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Kiyo updated armor design by Rukaisho Kiyo updated armor design by Rukaisho
[EDIT] Added armor to her feet and tail to keep the design more consistent and add more protection.

I've been drawing so many pinups and erotica since I created this new account that I figured I'd C.C.C.COMBO BREAKER myself with something a little different.
Some people may remember the armor design I came up with for my dragon character Kiyo back in January.



I figured now with the overabundance of sexy characters at my disposal, I would ditch the "less is more" approach with the design. Now she is clad in full battle gear worn only by the dragonkin elite. Her partner Draco will also be wearing this kind of armor, so expect to see that sometime in the future.
My grasp of drawing armor is pretty poor, so any critique regarding this is appreciated. Try to give actual feedback instead of one word/sentence comments, please.

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Definitely nice, the scaled plating look given to most of the armor is really good, though it could use less armor around the joints and more of a thick chainmail to allow full range of movement. Assuming, that is, the armor is meant to be high-mobility. If it isn't, then this is perfect and you can disregard what I have to say. :XD: Read on at your leisure.

The armor itself looks like it could use a more aerodynamic feel, something less bulky and more windswept if its to allow for flight, and perhaps even a little 'light barding/armoring' to the wings and tail if it is meant as a protective armor instead of flight based. As much as I could say that the armor doesn't need to be black, the contrast to her natural scale color is very beautiful and fits quite well.

The headpiece is really well thought out, especially with the more draconic appearance and how it encases the head to near-completion. One thing I'd worry about is losing one's ears from that sort of helmet, since it seems to only wrap around the necessary parts and ignores that her ears would need SOME modicum of protection, be it a visor or even a backing of some sort.

The arms...well, they're fine, but the legs are a little bit of an oddity considering the full gauntlets on the arms. Normally you pair both armored boots together with armored gauntlets, rarely is it seen as one without the other. I'm sure there's some explanation here, but to me the stylistic choice on that just seems awkward and wholly useless should any part of the foot get cut off or damaged in a way that renders the armor useless...though I do suppose such a small target could be difficult to keep an eye on if its part of one's battle style. Either way, something is going on here that isn't fully explained that could use more explanation...certainly something that shall be seen later, hrm?

Oh, one last thing about the armor itself....what material is it made of? Depending on how malleable it is and whether the metal itself allows some bending, it may be just as flexible as chainmail...but as this looks to be plain armor made of a static metal, I can only imagine how much chafing might occur while wearing such armor.

My one suggestion on this part is to bulk it up a little, add a larger frame to it to allow for some moderate padding if it is indeed heavy armor. Few Knights(or fighters, or what-have-you) can wear heavy armor without much padding and not become badly shaken from being rattled around inside what is literally a tin can straightjacket. Even the strongest of people can succumb to simple bludgeoning damage, just look at some of history where medieval battles took place and you'll likely discover a lot of the basic damage done was not through the weapons but the armor...and they still had decent padding for it.

I know it may sound odd to add 'realism' to fantasy...but some things just need that small touch to make it cooler. Anyways, that's it for my critique, on the whole I found this to be a really great concept piece.
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This is awesome Armour taliet is the key here and every thing eals fantastic job Rukaisho keep up the good work. Well for I try to draw Armour but it never comes out the way I like it but I'll never give up trying I giving you 5 stars on very thing becase this Armour rocks I don't care what other people say about me saying this. You are awesome at drawing Armour and may I ask on who the charater this armours for. Well I don't know on what gave you this idea but it's awesome no matter what
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1WildAnimalRodriguez Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awsome stuff yo!
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Neo-Draco Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Hmm, well to be honest this looks pretty good. But I would open up the joint areas a little to give her greater range of motion, unless this is a mystical suit of armor. Oh and add armor to the underside of her tail.
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Trash-meta Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Writer
I would definitely see this in a fantasy RPG, it would be great to have her as a playable character or a "SMART" AI companion. Although seeing it in a movie or comic would also be interesting. :D
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KieranWalker Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Damn, now that's some armor.

The design of it seems pretty sound... I notice you didn't give her metallic cleavage, which is something a lot of people designing stuff like this are guilty of (the curves of the breast plate would drive the point of a sword straight into the heart, so it's not exactly sound design for a suit of plate mail). It actually looks like it'd be pretty effective in combat.
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WheelJackson Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012   General Artist
She looks so badass!! :D
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AcheronTheFox Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm digging that concept!
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felousefarnayne Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oooo looks really cool how you drew her with the armour, especially like the dragon designs in the armour also the colours are well chosen too nice work and keep it up n_n
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Frostthehedgehog2 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
I rather like the change of pace in switching to do this picture. I love armor I am a sucker for it and this is a wonderful piece of work Mark.
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kingfox66 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
that nice
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Dimensional42 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
My personal opinion is that the mask over her face is a bit much. Just wanting to say that.
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2ComradeGeneral2 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Looks badass.
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lovinanthro Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like how your taking a little breack from the ecchi and doing something totally different cause after a while if you just draw one kind of thing your pics may seem to feel drained and you also may run out of ideas. so onto the armour. i also really like how your going a little more for realism in the complete covering in the design of it. but ya other than the mobility issue i say your design is ready for use.
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Shisha101 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
I,for one like the other one better
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KenshiKun121 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow that armor looks over powering great work
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AbadonX Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Kiyo looks badass in that suit of armor
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munsonx4 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Awesome!
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empatheticRecluse Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw in one of the actual critiques about what was pointed out regarding the armor design, so I won't go on about that. While the "less is more" approach of the prior design is probably not necessary, this is admittedly overkill, and could use a little easing-up, at least so it looks like she could move around in it.

Other than that, there are some other things you could consider adding. Considering that, to some degree, this armor appears to be somewhat artistic in it's design (with useless features like those claws on the shoulders; btw one looks like it's going into her chest o-o), maybe consider adding colored patterns on to the armor. Kind of like they had on Clone warriors in Star wars, stripes and such. But keep it low-level, use them as a detail.

Also, those bands around her horns. I don't know if that's like what she always wears, with or without the armor, but it kind of doesn't fit with the obsidian metal covering most of the rest of her body.

One other thing. Although you're presumably just showing off the design here, it might be interesting to show battle damage to the armor, like scratches and dents and such. That sort of tells a story, I guess. But Idk.

I guess that's all I got. Hope that was helpful somehow~
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CatFromDream Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
So the armor is original design? Nice!

I don't know about Skyrim, personally thought it was Karas reference...

Anyway, we don't see full-armor too often these days and I really like it, though it could perhaps use more color.
While it's shame we can't see her face it does make sense she wears a helmet... which is also rare for female knights today so points for that :)

Oh, and thou it may no be necessarily connected to armor design, I think there's missing something... like weapon?
For me at least, heavy armor goes hand-in-hand with some weapon, and while she may not carry one at the moment maybe some kind of sheath would be a nice touch.
Then again her talons and tail look perfectly capable of dealing major pain so if she has clawed hands, maybe she just doesn't need gauntlets :meow:

I can't draw at all, but hopefully this helps
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Rukaisho Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll elaborate on this more if I ever make a reference sheet or biography of her. But she doesn't carry a weapon. She relies mostly on her sharp claws and tail to attack her enemies. Not only that, due to prolonged exposure to the lightwell, she can subconsciously draw out two long beams of light from her palms to use as swords. These are particularly effective against the demons, their mortal enemies.
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dinmamma3000 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Interface Designer
She reached level 100 in smithing!
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Rukaisho Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Next person to make a Skyrim reference will get an arrow to the knee.
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Argh Dammit!!!
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JunoOfJetForce Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Good luck recovering before work or getting time off.
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torque15 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
In some ways it's dissapointing that you can't see her face, but I guess being properly armoured means covering your face. Excellent design on the armour though, it looks very intimidating. You might want to consider adding a little more colour however. It looks a little mono-tone. Perhaps colour the spikes/thorns red or even a light-silverish colour.
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draco806 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
cool
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Mesuta Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The armor is quite well done, I only have two suggestions that come to mind.

Her tail appears to be quite unprotected, and I imagine it could be rather debilitating if she is hit there, perhaps at the least, adding the covering to the top half of her tail, with a few straps keeping the armor attached to her tail.

Additionally, though not near as important, maybe add slightly more color to it? As in metallic shades, if you can find any place where they'd fit.
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Rukaisho Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do plan to add more colours to it. This was just a detailed sketch I wanted to work on as a concept design. I'll work on something more finalized eventually.
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spacezillazon Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that's so kick butt looking cool! well detailed,scary looking,well detailed,colored Awesome job
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R1665 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Very questionable design if flight is involved. Assuming that winged flight would even be possible with heavy armor, the lack of any loose joints would cripple maneuverability.

Also, you need to ditch those shoulder/arm spikes. I would imagine that puncturing one's own wings and plummeting to a very inglorious death would be most embarrassing.

Also, give her armored footwear. The whole weight of the leg sections is resting on what is pretty much a cutting blade resting on her toes. It would be highly uncomfortable at best and dangerous at worst.

This is terrestrial armor - the kind you'd rather ride a horse in because walking or moving is too damned strenuous. If you want her to fly believably, then you were much closer with your original sketch - light armor, very VERY loose joints. When it comes to flight, less is definitely more.

...and if she's not supposed to fly, then cover the wings. Those are the weakest, most delicate parts.

R1665
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Rukaisho Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, well I know this armor would be impractical in real life, so I was really just asking for the aesthetic design choices rather than the practical choices. My excuse is she is wearing a light durable material that only exists in her realm, so she'll be able to fly but only at low altitudes. I could remove some plates around the joints though, just to allow for more flexibility. The shoulder spikes were inspired by an armor design from World of Warcraft. [link] As you can see, the spikes don't go back past the neckline. She always keeps her wings behind her, so there is a very low risk of injuring herself on them. I do agree that her tail and her feet should armored as well. I'll tend to that shortly.
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KristopheB96 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The badass in armor....
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s71ckfana71c99 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I think armor on the tail would be appropriate given the abundance of armor on her person. And...her toes are exposed! Not sure if that's intentional, but those could easily be covered by some metal talons/claws/etc

other than that, very nice. I'm impressed.
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Divenity Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks pretty decent to me, I do like the fact that she isn't dressing in skimpy battlegear... it's a nice change of pace.
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PokaX Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
O_O WOW
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