME work of art, Zime :D
hehe you know, that would make a great videogame :nod: it would be cool is the main character was a skelleton for a change.
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DrZime Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
It's not very realistic anatomy on the skeleton, but I'm glad it looks good. :D

My brother said it looks like a video game when he looked over my shoulder. Haha.
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who-stole-MY-name Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
not realistic but everything looks where it should be :nod: in an awesomely stylized kind of way.
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:icondrzime:
DrZime Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's good. :D
Sometimes when I stylize things it looks far worse than I first realize.
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ratscout Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Awesome job, Zime! Your foreshortening keeps getting better and better, and I'm in love with the background! Reminds me of the Wind Waker! : D
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Hizgirl87 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So fun!

As I'm looking at it, though, I'm wondering if her second foot is just hidden...or missing?
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DrZime Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Her knee is up on Mr. Skeleton's leg, so her foot is behind there. :) It's hidden, not missing. That would be one heck of an error. Haha.
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Hizgirl87 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I see it now! Lol.
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Keokee Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
The colors in this are awesome!!
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DemoiselleDreamer Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Cute idea. And the pose makes it very obvious that he's the good guy. :D
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DDshoeshowz Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
God, this is great! I love how you turned the idea on its head!
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theBlueOpal Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Im kind of confused as to why she's pointing in one direction, and looking in another. o_O
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DrZime Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha. I must've gotten too close to the project and didn't notice. ;p
It's edited now - hope it looks better!
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theBlueOpal Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
much much better! :3 oh and ps I think its a clever idea to make a skeleton monster the hero ;)
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DrZime Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww: Thanks!
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ViperXVII Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Haha, very nice, always a fan of stereotypical "evil" characters given a hero role. Awesome design to him as well, backgrounds purty too.
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DrZime Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! It's always great fun turning an old idea around on its head. :D
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sleepcircle Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this is a wonderful picture, and I quite like both their designs (especially the skeleton's) but — I don't know if I'm reading this wrong — but it looks like she's looking in a slightly different direction than the one she is pointing in and that the skeleton is looking and brandishing his sword at.
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DrZime Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you're right... I'll see if I can move her eyes a little later. :)
Thanks for looking!
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sleepcircle Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I very much like the skeleton's 'face' btw. Very nice use of proportion, I think, to give him distinct features.
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DrZime Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! The really low jaw bone give him some character, I think. He's also got some pretty big teeth. :XD:
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