#2 Princess Lorne

| November 2, 2010 | 21 Comments

Heir to the throne of the northeastern dominance of Hold, Lorne, as her friends call her, is cunning and wise beyond her 136 years. She attends court and most of the social events out of duty, but her passions and interests are in cultures and peoples apart from her own. Like most outer nobilities, the Fae in her lands are indentured to carry out the dominances desires, and Lorne was borne into this understanding. She knows there is a tension and that a delicate balance between the nobility and the Fae must be maintained else the dominance may fall into ruin as happened in the southern dominance of Ruel, who most call the forgotten land. That lost empire intrigues her, as do the strange new twins who’ve attended court the last few evenings during the night’s balls. Lorne’s whisperer, Chondra Flicker, suspects they come from Ruel, but that is hardly possible as none have come from that land in nearly six centuries.

Princess Lorne’s mother, the Dominatrix Quell Sirion, has had failing health for the last 500 years. Over the last year, the Dominatrix’s health has been on sharp decline, and the Princess has more than once stood in for her beloved ailing mother. Lorne’s father, the Dominar Vance Sirion, has not been seen since he marched with the third host to war just before the fall of Ruel. He is considered slain though none know what befell him or the host so long ago.

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Category: Fantasy, Horror, Steampunk

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Co-creator of RELAUNCH, AZURE for DC Comics, Artist on GRIMM for Dynamite, Marvel storyboarder, illustrator of books and covers, concept artist, creative director... Boxer owner.

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  1. Trish says:

    you’re art never fails to impress me!

  2. Jared says:

    Like the headpiece. Nice work, again. Pose looks like it was probably a pain, but turned out well.

  3. Nice job, love that pose. Damn those are some wicked toe nails.

    • saulone says:

      Thanks Martin! Like Jared said – that pose was a pain -the perspective shift especially without it looking warped. and disproportionate. I like those kinds of challenges though.

      She brings her toes to a knife fight.

  4. Another great one! The crown and ankle jewelry really stands out, great job!

  5. Gregory says:

    Great work, man. Dynamic poses, too- good at catching the eye. I can see that there’s a great tale behind these. Are they inspired by roleplay, or a more fixed story arc?

    • saulone says:

      Thanks Gregory πŸ™‚ Yeah – finding the right stance/perspective is key, no? These are glimpses and characters part of a larger story. They aren’t role-play inspired. Most of the inpiration comes from tales derived from works such as the Mabinogion, and various faerie stories from England.

  6. Chad Welch says:

    LOVE the detail in your work, Dan. The spot blacks really pull out the solid silhouette in the piece, and sweet story to boot. πŸ™‚ Excellent work as always.

    • saulone says:

      Thanks Chad! This was done almost entirely with Copics brushes and just a tiny bit of photoshop (15 minutes max). I heart those things. Thanks a ton on the storyline too. Each character I plan to build a little more into the story and world these characters inhabit.

  7. TiMrozek says:

    I think watching your characters is gonna wear me out as much as just working on mine. You are a machine.

    • saulone says:

      Ha ha – thanks Tim πŸ™‚ I only wish…something tells me my production rate is about to plummet. I just got a few commissions that all at once.

  8. Mike Gallagher says:

    as always dude, your stuff rocks

  9. Jane Wankmiller says:

    She turned out beautifully! I love that you are always able to achieve light in your drawings–the way the hair and jewelry gleam is just gorgeous. Love it!

  10. Wow…impressive work. Very impressive.

    I have to ask, though, what tools did you use for this (and pretty much all your art in general)? Just curious.

    • saulone says:

      Hi Marc! Thanks man πŸ™‚ For the first set I used copic sketch brushes and warm and cool copic brush markers with 3 Photoshop layers. I tend to set the base drawing over a background texture and then work on top of that with a base semi transparent layer, setting my layer above it to multiply. There’s a layer on top that is just Photoshop detail work set to overlay for glows and whatnot. In general the work is mostly traditional (1 hr 30 min) with 15 to 30 minutes of digital work to hopeful make it sing. πŸ™‚

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