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Sword of the Empire by AedenSolus Sword of the Empire by AedenSolus
"Yes, there is peace now, but only a fool lowers her guard. Our alien allies are friendly yes, but we will not take the chance that others will be. As Empress, it falls to me to guard my people. This is why the Empress traditionally has a weapon in her name. The Empress is the sword of the Empire."

this is lightblade dakren'ke, the current empress of the sunifee empire. this...wasnt exactly a planned picture. i wanted to draw a sunifee, and expected one of the ones i know to show up. instead, i got the empress, who i hadnt met before.

now, i dont know too much yet, but heres what ive been told. the empress holds the position for life, and a successor is choosen from one of three imperial houses (or families). the candidate must be at least 10 years old, and must have the hereditary colors of that family. other than that, may the best one win.

as you could guess, the sunifee have a fairly martial history. i mean, lookit that sword. that thing can put the klingons to shame.

NOTE: i tried something new on this. the black coloring was done referencing =Lyanti's 'how to color black fur' tutorial: [link] . it...didnt work, but this does look a hell of a lot better in real life. i hope i can find a white pen so i can maybe save it. (such a thing doesnt seem to exist)

art, species and character (c) me (again, get your own aliens)
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Konsumbrot Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
You know what I love? How you describe the details with things like 'this is what I have been told.'

That is EXACTLY how I explain the details about my own worlds. I almost think of myself more as a lucky person who is privy to the lives of my characters, than as a creator of them. Sometimes... often, in the case of my character Kket... they do not choose to tell me things. And sometimes I learn little tidbits about certain characters from other characters! Weird. But I like to know that I'm not the only one :)
AedenSolus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh yes. these people will just pop up, usually when im busy, and start talking. makes it a lot easier to figure stuff out though.
No-gard Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
I always love your interesting design ideas for skin/scale/fur patterns. And, I can always count on you to come up with good color combinations.
ArchdemonYami Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm actually impressed. I'll have to take a look at that 'how to color black' tutorial, but if it didn't work, then dang, if it did, this would be REALLY amazing! I can actually see some shading that you tried with the technique I bet. That is one massive sword that I would not want to mess with, that's for sure. Love it!
ElvesAteMyRamen Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
Very nice drawing! Very cool idea too. I like the background you put with it too. It works very well with his pose and colors! Nice job!
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December 28, 2007
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Date Taken
Dec 28, 2007, 9:59:00 PM