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Zephaniah, His Grace, The King by slimu Zephaniah, His Grace, The King by slimu
The title image of Section 2.7 of Directions of Destiny featuring Zephaniah Zandell. (No, I'm not anywhere near Section 2.7 yet D8) This is an illustration i had planned to do as a pair with this illustration of Azalea from the time I first drew it, but it took me a year to finally get around to doing it!

I wanted this to really echo the Azalea picture, but at the same time have its own unique qualities, so I actually just took a piece of tracing paper over the original and changed certain elements. ...Yes, I'm a cheater. D:

The good news is that everything about this picture took much less time than the Azalea one did cause I actually knew what I was doing! YAY! :D

I'm reading my blurb for the Queen Azalea one right now and I got to the part where I was whining about Photoshop not really docking its palettes properly at the side of the screen like PSP, but now with CS3 and up it actually DOES do that so I've been a very happy camper 8DDD

Medium: Microns, .5mm 2H Blue Lead in Mechanical Pencil, Photoshop CS4
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romenriel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016
Looks like one of my characters :D - but the art is really good
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Frogsnack Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Still with the Microns, eh?

I got one of your DOD books from a convention a few years back and in it you said that dip pens etc are more maintenance- but they save so much time and have such nice, dark ink! 

I was wondering if you've tried changing things up since?
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Keira-Bui Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
The Queen outshines the King xD
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DemoniqueAlma Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very well done everything is well detailed.:)
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xXxMiZuMiXmIkOxXx Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh i love all the detaillll~ is he your oc? ; A ; <3
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Eternal-Winggoddess Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
I love how much darker this piece is compared to the Azalea one.

Also how Zephan is covering half of his face with his mask, and just how worn everything is, how much dingier, and I have been wondering for a while - why that kind of contrast?

What is your reasoning, it is all so mysterious... ;)

~:floating:
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slimu Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Ha ha, if you're really curious, I think one aspect of it is that I see Azalea as a true member of royalty within the Alatus Institute. Zephan on the other hand comes from a different background, and even though he aspires to be more powerful than Azalea, the highest position he can achieve is only that of a false king.

Well that's one idea behind this series anyway ha ha D:
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somastardust Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
hello! this has been featured in my fanime article! [link] :iconloveemoteplz:
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bordumkills Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
I can't specify what ONE aspect of this makes it so awesome.....but it's a great piece, very sexy :D
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Eyltwo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this
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DictatorDelights Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
He's like the Phantom of the Opera, hiding behind his mask in his dank, dark cell playing the ever so popular organ. Really makes you feel sorry for him that he's a pseudo-king. This is going in my fave box next to the Azalea one.
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kawkun Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
wow, I loved the details on this! lol, he's calm, and the way he's all relaxed and holding that mask and pole~

I feel oddly attracted .3.
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MyLadySilence Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
Zeph's my favorite, 'cause I totally relate to him. :D
He looks like he's gained some weight in this pic! :O He's kinda muscle-y! xD Yayz. Now I don't get this weird instinct to start feeding him.
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invertings Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
This is really amazing (as is the Azalea one). The whole pic has a great sense of unity, the environment and the character work well together. I don't think it's cheating that you copied things from your other image. You already drew them after all. =]
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hEyJude4 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Student General Artist
I really like the combination of soft and cel shading in this picture. It is very unusual to see soft shading in front of cel like you did with the edges of the throne and the staff, it's really cool.
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AkhMorn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
This is a really awesome picture! I like all the earthy details and how it compliments the Azalea picture [I have a print of it hanging up in my room, lol].

Very nice work.
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eternalpuppy Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
:wow: That's so AMAZING! I love his design. And the wing motif on the throne is just too cool.
I would favorite twice if I could, that's just awesome! :w00t:
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ShinkonoKokoro Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is incredible. The detail is astounding and you blow me away. A very good pairing picture to the one of Azalea. I love it!
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ChibiSofa Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh snap! Does this mean Zephan will become some sort of "villain" to Azalea or the others in the long run? I know things are complicated in the plot right now and there really isn't "good" and "bad" deliniations, but I was hoping he'd stay one of the "heroes." The dead leaves and mask suggest he may join forces with Solanum... Or am I overreacting and this is just a boss illustration standing on its own like the other chapter covers? :wow:
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slimu Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
Ha ha, hmmmm, what could it possibly mean? ;D

...Although the straight-forward answer here with the tattered surroundings and the mask is that unlike Azalea, the "true monarch" of the Alatus Institute, Zephan is just a guy trying to play the role of King in his attempt to become the best--he is trying to bear the facade of a monarch, but his run-down throne suggests otherwise.

...That's one way you could look at this picture anyway :B
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ChibiSofa Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
Sweet! your reply is awesome and well-worded :D I was quite surprised to see it from that angle, to see Zephan as a kind of impostor, but it just makes him more human and tragic(?) :thumbsup:
Do you like fanart? I must do some soon! :salute:
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TheSixofHearts Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
outragously awesome as always! Once again, you blow my mind with all the fanatsic details.
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unrelatedwaffle Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Love the design on the costume/armor. Classically simple.
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sabiishi Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Wow~ I just love how you can mix the traditional painterly look with the more modern cel style. It's lovely. <3

I'd love to see the sketches that lead up to this! :star:
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Seraphic-Lotus Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The colors in this picture make a nice contrast to the Azalea counterpart. I hope you get to section 2.7 soon, haha <3
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Art-of-Destruction Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Wow, excellent.
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Jeesiang Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
This is HOT.
I love the colors you chose for this.
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Jeesiang Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
*** The title for both of them is Umph!
And they really do look fantastic together.
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Talty Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009   Artisan Crafter
So good! :+favlove: I already liked Azalea's, but the pair makes it... incredible! I've always liked sets :D Specially since these two are very alike, and yet very different... I had lots of fun staring trying to find all the small details :D

So you have a queen, a king... and they're hearts and spades. Any chance you will make a Jack, Ace, etc...? I would love to see Xin as a Joker xD haha! Oh just kidding :D I love your art :aww: And I'm so happy Directions of Destiny is updating again!
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intended-ice Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
OH MY FUCK THAT LOOKS SO HOT ARE YOU KIDDING ME -worships-
...er, I mean, not bad. XD
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gins Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Oh man, this is beautiful! Your attention to detail is always amazing. And oh my gosh, it's a set, it's a set! I'll have to buy this one from you as well, if you make a print of it. :D ...I just keep scrolling up to stare at it, this piece is amazing.
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LalosLeftShoe Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Student Photographer
I love this, and I love the opposites of both pictures, the dark and light, green and red, spade and heart, bat wings and angel wings, and how Zephaniah is holding his mask with his right hand and the staff with his left and Azalea is holding them with the opposite hands. Very beautiful. Will you be selling some prints of them at AX?
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slimu Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
I certainly will!! :B
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LalosLeftShoe Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Student Photographer
:dance:
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nonners Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Oh, this is lovely! I love the similarities - and I like the dark/light spade/heart theme you have going with the two of them.
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flyingkittie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how dark this one is compared to Azalea's light. I also like how it looks so tattered and run-down. Well done!
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Gatling Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Wow, extremely beautiful. I can smell the soil with this earthy theme.
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slimu Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Thank you very much!! And thanks for faving this too, I'm very flattered and I love your art @_@
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TheAceOfSkulls Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
I just noticed the spade above him and the heart above her. Is that what they're supposed to be or are they just the opposites of each other?
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slimu Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Both sorta ha ha, but yeah, mostly I was going for Spade vs. Heart :B
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TheAceOfSkulls Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
I also noticed the masks are being held on opposite sides. Great job with the double pictures.
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slimu Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Ha ha thanks! I had a lot of fun with these two, especially after they were done and comparing them side-by-side ha ha ;D
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FelineElement Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Photographer
awesome ^^
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