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Onborrowedwings, Westeroswolf, Kylathelurker, Bgona, Redgoddemandsit - you're already on my list.
Still very busy...sorry I haven't been commenting or responsive to emails. I'll be back in the saddle sometime in May after my big professional project is put to bed.
I thought I'd post a Running Hunting update as I am making significant progress on this project.
Here's part 1 of a series of two illustrations depicting Sandor and the Hound. Those who have read the fic know that a central theme is the duality of Sandor Clegane. This picture is of Sandor as the Lost Soul archetype. voodooqueen126 had a discussion of Sandor as Byronic hero a while ago. It was really interesting but it solidified my conception of him as not a Byronic hero, rather a Lost Soul:
The Lost Soul: Tortured man filled with angst and passion. Devoted and vulnerable, but also brooding and unforgiving. A loner, a complicated man. Drifts through life, perhaps as an outcast. His appeal is similar to the Bad Boy’s – and even more compelling. He needs to be saved immediately, and triggers the female’s desire to rescue rather than reform.
I wanted the illustration to emphasize his stare, as if he was surveying Sansa (and the viewer): “He had the look of an orphaned animal, left to scrounge for itself in the wilderness, a slinking stray with no one to care for it.”
It look me a very long time to settle on Sandor’s look. Thanks to all those who contributed on this discussion of visual depictions of Sandor on SXS.
If you're curious about the layout with this picture:
I am on tumblr, so if you're interested in what I'm up to these days, follow me! My tumblr blog is inle-hain.tumblr.com. It's lapine (the language of rabbits as invented by Richard Adams in Watership Down) for "song of the moonrise." I thought it was poetic and clever since I post mainly at night after work. I find tumblr to have some of the worst people (while LJ has some of the best), but the platform is addictive and it doesn't require much, if any effort.
I don't have much time to work on my fanwork, but I'm making progress in finding artists, conceptualization the artwork, and last but not least, writing my story. So far, I'm happy on all three fronts. But at the pace I'm going, with every component a bit of a struggle, I think the fanwork will be completed around autumn.
So here's a new illustration from the fanwork. Its by DuBuGomdori. The illustration is for the last chapter, where the shifting dreamscape ends at the godwoods in Winterfell.
I've always loved picturing Sansa and Sandor talking, kissing, in the godswoods, like two teenagers in love. There's a poem by Asclepiades of Samos that reminds me of Sansa and Sandor, should they ever be granted their happy ever after:
Think how unspeakably sweet
But as we all discover,
I didn't reference it in the fanfic, but it was in the back of my mind as I was writing Sansa and Sandor as they kissed and chatted together in the godswood. I tried to conceptualize that for the illustration. It was drawn by DuBuGomdori, she'd done 2 others already, but this one is my favorite.
- Current Mood: cheerful
onborrowedwings asked about my project, so I thought I would post an update. Sorry I haven't been around much, a couple of things have happened in my real life, so livejournal and fandom have taken a (relative) backseat. My husband got laid off recently which digs into my insecurities about financial instability, so a little mopey there. And work has been more intellectually demanding, so while I am a terrible employee and internet surf, I have less time to comment or respond to your letters and journal entries at a meaningful level.
I did however finish those bookmarks for those who asked for one (save for one exception), so depending on the vagaries of international shipping, you should receive them in one to four weeks. I mailed them early last week. Exception: girloficenfire I wanted to make five for you for the Convention of Ice and Fire giveaway, and I'm still working on embroidering three. So I think I'll be able to send out sometime next week. I haven't forgotten!
Rolling along with the update...
There's three new illustrations for Running/Hunting. If you're interested in the conceptualization of any of them, drop me a comment as I put a lot of thought into each one, but typing it out might bore everybody.
Otherwise, you can check them out in the revised "Issuu" file below. If you have issues reading the Issu format, that would be great feedback as I do plan to publish in this magazine format because I wanted the experience to simulate reading a book. Illustration for page 29 is dedicated to my awesome beta redgoddemandsit who requested this scene specifically. It is one of the most lurid (though visually there's nothing too explicit shown) and I think Comediante did a fantastic job conveying raw energy. If you are a reader and have any request for a scene, drop a comment!
Sorry there is no Sandor illustrations yet. The reason is I haven't really settled on what I think he should look like. I don't think he has a concrete manifestation in my head other than he is young, beardless, and not Rory McCann (nothing against him, just I was fan for years before the show and don't want the actors to infiltrate my headcanon). Right now, I'm leaning towards John Picacio's Sandor from the 2012 calendar.
For Sansa, in all my fanfics (The Northman's Daughter & Running/Hunting), I say that she resembles the Lysene love goddess who is depicted as an auburn-haired young woman rising from a sea-shell (aka Botticelli's Venus). So all the illustrations of Sansa follow that concept of the Botticelli beauty. Here's a close up of the cover art with Sansa. Enjoy!
BTW,onborrowedwings also asked when I expect to publish the fanfic in its entirety to the Sansan LJ community. Right now, I think July but there might be delays.
The primary design is a locket with the blue rose of Winterfell cameo. The other side has some kind of personal meaning (the wolf is for westeroswolf). My husband says its too ornate for a bookmark, which I sorta of agree with. But eh, crafting isn't suppose to be about utility!
The locket is blank, perhaps fill it with your favorite Sandor picture (or Jaqen or Alcide or even your real life husband/parnter).
Here's mine fill, the best Sandor illustration by Alciha ;)
I made the bookmarks as a part of the souvenir baggie for westeroswolf, onborrowedwings and a couple for girloficenfire for her convention. Let me know if you'd like one too.
On the illustration front, there are a couple that are being worked on right now. Here's one that's almost finished. Its by breathing2004 who drew the illustration of Sandor as Ser Serwyn. In terms of placement, this will be the last illustration in the story.
The first chapter of the story has the line "Inside her brain, a sleeping wolf sprang awake, its yellow eyes opening in the dark." I used this as a metaphor to represent sexual fruition.
The last chapter ends with the same line, but its a metaphor for moral fruition with Sansa choosing to do battle with the dragon/giant/Littlefinger herself rather than depending on deliverance from Sandor/Ser Serwyn.
So this illustration represents the wolf consuming her identity. She is flanked by Sandor kneeling in service and LIttlefinger, dagger in hand and up to no good. In the background are Winterfell and four wolves, representing Bran, Rickon, Arya and Jon Snow. The weirwood trees are the borders, standing sentinel over her.
I'm going to make some minor changes to the colors here and there (I don't think Sandor's cloak should be red). And perhaps Sansa's dress as she looks rather like a barebreasted Amazon currently. Let me know if you have any suggestions.
The next couple of illustrations are erotic (after all this is a smutfic). I've gotten some great feedback on the type of explicit imagery readers want to see. If anyone has any requests, drop a comment.
This was my storyboard - the cover of a comic book series.
Why "Made in Winterfell?" I like to think its a souvenir from a fictional trip to Winterfell. If you weren't aware of it, Westeros is a fictional top travel destination, beating out Diagon Alley and the Shire. Personally, my top travel fictional destination is Narnia. But there are serious visa restraints there with tourists required to be under the age of puberty. :P
I'd like to go pre-AGOT while it was still summer in Winterfell and the snows were brief. It would be safe time for female travelers as the mountain lord Liddle claimed to Bran in Bran II ASOS:
When there was a Stark in Winterfell, a maiden girl could walk the kingsroad in her name-day gown and still go unmolested, and travelers could find fire, bread and salt at many an inn and holdfast.
No doubt due to my coloring, people would assume I was from Yi Ti and ask me if magic was still strong in my part of the world and if dragons and basilisks roamed the land. Haha, NO I would say.
But our alchemy is very advanced, so advance we've been to moon (which has no dragons either) and we have devices fit into the palm of our hand, yet they could hold all the books in the Library Tower of Winterfell and store vast amounts of human knowledge. But most people just use it to look at pictures of cats and write down what they they ate for breakfast. Why, here's a picture of a cat who looks like the King's Executioner.
Maybe I'd get an introduction and be allowed to enter Winterfell as a guest. Perhaps do a little embroidery with Sansa and Arya and Septa Mordane. My embroidery skills are probably more rudimentary than even Arya since I needed some refreshing on how to sew a buillon and chain stitch.
Here's some photos of my trip to Winterfell. (Actually photos of my trip to York and its surrounding areas. Since ASOIAF is based on the War of the Roses with House York =House Stark, House Lancaster=House Lannister, they'll have to do).
Bread, salt and beer at an inn in Winter Town.
The Broken Tower, it was once the tallest watchtower in Winterfell, but over 140 years ago a lightning strike set it afire and the top third collapsed inward, and no one bothered to rebuild it.
Great Keep and roof of Great Hall
The First Keep, the oldest part of the castle, a squat round fortress. It is no longer in use. They say it was built by Bran the Builder with the help of giants.
I do like to bring food home as souvenirs, preferably chocolates. But chocolates have not come to Westeros (yet), so I'll have to settle for some spun sugar with lemon essence that Gage made from the Winterfell kitchens. Surprising they taste quite a bit like the Japanese candy "Super Lemon" which many candy fans consider the best tasting lemon hard candy. Should you like to receive the muslin bag and some lemon candies, comment here or PM me. I have more than enough to distribute and like sending gifts.