I do not know how I missed you these eleven years but now that I found you. THIS IS AWESOME!!! <3
I really hoped you enjoyed the game. As a fellow gamer myself Artorias's story is one that really sticks with you. He needs the love and so does Sif.
I am now a forever fan, please keep up the amazing art you do. <3
He fought against the Dark Wraiths and Abyss, made a pact with it to try and best it further (smart idea bro)
And all the while he fought, the Abyss consumed him more and more till he was its slave.
He was one man against a force of corrupting power like no other, but he was never a fraud or a unremarkable warrior.
That said, I personally think the Ivory King of Dark Souls 2 was a far superior hero. He erected an entire kingdom to fighting chaos, massed a great army to keep it sealed away, married a daughter of the Abyss but still gave her the benefit of the doubt, and when he felt that chaos was consuming him, he didn't just end up corrupted in an arena killing one dreg, he plunged himself into the heart of chaos to drive his sword as deep as he could just to stave it off for as long as he could till someone (you) could finish the job of making sure Chaos wouldn't leave Alleum Loyce.