Drawing from the past
The world of George R.R. Martin’s Ice and Fire novel series is full of interesting and complex characters and history. The continents of Westeros and Essos, which are purely fictional, even have their own myths and legendary heroes of the dawn age. In the novels and short stories a few of them are mentioned here and there, the accompanying history book “The World of Ice and Fire” mentions some more.
Being a creative cartographer looking for more inspirations from the books to draw, I initially intended to illustrate a few of these legendary heroes. I thought there might be about ten to twelve. I was utterly wrong.
Detailed research by my friends at History of Westeros has brought up about 50+ different characters and names of legendary figures from Westeros (not counting the ones from Essos). Drawing all of them in amazing detail would be a lifetime of work.
So I decided to adapt a more cartoony style and create one superlarge and highly detailed fun poster illustration, showing all of the mythological characters of the dawn age and the age of heroes.
As I go about this gargantum task, I’ll draw each character/story separately and then slowly combine all of these individual drawings into the one final file. The cool thing about that process is: I can update my blog now regularly with new interesting stuff and people who follow it learn a bit about the backstory of A Song of Ice and Fire in a funny way.
Stay tuned. The heroes are coming.