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Armor Sketches by DKuang Armor Sketches by DKuang
Drew this at the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in New York City a few years back. Was just a pencil and pen study in my sketch book from these beautiful sets of plate armor. The one on the left was from a German jousting set and the darker gauntlets and arms on the right are 16th Century Italian steel I believe.

If you're a fan of fantasy and such like me, definitely pay a visit to your local museums and sit around drawing and admiring the sculptures, armors, weapons, and art from all over the world. You'll be inspired up the wazzooo! Hell, if you're an ARTIST period..get your asses over to your local museum at least 1 time in your life....jeez.. :D

BTW, I'm not a fan of MoMa, the Museum of Moder Art. I'm not bashing Picasso's generation of artist...but you know....I'm not a big fan of paint splats and logs of wood wrapped with barbwire >_< but thats just me. :) If you're a fan of that "stuff" visit a modern art exhibit near you as well.
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4madplayers Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Nice Work! Would you mind if you let me use this for my book?
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4madplayers Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014

Nice Work! Would you mind if you let me use this for my book?

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Kenseiden Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
great reference
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DKuang Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
That it is.
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ElderPaladin Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god I love this picture so much, I love all plate armor so much, I get a (almost) non sexual boner each time I look at a suit or pieces of a suit (XD i know, unnatural obsession) I would critique this, but it would TOO biased, thank you for making this
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DKuang Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Lol, unnatural obsession indeed! BUT, understandable. I loves me a nice set of armor to look at myself. :)
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ElderPaladin Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Slashnarms10 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
This is really cool, I'm digging the details and separate sample pieces of the armor.
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DKuang Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks, but no one to thank but the original smiths for this fine piece of craftsmanship. I merely just observed and tried to interpret as best as I could on paper. :D
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NoviceArtist487 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
This'll come in handy :dance:

I like how you did the varying pencil shades to create a metal/shiny effect :D
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DKuang Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hahah :D Thanks for the :dance: appreciated. ^_^
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SuoKiller Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Nice armor! Dude you can draw! (btw, those pauldrons you draw, there right from my armor o.o!)
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DKuang Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hahah thanks man, but it was the armor that did all the work. I was merely admiring and interpreting it onto my sketch book. :D
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SuperCJ Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
A little rough, but still good =D
You don't see many fantasy artists that bother to draw REALISTIC armor, not that crap people usuallly put out that is totally unpractical. Great job =)
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DKuang Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Unpractical,yes, but they're totally like awesome cool looking though! Like breast holders, booty metal shorts, and 2ft horns on shoulder pads on plate armor is totally awesome though!

Well, seriously, their is an extent that I'd find "fantasy" armor "entertaining" before it just annoys me on how ridiculous and unpractical it is in actually not being able to "protect" the user. Oh, well, we can't win them all. :)

By the way I hope this armor was realistic enough, I did sit in front of it at the museum to draw it. ;)
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seigneurbacon Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice study! you picked up the details very well and gave a nice render of the metalic texture.

as for modern art, I'm not a big fan either, but I don't hate it. I think some things are interesting, but there is a lot of overrated pieces.
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DKuang Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you and yeah, modern art escapes me. I can't conceive or see what these people see in a piece of plywood covered with bird droppings and barb wire. ;) Some pieces are great mind you, but most are just lazy excuses for "expression" in our modern age.
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Spitfire175 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
Some of the dating might be slightly off, but that's alright.
Pretty damn impressive drawing, though.
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DKuang Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
The dates were what the Metropolitan Museum of Art had next to the armor displays, so I'm pretty sure they're accurate. That or you can take it up with the curators at the museum here in NYC. :D

Was great fun drawing them because I love rendering out armor. Must find time for another trip up there to sit and draw them again.
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Spitfire175 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
Well, I sorta study that kinda stuff for linving, and I have had my fair share of armours. Besides that, I'd be a little sceptical about medieval/renesance armours in an American museum (no offense). Not that the dates are completely off their head, but I would re-check them.

Did the text in the museum say from what Italian city the armour was from? Venitean and Milanese armours were quite diffirent, y'see.
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DKuang Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
I believe the tag only stated Italian and the date, but like I said I might be making another trip up there again. Maybe I'll take a picture of the tag this time and ask one of the museum curators about the date and origin. I just hope they don't think I'm stealing it. :D
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Spitfire175 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
I'd be delighted to know what you'll find out.
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Networking Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
hey could you draw some other armors from medieval period, since this one looks :D
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DKuang Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
:D Well if and when I get a chance to go the Metropolitan Museum of Art again, I'll be sure to be sitting down and drawing the armors again. I'll post them up but thats ONLY if and when I go back up again heh.

Glad you liked them enough to ask for more though. :D
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piano-cat Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Student
I like the detail and I agree when you say that people should visit their local museum .
Btw im a big fan of fantasy too
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DKuang Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much for the comment. These days, its for sure, most people prefer the tv or internet for everything. People just don't head outside anymore, and the museum is definitely one of those places less frequented now.

Once the weather warms up here in NYC, I'll head off to the parks and such and do some on scene drawings. Heck, I'll get sunshine, fresh air, and a chance to stop working at home.

By the way, go fantasy! :)
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piano-cat Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Student
Yeah . I really like medieval fantasies and i dont strick myself only to the things i see on tv etc, I love to visit castles for example , whitch give briliant ideas and help me improve my skills :D
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DKuang Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
Castles you say? Hmm, wish I had a real medieval castle around my parts. Replicas don't really count either I say. :(

I do agree though, visiting and seeing things do inspire great visuals in ones imagination. That's why I love going on scene to a location that correlates to one's subject matter, even if slight. :D
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piano-cat Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Student
Yes well , beeing from northern Portugal , I have a vast amount of castles to visit at my disposal ... Luckely these castles ,normaly have expositions of armor and weapons one can enjoy.
Obviously I only take notes and details from architectual elements or design aspects on armor , that later I will try too fuse in with my drawings , so that the Fantasy world im creating , doesnt lose contact with reality , you know ? I hate to see those armors that look marvelouse , all ornamented with all kinds of things but do not serve for their initial purpouse ... to protect the body ...
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DKuang Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Well yes armor was and is meant to protect the body. However, due to the fact that many royalty never really go into the battlefield...ornamental or ceremonial armor was always a way of "showing" off ones prowess, so to speak.

Would be funny to see a golden plate wearing prince fighting on the battlefield. :D

You're lucky to be in Portugal, it has history at least, not like the U.S.A. We're a pretty young country..sibling to be exact, when compared to the great civilizations in Asia, South America, Middle East, and Europe. Ah well, can't win them all right? :)
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piano-cat Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Student
Yeah I think so . The U.S.A. has ... 200 years of history I think ...
The bad thing in Portugal is that , not many focus on our history , and its preservation ... but i´ve been to other countries on Europe and they have much more care with their past . Not only with pieces on museums , but with the streets , the old houses , the core of the old city . They have so much respect with themselves ... that doesnt happen here in Portugal ... Most of the historical streets and squares arent preserved nor at least respected ...

Btw ive been seeing your deviantions and congrats man ! They are really good :D
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DKuang Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yeah, preserving the past is just as important as focusing on advancing into the future I say. Sad to let ones own rich history rot and decay over time. For shame indeed if that's how a country deals with its history.

Thanks for comment and watch as well. Now, shouldn't you be drawing? :D
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Ryuuhiken Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Student Filmographer
Nicework exceptional use of detail in the straps and supports A++ for sure
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DKuang Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
Well, I can't take much credit. I'll leave it to the original smiths and artisans responsible for crafting this fine suit of armor to take the majority of the credit. All I did was stand, observe and scribble it on sketch book. :)
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CheshireCat8D Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those that do or appreciate "modern" art probably see things that most us cannot. Most of it is way over my head, but there are a few that I like.

Anyways, I like the rendering of the armour and an the details put into the joints and other parts. :)
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DKuang Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007  Professional General Artist
Ugh, yeah talk about over ones head indeed. More like wanting to be better than the average person for "appreciating" something that others obviously can't see or isn't there to begin with. Most of those artsy farty people have no idea what they're talking about most of the time. Which makes it worse when they tell you what you "DON'T" see. :X

Anyways though, bag of wind aside, thanks for dropping by! :) Don't blame me for the details, I was merely studying the armor and it was chock full of parts to boot! :D
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