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Knight Templar by Madspeitersen Knight Templar by Madspeitersen
The Templars. Some of the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades.

contact me on Madspeitersen@gmail.com
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:iconarwestromen:
arwestromen Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
that's a big elephant
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Winged-Dragoness Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My breath was taken. 

Even a dragon sures don't want to stand in this elephant's way.
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manwith0name Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Y'know, in some medieval bestiaries the elephant is symbolic of Christ.  So if you wanted to claim symbolism here, you easily could!
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Madspeitersen Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi mate. wauw, thats pretty cool insights. This idea and symbolism fits the image perfectly. Thank you for leting me know ;)
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manwith0name Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No problem at all!  I suggest checking out some medieval bestiaries.  They tell you a lot about history and culture!
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:iconzattik:
zattik Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
(If this was fantasy) The elephant is totally thinking:

"Mr. dragon? Fuck off."
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:iconmadspeitersen:
Madspeitersen Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha.. Damn that would actually make a hell of a painting. Giant War elephant vs massive epic dragon. 
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:iconijustlikehalo:
ijustlikehalo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's no Overkill like Mumakill.
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:iconmadspeitersen:
Madspeitersen Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Elephants are great. We should have them everywhere :)
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:icona-chenery:
A-Chenery Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"Skilled fighting men aye? Well I see your templar and raise you a Mumakil!"
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:iconmadspeitersen:
Madspeitersen Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, well those bad Elephants just might slay mine ;)
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CiLiNDr0 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Amazing work! Love it!

I was wandering if you could let me us this image for an Android game called "Kingdoms of Myth", it's turn based strategy game based on a fantasy World. You can find a little bit more info in this rough website made by my colleges [link] (Sorry for the bad English). Of course you will have full credits of your work and link to your webpage if you want :)

Lot of thanks for your time ;)
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Madspeitersen Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi CiLiNDr0,
Thanks for your nice comment, I am happy that you guys like my artwork.
About your question. I would like to now more about exactly how you wish to use my artwork. Please send me a mail at madspeitersen@gmail.com and then we can talk ;) Btw, those are some great games you are developing there.

I hope to hear from you soon.
All the best from Copenhagen,
Mads Peitersen
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XopherSeuss Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nicely done
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Madspeitersen Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot mate ;)
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romiejay Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow...whats the original size of this in paper?
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Madspeitersen Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks mate. I have it uploaded in 30003894 pixels, so thats something like 24X36 inches i think. I can make a more high res image if needed ;)
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madmadman01 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   General Artist
I don't get it. The elephant has both Christian and Muslim markings?
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RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, in reality, despite their demonization, the Templars were pretty tolerant towards Muslims, traded with them, and sometimes even allied with them. So. Yeah.

Not that the Templars ever got their hands on elephants...but...yeah.
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AfroMatrix007 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Allied with them? Wow I thought they were sworn enemies, definitely something for me to look into in further detail.
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:iconrelativeequinox:
RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It was more the reverse really. Some of the Muslim 'Emirs' (essentially 'Counts' or 'Lords' in European equivalents) disagreed with the various other Saracens (for example, the schism between Shia and Sunni Islam had already happened) and decided to side with the Crusaders. 

In one famously misunderstood case are the Hashashin, whom I'm sure you know about. They were on the opposite side of Islam as the main Saracens were (forget which were which at the moment) and as such they fought against and with both sides. 
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Madspeitersen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I thought about placing the symbols on the actual ivorys ;)
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madmadman01 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013   General Artist
Ah, the old "symbolic elephant" trick. Gets me every time.
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jlyvers Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a fantastic painting! The dust and ruble being kicked up is great. I was searching google for Templar images and this painting came up. I had to log in and say, your painting is wonderful and powerful!!
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Madspeitersen Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks alot my freind. I am happy that you came across my work. And very happy that you like it and took the time to pay a visit. ;)
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FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Very cool!...Hannibal the Templar ! :)
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:iconmadspeitersen:
Madspeitersen Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thats right. Never thought about that ;)
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FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
:), it's a really cool drawing
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Whitehorse7577 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
This is cool!
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:iconmadspeitersen:
Madspeitersen Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks alot my friend ;)
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API-Beast Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Extremly cool.

How comes that the elephant looks rough and detailed at the same time?
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Madspeitersen Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thnk you very much :) Thats a really good question. Its because its a mixture of PhotoManipulation and painting. Its all about finding the right material and photoshop it so that the balance is right ;) And sometimes i just like to make something that has a strong contrast. That being anything from dark/light to detailed/rough ;) thnx again
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koth54321 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Elephants make everything cool
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:iconmadspeitersen:
Madspeitersen Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yes they actually do :) I would love to see this in a movie ;)
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:iconkoth54321:
koth54321 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Its awsome
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avellajorge Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
so big than an oliphant!!... awesome!
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Madspeitersen Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes its almost as big as the oliphants in LOTR ;) thanks
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svoliviu Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
epic! you rock !
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Madspeitersen Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks alot mate. Glad you like my work ;)
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vertebrae242 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012   General Artist
Very, very, very cool image.

+FAVED+
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:iconmadspeitersen:
Madspeitersen Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much my friend :) And thnanks for the fav ;)
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vertebrae242 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012   General Artist
:D

:hug:
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munchou Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Can you imagine, if Frodo had lost the ring in that sand... :p
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Madspeitersen Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hehe yeah that would have been a whole other movie ;)
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Whitehorse7577 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
This is great, what did use to create this?
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Madspeitersen Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi my friend, thank you very much:) I created it uding a Wacom Intious drawing tablet. A mixture of painting in photoshop and photos and texture collage ;)
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Whitehorse7577 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
are the webcam tablets expensive? what brushes did you use in photoshop, Im still learning a lot!
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Madspeitersen Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah they can get a bit pricey :) Heres a couple of Wacom tablets you can see. This is the one i am using: [link] But these ones are cheaper and good to start with ;) [link]

Ohh the brushes, try to use brushes that are a bit dirty and ruff around its edges. And stay lose when you paint. This way you will get more life in your work :)
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Whitehorse7577 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Thanks very much! I appreciate it!
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gryfyx Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
You are hands down an incredible artist.
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