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Princess ready to rescue by EmblemDefender Princess ready to rescue by EmblemDefender
If the prince has been cursed, then who's going to help him?

I decided to pixel the former royal castle of Stockholm "Tre Kronor" in the background. Unfortunately it burned down in 1697 and another castle was built in its place.
I also tried to make it resemble something you could have found in an early 90s J-RPG.
Colors used: 24.

:iconkosa1plz::iconkosa2plz:

Update:
Okay, so this piece suddenly started to win awards. o__o *Falls off my chair* Princess... come rescue me!
Anyway, thank you so much!
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Given 2013-09-01
The suggester says: "Not only is Princess ready to rescue by *EmblemDefender a beautiful piece with the princess as the hero, for a change, you can also see a stunning background with small details and Stockholm city hall with its three crowns portrayed in the back. A nice nod to the fact the artist is Swedish and smoothly made." ( Suggested by petrova and Featured by vanmall )
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conniekidd Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible work! I love the details in the background!!

Congrats on the Daily Deviation. That weekend feeling 
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EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! : D
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:iconconniekidd:
conniekidd Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome 5 seconds hug 
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RaymondGD Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Congrats on the Daily Deviations! Heart
keep up the spectacular work :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconemblemdefender:
EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! : D
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snowskeeper Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Okay, really? That sword is almost as tall as she is, looking at the picture. She has no muscle. So how the hell is she carrying that sword? Especially when she's carrying it in a way that most muscle-bound knights would have difficulty maintaining for long.

It's great artwork, especially the background (that castle is amazing), but couldn't you have at least had her using a short-sword and shield or something? 
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EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your input. I'm afraid I have to disagree though. The sword is nowhere near as tall as she is and she does have muscles. One has to be really weak not to be able to hold it like that anyway. I think you underestimate her, I wonder if you'd do the same if it was a boy?
I own quite a few swords myself, including those which are larger and heavier than this one. These are the real deal and not some modern fantasy replica stuff. Among the heavier ones is a saber which is both longer and thicker than the pictured sword and I had no trouble swinging it when I was around 15. And I'm not particularly strong.
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snowskeeper Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
If I saw a boy with arms like that, I'd say the exact same thing, and I'd really appreciate it if your response to criticism about realism in your pictures wasn't "you're sexist." I'm not saying that a woman couldn't carry a sword like that; I'm saying that one with arms bearing a strong resemblance to noodles couldn't carry a sword like that. As for the length of the sword, unless she has abnormally long legs, it's is *at least* three-quarters as long as she is tall; probably longer. The way she's holding it (arms held straight out from her body)... Well, go find a lead pipe 0.7x the size of the sword (which, again, is bigger than you seem to believe it is) and see how long you can hold it like that. Then imagine doing that with, *again*, arms that resemble noodles.

I get what you're trying to do here. "Princess rescues the hero." It's a cool picture, but the way she's carrying the sword (and the fact that she's even using a 2h sword to begin with, but I'm not going to go into that right now) is slightly ridiculous. I'm going to stop now, because I'm sure you don't want to spend the next week or so arguing about a fantasy-world-based picture. 
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Dragon-Paragon Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
BUT WHO TAKES UP THE PLAYER 2 SLOT?! D8
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:iconemblemdefender:
EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm working on something. : D
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Dragon-Paragon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Omg yes please! The world needs more good pixel work!
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Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Beautiful.
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Nice :D
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sunarii Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
24. TWENTY FOUR COLORS agggggh :iconcannotebenplz: HOW?? ;;A;; amazing job, though *tears* congrats on the DD!!!
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EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! : D
Hm well. Re-using colors, removing those which are indistinguishable and some dithering for the background.
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sunarii Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will have to try it ; 3; thanks and congrats again!!!
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FrancoTheEchidna Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
good work dude.
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IcyPheonix Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student General Artist
'A nice nod to the fact the artist is Swedish and smoothly made.'
This made he giggle because the wording saying that the artist is smoothly made. Which sounds, very odd tbh.
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:iconemblemdefender:
EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But, making me went very... smoothly... er. O_O

Alternatively I'm made out of clay.
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mr-bigmouth-502 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
That's a great piece of pixel art. ^^ I only wish it could have been presented a little bit larger.
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ShaozChampion Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing ^^ Love the reverse situration XD

Congrats on your DD and awards ^^
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EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! : )
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ShonaliKapoor Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconcongratsddplz:
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:iconemblemdefender:
EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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mhazaru Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
nice work :)
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:iconemblemdefender:
EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
    Have a nice day! :heart:
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EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconlintu47:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    My pleasure :happybounce:
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MichelleBergeron Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such lovely detailing! Wonderful job on this as well as the coloring and lighting. :aww:
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EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. : )
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MichelleBergeron Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, kind sir~!
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naturegirlpokedexter Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I absolutely love the background and the way you positioned her and the sword
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EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, thank you! : )
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crimsonlegion Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
she looks awesome, well done :D
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:iconemblemdefender:
EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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mnmsilvermouse Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
cute :)
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:iconemblemdefender:
EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! : D
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WingDiamond Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
:jedi:
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:iconemblemdefender:
EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey hey! Watch it! It's not only sharp, it's glowing too! Didn't your mother teach you not to play with... those?
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WingDiamond Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
:yoda: :iconsaysplz: With "The Force" ... possible All Things Are!
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation :huggle:
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EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :hug:
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ChiuuChiuu Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Gorgeous! Love it!
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:iconemblemdefender:
EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! : D
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:iconschwarzerritter:
SchwarzerRitter Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Let me tell you the story of the princess that went on an epic adventure to save a dragon from an evil knight.
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EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh, can't wait to hear it!
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DoctorCatastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... This is amazing! It amazes me how people can always make such detailed things out of pixels. I want to try doing it someday though...
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EmblemDefender Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! : D You should try it out.
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