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I painted this last year and it appeared as a step-by-step tutorial in ImagineFX at the time, but for some reason I never posted the final online! It started out as a personal painting before I was asked to turn it into a workshop, and I think I wanted to polish it just a bit more after the fact, which is probably why I forgot to post it in the end.
Anyway, I still sort of like it, so here it is!

The painting was inspired by a series of fantasy movies that had the most profound influence on me when I was a kid. (An influence which is still very obvious in my work now!)
I remember sometimes dressing up in a green tunic and belt, running around with a toy sword. Other kids would ask me who I was supposed to be and when I replied "Princess Fantaghirò!", all I would get in return were confused looks. So if you happen to know and like the movies (except 9&10 of course, yuck!), you are officially awesome in my book.
 Fantaghiro will be my role model forever <3



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:iconerydrin:
Erydrin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Student General Artist
Fantaghiro is also one of my favourite character. <3
And this piece is absolutely gorgeous. 
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:iconmaaronn:
Maaronn Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
omg, Fantaghiro ;__; Thanks for the nostalgia kick haha!

Wonderful work, love the soft and flowing look.
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:iconitalienjunker:
Italienjunker Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016
Wünderschön!!!
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:iconsemperliber2011:
semperliber2011 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016
Magical in its visuals...!
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:iconcjgreen83:
cjgreen83 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016
The definition is sooo good! Everything about this is perfection! 
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:iconclaponyo:
claponyo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This is perfect! Thank yoouuuu! <3
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:iconhelgison:
Helgison Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016
Very Well Done. The Painting tells a Story.
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:iconjessdecalenbry:
JessdeCalenbry Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016
Fantaghiro, you definitely piqued my curiosity. Anywhere I can check out an English dubbed version of the series?

Beautiful artwork!
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:iconshideh:
shideh Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016   General Artist
This is so beautiful :heart:
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:iconhue-of-faith:
hue-of-faith Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
the leaves...Love 
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:iconfunkyalienlovers:
funkyalienlovers Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome
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:iconjusta-watcher49:
Justa-Watcher49 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016
Terrific composition! Love the atmosphere and cool whisperer 
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Angymoo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016
oh my gosh Fantaghirò-- my childhood.
I thought they did not dub the movies in any other language and just kept them in Italy. I barely remember them, but man did I love them.
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:iconalithking:
alithking Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
WOW! Amazing and great art work, congratulations! Clap 
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:icongiselleukardi:
giselleukardi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016   Digital Artist
SO gorgeous! You did a really great job with this. I love the contrast between the two characters and how well the white character blends into the background. Really beautiful piece! :heart:
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:iconmpz28:
mpz28 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
very nice B-) (Cool) :D (Big Grin) Thumbs Up 
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steventhe23rd Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Student General Artist
I love the confused look on the knights face, it really adds character to the scene. The ghost is also done extremely well with all the translucent effects. The surrounding foliage looks stunning as well. An amazing illustration! Clap 
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simmons-art Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
nice
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:iconianeart:
IaneArt Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist
Wow, nice job ☺
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:iconeclecticmanta:
EclecticManta Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Wow absolutely stunning and eerie! The way you painted the foliage is just. Wow!! The characters are also beautifully done!
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:iconnaundeeey:
Naundeeey Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Student Digital Artist
"Kill those children... kill them all"
"fuck off, stupid ghost "
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:icongmatty:
Gmatty Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
WoW!
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:iconmrssnowflake:
MrsSnowFlake Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
I love your art! <3 
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:iconeleynah:
Eleynah Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Student Digital Artist
watch!  I love your style
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:iconmaarten-michiel:
Maarten-Michiel Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
This is just wonderful, I especially like the armour, the expression and the face, and the leaves
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:iconmormerilerynbeth:
MormerilErynbeth Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist
I wish I had this skill 😭😁 this is just amazing artwork
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:iconcoleman01:
Coleman01 Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh...My...God.... I cant believe it.... someone actually drew realistic female armor... I praise you good sir or ma'am.
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:iconjmb200960:
jmb200960 Featured By Owner May 30, 2016
Wonderful picture. I love the details, the lighting and the theme.
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:iconartqueen647:
Artqueen647 Featured By Owner May 30, 2016
So amazing...
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:iconfentje:
Fentje Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist
wow!
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:iconheatherhitchman:
HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! What issue is this tutorial in?
Im really curious as to how you did the foliage and just how much detail is in there, and your process of choosing where to put those details and where to hold back.
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:iconikuzo32:
Ikuzo32 Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great looking armor!
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:iconskypotatofire:
SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner May 30, 2016
Fantastic!
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:iconnight-howl:
night-howl Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminded me of Alanna the Lioness being guided by the Great Mother from one of Tamora Pierce's books.

Awesome job on this! Nice seeing a female warrior without her displaying unnecessary skin.
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Kaedegirl Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it is so breathtaking! I cannot express how much I love women knights :) and how much eerie your illustration feels like :) she's brave, strong and determined and I like that kind of vibe! 
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MathildasDoubel Featured By Owner May 30, 2016
waa~ that armor design is really great and i like her expression and hair.
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:iconhue-of-faith:
hue-of-faith Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
the layering of the leaves is so beautiful!
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:iconlittlefairymaire:
LittleFairyMaire Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg! I was (i'm still in love?) with princess Fantaghirò! It's a stunning work, i like the fierce eyes of the girl in armor and the light and soft aura of the white witch ('cause is the white witch, isn't she?) Would you paint a Princess Fantaghirò series? It would be awesome with your talent! Love 
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GisAlmeida Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful!
Also is nice to see a woman with breast covered with armor, and not a boob plate either! I hope someday men will create female armors like this.
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:iconelmithian:
Elmithian Featured By Owner Edited May 31, 2016
Oi, I am a guy and it frustrates me just as much as you that the boobplate is so prevalent. I don't mind it sometimes, but when it pops in a setting where every other guy is wearing epic looking armor (or just realistic armor) it grinds my gears to incredible levels. 

Fanservice is all fine and good, but I prefer if it isn't applied to the bloody things that are supposed to keep you alive! No armor around the stomach is the most stupid design in the universe. Sometimes it is fine when it fits the setting. But when it is kept in a setting that has been pretty realistic until then, then I find it difficult to suspend my disbelief anymore.
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justonewing Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I saw the "how to"- Tutorial in ImagineFX! Was awsome to read your name there! And have a peak at how you work! Thanks your that. It gives Hope! :heart:
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huushcat Featured By Owner May 30, 2016   Digital Artist
Ooohh I remember those movies! really liked them back then! especially the talking horse and rock ahahah 
And your work is amazing <333
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:iconbabeskull16:
babeskull16 Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Perfect
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:iconmsriotte:
msriotte Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful! :love: 
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:iconrexpeke:
rexpeke Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing.
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:iconururuty:
Ururuty Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
awesome
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:iconcyrodilicpenguin:
CyrodilicPenguin Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
always good to see realistic female armour rather than the stuff we normally see with armoured women
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:iconthetu:
Thetu Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
I'm reading First Rider's Call by Kristen Britain right now and your artwork make me think about it, even if it's not the same novel !
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RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I love it good job
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:iconlazy-chicken:
Lazy-chicken Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the best fantasy series in the 90s. I watched it everytime with my mother....^^
I can see the white witch there.. ^^
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