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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 pinterest.com/pin/137148751123… 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.
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TheRomanceScrooge Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
I honestly like him being placed directly in the center. With how the background elements fold out and spin, they look like the rays of the sun. It acts as a thematic metaphor, since he's the Raptor King and kings have been associated with the sun. His features really match his character description and personality; his angled nose and drawn eyebrows cast him as a serious, contemplative character. He's definitely not somebody to take lightly.
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist
Thanks for the wonderful comment!  Yes, he's a contemplative sort, but with a hot temper. :D 

After I had named him, I learnt his name (derived from Luke) means "light'. Funny how things turn out!
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AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its a very detailed piece. the background reminds me of those Byzantine styled Halo's you'd see of religious scenes 
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist
Thank you. I wanted a glowing effect. :D
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AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i think you suceeded ;)
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Lokimi13 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like this one! The shading is awesome and thank you for the description! The cheekbones and nose are amazing ^^
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist
Haha, glad you like the nose and cheekbones!
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Lokimi13 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I'm always a fan of well-drawn cheekbones XD
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CoyoDesign Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  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
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you, and everyone likes the hair! I like doing hair. :la:
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CoyoDesign Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! :D haha ah, that is why the hair looks so good, you like drawing hair! :XD:
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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.
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks, glad you like him!
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Gnasvipzem Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
loveee itt
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you. :)
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Gnasvipzem Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ya wlcm x)
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lemur-llama Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah! Your skin technique is beautiful! What do you use to blend?
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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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Rainbow-Sweater Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Very interesting story and character! I remember clearly this one because I voted for you! Amazing technique you have, and amazing skills!
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist
You voted for me? Thanks!
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josegoncalo Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks!
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KillThePaint Featured By Owner Edited Jun 12, 2014
oh this is actually stylish but like IMO his clothing could look better (dat massive flat shadow at the area where shoulders supposed to be, is he handless?).


anyways the iconic rising sun shines along side with the sideview make your art really look timeless
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist
Nope. The ref was really dark so I had to improvise.

Thanks for the feedback!
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NoxSiedel Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice! Nice detail on the hair!
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simple-minds Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks!
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RAMWOC87 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The shading is phenomenal!
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simple-minds Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you. Ta for the fave!
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RAMWOC87 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ^ ^
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sadaharugin Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist
very nice drawing ! i like how much effort you put into the detailing !
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simple-minds Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist
I enjoyed doing it. :D
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British-Prophetess Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I really like the sharpness of the shading for his portrait as it seems rather realistic. He really looks like an aristocrat judging from his handsome and noble appearance ^^
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simple-minds Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks!  He's just a farmer's boy, no royal blood. His mother was well-to-do, though, and was accused of marrying beneath her.

His throne is never inherited. There is no royal family in his kingdom; monarchs are chosen based on merit when the old one dies.  :D
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ilenca Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
that is a extraordinary job! i love how you worked with the air, it seams real^^. It really hard to find a thing to criticize in this draw , but if a have to do one maybe it's his rinkles. Rinkles of his eyes are well done, so he is a older man, however he has too little rinkles in his forehead
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist
Yeah, the forehead one faded out on the upload. I should have gone over them when done.

Thanks very much!
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Marko-Poko Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist
Great pencil work. Wish I was as skilled as you.
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks, and for the fave!
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NodokaVisualArts Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Photographer
Your work has been featured here: nodokava.deviantart.com/journa…

Such an awesome drawing of The Raptor King. I'm very impressed by the detail in both the character and the background as well.
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks very much!
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NodokaVisualArts Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
You're very welcome.
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cdpstudios Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The Raptor King is a great piece! You had a good choice in your favorite of 2013. I have added it to fav.me/d70c9xh. May this new year bring you more inspiration!
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks very much!
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MiruFujiwara Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow awesome! So detailed and realistic love the shading. The background gives a beautiful glow on the man. I love it the shading is balanced and perfect good job!
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you, that was my intent! :la:
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topazlights Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
really good drawings, a real positive approach to fine art :)
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks very much, and for the fave!
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wesleyharmon Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well done!! This is really great. You have an awesome skill and talent. Thanks for posting this in my thread :)
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you, glad you like him. :D
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Art-Eater Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome work! Is this charcoal?
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist
Nope, graphite pencil. :D
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