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Warmup_20121112 - The Lord Ruler by Inkthinker Warmup_20121112 - The Lord Ruler by Inkthinker
"Those are very hard to replace..."

Today's warmup doodle became something I wish I had done for The Mistborn Adventure Game; a vignette portrait of The Lord Ruler, immortal god-emperor of The Final Empire.

Not canonized... while I do draw official Mistborn work for Brandon Sanderson and Crafty Games, I'm working off the reservation here, drawing on my own time. That being said, I went by the text same as did when working on the RPG, so it shouldn't be any less accurate than those were.

Got a little closer here in terms of the technique I was aiming for during the RPG work too, something I wish I'd worked out sooner. Silhouettes are more important than I had realized when trying to mimic illustration techniques from a hundred years ago and blend 'em with modern influences.

Tablet and Manga Studio. "The Lord Ruler" is a feature character in Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series of novels.

-EDIT-

Updated with a few minor changes... a more extensive pattern in the vest, lace at the cuffs, and frogging in the jacket so that it be a little more fancy, befitting the deathless despot of a dying dominion.
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No idea why, but I love this.  It's definitely something about his expression.
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Felhozet Aug 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh man, I am really happy I saw this.  I had always imagined him with shorter hair, but wow.  That long, dark hair is incredibly striking, and it is after all rather fitting with how he probably sought to portray himself (youthful, certainly, and I'd say proud, too).  I'm looking forward to keeping this in mind when I go back and reread the books.

(And as a side note, how does he keep his hair so silky? *u* Perfection is to be expected from such a powerful ruler, but I'm still impressed!)
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persekore Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the things I love about deviantart is being able to find the people behind the worlds I've encountered in the rest of my life. I've wandered across your illustrations a dozen times at least in the last couple of years -- I actually saw one of your illustrations of Vin before I read the Mistborn books -- and I've always been struck by what you can do with lines and shading. Sometimes your take on scenes is really different from my own, and sometimes - like here - it's eerily similar to the pictures I've conjured, and either way I can't get over how exciting it is to see someone else who's clearly got enthusiasm and passion and skill turn their hand to something I enjoy and rock it.

This is hands down my favourite, though; those spears look cruel, and the lines of his body and the coat and his hair, it all flows so beautifully I'm kind of in awe. Glad I managed to find you, looking forward to seeing more of your work.
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Inkthinker Aug 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoy it!

I'm looking forward to working in the Cosmere for a long time to come. :D
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:iconstardrag:
I JUST read this today, finished that book too! And when this scene happened I thought it was so cool.
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Inkthinker Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Get on to book 2! It's even better, says I. :D
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:iconstardrag:
No worries! I actually gave the first book a not so good score, but I'm totally going to keep going with this series and your pic just reminded of how badly I want to.
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Inkthinker Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
His earliest stuff is definitely the roughest (Elantris, the first Mistborn book, Warbreaker), but the latest stuff is my favorite. Working on "The Wheel of Time" definitely made a difference, and how could it not?
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It's weird since I went backwards with his works. I started with: Way of Kings, then sort of skipped around Elantris before reading Mistborn and now I'm loving The Allow of Law.
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