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The Way of Kings - Sketching by krhart The Way of Kings - Sketching by krhart
Shallan was that part of the book where I said to myself; this is going to be special. Let me point out ahead of time that I've read books where there were artists and other creative types illustrated in various demeanor (usually some breath-taken dandy and ripe with frills), but this was different. She was actually capable. Capable and believable.

I drew her with the axehound Scrak as a concept that it was given to Shallan as a gift from her brother Balat. Maybe Scrak came from a new batch of hounds he'd bred earlier in the year. She'd eventually have to go off to leave her behind, but I like to image what happened in the before, aside from the foreshadowed dark stuff that is.

Original Scrak sketch: [link]

Calm drawings before the more dynamic ones.
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Spiritdink Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this. Perfect
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Fel-Stalker Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Great work! Is that a bow on Scrak?
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krhart Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yep!
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glougee Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very Nice! I really like the atmosphere!
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CabbyHat Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Gorgeous picture, but more than anything else Scrak is cracking me up. That's about exactly the face our dog makes when we try to put bows on her, too.
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CM-Night-Creature Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally believable. It really captures my image of Shallan.
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natans Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
If you fell like trow in some Kaladin and Dalinar. You have the gift men.
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priscellie Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student Filmographer
Stunning! This is the first fanart I've seen for WoK, and I now can't imagine how anything else could compare. I love the sculptural quality of your drawings. Your line work is amazing.
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Buttercup-Poison Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
simply gorgeous. i just started reading the book and i want to thank you for helping me "see" this world. by the way, listen to your boyfriend and everyone else...show these pictures to sanderson!
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CommanderKip Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, Scrak is so adorable.
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Wulfsbane Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011   Digital Artist
It's gorgeous, Kel. I don't know what else to say, other than I would very much like to see an entire book of this particular novel filled with your imaginative visions (hmm did I say this before? I can't remember. Oh well). More than just the characters you actually take on the world as your own, and that's more than just a fan's fantasy, that's love.
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windwalker69 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
how.... do you do it?...
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's pretty brilliant! When an axehound closes up its mouth, the mandibles lay flush to the lower jaw, and the foreclaws are a little spikier (though I suppose this could be a variant breed), but given how little there is to base new illustrations on I think you did a great job. You definitely nailed the cute aspect, which is hard to capture on a creature that's basically a giant snapping dog-lobster.
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krhart Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hey thanks! I actually intentionally did it differently. While I love them (the original drawings), I actually get a better feel from the written descriptions. Especially the part where its described that the plates feel softer to the tough. I didn't quite get that from the technical drawings in the book. I'll probably do other changes to things that are already illustrated also at the chagrin of most readers XD. It just didn't "feel" right when going by the existing ones.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it was a difficult thing to capture. A lot of it comes from the body language, which you nailed well here. Brandon made it clear that there are multiple breeds of axehound, so there's plenty of room for development along the anatomical details.

There's a whole series of sketches that illustrate the evolution of the axehound from Brandon's initial description to what finally appeared in the novel, we've shown 'em at conventions, but they probably won't see print for a while. The hardest thing to nail was the sense of something that could be both intimidating and adorable. What I imagine when he describes the plates as being "soft" is more that they feel flexible and smooth. If you've ever handled a large snake, for instance, the belly plates are uniform and wide, much like the plates on the axehound's belly and flanks, but they have a flexibility to them as well, they bend and twist as needed. The outer plates along the back and the top of the head are tougher, but they'd still have that feeling of organically grown shell.

I really like it, I hope you do more of 'em. Have you tried his other books? The Mistborn series is great stuff.
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krhart Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
I never really thought about the snake texture! That's pretty awesome to think about actually. I can't wait to see the other drawings as I really felt they added another dimension to reading. I wish more books would have them aside from maps which I also tend to obsess over. I'd be besides myself if I were charged with that sort of task, especially by an author I liked so much.

As for his other books, I've pretty much read everything he's ever put out. I was given Elantris as a gift a few years ago and have just followed his works ever since. The Mistborn books just felt enthralling instantly. Amazing magic/power systems? Oh hell yeah. It also feels like each of his books has a specific color to them, if that makes any sense. Mistborn felt a bit gray and murky. I feel like he writes much like an illustrator would. Definitely ooking forward to the next Mistborn book also later also!
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well, he definitely treats writing as a "craft" rather than an "art", and I think that informs his descriptions. He's actually been really sparse on the descriptive particulars in the past and he's gotten better about it since working on WoT (since Jordan was often so floridly descriptive). But what I love best are his concepts, he just comes up with stuff that's fun to draw.

He continues to be really progressive about the use of artwork to flesh out his books, I'm psyched as hell to see what he wants for the next one.
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Jay-Bendt Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
And I have to say, I totally agree with you. As an artist, Shallan is one of the most believable artists I've read in stories.
She's fantastic, and so is this piece! great job, dear.
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HowlSeage Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
fuck, this is gorgeous.
Your drawing still blow my mind, miss.
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