musing on fanart….

So, I haven’t been using this blog quite as often as before, apologies, but I’m still working quite a bit!  :)

I had a recent reevaluation of the meaning of fanart, after becoming obsessed with HBO’s A Game of Thrones, and then reading and RE-reading the entire ASOIAF series.  No, really…I’m on book five again, about a third through.  Completely off topic, A Dance with Dragons is so much more enjoyable the second time around, for those who felt it wasn’t quite up to their expectations.  I spent a lot of the first read being confused about which Reznak was which, and keeping Yunkai’i commanders and sellsword captains straight.  Not so now!  You realize there aren’t quite so many of them as previously thought.

Anyway, back on track here.  After really seeing how much incredible artwork the series has inspired, I decided to join in the fun.  Fanart, fanfic…it has a scary connotation, right?  It brings poorly written, alt endings to the Twilight saga to mind, or something.  But in reality, getting your art skills up by messing around with fanarts is a great way to practice interpreting client requests, since it starts your work out with a specific set of parameters.  And who hasn’t noticed the artbooks that are often the result of cult media?  With the right attention, suddenly fanart becomes licensed art!

This may have some slight spoilage if you are still on book one or only watching the tv show, FYI.  But little can really be gleaned from the image as to what all is going on (ie, no one is getting their head chopped off in this pic).

 

Leaving some extra space for you to decide, if you’re reading…

 

Here’s the link on my deviantART too:
http://courtneytrowbridge.deviantart.com/#/d4cgy0q\

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