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Der Ritter by Snook-8 Der Ritter by Snook-8
*taking a break from commissions*
phew, back to normal

Well this one is inspired and referenced by an already existing drawing, just search for der ritter at google and check the images.
It wasn't painted over or anything, it was fully recreated from the very beginning and of course I did changes to match better with my tastes XD (I absolutely had to add blood)

I'm kinda proud for this one, it took me only some hours from today and yesterday to finish it and I didn't miss out any details. The skeleton is a bit of a mindfuck but that's the best part of it haha

Anyway,hope you like it~
I wanna keep drawing more and more creepy and macabre stuff but my commissions keep me behind

huh, I didn't know that this thing was related to slender-man...oh well
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Fennius Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
Okay for actual context and explanation, since it seems a lot of people are puzzled. The ORIGINAL 1700s woodcut (dans macabre? I forget) showed a knight being killed by Death, with Death being a skeletal figure in armour.

In the something awful thread which originally created The Slender Man, a photoshopped version of that (and another woodcut) was submitted, labelled as 'Der Ritter'. It was explicitly intended as a historical representation of the Slender Man. The lance became an arm, he got extra limbs, and the face was smoothed over.

Der Ritter is not however, another name for Slenderman - it means The Knight and refers to the guy being killed. (Der Grossman/Grobmann[that funny german B like letter] is usually used in stories about Slendy relating to germanic folktales, though technically Der Langemann is a better translation)

This picture hwoever, is absolutely epic
Snook-8 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah woah woah so much info! Thanks for sharing, this was trully illuminating.

And thank you for your kind words, much appreciated.
AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Nice to see a non-woodcutter's interpretation of that... PhotoShopped woodcutting.
Zonagon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013   Writer
I don't know why people think this is slenderman.
S-K-Y-L-I Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The only reason people do is because they think because of the similarities that they were "related" in a way or that der Ritter was "the original slanderman" 
1337w0n Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This image is a remake of a hoax.
Said hoax is the woodcarving "Der Ritter" photoshopped to make the skeletal figure in it resemble Slenderman.
So, yes; it IS related to Slenderman.
TheMarauder17 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Brilliant ! Love it ! This version of slenderman is actually more interesting than the mainstream one with the suit and all
MyNamIsJason Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
holy hell it's like portrait
Squadlala-the-13th Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
SergeantSki Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
I haven't seen an awesome Der Ritter painting. Awesomeness.
Ciris17 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
A truly impressive reproduction from the old image.

Ps. Love your technique and previous deviations.
Binaryrobot Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Cool I love your art
kenkenspatz Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist
This is very beautiful. I love all the colors and how it brings the original piece to life.
And I find the title interesting, because Der Ritter (in German) means knight.

Both of the characters in the drawing/painting are both knights.
DlyanBlake1666 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
DlyanBlake1666 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
D***... So this the precursor to Slender man
redeyekado666 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I've done some research on the history of creatures matching the description of slender Man throughout history and Der Ritter was one of my favorite study focuses. From what I can tell, Slender Man always dressed the part of the upper class. (Knight in Der Ritter, businessman today.) He also used to be quite skeletal in appearance. I wonder why?

Either way, this is a beautiful rendition of Der Ritter. There is a sequel piece where Der Ritter is taking a child from its parents. (Another Slendy relation.) I wonder how it would look in your style?
CryThunder Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Maybe they are skeletal in appearance to show their connection to death? I mean the Der Ritter pictures always have an hourglass, and that is kind of a symbol of time and death too.
superAnina Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
is still dont understand this pic... ;p
AlienRunner001 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"der Ritter" vs. SLENDERMAN ;D
superAnina Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
ahhhh okay XD im sure it wasnt meant to be slenderman... its just a weird figure
AlienRunner001 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
but the figure is looking like slenderman :/ think about it ;) (my English is not so good)
superAnina Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
slender has no black eyes, and no 3 legs right? ;)
AlienRunner001 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
4 legs and 3arms ;D but it could be slenderman :/
superAnina Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
yeah it could, im still not sure ;)
AlienRunner001 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ok :D it could be just a skeleton on crack ;D
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FLYBAT Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Well... You did know this thing is related to Slender Man, because the original Knight does not have extra limbs and does have a mouth.
This drawing is an obvious illustration to what Slendy fan can do if he is totally obsessed.
TheSkullKnight Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
fucking amazing redition of Der Ritter!!!
ZephyrStorm123 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
I think he's what made people think there was a Slenderman out there. I hope he's real. How cool would it be to talk to other ghosts!?!

"How did you die?"

"Killed by a car accident, he died from hunger, and she died from suicide..."

"Mine's better! You're all just mainstreams! I was killed by Der Ritter!"

That's how it would go in my head I'm sure. Not a hipster by-the-by. Nice job with the coloring too! He looks much scarier now that he has the proper shading and colors on! Good job!
brayncinxp Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student General Artist
I think der ritter represents the afraid of knights after a battle
celiamcclr Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
lol who did the mad one? It's so cool! Although, the fact that it's Der Ritter is scary. Honestly, Der Ritter scares me more than Slendy.
LeWreck Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
this is absolutely incredible, just like the original wood cut but so....WOW great job, seriously im in love with it c:
Snook-8 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why thank you so much
Mafuh-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Slenderman's history, lawl. :la:
This is seriously jsut amazing! <3
Ishikawagoe Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
This is really scary.........BUT I LIKE IT!!!! AHAHAHA HA!
MrNeedlemouse500 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im guessing this is slenderman with his skin off 0.o
This-Is-Shandon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He is from the years 1600
MrNeedlemouse500 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
uh, that's only one year.
TheRattmann Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
amazeing. Slenderman/Der Ritter FTW!
Nyerguds Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Ironically, while Slenderman is apparently referred to as Der Ritter because of this picture, "Der Ritter" just means "The Knight", and thus refers to the armoured man in the picture, not the weird creature.

On that note, even in the 'original', the creature is just a photoshopped version of a skeleton, from Holbein's Danse Macabre series [link] =p
CrimsonHussar Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Artist
soulking05 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very impressive!!! Truly an amazing artwork!!
MadJackalDelta Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Writer
Good God this is just so unbelievably perfect I can't even find the adjectives
Lewis-Jabberwocky Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Der Ritter means "the knight"
Snook-8 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know
Lewis-Jabberwocky Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
great picture by the way.
Der-Ritter Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Jaising-Shiro Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Ah yes 'The good ole days.' That binary won't get past me.
Imor-Tull Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
The fuck is this shit?
Snook-8 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BoomBuzz Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's amazing, and yay for Slender Man related things!
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