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Meet The Prince

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By Ranarh   |   
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© 2020 Ranarh
It was tradition both ways to meet up when the new prince was announced. It had been a while since a Guard had presented a young one in the woods, and was a promise of a most interesting future that would be exciting to follow.

The largest painting I've done in a while. I see all those artist colleagues whip up intricate scenes in their lunch hour, with castles and battles and whatnot, so my sketches were inspired by that and I now have a pile of promising stories that I want to work on.
I actually made a proper drawing as a base for this - with my plenty of speedy paintings I rarely do - and you can find a timelapse GIF of it on my Artstation if you want, www.artstation.com/artwork/rRo…
Obviously the creatures are mixes of foxes and wolves, the little prince does look a bit like the eponymous little prince, and there have been deer people all over my drawings for a while.

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I love the tree throne and its mushrooms making the whole thing look comparable to castle thrones.

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RanarhProfessional General Artist

I really like the throne type with a bunch of stairs; better are only the ones set against the wall, with courtiers on the floor before them, and then the entire room sinks down a man's height. I think the Kretes did it like that, but I'm a little confused about everyone around the Mediterranean.

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This had my imagination run wild. There aren't a lot of paintings out there that really spur on my imagination much, but this one instantly captivated me. The whole scene is so beautifully composed and the idea of combining fox and wolf traits? (two of my favourite animals) Genius!

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I'm happy I could provide interest for you!

I do love the stories of old legends and folkore about what traits animals have; alas, in our globalizing world features start to grow together. Which is one reason I like to mix such things; if peopel immediately undertsand it's not our world, I feel the suspense of disbelief is held for longer - because they don't already know it can't be real, strange as it sounds, but "if these two thigns are true, then this other thing can well follow" is easier to think when we don't have to think "but it can't be, because those forest have already been destroyed". If that makes sense.

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thereallinebylineHobbyist Artist
What a neat tree! Looks like it would be lovely to just crawl up there with a sketchbook and maybe some music and just spend an afternoon there. Probably not wise to try it with that particular tree, though. It seems to be set aside for more solemn use.

I like the creatures, too. They look cute, dangerous, and solemn, all at once.
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I like the tree too, I can smell it when I concentrate. I've been wondering if they make pyramid to get him up there, or if they really climb that well ;)
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SketchMonster1Professional Digital Artist
Adorable and charming piece. The color design is amazing as well as the detailing. Incredible work. Come take a look at my page.
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RanarhProfessional General Artist
And I didn't even put in a flock of birds like I always do of late ;)
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This look's so nice! Great work!
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RanarhProfessional General Artist
This took so long (actually probably not so long but when it's an actual painting and not a sketch, I fuss and fuss) that being finished is like unpacking the last box after the move  ;)
Thank you!
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Np! It must have taken ages to do! And it really pays off! Keep it up! :)
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RanarhProfessional General Artist
I am already hungry for the next. I wonder which one I'll finish first.
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AledJonesDigitalArtHobbyist Digital Artist

Beautiful artwork!

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RanarhProfessional General Artist
It was fun to give the court members slightly different features, even if few show their faces.
Thank you!
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No problem, and you're welcome!
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wonderful detail, likeable text...thanks for sharing
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RanarhProfessional General Artist
The text always comes after although the general idea is usually there while I paint, but I love this last little detail to an artwork. I wish I could always publish it alongside - like one of those sentence-long titles but alas, internet conformity makes that a tad difficult :)
Thanks a lot!
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thanks for sharing, your images, as this one does seem so calm and beautiful
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Because the prince is well behaved and adorable. These meetings have gone differently in the past, when toddler fox-wolves chewed on queens' shoes and kings wondered about weraing them for a collar... but this time, this time it's just fine.
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How long did it take?
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RanarhProfessional General Artist
Apparently something like fourteen hours, give or take, over seven days spread out from last September - which is shorter than I thought. The sketch is from September and had a vertical format. It always takes me a while to figure out which sketches are promising enough to invest so much time in.
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