Sketch of the Day: The Sword in the Darkness

Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

Watercolour this time. And A Song of Ice and Fire (although most people only seem to refer to the whole thing as Game of Thrones these days, anyway…) and everyone’s (or at least my) favourite bastard. This is of course my own mental image, which is what I always stick to when I’m illustrating something from – well – any book which caught my fancy sufficiently enough for me to make a doodle or two. I mostly love what they have done with the tv show, and whereas I have nothing against Kit Harrington’s portrayal of Jon Snow, he simply doesn’t fit my mental image of that guy. However, here is a quick, little attempt at my Jon Snow, man of the Night’s Watch and his trusty Valyrian steel blade, Longclaw (which I may not have failed so miserably at, had I made this a more thorough piece, and not just mostly-a-sketch). If you wonder about those faint scars, those are kind of a minor spoiler from A Storm of Swords involving a bird with a bad attitude, which is all I’ll say about that for now.

Akvarell denne gangen. Og A Song of Ice and Fire (selv om folk flest ser ut til å referere til hele greia som Game of Thrones nå om dagen), og alles (eller i hvert fall min) favoritt-lausunge. Dette er selvfølgelig mitt eget mentale bilde, som er hva jeg pleier å holde meg de gangene jeg illustrerer noe fra – tja – en hvilken som helst bok som fanget meg tilstrekkelig til at jeg følte for litt dodling. Selv om jeg er veldig glad i det aller meste med tv-serien, og selv om jeg absolutt ikke her noe imot Kit Harringtons fremstilling av Jon Snow, så passer karen rett og slett ikke med mitt mentale bilde. Så her er e kjapp, liten verasjon av min Jon Snow, mann av the Night’s Watch med sitt trofaste, valyriske sverd, Longclaw (som jeg kanskje ikke hadde kludret så til, hadde jeg tatt meg litt bedre tid og ikke bestemt meg for at dette skulle være bare-en-skisse). Hvis du lurer på hvor de tre, små arrene kommer fra, så er det en liten spoiler fra A Storm of Swords som dreier seg rundt en pipp med dårlig holdning, som er alt jeg vil si om saken for denne gang.

The Sword in the Darkness

Technicalities:

Paper: Hahnemühle 200 g/m2, matt, 24 x 32 cm

Tools: Brushes from Cotman and DaVinci Cosmotop Spin and a scalpel

Medium: Watercolours in pans, tubes and liquid from Winsor & Newton, Schminke and Talens

References used: None per se, but I did grasp the chance to pose like a moron in front of the bathroom mirror with my boyfriend’s pretty bastard sword

Teknikaliteter:

Papir: Hahnemühle 200 g/m2, matt, 24 x 32 cm

Verktøy: Pensler fra Cotman og DaVinci Cosmotop Spin og en skalpell

Medium: Akvarell i skål, tube og flytende form fra Winsor & Newton, Schminke og Talens

Referanser: Ingen per se, men jeg knabbet muligheten til å posere som en dust foran baderomsspeilet med fiiine bastard-sverdet til kjæresten

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