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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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Cinder-the-eevee Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017
Do you still play dark souls?
karniz Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alas I haven't played recently, since... I can't? Hehe.
[Dark Souls doesn't work on Windows 10.]

But if you're talking about the rest o' the series?
Yes, I have beaten all of the Souls series. XD
Cinder-the-eevee Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2017 you have the dlc for ds1? Cuz I want the soul of Artorias to make his sword
karniz Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe you either didn't read or understand what I said previously.
Cinder-the-eevee Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017
I read over it again and now I get it
operic2112 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
one of his few derivatives who actually equal guts in term of badasses of appearance and character
Schneetya Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neat picture!
I especially love the shading and the coloration :)
Max-Boss Featured By Owner Edited Dec 22, 2015
Absolutely astounding!
wLok1w Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015
Good work with colors and details. Perfect. I like it.
Gerald-TEH-Xeno-morp Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
Thats pretty fucking nito (geddit?) speaking of into do you take requests? If so then nito please, though if you don't I don't blame you drawing him is realy tediouse...
RedemptionLOL Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
jon1166 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
Bad ass
Xenomorpho Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015
Vladokaz Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
That is an very amazing illustration, but there is one "mistake". In the in-game encounter with Artorias, his left arm is obviously broken. 
karniz Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you read the artists comment above, you would see that I do explain that.
[So technically it's not a mistake if you didn't know. ^w^;;]
Suspected-Spam Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is quite an impressive piece, I just have one issue with it; His arm. Accrording to the Dark Souls lore, Artorias is a left-handed swordsman. 'If he's left handed,' you may ask, 'Then why does he fight you with his right hand?' Because his left arm is broken. It was broken when he was trying to save Sif, his loyal canine companion, and thus he is forced to fight the player with his non-dominant arm. This is actually very obvious in-game. If you pay attention, you would notice that he never actually moves his left arm. Sure, it may flop about all willy-nilly thanks to momentum, but he never uses it. If you already knew this, I apologize, but looking at you piece, that arm just doesn't seem very broken. All-in-all it's still an amazing piece.
karniz Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While I appreciate your comment, it would have been nice if you actually read mine up in the Artists Comments above.
But I'll paste it here to make it easy for 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!"

Hopefully that clears it up? /grins
Suspected-Spam Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yea, right after I posted I checked the description. Still amazing piece of art.
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  Student Traditional Artist
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  Hobbyist 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  Professional 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 :)
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