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Predator: Paladin color by rachaelm5 Predator: Paladin color by rachaelm5
This is one of those things that I thought would be a quick study, but it wound up being a bit of a marathon. Those individual armor plates took *FOR-EV-ARRRR* to color.

Yes, I said "study". I have mad plans for a sort of St. George and the Dragon with a Predator "knight" and a dragonish Alien. While I may tweak the armor design a bit, this is basically what the knight will look like... Minus the really awkward pose. ;p

Accomplished with ink, watercolor, Prismacolor pencils, and metallic paint pen.

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Spearheart Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012   Writer
I'm loving the blue plate armor with the gold weapons and bio mask. ^_^
Another amazing picture! :clap:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! This was definitely one of the more intricate armor designs I've done. But if you ever get a chance to see Italian full plate armor from the 16th Century in an art gallery or castle or something, you'll see just how ridiculously detailed those guys were. I wanted to try to capture that with this Predator design. Later on, I'm planning to do a "St. George and the Dragon"-styled AvP piece. :D
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Spearheart Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012   Writer
^_^ I looked it up a while ago and all I can say is, wow! They put a lot of work into their armor.
^_^ I think you captured it pretty well if not perfectly. It looks fantastic!
:squee: I can't wait to see it!
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jaejoong92 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
it's so amazing! i'm so jealous! lol
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again. :D
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Fregatto Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing details!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Habatchii Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Habatchii Says:

The initial presentation is very impressive. The background ''study'' should be just as well. May I suggest more of an eastern dragon effect for the alien, emphasizing the "Yutani" era of alienology.

Again, keep up the good work, don't feed the animals and I hope to see you in the Smithsonian...
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!

I will certainly consider the eastern influence in the dragon, though when I initially considered the "Saint George and the Dragon" angle, I had a much more occidental design in mind for the Alien. I still have some decisions to make, which is what the studies are designed to assist with. ;-)
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Habatchii Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Habatchii Says:

Respectfully;

You may also want to consider a 'Dragon Wars' theme in which two or more cultural eras are spliced into the final work in a 'Ying Yang' effect...
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent idea, once again. I will take that into consideration. :-)
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AzureAngel2ihrs Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
What a pose! What fluent movements. He is almost dancing out of the painting.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Glad you like this guy. It's funny how many of my monsters seem to be dancing... The paladin certainly isn't the only one. ;-)
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AzureAngel2ihrs Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Dancing monsters must be very jolly.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
At least they are in my mind. ;-)
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almaticani Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the muschle, helmet patterns, they look very Samoan....absolutely cool touch! I just love the dynamics in your pieces, especially these Predator pieces.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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almaticani Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem.^^
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Habatchii Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Habatchii Says:

Very well...
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :-)
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XenoPredDragon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gold'n blue is a beautiful combo of armor and jewelry. :clap:
Reminds me from ancient Egyptian metal. :D
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was definitely thinking of enamel, stone, and metal with this color combination. The stone and gold design of the Egyptians probably had a subconscious influence on this guy's colors. :D
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XenoPredDragon Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, my thought exactly. :nod:
But really well done work, I could tell by your artist commentary that it took a long time to do each plate.
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The armor is badass, but I particularly loves those wiggly toes :3
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LMAO - Oh dear Lord, the toes again...
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pearwood Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You just have to supply the jumble of rocks he's standing on and resting the sword on, and he doesn't look nearly so awkward.

"Paused. Waiting."
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - Oh yeah, that background thing... What's funny is that it never entered my mind, not even once. My mind was full of rivets. :D
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pearwood Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
No screws loose here; everything is firmly riveted in place.

You can put him here -> [link]
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Amazing stuff. Our local church here is a st. George aswell, I'd love to see analienated dragon besides a paladin-like predator there. I can imagine them as a colorful window :D
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now THAT is a cool idea. I will have to consider a stained glass effect - I might do two versions of the project, one "realistic" and one stained glass, just to see how they would both look. :D
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Very cool! I'm looking forward to it!
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Bender18 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
excellent
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank'ye.
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iytj Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
excellent work!gorgreous coloring!amazing details!congrats!:clap:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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iytj Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
u r most welcome!=D
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Abelardo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DAMN thats some detailed armor.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was one of those "I just want to try to do this because I CAN" projects. ;-)
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Rose-As-Red Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
Cool! The alien-ish dragon should totally be a queen. They seem pretty dragonish to me. :D

This is really great!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The study I did for the Alien is somewhere between a Queen-guard and a Queen - there're a lot of frills, but no oviposter. ;-)
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Rose-As-Red Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Oh good. Cause that would just be naaaaaaasty. Lol.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quite right! And really, you can't fight monsters very well with your oviposter holding you down. ;p
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Rose-As-Red Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Yes ineedly!
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
woah. really like the gold-wash on the blades. :)
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank'ye. :D
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NEGOXE357 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
The colors are fantastic! I would image shogun version would be way cool and elite!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm definitely going with a more oriental armor style for the shogun. As soon as I get next weekend's convention out of the way, I'll get back to my pencils and get your kiriban underway.
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NEGOXE357 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Sweet! Looking forward to it ;)
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OpalStarDragon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
SO AMAZING!!! :+favlove:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks muchly. :D
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