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The Ermine King by ITAFTRS The Ermine King by ITAFTRS
Okay, so this is my entry for the Stylenoir Monarchy Contest. Category: traditional art.

The theme is - obviously - "monarchy", so I decided to go with a man (or king, rather) with an ermine on his shoulder. You see, once upon a time kings used to wear capes made out of the white winter coat of the ermines, so I thought it'd be cool to interpret that in a more modern and, well, animal friendly way.

You were also supposed to take inspiration from Stylenoir's specific art style, and in one way or another make a piece influenced by that. Therefor I went for a quite sharp shading with a high pressure on the pencils and big contrasts between the darker and lighter areas. I basically only used two pencils (2B and 5B) for the man and two for the ermine (F and 3B). Then I just smoothed the different areas out just a tiny bit with a different pencil, to blend the shades nicely.

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Lots of love goes to *Ahrum-Stock and ~Artelanas for letting me use their images as reference pieces.
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Artelanas Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
Great!
Thanks for using my stock!
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ITAFTRS Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for letting me use your stock (even though I didn't really wait for your answer… heh…). Thanks for the comment as well!
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Samathou Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I bet you have spent a looooooOOOOOOOoooooooot of time in this drawing!
Congratulations for the realism.... and the idea! :) 
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ITAFTRS Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Actually, I didn't spend THAT much time on it, there's several pieces out there (in my physical art works folder, not on Deviantart) that I've spent much more time on.
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Samathou Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? Oh.... Ok then. :B Good job anyway. 
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alexander-john Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, that's some heavy stuff! Great traditional art! The ferret look like smiling, maybe he think he's the king? :D
Anyway, cool painting, I really like it, hope you win the contest :)
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ITAFTRS Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very, very much! Trad art (especially black and white pencil drawings) is the one thing I'm the most comfortable in making.
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alexander-john Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yes, definitely can see that, you're good with it! :)
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist
The contrasts work brilliantly, it gives the man a hard, firm aspect.  Love the ermine, it's cute, and it's appropriate
 considering the old traditions as you mentioned.
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ITAFTRS Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you for the comment, much appreciated! 
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