Fan Art Friday: Game of Thrones houses

I am an illustrator and graphic designer and love to see other people’s illustrations of my favorite characters/books. Fan art Friday is a semi-regular feature where I highlight book inspired fan art from the web.

French illustrator Renaud Forestié has drawn wonderfully cute versions of the house sigils from A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones! Below are a couple of my favorites.

Check out all of the house sigils here on Mr Forestié’s website! In addition to the ones below, I especially love the Targaryen sigil.

GoT - Renaud Forestie

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Fan Art Friday: Wizards

I am an illustrator and graphic designer and love to see other people’s illustrations of my favorite characters. Fan art Friday is a semi-regular feature where I highlight book inspired fan art from the web.

In this episode of Fan Art Friday, I will feature my top 5 favorite mages, wizards and other magic users. Please visit the artists (by clicking on the image or the link provided) to support them and see the full image!

1. Raistlin Majere

Raistlin Majere

The mage’s white skin had turned a golden color. It glistened in the firelight with a faintly metallic quality, looking like a gruesome mask. The flesh had melted from the face, leaving the cheekbones outlined in dreadful shadows. The lips were pulled tight in a dark straight line. But it was the man’s eyes that arrested Tanis and held him pinned in their terrible gaze. For the eyes were no longer the eyes of any living human Tanis had ever seen. The black pupils were now the shape of hourglasses! The pale blue irises Tanis remembered now glittered gold!

Art: Raistlin Majere by Altana (new account ladyalavi) on deviantART

Raistlin is my favorite character in anything, ever. This sarcastic and bitter, intelligent man is never fully appreciated by his companions, although I do understand how others could get annoyed with his remarks. There is this shell around Raistlin that he allows almost nothing to pierce through. A very complex character, and my favorite mage of all time. I like that Altana depicted the character in his red robes.

From the Dragonlance novels by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
First appearance in Dragons of Autumn Twilight, 1984
(Before that appeared in a short story in Dragon magazine)

2. Aloysius Crumrin

Aloysius Crumrin

He shot her a withering glance with his terrible eyes. ”Would you like some hot cocoa?”

Art: Aloysius Crumrin by ArcanePrayer on deviantART

Courtney Crumrin’s bad-ass uncle Aloysius is my favorite character from this series of graphic novels. He is such a powerful warlock! Together with Courtney they form a wonderful power duo! It was hard to find Aloysius fan art on the web, but ArcanePrayer captured his profile well.

From the Courtney Crumrin graphic novels by Ted Naifeh
First appearance in Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things, 2002

3. Howl

Howl

The tall young fellow in a flamboyant blue-and-silver suit who had just come in stopped in the act of leaning a guitar in the corner. He brushed the fair hair from his rather curious glass-green eyes and stared back. His long, angular face was perplexed.

Art: Howl’s moving castle by Mevelan on deviantART

I love Howl! He is such a diva, throwing temper tantrums and worrying about his looks almost above all else. Green slime, anyone? But there’s also a more vulnerable side to Howl which makes him such a great character. I like that Mevelan’s artwork looks like a poster/book cover.

From Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, 1986

4. Harry Dresden

Harry Dresden

Karrin and I are a study in contrasts. Where I am tall and lean, she’s short and stocky. Where I have dark hair and dark eyes, she’s got Shirley Temple blond locks and baby blues. Where my features are all lean and angular, with a hawkish nose and a sharp chin, hers are round and smooth, with the kind of cute nose you’d expect on a cheerleader.

Art: Harry by kreugan on deviantART

There was a time when Harry could have been higher on my list, but due to the latest novels’ changes to the character I’ve begun to grow a bit tired of him. But I just can’t help but love his smart-ass ways. It was hard to find a picture of Harry that looked anything like the character in my head, but Kreugan got the messy “haven’t slept in three days” look that defines Harry to me.

From the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
First appearance in Storm Front, 2000

5. Jonathan Strange

Jonathan Strange

In person he was rather tall and his figure was considered good. Some people thought him handsome, but this was not by any means the universal opinion. His face had two faults: a long nose and an ironic expression. It is also true that his hair had a reddish tinge and, as everybody knows, no one with red hair can ever truly be said to be handsome.

Art: Jonathan Strange by Eminina on deviantART

Jonathan Strange is by far the more sympathetic one from the two title magicians of this novel. There are other characters in the book that I love more, but I like Strange, and appreciate him as the more charismatic foil to Norrell. As you can see from the description above, Eminina really captured the character, especially the faintly ironic expression.

From Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, 2004

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Fan Art Friday: The Three Musketeers

Hey everyone! How are you doing? Now, I’m not sure if you know, but The Three Musketeers is one of my favorite books. I was so psyched to find out that Noelle Stevenson, aka Gingerhaze over at tumblr, is doing a school project where she and her group are re-imagining & genderbending The Three Musketeers.

In Noelle’s own words, quoted from her tumblr:

“So our current concept art assignment is a group project, and we’re interpreting The Three Musketeers as an 80s high school romantic comedy, where the Musketeers are a bunch of roller derby babes.”

Here’s the link to all of her posts tagged as The Three Musketeers. So far she’s posted Aramis and Milo de Winter. I hope to see more soon!

Below is the picture of Aramis, whom Noelle re-imagined as “a rebellious Catholic girl. She’s… probably a big fan of Madonna.” Love it!

Gingerhaze's Aramis

I am an illustrator and graphic designer and love to see other people’s illustrations of my favourite characters. Fan art Friday is a new semi-regular feature where I highlight book inspired fan art from the web.

Fan Art Friday: Vampires

I am an illustrator and graphic designer and love to see other people’s illustrations of my favourite characters. Fan art Friday is a new semi-regular feature where I highlight book inspired fan art from the web.

In this first episode of Fan Art Friday, I will feature my top 3 favourite vampire characters along with a piece of fan art. Please visit the artists (by clicking on the image or the link provided) to support them and see the full image!

1. Lestat de Lioncourt

Lestat by Diablera

”He came in from the courtyard, opening the French doors without a sound, a tall fair-skinned man with a mass of blond hair and a graceful, almost feline quality to his movements.”

Art: Lestat by ~Diablera on deviantART

Lestat, my first ever favourite vampire! He is loud, ruthless and full of himself, a wonderful counterpart to the more quiet and subdued Louis. I think Diablera’s illustration manages to capture Lestat’s aura of power.

Lestat is from the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
First appearance in Interview with the Vampire, 1976

2. Lord Akeldama

Lord Akeldama by Eeza

”Outrageous was a very good way of describing Lord Akeldama. Alexia was not afraid of outrageousness any more than she was afraid of vampires, which was good because Lord Akeldama was both.”

Art: Lord Akeldama by ~eeza on deviantART

In addition to being impeccably dressed and overly familiar with people, Lord Akeldama is dangerously sharp and knows everything that goes on in his city. I love every moment he appears on the page! In her illustration, Eeza successfully portrays Lord Akeldama’s colorful fashion sense.

Lord Akeldama is from the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger
First appearance in Soulless, 2009

3. Thomas Raith
Thomas Raith by Kreugan

”There was a moment’s pause, and then a man glided out of the limo. He was tall, pale as a statue. Sable hair fell in tousled curls to his shoulders. […] The man smiled, bright enough for a toothpaste commercial.”

Art: thomas by ~kreugan on deviantART

Thomas is a White Court vampire, which means he feeds on human emotions, and from House Raith, which means he feeds primarily on lust. Thomas goes through a lot during the book series, but I always finds him fascinating whether he is self-assured or full of self-doubt. Kreugan captures Thomas’s classic good looks very well.

Thomas is from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
First appearance in Grave Peril, 2001