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Prince Luke in one of his generally cranky moods, with journals nobody else is going to touch. I was originally just going to leave this a rough pencil sketch, but his highness wanted dramatic lighting and shadows instead, so there you have it. I can't argue with him when he's glaring like that. XD

I went through several versions of this before I was satisfied enough with one to post it. You can find the progression stages here:…

You can learn more about Luke and the "Not All Kings Wear Gold" storyline here:


Blend of traditional pencil work and grayscale digital painting
Art ©Adele Lorienne; Website - TUMBLR

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wiedzminka Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
MuscadeChai Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
W-wow, okay! It's your book, I won't read it! :D

The light, hairs and cranky mood are all very well done, I'll agree to what everyone said. It's beautiful =)
Luna-Mini-Milka Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This if by far my favourite of your drawings. I love the expressiveness of his face, the shading, the delicacy of the hair strands... :3
SilviaMarti Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This and "Beautiful ruin" are one of my faves amid your drawings... I love the light you've used here :D
Midn1ghtcat Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
shiroyuki-hime Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this!!!!!!!!!!!
NellaBlue Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
I absolutely love it! When I look at him, I get this feeling like he is alive. Great work!
zeroomega77 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
wow....thats great art.
Luunehen Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
ptitjo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work
Kishy-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Katharina-Von-Walde Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow!! <3 stunning~~!
curlyhair Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's good you haven't refused him XD Looks fantastic! Great mood!
DroUltrinnin-61 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Awesomely projected emotion!
XxNoUfXx Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
just WOW this is really just WOW!!!
AQart2 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
your soo amazing:la:
wow what cool eyes and lighting and the emotion is so intense how do you portray that so perfectly with the view angle, posture, expression, lighting and other stuff I know I cant comprehend?:la: you imagine so perfectly:la::la::la:
karrochaan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Simply amazing! Love this, his expression, his hair... everything :D
LauraBerryArt Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful drawing :)
artboy-narender Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
awesome work frnd ,,,, i like so much.... - artboy narender :)
WingedJedi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
I just know I've had that expression on my face before.... :D

Once my next shipment of books arrives, I'm sure I'll defend them like that as well. Anyone who'd be foolish enough to approach my books would earn the "glare of doom", just like the one Prince Luke is giving here. I'm sure his books are way more precious than mine, though.

Excellent work! His hand looks a bit too long to me, but then again, he's not human, so maybe human anatomy does not apply. I love the shading on his hair, though, and the glare. You really have given him wonderful eyes. I can never manage to give my drawings an expression, but you can really see his emotions in his face. Wonderful work on his hands, too. I always find hands difficult to draw, so I'm very impressed at the amount of work and detail you have put into them.

It's one of those drawings that really inspires me and makes me want to draw as well.
ChibiCorrine Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing....beautiful.... great.. .............*speechless...
Hello! Your beautiful artwork has been featured in my journal. :aww: [link]
Saimain Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, thank you! That's very sweet of you. :)
kaivoetmann Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
this is just stunning! ^^
Elfy1Light Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
I found your works several years ago and totally fell in love with them!
Especially I admire the story of Luke and all these years sometimes I have some of your works as background for my comp)
u know, I write a book where is a story about two elven princes-twins (Silmas and Nigel). They had а very happy childhood in theirs precious ElfLand until one quarrel happened.
Silmas wanted to cure his friend by black magic (it was the last hope to save her), but his father said, that never in his country the words of black magic would be pronounced. And Naigel stood at his side. so, the girl died and Silmas's resentment and anger were so strong, that he left his country. After some time he became a dark wizard and one day returned to his country aimed to kill his brother to replace him. But after duel they reconciled and Silmas returned as the second elvenking)
and when I look at your works I see my charecters in Luke (when he is happy and kind - Nigel, and when he is little mad and pretty dark - Silmas).
Your works inspired me to write more and more stories about this fantasy world. thank u very much and continue to create such wonderfull things!!!

p.s. if I'm inspired by the stories about Luke, the most similar to my heros works of yours are [link] - for Silmas,
and this one for Nigel:

(my elves have dark-brown hair and sapphire eyes ^^)
martha1101 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
Awesome!! :3 love it!! : DDDDD
VamGreenEyes Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
Beautifull work
HallloweenKatt Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Aw, he's adorable! He kind of makes me think of what you'd expect a cranky little brother to be like when you try to take away his toy. It's like he's saying, "Mine! Don't touch!"

Well, that's just the feeling I get from it.
chibi-meganekko Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
beautiful. absolutely beautiful.
VOLOSATICK Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student General Artist
потрясающая работа!
PinkoPrint Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow thats really good!
Indelibly-Yours Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011   General Artist
Of all of the stunning images I've seen in your gallery, this one is my fave :)
Saimain Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :) Signed prints are available if you're interested?
Indelibly-Yours Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011   General Artist
Wonderful! Is a pricelist posted somewhere, so I know how much I'm spending for my birthday present? :D
Saimain Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
The link is in the image description, but here you go: [link] :) Thank you so much!
kerbyrosanes Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
excellent work!, nice details.
Chocofurry Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
These characters are amazing! You should make a book! I mean it! I would read. Good job!!
blackwinterraven Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Amazing! The expression, textures, technique...I love it all
KassidiKeys Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011   Digital Artist
I've given you this a feature over here- [link]
Saimain Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :)
UndeadQuiche Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist
Fine work~ I love the hands
Chocofurry Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
He is my favourite.. And he's damn hot xDD
TaniaAV Featured By Owner May 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
fantastic job!! Direct to my :+fav:
LunaBinckoski Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Me encanta!! se parece a mi hermanitaaa
DL-xxx Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love him :heart: :cry:
SodaSucker Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Sorprendente! me encanta la expresión de su rostro, con pequeño toque de maldad, y la sobre protección hacia el libro, las lineas del cabello son finas, todo se ve asombroso. Amazing art, elvenpath!
Blazeblackwing Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
hello, i've been admiring your work for a long time now (i'm hoping to save enough to pay for a commission or something) and i was wondering if you could try to answer a problem i have; i am trying to draw with more detail and especially in black wand white shading, well the problem i have is that when i come to shade i cant get it looking seamless! for example; on this one i like how the shading on Luke's face blends well, especially the nose! any tips you have on how i can make the shade tones flow together better? (see the few shaded pics in my gallery and you see the state of my shading abilities >.<) i have a smudging stick with my pencils but i dont know if thats the right thing to use...
Saimain Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
This particular piece is a mix of pencil and digital, but for my pencil work I just layer my shading. I use an 0.5 mechanical pencil, varying the angle depending on whether I want a soft or hard line. With mechanical pencils you have to add layers of shading to darken anything. But smudge sticks are useful as well, just don't overdo it or your work will look really smudgy. Maybe blend your bottom layer with a smudge stick and then shade over it until it's to your liking. I suggest maybe trying different pencils, also? Some are better for shading than others. I hope that helps! ^__^;
Blazeblackwing Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Thank you very much, that will be a great help! ^_^ now i just need to draw something worth shading, lol
Aicent Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this was actually done with a tablet , so i dont know if thats the right question to ask
just my two cents :iconrelievedplz:
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