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Song of Exile by AngelaSasser Song of Exile by AngelaSasser
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In the forests of the Untamed Land, the Wolf wanders. He hums the tune to a song, words long forgotten, but feelings still remembered. Ramah dreams of the desert homeland where he can never return, where he was once a Prince among men.

Now he is only a Wolf chasing the spirits of the past.

This painting was almost singularly inspired by listening to the haunting song, Feraghi - Song of Exile by Niyaz.

This piece represents a personal milestone for me. I haven't sat down to do something for myself in a long while, much less sat and asked myself at every phase of the image "Just how can I push this farther?" This was also the first time I feel I've gotten this character correct after failing to depict him close to the image I had of him in my mind's eye in past illustrations.

I hope to continue this pattern of pushing myself, which may mean less artwork in the meantime, as it will take me longer to produce higher quality images. I think this habit will be worth it in the long run.

Original Image: 11x14 Inches, Watercolor & Color Pencils.
Ramah Sirhaan, the werewolf Prince Angela Sasser


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:iconagatha-macpie:
Agatha-Macpie Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So much details !!! And I love the coloring ! Great job !
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Wai-Jing Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, I love the backstory! All the details in the picture are just spectacular - I love the sword, the pattern down the blade is stunning! It took me several seconds of taking everything in before I even noticed the wolves, heh >_<
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'm always happy to see people pick up on the fact there's a narrative going on here. This is one of my personal favorite pieces that really inspired something grand. There's more to read about Ramah over at my lit account, if you're interested:

Mark of Cahim (a little chara sketch with Ramah): [link]

It's the start of something bigger with him that was sparked by this picture:) Hoping it will bring more illustrations with it too!
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
this is sooo wonderful :love:
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
this is sooo wonderful :love:
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
this is sooo wonderful :love:
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swampfaerie Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
I think it's awesome you joined this group...it's really awesome, even though I haven't put really anything in it yet
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echdhu Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Not only a really nice piece,but I also have to thank you for introducing me to Niyaz!
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
My pleasure! This song just captivates me in particular. I must've listened to it on repeat a thousand times over while I was painting this image. Their work is just amazing and definitely on my art music playlist!
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lenochka86 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010   Digital Artist
yawza!!! amazing job
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Hira--Akami Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
The thing I like most about this is how complete it looks. It looks absolutely professional. Nothing is neglected or left half-assed. If you ever need a portfolio for something, definately stick this in it.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
I am very proud of this particular piece and it's definitely one I put in my portfolio these days. I sat down with the full intent to take this picture as far as I could. I would not be lazy about backgrounds, I would not skimp out on details, I had a beloved professor's voice in my head asking me constantly "How can you push this further, Angela?" I'd like to be this way with all my future pieces. Even though it took me ages to complete, the end results were well worth the taxing efforts it took to make myself be focused and NOT lazy about anything.
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nathie Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
this is just too sexy! :)
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Byrd-of-paradise09 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009   Writer
um.....can i say THIS IS FRIGGEN AMAZING LIKE WOW!!!! but really, i love this pic and even though it is just a drawing, he looks so realistic its CRAZY! KEEP UP THE AMAZING WORK!!!
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks:heart:
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AlexandraRena Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
OH MY GOD, I LOVE NIYAZ. I have been madly in love with them for the past year and a half!
And I love the overall design in this...and the subject is most delectable :D
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks:) I recently discovered Niyaz but I am just as in love.
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AlexandraRena Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Have you listened to their album Nine Heavens yet? It's wonderful! Also, check out Azam Ali's (singer) stuff. It's all excellent! :D And if you like Niyaz, check out Raquy and the Cavemen. More tribal, but still great for art-ing.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yup I have all of Ali's stuff, though I can't seem to find Raquy. Sounds interesting though!
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AlexandraRena Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
They have a Myspace: [link]
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Charlemaine Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009   Writer
whoa sinew overload. lol.. they are fun to draw tho!

musical inspiration is often the best... i'll try to find the translation for ya (methinks the lure of the free print might hv smthg to do with it -- shameless but true) ...well, may the fastest translator win :XD:

this has to be one of ur best watercolors yet. the wolves look inspired, like u thought of that execution out of the blue. and i'd kill for his sword.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
update! Someone has found a translation and it's quite beautiful:D [link]
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks^_^ I'm very proud of Mr. Fuzzy man here. I had actually planned to paint in the wolves realistically before the idea struck me to make them ghost like. I think it worked out for the best in the end.

And yes, please do send me a translation if you happen to find one! I've gone right to the source and emailed Niyaz' official website about it. Still no response yet though!
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breakful Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
This is probably my favorite piece you've done so far, that I've seen.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Glad to hear you enjoyed it! It's definitely something I'm very proud of:)
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doranobaka Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
I'm so happy to see this finished! I remember looking at the wip you posted and being fascinated by it. I still am, in fact. The motion of the picture is wonderful, especially as shown by the flowing fabric and his hair and those lovely wolves.

And I'll never stop being fascinated by his manly chest. Seriously, you did such a fantastic job with his chest, especially the way his chest hair looks. Gah, so amazing. :heart:
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
I've always been wary of putting hair and nipples on my characters. Maybe I was too used to cartoon style men who don't need such thingsXD In the end, it all seemed to come together the way I wanted. I think I could have gone even MORE hairy with him, in fact!

I'm glad you enjoyed it. He was quite the journey of creation to paint:)
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kdeln Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional Writer
Absolutely gorgeous hun, I love the way this has turned out! You've really pushed yourself with it, and it's definitely paid off. You've given it both a vivid, bright atmosphere, but also the sharp, hot, bleached tone of the desert. I also love your meticulous work creating realistic man-hair. Could hobbit feet be around the bed? ^~
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
lol hobbit feet around the 'bed'?XD *laughs at your fruedian typo*

I certainly hope not>_>

Now it's on to more bright and flowy ladies with no body hair to speak of XD
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kdeln Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional Writer
Haha, I'm sure you know what I meant, but the typo is far more hilarious :D
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thenumber42 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I only JUST noticed the glowing wolves running behind him, very nice.
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Oh man Ang.. this is just incredible!! It's such a gorgeous sweeping image.. we get a definite feel of the desolation he must feel out there all alone.. just gorgeous!
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks hon. I'm especially proud of it^_^
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
You definitely should be!
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QuestingRaven Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful composition. ... I'm jealous of that sash though =P :)
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
ahah yes the ever-flowing sash of awesomeness!
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jademacalla Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Turned out great. Wonderful flow.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks Jade! He was so much fun to paint:) Can't go wrong with flowiness.
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akiko-sempai Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Student Digital Artist
this is so gorgeous! it reminds of Prince of Persia game art...except, you know, way better.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
I loove that game to bits, despite having not beaten the first one yet. I can see where the style might have been skulking around in my subconscious.
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akiko-sempai Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
that's cool! I really love that game too! We beat it, and then bought the second one. That was the really hard one. uuuuggggh.
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Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW the wolves and the sword look awesome :D
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks:D
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
very beautiful work!
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks^_^
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Crazy4ff7 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
WOW! :speechless: :wow:
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malaflamme Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Great stuff, Ang! (Hmm- Ncon as elf?)
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
He and Ncon do rather look like cousins don't they? (He's actually a werewolf and that's the reason for the pointy ears...but I'll take 'fuzzy elf' as a nicknameXD)
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malaflamme Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Oh, that's a part of Ncon's story I haven't told you about yet. Since his real father is Pyrage, he has inherited the "weir" ability. There's a reason Ncon wears the wolf as his crest that even he's not aware of yet. (That might show up in "Luman".)
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
ohhh that's pretty cool! I didn't know about that but it makes sense considering his heritage. I look forward to learning more about him:D
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