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Friends or Foes by JonHodgson Friends or Foes by JonHodgson
(C)2009 Jon Hodgson and Magnum Opus Press

This one is the cover to the forthcoming "Friends of Foes". A brand new supplement for Dragon Warriors published by Magnum Opus Press.

I pretty much see this installment of our heroes' story as coming after the Bestiary cover. Our knightly friend in particular didn't fare well against the dragon, and the female knight shown here in some way intervened. Perhaps she was after the reward placed on the heads of our conspicuously-outside-the-bounds-of-the-feudal-system adventurers. Our barbarian chum is now trying to negotiate his release whilst the mystic and sorcery are resting up in the spital house trying got get over their meeting with the dragon! Perhaps our party and this new knight have more in common than she currently realises? Is our barbarian the best person to be trying to convince her of that? I think probably not!

Meanwhile the locals earn their living as best they can from these passing upwardly mobile heroes. Or perhaps our urchin friend is the lady knight's side kick?

ArtRage2, Painter 9.5, Photoshop CS2
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Lovely lovely i want to lick it.
gundam-genki Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
On a little search for well-armoured females (very hard to come by among all chain-mail-bikini-clad-womanfolk here on Deviantart) I stumbled on this awesome drawing.

I absolutely love the entire setting, and the armour on the female knight is probably one of the very few well drawn functional female armours on Deviantart.

JonHodgson Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It's a hard sell for the most part. Most fans want "sexy" rather than functional armour.

Occasionally you find a publisher who knows something about armour, and wants a bit of practicality and functionality. Which is always great.

Something of note on this one was that I was glad of the surcoat, since even practical plate armour for women, in many fans' minds, "should" have distinct "boob holders". Whereas in reality a female warrior would be far more comfortable and better protected just strapping it all down! The last thing you would want in reality are two projections directing all blows to the chest right at your heart!

That said, I'll get off my soap box to add that fantasy is fantasy, and that's ok too! :)

Thanks for the add!
gundam-genki Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
"Sex sells" after all.

A bit too much to be honest. I wouldn't mind the occasional chainmail bikini (I can appreciate a little skin :P), but in fantasy-art it really seems to be the standard mode of 'protection' for females.

And what you wrote about the 'breast-bulges' is something I could have written myself :)

I won't say I hate females in skimpy armour (since I would be lying :innocent:), but I do feel properly armoured females are under-appreciated.

Oh, and you might spot a few more faves in the near future, :+devwatch: ;)

Nice gallery!
Hungrysparrow Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
There needs to be a follow up where the barbarian takes off the scamps head for being cheeky! Nice piece, the buildings are excelent, they have real character.
verod Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
Nice work!
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, the intrigue! ;) The almost monochrome palette really helps to focus the attention where it's supposed to be.
Brollonks Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, well done.:)
MrsGraves Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
Amazing piece!
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
Like it. Not sure about the urchin's face, though. Doesn't look very child-like. The gender is also ambiguous, as is that of the knight.
PJFriel Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'm really interested in what that little urchin is doing. I didn't pay attention until you pointed him (her?) out. Is he hiding behind the barbarian or stealing his purse? Hmmmm...

Nicely done!
Merlkir Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Good job on the colours, atmosphere and gear (the armour is nice and simple, but also very well rendered. Feels right.) as always!

One thing bothers me a bit - due to the perspective on the houses the knight seems to be leaning forward too much. Maybe she's supposed to look agressive, I'm not sure. (I know all artists hate "I'd do that differently...", I apologize up front!)
I think it would read better as a negotiation if she stood straight and confident - her head seems to be tilted forward like she's preparing to draw the sword and attack any instant.

Anyway, it's a very nice piece! I love how you work with these warm/cold greys and lots of texture to create a quite depressing mood.
ScottPurdy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009   Digital Artist
Another masterful piece Jon!
Thinkerman Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
really good work, the colours are amazing :)
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