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Armored Lion by JohnSu Armored Lion by JohnSu
When the lord's daughter was displaced from her own body by an angry witch, her wandering spirit immediately sought the aid of her family's champion vassal - the Armored Lion.

The Armored Lion was a knight of renown, famous for his lion-like valor and his armor-like armor. He was a very large man who could plow through ten armed opponents with ease (eleven, if they were unarmed). Also, he died a long time ago.

This is a problem. So ghost girl instead enlists the aid of his armor which stands over his grave. Begrudgingly, the armor leaves its post to perform its master's duty in his stead.

And so begins the Armored Lion's final quest: to find the witch and destroy her. His quest does not end, because I am only half a story teller and don't know how to wrap things up. But if you believe in yourself, you can imagine it!

</story>

Sometimes people ask me "John, where do you get your ideas from?" Usually I fail to answer or make one up, but this time I can say with all honesty that I got it from stucco!
You might be able to spot it if you look in the upper right quadrant of this image here: [link]

My buddy ~Rakugaki-otoko also tried the same technique, with different results. Check it out! [link]
It's fun stuff.

Made in Flash
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:iconapotaku:
APOtaku Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Love it, and especially love the unique inspiration, I actually have a similar story in the works :P
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nsfwoahbro Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
FFHFHEUCBUWDUDUUDDHHDUU STUCCO
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:iconblackstraykitten:
BlackStrayKitten Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
"armor-like armor"
err what?
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:iconraywindz64:
raywindz64 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Whoah. Amazing info about looking at Stucco. :D
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:iconmercenary-incognito:
Mercenary-Incognito Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
I see the woman in the stucco. Impressive.
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:iconmorisi6:
morisi6 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
The armor reminds me of al from Full Metal Alchemist
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
me too
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:iconmorisi6:
morisi6 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
did u do it intentionally
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This whole picture was an accident! I just fell, and...
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:iconalicia-iris:
Alicia-Iris Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
I love color ><
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:iconotaku-onna:
otaku-onna Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
This looks like al from full metal alchemist like.... a lot...
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:iconmichiko-takahashi:
Michiko-Takahashi Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just drop-dead gorgeous =O No pun intended....lol
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:iconommin202:
Ommin202 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love your pictures, but I think more than that I love your descriptions! :D
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:iconshiroikira:
shiroikira Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i see it!!!
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:iconilikedrawingstuffs:
ilikedrawingstuffs Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Fun indeed.With amazing results,but hey,it's John Su we're talking here.
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shadows-play Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FFF! The place where I used to live had squirrels ALL OVER THE CEILING. I could never get a good nights sleep cause it would be like.
"D'Awwe. Deres a squirrel up there."
And there was this fox thing too and a banana.
Also there's this old splotch left over on my mother ceiling that's from an old christmas decoration. It looks like a girl with spike action men hair wearing a tutu and running with this fat dog with floppy ears.
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:iconcyh-anide:
cyh-anide Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, I really like this technique. It's like a dream world.
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:iconpuddingvalkyrie:
PuddingValkyrie Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"eleven, if they were unarmed"

I freaking -love- you! XD

Also, amazing art is amazing.
I have to colour armour today... I don' wanna >.<
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:iconlongyou:
Longyou Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I definitely see the similarities. xD!

This one's better, though. B:
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:iconmonochromedestiny:
MonochromeDestiny Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful concept! <3 I love the colors~
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:iconjadoaesraohn:
JadoaEsraOhn Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
VERY nice. The light outlines against the dark background makes the picture pop out instantly, and the color scheme itself is strong, but not stark. Kudos.
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anit0523 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
I am SO glad that I'm not the only person who gets ideas from granite, smudges on things, floor tiles, etc. xD
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
poop on the ceiling, etc
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:iconcaelra:
Caelra Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
WOWOWOW i am a fan of your source of inspiration.
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:iconmitsuki-96:
Mitsuki-96 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
I love her hear *.*
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:iconcrimzonlogic:
CrimzonLogic Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student General Artist
i see an armor suit in that stucco. am i insane???!!?!!?
this is beautiful, by the way.
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:iconfuzzydicechick:
FuzzyDiceChick Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beatiful picture and great idea for the insperation! :D
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:iconktboo1998:
KTboo1998 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
LOL nice story telling ;D

AWESOME PICTURE :DD
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:iconsoftmoron:
softmoron Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
I can't wait for the hypothetical day when you make an anime even if the stories will all be in two parts without a second part.
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:iconmarxforever:
MarxForever Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wondered why you made her dress so jagged...
That's great though. I'm always seeing crap in curtains, wall paper and of course stucco. And it's really cool that you all made your own interpertation of picture a of...stucco from wikipedia?
Wait, how the hell did this even become a topic? Do you and your friends have compitions to see who can find the most boring thing online, an then see who can stare at it the longest? If that's the case, I would assume these pictures are the final event in case of a tie...fascinating.
Seems like a lot of fun though, I would love to make my own version like Rakugaki suggested. But unfortunatey my eyes are no longer virgin. All I can see now is a knight with a sword/ghost chick's head.
I got no clue where Godsavant's mech came from.
Does that mean he won?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
We are all winners. We have the gold stars to prove it.

Honestly, the stucco thing was a bit of a desperation move for lack of inspiration.
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MooseOlvera Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
I hate to be a fan-tard... but... am i the only one who though Full Metal Alchemist when I saw the armor? Any way, Great work John! It's always fun looking through your art and reading the story's that go with them.
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

There were others who mentioned FMA. There have also been comparisons to Spirit Tracks.
I can see the similarities of both in this picture, though.
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E-Dantes Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Why always daughters of rich men!! Why can't they be average girls with average lives!
The stucco wall will become one of my sources, I think. I need to carry a paper sheet and a pencil every time I go to the bathroom, cracks always give amazing ideas for drawing :)
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:iconkrusca:
krusca Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student General Artist
I got inspired by the wall too. Thank you Mr.JohnSu!
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:iconaceofriddles:
AceOfRiddles Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Conceptually speaking your idea reminds me of Zelda's role in LoZ: Spirit Tracks. Hmm...
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RecursiveRhetoric Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
I love how you're using Flash these days. :)
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:iconflyingbluekites:
flyingbluekites Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
This is such a cool idea! I can't wait to spend some free time staring at stucco ;)
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:iconpijaism:
pijaism Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
waw OwO..this looks really nice,i cant see any black lines,its all colors..i luv it! >w<
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:iconminkymy:
Minkymy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Tee hee~
Also, witches don't do that. they bake girls like her, or befriend them. Doctor Witches do that.
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Minkymy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Tee hee~
Also, witches don't do that. they bake girls like her, or befriend them. Doctor Witches do that.
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xXxMiZuMiXmIkOxXx Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's gorgeous.
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:iconbrettdagirl:
Brettdagirl Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconthumbsupplz: Epicness. I often base pictures off of shapes I see in carpet and nature and such, so it's cool to see that epic-level people do that, too.
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raspomme Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Funnily enough, I can't see any armored figures anywhere.
I can, however, discern a peaceful-looking ghost girl, perhaps extracting herself out of a-hmm.
A small child, praying.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
praying about the ghost girl that keeps giving him diarrhea
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:iconraspomme:
raspomme Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
oh no; interminable rectal explosions are things that ought to be prayed about.
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:iconlarein:
larein Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ah, took me a bit but I can see where you got the girl from! Also, her hair came out very pretty~
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!

it's of uneven length!
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:iconterina222:
Terina222 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oooohhhhh i really like this! i wanna color like that.
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:icontheteknician:
TheTEKnician Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
If the soul of the armor dude grew to have an affection for the girl, this would be an anime. Wait a sec...

*remembers APPLESEED anime*
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