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The Hussars by alarie-tano The Hussars by alarie-tano
Watercolors, 44 x 59 cm

This might not fir really in the Fantasy category, as hussars really existed and are not just fantasy. These here are based on the impressive Polish winged hussars.

The composition is based on a painting by Paul Bonner.

Thanks a lot to ~Puk3y101 for letting me use his great horse shot as a reference image:
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:iconcoen-wierzbowski:
Coen-Wierzbowski Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
Great clime and colors, i like it :)
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive scene time for a speech maybe :)
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:iconalarie-tano:
alarie-tano Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah maybe :)
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AramisTM Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
A little bit too romanticised view. Hussars generally didn't fight/make camps by waterfalls and stuff :<
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:iconalarie-tano:
alarie-tano Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, well i guess for an dramatic effect thy did :D
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Formel Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The Hussars were also a kind of soldiers in the Hungarian army, riding on horse-back.
This is wonderful especially the rock and the small details. :w00t:
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SuperCJ Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
hussars were cavalry in almost every European army in the 18th century
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:iconformel:
Formel Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I know that's why I wrote "also" in there. :D
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:iconsupercj:
SuperCJ Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Maybe the Hungarian part has more significance to you, it just seemed kind of odd. Oh well, sorry then
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:iconformel:
Formel Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. I am Hungarian so I can relate to that more than anything. I think that feeling's something common for everyone.
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I know :)
Thanks very very much!
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:iconinkibus:
InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Professional General Artist
:love: I adored that armour as a child, I just wanted to see fantasy knights riding around in it.
Plus it made me proud to be Polish. :giggle:
Explosively filled with textures and details, it's hard not to love!
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Hey Inki, you are from Poland?
Sadly I did never see that kind of armor in reality, though would love to see one some time.
Must have been so impressive to see these riders approach.

Thank you!
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InKibus Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
My fathers side is highly Polish. :D (And Transylvania , German and Hungarian!)
He talked about growing up around all his Polish relatives (and parents) who immigrated to the USA, and him not even understanding a Polish word they said. They were all direct first generation immigrants, many escaping the conflicts from WWI to WWII.
The original family names were Dronschevitz and Barbinetz. But I ended up a Schmitt. :giggle:
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rehalHaineko Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
Every time I visit your pages, I'm amazing by so much beautifull drawing! Cary on drawing please!
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:iconalarie-tano:
alarie-tano Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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shar-vampire Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Yay for XVII th century Polish army :D
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:iconalarie-tano:
alarie-tano Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah! They were not only effective, but also looked cool! :D
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shar-vampire Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
It's also good to see that something from Poland might be interesting in this wide world :)
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:iconalarie-tano:
alarie-tano Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I'm sure there is much more than the Hussars :)
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:iconshar-vampire:
shar-vampire Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
Yeah, dishes :D Like "pierogi" or "bigos"
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:iconalarie-tano:
alarie-tano Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Actually I don't know those :blushes:
I guess they are called differently here. :)
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shar-vampire Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
Yea and I'm such geniuos to forget their names ^^;
I know only that barszcz czerwony = red beetroot soup :)
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
DER WAHNSINN!
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:iconalarie-tano:
alarie-tano Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Dankeschön!
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:iconaaronpocock:
aaronpocock Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
wonderful composition...majestic.
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:iconalarie-tano:
alarie-tano Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconaaronpocock:
aaronpocock Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
you're welcome!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
!!!!!!

Oh wow, I can't say anything aside from how wonderfully this is composed.

Gorgeous rocks, and the waterfall is stunning.

Lovely how the other two are emerging from the deep shadows... Gives it even more mystery and intrigue!

:clap:
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! (Though most fo the credit for the composition really goes to Paul Bonner. Pretty much the complete Background is taken from his painting)

It's cool that most people here like the guys in the shadow, because they are the part of the image I doubted the most at :D
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donnaquinn Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is magnificent to look at- from the small "preview" image, it looks very much like the paintings by the "masters" of fantasy art (Whelan et al.).
The rocks are just fantastic- I love the texture. In fact, you've done a great job with the textures as a whole, except perhaps with the feathers which I find less convincing. However, the shining spear tips and the banner look great.
Some more highlights on the rock ledge upon which the main Hussar is standing might help it stand out more from the background (all the rocks, foreground and background, tend to have the same tonal value and range, and level of detail).
The main horse is great- I like the wild tail and the highlighted muscles. The other horses are a little static in comparison, and I find the horse gazing at the viewer to be slightly distracting.
I really like the composition; in particular, I like the pale waterfall giving focus to the main figures.
A really nice piece overall and very, very impressive. I'm sorry for being so nit-picky, but it's hard to find fault with it, so I have to resort to picking at trifles!
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! Yeah true the feathers. I somehow always got sidetracked by something else to paint :D and you're absolutely right about more highlights on that rock.
The static horses were intended like this, because they would have pulled too much attention to themselves if they were roaring up as well.

I have no problem with your "nit-picking" it's a very good critique and I have absolutely no problem with pointing out mistakes, it will help me to improve next time. ;)
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Elfin-Grrl Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:blush: Oops, I meant great use of light and shadow! *naughty typos!*
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:iconalarie-tano:
alarie-tano Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Don't worry, understood it anyways, have training in reading messages with typos, as I make enough myself :D
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Elfin-Grrl Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Haa haa! Yea, I should be expert too! :laughing:
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Elfin-Grrl Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Very powerful work, Great use to ligt and shadow :love:
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:iconalarie-tano:
alarie-tano Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot!
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alayah-warrior Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
you know.. I'm polish and I'm so impressed by jour job! :love:
it's great! and it was amazing to find part of history of my country at your painting:)
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:iconalarie-tano:
alarie-tano Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Woa that's so great, that you as a descendant of the hussars like it! :)
Thank you!
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alayah-warrior Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
I realy love it! And I must say that you made wings in proper way. Pepole often think that they were much bigger, but for the truth the wings were quite small because of their weight. If they were bigger, the hussars couldn't ride. So great job! :)
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:iconalarie-tano:
alarie-tano Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks again! :)
Then my caution not to make them too big payed off. :D
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:iconalayah-warrior:
alayah-warrior Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
yeees.. that's true;)
I'm so impressed
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:faint: I am not worthy. :worship:
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:iconalarie-tano:
alarie-tano Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
:D I'm not worthy you fainting :D Thank you!
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BrokenMachine86 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!!!
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:iconalarie-tano:
alarie-tano Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconandyiomoon:
AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your painting skills just keep on growing noticeably with each new illustration. This really looks amazing.
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot Andy! :)
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ire-ne Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
Amazing! :+fav:
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:iconalarie-tano:
alarie-tano Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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