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El Cid Campeador by AxelMedellin El Cid Campeador by AxelMedellin
So... this is how my mind works:

This is one of the winning concepts of my little contest:

A weary, anthro (Cyborg?) 3 tailed kitsune, watchman/woman wearing armour, smoking a cigarette and watching the rain from a… Something.
While vague shadows of people run past.
In the sky is a glow in the shape of a huge bird with a long tail, it seems threatening.
There are flowers (buddleia?? [link]) sprouting out from the walls that are crumbling.
There is a strange peace around the kitsune while tension around…
The place is dank and grimy.
Kinda an area of calm in a choppy, tense sea
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Too much to put in a pic, maybe... but I liked the mood.. I kept my favourite elements, and somehow it referred my to my Don Quixote [link] and I thought about other famous knights...

So, this is Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, known as El Cid Campeador (translated as the Battling Lord, or the Conqueror Lord, or something like that) a Spanish hero of the Middle Ages... it is said that he was so great a warrior, that when he died of a war wound, they put him over his noble steed, and sent him towards an army that had his castle in siege... and the army ran away when they recognized him totally terrified, not knowing he was dead. So, he won battles even after he died.

So... maybe it wasn't what you had in mind, Cyborg, but I hope you like it...

And, while you are at it, go visit my beloved girlfriend, who has just arrived to deviantart
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:iconoviedomedina:
oviedomedina Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Si hubiera tenido esa apariencia, el poema no hubiese durado más de cien líneas. Pero eso sí, hubiese sido lo más genial del mundo!
Que pena con Tolkien y Peter Jackson, pero los Nazgul no le llegan ni a los tobillos!
Genial!
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NineBlade Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sooo Babieca is a ryhno? XD
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:iconlilacscenteddream:
lilacscenteddream Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
oh I read his story in 8th grade and I remember wanting to marry him... Anyway, love the image, really awesome.
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:iconoddocean:
oddocean Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Grandioso
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:iconnymphofsorrow:
nymphOFsorrow Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Professional Writer
:clap:
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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IstvanIV Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
Kewl! Probably would have been easier task, driving moors out of Iberia if you were warcyborg mounted on a full-plate wearing rhino-mutant. Awesome pic.
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
You are one of the very few to actually know the story... thanks!
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:iconmartinsilvertant:
MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
Fantastic design and beautiful colors. Great composition.
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:iconbrengun:
BrenGun Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
awesome!!!!!
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconlordcidiv:
LordCidIV Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
Does the man justice I tell ya! My favourite historical figure (and inspiration for many things)!
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, glad you liked it.
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ebony66136 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
All the textures in this are superb. And I can really feel the weight of his steed!
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
:D thanks. The steed was a blast to draw.
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:iconandrakus:
Andrakus Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2006
OOoooooooooooooh yeeeah! HEAVY METAL!!
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
:D I wish!
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:iconrubbe:
rubbe Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
i have noticed that your newer colored pics are now blury looking how come? did you intend it or what? compare it to this one [link]
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Ya think so? They don't look to me, I used exactly the same technique for all of them...
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lostthought Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006   Traditional Artist
Alright, this has been sitting in my inbox long enough. For starters, I like the creature: has a nice rhino feel to it, even though it has smoke coming out of its horns. The grimy feel was also well done (dents/scrapes in armor, dark colors of the rider/creature, etc), but it seems to clash a bit too much with the environment (mainly the bright green in the sky). Looks like you tried to accomplish too many things at once. Oh well, the creature still looks cool.
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Well... thanks a lot... and I'll keep that in mind.
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nekoponce Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006
I must say i really loved this artwork..

But i couldn't find the Cid's swords. the Tizona and the Colada. Which made ma a little Sad panda.. XD

Well I must say im really impressed.. the coloring, the changes. and everything.. THis is beautifu..
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! And you are waaaaay more informed than I am, I didn't know the names of the swords...
And I wasn't sure if the Steed should be called Babieca...
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slayersa Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006
Ay way!... Siempre sacando cosas impresionantes. Me encanta el Rhinohorsemonster o como sea que se llame eso.

¿Como trabajas estas cosas, primero boceto a lapiz o todo en PC? ¿A que resolución?

Salu2 y :+fav:
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Gracias, mi buen... el garabato lo hago a tinta china y lo escaneo a 300 dpi's, después todo es en photoshop, y si, en pc
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arctic-disent Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006
Awesome lookin beast, great details & textures all round!
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :D
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demianv Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
simplemente asombroso
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Muchas gracias!
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Amilshelai Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2006   Writer
this, is fucking awesome... gotta love the beast, the rider atop it, and the sky that is portraiting the castle at the top of the mountain as a dark and dismal place to be. this is excellent... good job... :blackrose:
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
That's soooo complete a comment I don't know what to add, thanks!
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Amilshelai Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006   Writer
you're welcome...
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OwenShire Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2006
I think if I saw that while outside smoking a cigarette, I'd need a new pair of pants. Incredible work, I really like the lighting on this one. Perfect pic to decorate my new 19" monitor. Thanks dude!
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
:D many thanks, man...
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erwtenpeller Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
nice and grimey. the monster is menacing.
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
That was the idea, thanks!
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:iconexhaltorio:
Exhaltorio Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2006
The ambience, the lines, shading ... AWESOME! I'm speechless.
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
And I'm so humbled, thanks!
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:iconreyhash:
Reyhash Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2006  Hobbyist
great very very great
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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titta Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2006
The details are once again very original, I especially like the creatures head. The clashing read and green tones look also very good. Overall this looks very finished piece that could very well be in a book cover.
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
:D thanks a lot, my friend... I'm hoping to get some cover assignment soon...
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Pim-s Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2006
woaw! :O nice colours and I like the way you made them! looks so awesome! :clap: talented thing!
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
:D thanks
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Gildawraith Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
Nice :)
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks
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:iconcalamartto:
calamartto Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
impresionante!!!!

muy buen trabajo mi buen!!
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Muchas gracias, mono...
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AlfredoCaceres Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006
ke buena komposicion,hey yo ke si te tengo un rekuest! otra pagina de su magnus opus en ke salga ese camaleon tan chido ke ud invento ... el de madera cuyo plano debe ser una de las mejores ilustraciones ke haya visto por aca ...jajaja eso pues bro

saludos
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:iconaxelmedellin:
AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
:D excelente, de hecho es la siguiente página... (y estoy tardando tanto que creo que ya voy a repetirlas antes de publicarlo)... pero ya está programada en el calendario...
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