I found this elegantly dressed dude in one of my drawing of the day sketchbooks from last year, as I was searching for some illustrations for a new minicomic. I remember drawing him and the half finished piece has always been a favorite, even with layers of pencil still clogging it. I can’t explain why I never finished it and posted it here. (Until now …)
This drawing was probably influenced by those pastiche portraits that were going around the internet a couple of years ago, the ones of modern celebrities in elaborate Napoleonic era military uniforms. (Gordon Ramsey and Bill Murrary both looked perfectly natural.) I don’t know who the subject is or what his career has been like, but he’s probably not as mild mannered as he looks. No Empire, interstellar or otherwise, hands out medals like that for perfect attendance.
It was only after I scanned the finished version that I noticed he is apparently unarmed– not even with a semi symbolic sword. His Emperor or Empress must be extremely paranoid. What do you bet that he has a knife (or a gun, or a blaster) tucked away somewhere? In the court of a paranoid sovereign, you can only survive by being fairly paranoid yourself.