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Altair (repainted) by queenofeagles Altair (repainted) by queenofeagles
Yeaaahh! it's finished, finally! this thing was a huge pain in the butt >_< that lighting was difficult, the wings tried to kill me, that metal armor was awful to draw... well, you get the point ;)

Anyway, this is Altair, also known as Morgan, Cascade or the Queen of Eagles (that's where my nickname on DA comes from!) and she is a character I made up years ago. I really must write down a short bio about her someday, this character is really old and I made up quite some stories about her. She still looks a bit different in my head though... Her wings for example have black and golden details, but a monocolored pair of wings was difficult enough. My boyfriend says she looks like me, but I am not sure about that. She does have exactly the same haircut as I have though ;)

I hope you like her, a lot of time went into this. I think I will adapt my drawing style a bit now, this thing is just a bit too detailed and definitely too time consuming.

Ow, and this Altair has nothing to do with Altair from assassins creed. I made her up before that game came out ;) (Wink) She is named after the star Altair, which is the brightest star of Aquila, the eagle.

EDIT: I decided to repaint this thing, even though the original isn't that old (a year or so). I just wasn't completely happy with the lighting, wings and background. I am still not completely happy, so maybe I'll change it again ;) This is the original: 
Altair (original) by queenofeagles

Altair is part of a story I am working on, called 'a State of Equilibrium'.

You can find more info about the character here:

 Character 'speedpaint' - Morgan by queenofeagles 

Here is where I will dump more art and info about my OCs and my world:
queenofeagles.deviantart.com/g…

And here is the prologue of my story:
Prologue - a State of Equilibrium
There was that feeling again. He was used to it, after suffering from it for years. It was so unpleasant though that he still couldn't ignore it. It felt like his skin was pinched by thousands of hot, long needles. It always happened when it was time for him to wake up. Luckily it only lasted a second, and it was just a fraction of the misery that already darkened him. The pain faded, and he stood up in the middle of an endless sea of grass, blades moving slowly in the wind.  The pieces of his armour clattered softly against each other. Dark blood stained the shining metal, but it wasn't his. He wondered why he always wore it; he didn't need protection. Getting wounded was something he didn't care about. Maybe he should leave it behind. He started fumbling with the clasps of his armour, while he looked at his surroundings. Only a few gnarled trees were scattered amongst this dull, monotone la
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seralune Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh this is so beautiful, those wings are truly amazing! :la:
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :hug:

I just love wings :heart:
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seralune Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome :hug:

I love them to :D Always dreaming about flying :D
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
gosh, me too... humans should grow wings :)
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seralune Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
I agree :D I tried paragliding once, it was great but i'm sure it would be even better with wings :D
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
well, it's something! probably one of the closest thing to flying you can do I guess... except maybe skydiving, which is flying but only in one direction XD
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seralune Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Yes it was definetely a great experience but unfortunately my stomach wasn't enough strong for it :D
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ahh, I am sorry to hear that - that kinda ruins the whole experience XD
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SiberianDraco Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I love the lighting
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
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SiberianDraco Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
youre welcome :3
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audreylai Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Student General Artist
OMG!!! I love it. :)
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:D thank you!
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DanGref Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see a new version of Altair picture. It has to be very difficult to redraw this picture one more time, but you've made a wonderful art. The sunset and the whole sky looks marvelous but, being honest with you, I prefer the old Altair look - her wings looked much realistic before; of course I understand that in your imagination they looks different and I'm sure that one day you will shock us showing how Altair "really" looks like. Altair is great character; we all would like to know her better. No matter what, you've made a beautiful art-work. Be proud of yourself and keep going, my dear!
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I am going to redraw her again some day, again and again until she really looks like how I want ;) the old wings looked a bit too soft and too blue, I think... Though I am not completely happy with the new ones either XD 

Ive started writing (again) about her; in English this time ;) I will put some chapters here on DA if I can finish this project, so people can get to know her. I will need a lot of time for this though, patience is a must have ;) 
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DragonLegend13 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this picture! It's awesome!
And already a huge improvement on the original.
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! I am glad you like the improvement ;) otherwise it cannot be called an improvement I guess ;) 
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DragonLegend13 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome :)
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Otterwillow Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the lighting and colors are better on this, adding more yellows had a good effect-Nod 
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yellow makes much more sense here ;) Thanks!
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flametwerker Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the background is beautiful
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks, it is based on one of my photo's:
 Sunset 12 by queenofeagles
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EquisEspada Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
If I had to use one word to describe this it would be "beautiful"
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you very much!
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DanGref Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible art-work... Is Altair an Angel or she only looks-like it?

P.S. Do you know that in astrology the star Altair is ill-omened, portending danger from dragons? Weird, doesn't it?
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D And Altair only looks like an angel ;) She can have wings (they are not permanently there) and uses light magic, but that's where the similarities end. She is not part of a religion or a servant of a god either. And she certainly does not behave like an angel XD It's a race I made up, which shares a few similarities with elves (only a very few though). They can use air magic too, which makes them look a bit different than Altair. maybe I should make a reference sheet someday, Than I can explain everything better ;)

And I didn't know that about dragons and Altair! That's indeed a bit weird, but quite interesting. Maybe I can somehow implement it to Altair's background story ;)
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DanGref Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your answer. It's very interesting. Altair looks like some extraterestial humanoid alien creature which ancient humans could see when they visited Earth thousands years ago and they called them Angels, because they were from sky. It can be interesting explanation of Altair's origin. What you think? Her "magic" could be a wired technology or something like that.

But even if Altair would be a casual reall-magic character, she would be awsome. She looks wonderfull; so mighty and noble.
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, that's a nice explaination! It reminds me of the book Ilium by Dan Simmons, where Greek gods are some sort of super intelligent race with very fancy technology. Their tech is so advanced that humans see them as gods. I am still reading that book, so I have not figured out yet what they exactly are... but I am afraid that Altair is just a casual magician, and she is not even extremely skilled either. She lives in a world were the use of magic has become rare and people became afraid of it, so lots of the knowledge is lost. She has great potential, but can't exploit that properly because she only knows the basics. 
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DanGref Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know Ilium - it's very original story. I like this kind of fantastic concept. But even if Altair is just classic magical creature, she's still nice and interesting. In Tolkien's world even 100% magical beings were interesting. only you can make her good or bad character - you will decide using yours imagination. I believe that you have a beautiful mind and Altair will be an awesome creature.
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :hug: uhuh, extremely magical creatures can be interesting as well, especially if their magic has some kind of rules. Just saying spells out loud is a bit... meh, unoriginal. I would love a magical world where magic can be described by scientific equations for example :D hmmm... are there any books out there with that kind of magic? 
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DanGref Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know two - polish short stories: "Ruch generała" (The Iron General) and "Baśń" (The Fable) by Jacek Dukaj. Really incredible stories which took place in a worlds where magic is used like technology.

In the first-one people are using strange machines with living diamonds, some kind of magical minerals, to power theirs vehicles, like flying chariots, possessed by gins, who can guide them and fly where someones ordered to him; in "Iron general" people can make also star-ships surrounded by powerful spell which can move all construction, which doesn't look like our star-ships but more like casual ships, to other planets, which also can be created by very powerful spell. Different tribes and kingdoms are making a war to conquer theirs lands and magical forces which are - in some meaning - dredging from some "places of might", but just in the middle of great magical war - which people watch on a live broadcast from battlefields, shown on sky, using a vision-spell, created by magical companies, just like TV programs ( they have even magical commercials) - famous General, is going to conquer a different planet which has appeared from nothing.

In "The Fable" scientists from our world have found under the surface of Pacific Ocean a portal to parallel world, very similar to Earth, called The Fable, where magic is real and works just like science. People, elves and dwarfs are living there like us; they build Zeppelins, cars with magical engines, firearms. Group of rangers from USA with dwarf from Fable ( who was living on our Earth and works as famous businessman, earning money on gold mines in Africa and... making a love-spells) are going there to find a "lumps of pain" - very powerful artifacts from Flying City, which can make a constant bridge between worlds. On Fable ghosts are living with people just like they were still alive. In this world something has impacted into planet Fable and now on the one side of Fable is endless day, and on the other side is endless night - this darkness cover a real secret of Fable, guarded by unknown forces and strange deadly creatures.

I have heard that "The Iron General" has been translated to English and somewhere in Net you can find it, but "The Fable" hasn't been even finished by author so you can find only a few parts of this text and only in polish.
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
nice, those stories are a really nice combination of sci-fi and fantasy. I hope I come across the Iron General one day, but I couldn't find it after searching for it on the internet -_- nice books can be hard to find sometimes...
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DragonHamster Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely amazing! O:
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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DragonHamster Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! n.n
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TheRedEyedMuse Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful! I love the way you handled the lighting on the feathers.
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! took me some time to figure that out :S
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AurorynDragon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She really looks like ruling everything, wow :heart: Beautiful eagle wings too!
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! :hug: I am glad you like it ;)
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AurorynDragon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :hug: Sure! I like ALL your art :iconflyingheartsplz: =p
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so kind of you! *superspecialmegaawesome hug* thanks you :heart:
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AurorynDragon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwwww you're welcome, and thank you for the special hug :icondragonbrosglomp: :D
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Bulldoggenliebchen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
absolutely gorgeous
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
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Sarara182 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Love this! Great lighting :)
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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Sarara182 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Dragonmaster62835 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really beautiful... the cloth, armor, wings, anatomy, background... everything is really amazing. Fantastic work! :)
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! I am glad you like it :D although my next pic will hopefully be less time consuming ;)
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Dragonmaster62835 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem. ^^
Well, I think it was worth it. :)
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