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The Raptor King by simple-minds The Raptor King by simple-minds
Latest character inspired by my trip to Jordan. I have his story, just need to write it. :D
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So called because he's one of the sixty-odd people on his planet who can ride the man-eating raptor and not get killed.

Every morning he's in the raptor conservatory overlooking the desert mountains. There he feeds the birds, cleans their cages, checks their injuries. Eagles, buzzards, falcons, hawks, owls and man-eating raptors; they are managed by the Raptor Director who must also be a Rider. The king is a nuisance however; he tends to take off and land from the conservatory. Never mind it's a good hike from the palace.

Once monarch of a small desert kingdom, he first attacked neighbouring city-states and then annexed the entire planet. He let people believe it's a grab for power. However, he awaits the sky-people, certain they would bring false promises and pestilence.

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Used David Gandy… as ref; I stumbled on him by accident. He had the beaky nose, the sloping forehead, the widow's peak, beard and curly hair I was looking for. However, King Lucien always wears his hair long, never wears a cardigan, :la: and his eyes are brown, not blue.

The background took me awhile to figure out. Didn't want a cliched pic with a raptor over his shoulder or anything like that. Besides, he's smack bang in the middle of the pic, something I never do unless it's a sketch. Well, this is in my sketchbook... :)

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Entering this to :icontraditional-ocs: Illusion contest.
The Raptor King II by simple-mindsRaptors and Memories by simple-minds
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CoyoDesign Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, he looks great, your shading is really amazing, and I love how much details you put into this! My favorite part about this drawing is the hair, it looks so good!! :D
simple-minds Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist
Thank you, and everyone likes the hair! I like doing hair. :la:
CoyoDesign Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! :D haha ah, that is why the hair looks so good, you like drawing hair! :XD:
MandieEllieArt Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh wow this is very detailed! Your shading is exquisite. Your anatomy and facial proportions are also very well done.
The simple background really adds to the piece.
simple-minds Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks, glad you like him!
Gnasvipzem Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
loveee itt
simple-minds Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you. :)
Gnasvipzem Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ya wlcm x)
lemur-llama Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah! Your skin technique is beautiful! What do you use to blend?
simple-minds Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you. I use nothing fancy, just graphite and a whole lot of patience. 
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