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Painted in Photoshop with lots of music inspiration!
 I used JonasDeRo's brush set almost exclusively for this piece.

He made an oath once, upon faith and blood.  He had sworn to be the guardian of the realm, to protect their people in time of peace and time of war.  He was betrothed to the land of his birth that day, the silk wrapped blade of the Crown Prince placed in his untried hands. 

Years gone by in a land where such finery meant little more than scrap to be sold for food, he would remember the cold metal of his oath even when he did not want to.

This was a practice piece for my book cover portfolio in which I joyfully double dipped into my own original world and characters for inspiration for a book cover idea.  Perhaps one day this will be the cover to an actual novel?  One can only hope!  Eventually I'll indulge in that writing muse of mine when my life's settled down more.

I think this is the first time I've ever seen Ramah staring back at me in a piece and thought 'that's him!'.  He's eluded me for years when it comes to drawing him correctly.  I'm happy to finally capture some of that essence!

If you're interested in this character and his world, definitely check out Song-of-Exile for more of my story snippets and character art.

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keight Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015
This is truly lovely, Ang. Sorry to have "ignored" this for so long. It was posted after my cancer surgeries when my meds were not being at all kind. Not to worry, two of my oncologists say I'm currently cancer free.
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
I know you've been going through a lot right now.  No need to apologize, m'dear!  Health comes first.  I'm very happy you have enjoyed this one, no matter when you have seen it.  I'm also happy to hear you're recovering and cancer free!  Take care, Keight.:hug:
keight Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015
Morkadion Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I adore it, he looks so dangerous and the play of shadows is so beautiful :)
SGuay Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful job on those little details on the knife and the embroidery.
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!  And thanks again for helping me find the perfect reference for that knife. It really helped a lot!
SGuay Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to help!
AeroQzar Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks amazing man D: keep up the awesome work!!
Arlesienne Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
What a lovely piece! He resembles my quarter-orc OC, by the way :).
dalamarlotherus Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
This is gorgeous! That is the most beautifully painted stubble I have ever seen! I thought this was a photo when I first glanced at it.
ale-xander Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is, by far, THE BEST deviation you've ever made (technically speaking). The conviction in his eyes are palpable, the texture and lighting is immaculate, and your attention to subtle details are astounding! I believe his nose might be a bit too long for the angle his face is directed, but this is one of the best I've seen from you. Bravo!
BlueRavenfire Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
really great pic :)
M-Jenai Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love this! Very intense <3 
ggns Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Wow, all that work paid off... The final image is truly captivating! It was interesting to see your step-by-step, thanks for sharing! :)
jademacalla Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Love it!
LilysUsername Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student General Artist
How does this not have more views?!?!

:iconclapplz: I honestly love this to death.
EyusLeer Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Those eyes, that dagger, all of it is incredible! Nice Job :)
Saimain Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh wow, this turned out amazing!  Such gorgeous lighting and details, and those piercing blue eyes--the image pulled me in immediately.  I'm in love with his hair...and that is a beautiful dagger.  Well done, Angela!  :heart:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Is it a weird artist thing that the hair near the hairline is my favorite part of this piece?XD
Saimain Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hee, I think it is!  I have favorite bits in my own drawings too that I'm sure nobody else focuses on...and come to think of it, it's usually hair!  ^__^;;
wolf12832 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
I love the Dagger!!!
Tizrak Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
I think this is one of your best!  Thanks for sharing him with us ... :)
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