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The gentleman by queenofeagles The gentleman by queenofeagles
All hail dramatic lighting for no obvious reason! And top hats. Everyone should own one.

Wait, top hats? And all kinds of other fancy schmuck? Yep. My world isn't so medieval as it might look. Hmm, I think Orion is climbing the ladder of social status: I drew him in his underwear a year ago and look at him now! It felt really unnatural to draw him without beard. Or hood. Or smirk. Especially the smirk. He was so hard to draw him without those features, I simply didn't recognise him. He really looked like Rain at some point (I use the same head for everyone, apparently).

Credits for the outfit (though you do not see that much of it) goes to keokotheshadowfang! Look at the awesome clothes she drew for him, just aaaaaaahhh! He looks so friggin' sexy! I fear I dropped the feathery shoulder thing though... I love it, but it made Orion look like Jon Snow with a top hat. Oh, and in my version Orion found a razor somewhere and got rid of the beard. I forgot about that until I came across the WIP chapter ^^; Beard is better though. Much better.

Orion Mystery Outfit by keokotheshadowfangDapper Orion by keokotheshadowfang

I wanted to draw something that would match the story that goes with it (see below), meaning he looks absolutely fantastic in that drool-worthy outfit, but that he is slightly troubled and insecure (yes, it happens) at the same time. However, I wanted to go for epic lighting as well, even focus on his eyes by having a ray of light fall on them (since they are the cause of his troubles). That was a bit too much to get in one drawing, so now you are now stuck with the silhouette of some goth guy...

Speaking of goth: is this too dark? My tabtop shows these fifty shades of black well, but I have a pretty good screen. Can you see this well?

In case you want to leave a comment about your love for greyscale, your weak spot for top hats or the magnificence of dust brushes: I deeply appreciate it, but you should kick my butt instead: I should be doing NaNoWriMo right now, not this.

------ story time ------

There he was. He stood close to the wall, covered by the thin veil of shadows that could be found there. His height made him hard to miss, but nevertheless, it took Morgan a moment to realise it was him. He looked so different… He was dressed in black, as always, but he was fancy. His cloak was replaced by a long tailcoat and matching trousers, decorated with silver embroidery. He had tamed his hair, tied back into a ponytail with a satin ribbon. Even his chin was free from the stubble that normally adorned it. His look was completed with a jabot and a top hat. Sophisticated. Elegant. Handsome. Perfect for these circumstances.

It didn’t suit him at all.

Morgan frowned. It wasn’t like his clothes didn’t fit him. They seemed to be tailor made, following the lines of his body perfectly. He also knew how to wear them: he moved with a grace he normally did not show. The outfit just didn’t suit him as a person. Orion wasn’t a diamond, set in a piece of expensive jewellery, cut and polished to show its prettiness to all who laid eyes on it. He was more like coal. Dark. Rough. A thing people preferred not to admire.

She kept staring at him. Orion chatted to people, but the conversations never seemed to go beyond the customary welcomes. Morgan blamed the difference in status for it at first. Coal… Diamonds… The two didn't mingle. The problem ran deeper though. Talks weren't only short: people flinched when they looked at him.

Ah, that reaction.

The eyes were the core of the dilemma. Normally, Orion would have put up a hood or at least have some hair dangle in front of his face to dim that almost glowing white of his irises. Upper-class fashion however did not tolerate such things, or at least not from some unimportant sorcerer. Pity nagged Morgan. She heard the guests whisper about Orion's eyes, even saw them point at him in a supposedly discrete way. Being unable to blend in must hurt; Orion hadn't shown his typical grin, not even once.

Don’t judge those people, reason told her. You acted the same way when you met him.

Hmm… Not really,
another part of her said in defiance. The circumstances were different. Less civilised.

But they improved, didn’t they? So why do you still turn away every time he tries to look at you?


*story mode: off*

That's 400 words about someone's looks. Normally, I try to keep it within 2 or 3 sentences. Some characters really know how to get attention. 


------ advertisement zone -------

The prologue:
Prologue - a State of Equilibrium 

All shared artwork and literature:
queenofeagles.deviantart.com/g…

Not-so-shared, WIP literature:
The Reading Corner

Story guide:
Guide to 'a State of Equilibrium'  

The super-duper official *snorts* site:
queenofeagles.wixsite.com/asoe…
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agorandy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Professional Filmographer
Very nice atmosphere, and what a poetic piece ! Well done :)
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much!
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patbunNF Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never seen Orion in that outfit before and he shaved!! I love the lighting and the dust reflect the light makes them look shiny, how awesome is that :heart:
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! That shaved chin was so weird to draw, I'll never do it again, he really misses something... and he looks better with beard, even if it is a bit messy.
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Hellypse Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the light, great job ! It's very dramatic, especially with these eyes ! ^^
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! Yay for the eyes - the poor guy is so insecure about them... 
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Moltenkitty Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Student General Artist
Ooooooo~ Love the dramatic lighting,  and I think you achieved the emphasis on his eyes quite well :la:  However, if Orion ever shaves his beard off again without asking me first I'll kill him XD p.s WHY ARENT YOU DOING NANOWRIMO? *kicks her butt* p.s.s I can't wait to read that chapter HNGGGGGGGGGGGGG
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I am glad to hear that :hug: Haha, join the 'no shave Orion' movement, you are not alone here ;) Beard looks so much better... And I'm working on NaNo! I'll not make it, but I've made quite some progress!
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Moltenkitty Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Student General Artist
You're welcome, :huggle: and beards really do xD
Yay! Progress is great ! :heart:
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Vixenkiba Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I will read the section later <333 I just wanted to shout out now OMG!!! I love this awesome outfit on him! And you managed to make him so recognisable, even though he looks totally different and without beard, haha! He has got a very sexy chin, you know... Finally we can see it without the beard, but I agree that a small beard or stubbly beard looks better on him.

Gotta love the victorian style. Tiny bit of a steampunk hint, mmmmmh <3

As for the shades of grey, I can see them perfectly well here, but it does depend on the screen. My workscreen shows it horribly!
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The story snippet is almost geologically interesting ;) thank you so much! :hug: haha, lol, everyone agrees that beard = better XD I'm glad you still like him! No hint of steampunk though, just victorian ;P

How good is your workscreen then? only my phone screws it up somewhat, but that's just a phone...
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Vixenkiba Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll have time this weekend haha, don't want to miss any geological details now xD

My workscreen is a bit shit, very cheap. My phone shows it perfectly fine! Screens can be so damn different, also in how they change colours, sigh! Makes art-life tough.
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That's what you say all the time! How are you? Survived fieldwork and the conference thingy you had to organise?

that sucks. Can't you convince your Uni that it is worth investing in you and give you a decent screen? :3
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Vixenkiba Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, returned from Cyprus monday morning and the conference ended as a huge success yesterday evening <3 My god, a wall of stress just fell off my shoulders!

Sadly not, I have tried haha! They have the same screens for all the staff. I bet they just want to save money...
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ah awesome! I just returned from Rottumeroog (one day field trip, but you need more simply to get there XD) I am glad to hear your conference was a blast!

ahh, and they see dutchies are cheap. We all have different screens though, some of them are much better than others. though people count themself lucky if they have two screens that are the same XD
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Vixenkiba Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh, sounds interesting! :la: How does one get there? Do you hire a boat with a group and just go there? I still need to read your journal haha <3 

I also had the time to read the snippet, hahaha! I'm loving the comparison between diamond and coal. How can people hate his eyes so much? They are a bit like diamonds, so bright. I always find people with super bright eyes mesmerizing. I can imagine it must be depressing for Orion to get reactions like this all the time, eventually it will burn him out, the piece of coal he is...
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
you get a boat (rijkswaterstaat's, in our case, we didn't hire them because they are stakeholders of my colleague's project) but then you need to get on a smaller rubber boat because the big one is too big to get ashore. and the smaller rubber boat can't get all the way to the beach either (like, a few meters from there) so you need to get a wader and walk the last bit.

You have time?! Wooow! haha, I guess you are a bit more open-minded than the average person ;) It keeps reminding me of that one moment at Elfia where someone suddenly popped up in front of me to ask me to make a pic of my costume. that woman had coloured contacts (with flames on them :D) Super awesome, but my first reaction was jumping backwards and almost letting out a scream - I think it was my second year there, I wasn't used yet to coloured contact lenses :') I guess that must happen constantly with Orion, except that the people he meets aren't fans of funny eyes... Must explain why he prefers to hide in a library...
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LeffieDeviant Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Wow!! The lighing is so gorgeous! la:
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much!
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LeffieDeviant Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016
You're very welcome :heart:
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seralune Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
So amazing :love:
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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N-W-O Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016   Traditional Artist
Oh. Um. Wow, Orion. I didn't recognise him at first! He definitely scrubs up well (although along with everyone else I prefer him a bit scruffy with that beard!).

The lighting and tonal range are absolutely fantastic, very dramatic which lends to the mood and the snippet in your comment. Poor guy, at least in this world he is popular with everyone despite (for some perhaps because of his eyes. <3

Oh and it doesn't appear too dark on my laptop. My phone shows it darker, but I keep the brightness turned all the way down. :D
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Me neither XD But indeed, shaving that beard was a mistake. 

Thank you! I guess this is the reason why Orion breaks the fourth wall so much: he likes this world much more than his own :)

ah, good! my phone shows it a bit dark as well, but it's not that bad. Glad to know I don't need to give my drawings a final edit to compensate for it, despite being so dark (that used to be such a huge problem...)
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fluoroid Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
Ooh, that lighting turned out great! :clap:
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much!
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The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohh, hij is gespiegeld!

Also, since you explicitly asked for it...
*kicks butt*
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
dat trucje gebruik ik wel vaker, dan kan je wat sneller zien of je verhoudingen verkeerd zijn ;) 

ouch! thank you though XD
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DancesWithDreams Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist
I agree completely with the entire first line. Though I don't own a top hat. Yet.
You pulled the lighting off really well! And I also like how you did the coat, especially the details of the collar.
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you will one day! it makes you feel fancy instantly ;)
Thank you so much! lol, that embroidery on his collar was actually the easiest thing to draw! Just *boom* it suddenly was there...
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snoopcat99 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I have always wanted a top hat.  Actually multiple top hats in various sizes and colours.  I really like the way  you've done this.  The "dramatic lighting" seems perfect for the subject.  Makes me think of gaslight in London :)  Not that I've ever been in London when there were gaslights...lol
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I want multiple ones as well! you can decorate them beautifully, one is not enough!
thank you so much! :hug: lol, gaslights! I guess that would look pretty awesome :)
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keokotheshadowfang Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goodness! You already drew him in his new outfit!
Goodness I loved your description <3 (I can also do an alternate version for you and  get rid of his face hairs on the pictures I did for the mystery outfit)
I also really love the monochrome look of this image. I can see the different shades of black, but I also have a good screen!
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! Oh please keep the beard, he looks much better with it :heart: shaving it was such a mistake...

I'm using a crappy screen now, and it looks okay on it. My phone is not so good... Can't make out his ear :S
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keokotheshadowfang Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay! :3 I just wanted to leave you with that option in case you wanted it!
Ah, >.< that's a shame you can't see it well on your phone, but at least it's just that, a phone. I don't think many people expect HQ resolution from them.
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, that's so kind of you :hug:

yeah. and It is not even an expensive phone, so I should not complain :)
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Nuwer-Designs Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
very neat job  :)  the dark background and the tophat style makes for a classic mysterious theme
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you say that: it's a theme that fits the character well, though he usually doesn't look so fancy...
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Nuwer-Designs Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
no prob!  ^^  lol  
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Eleynah Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
He had tamed his hair, tied back into a ponytail with a satin ribbon. Even his chin was free from the stubble that normally adorned it. His look was completed with a jabot and a top hat. Sophisticated. Elegant. Handsome. Perfect for these circumstances.

Drooling Tard Drooling Tard Drooling Tard Drooling Tard 


You secretly know I'm adoring Orion a lot but this drawing in combi with that story snippet: I just had to express it explicitly this time.

Though I like the beard better :P


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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
clean up that drool please, it stains his jacket... Thank you though ^^

Beard is better indeed. You are not the only one who thinks that: Morgan jumps a hole in the roof when the stubble returns :D
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KanahaniART Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the atmosphere here *-*
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to hear that, thanks! :hug:
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wolfsbane6 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016
Incredible work!
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
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wolfsbane6 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
You're most welcome! :)
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K-naille Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I have such a huge weak spot for top hats!
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too! top hats :heart: I really want to own one of those super tall ones one day. The one I have is a lady's top hat, they are quite low.
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K-naille Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
How I relate to that! I have a few ones, but mostly borsalino styled.
For my wedding I had a custom made top hat. It isn't high but it's sooo classy!
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, a custom made one? awesome!!! That must have looked so pretty!
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