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Not Today is a study I just finished on painting plate armor. I wanted to make it look a bit worn, dented, and scratched, as well as create a style that was somewhat unique. I had fun combining the plate armor, the long-and-somewhat-scale mail plates on his torso, and chainmail.

You can see a bit of the battle that is raging behind him (and quite possibly in front of him, due to that earth that’s being thrown up), but I mostly wanted a solitary figure this time. The epic war scenes will come later, once I’m through with doing all these studies!

I’d love to hear your impressions of this guy in the comments. Is he a good knight or an evil/dark knight?

The title is inspired by the George R.R. Martin quote from A Game of Thrones: “What do we say to the Lord of Death?’ ‘Not today.”

… and also a little bit by the line in Toy Story. :D

I have plans on putting out a video tutorial in the next week or so on how I painted this on my Youtube channel, so be sure to subscribe here if you're interested: www.youtube.com/channel/UCfDmj…


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knighttemplar1 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice art work-Outstanding-looks  great :) He's a good guy! Kt28 by knighttemplar1
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I definitely agree with you about his alignment. Thanks so much for the kind comment! :D
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knighttemplar1 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Xorsama Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
itss awesome but i think the hand looks a bit lonng
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:iconslshimerdla:
slshimerdla Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
The hand or the forearm? Cause the gauntlet goes up about halfway up the forearm.

Either way, apparently I didn't make something right about the proportions there. Thanks for the heads up!
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Xorsama Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
ah dw its still epic^^
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RavenCorona Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016  Student General Artist
Cool. Love how the metal is drawn.
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it. I've got a tutorial to accompany this one over on my YouTube channel if you're interested in checking it out. Link in my latest journal. :D
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Omega-Knight-X97M Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! 8D
The "Not today" reminds me to this www.youtube.com/watch?v=jItnCG…
Pass to 3:03.
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, that's an amusing video, and I can see why it reminds you. Funny how those words remind everyone of different things. Kinda cool :)

Thanks!
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Omega-Knight-X97M Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Yep. ^^
You're welcome.
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InsaneTownPrjct Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent design, you're always killing it with the colours.
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yay, so glad to hear that. Thanks :)
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BlackIsAlovelyColor Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016
Awesome
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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CarlosAE Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that's a War Knight we wouldn't want to hang out with. :XD:
Great figure! :)
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Carlos! :D
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CarlosAE Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course! ^^
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wolfsbane6 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016
Awesome work! Great title!
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much :)
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wolfsbane6 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016
You're most welcome!
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charmedangel61 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
great job
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you liked it! :D
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CyciTheConqueror Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(I was thinking of asdf movies (the 'die pototoe' part) and this pic became funny hum sorry)

It's really beautiful though
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, I've never seen those! (I just went and watched that part, though!) I can see why the title would've thrown you off a bit, then. :D

Laughter is always a good thing, even at strange or inappropriate times. Sometimes ESPECIALLY at those times! Thank you for your comment! :)
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CyciTheConqueror Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(I imagined the potatoe inside the huge armor lol)

Shiny smiles wan enlighten any day 8D
You're welcome ovo
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my gosh, these are hilarious. Thank you for mentioning them. :)
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MyrielLachance Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The details and depth of this one is as awesome as always! *w* Really love the way the armor and the axe looks like!
And he looks like a neutral knight to me (That's so cheap, right? XD)
But seriously? The way he stands there is more protective than aggressive, so I assume he's a "good" knight. But the way his helmet and axe look like I would've assumed he's an "evil" knight. Now I see it! He's left-handed, that means he's evil XD
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, my mother is left handed, so that MAY be true... (eek, just kidding, don't tell her I said that!)

I painted him kind of neutrally on purpose just to leave it up to interpretation. There's definitely such things as neutral knights, so that works for me!

Thanks so much :)
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MyrielLachance Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha XD (I won't ;P)

You're welcome :D And it's good that you left him that neutral, so everyone can see in him what they want ^w^
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