One will rise higher
One will see farther
His wing beats will part the storm.
They will call him the Summer King,
And this will be his song.
I am very proud to present, FINALLY, a project I've been working on
for an embarrassingly long time
since this fall. These are four magnets created for the supremely talented
of a few of the characters from her incredible "Summer King" books. In order, they are:
Rashard, or "Shard," the last-born of a conquered race of gryfons
Thyra, Shard's steadfast half-sister and mate of...
Kjorn, the golden prince and wingbrother to Shard
Ragna, the White Queen and keeper of many secrets...
These books ("Song of the Summer King" and "Skyfire," to be followed soon by the conclusion, "A Shard of Sun!") are beyond fantastic. The characters are lovable (I'm partial to Caj, myself
), the conflicts are believable, the humor is genuine, and the action is heart-pounding. Both books so far are totally engrossing reads, and I'm awaiting the last book with bated breath. You can buy both the first two books on Amazon, and the Kindle versions are super cheap! Check the first one out here: www.amazon.com/Song-Summer-Kin…
...Ok, enough shilling.
For serious, this was an incredibly fun set of pieces to do. They've been essentially finished for like 2 months, but then law school finals hit and everything had to be put on hold for a while, haha. Plus I was stressing about how exactly to finish them, but I'm thrilled with the result!
Seriously, I am SO HAPPY with these--they took A LOT of work but it feels so worth it!
In terms of the actual work required...let's just say that I redid Shard like...at least 3 times because I wasn't happy with his coloration. And Kjorn got redone like 4 times because making solid, metallic gold coloration look interesting and textured is FREAKING HARD YOU GAIZ. Also I left the lid off my blue ink like a dumb and promptly spilled it ALL OVER ALL OF KJORN #1 WHICH WAS BASICALLY THE WORST DISASTER EVER because there goes like half a bottle of ink and also AAAHHHHHH. So yeah, basically Kjorn just aggressively hated me during this whole process. Whatever, I'm done with him! XD
It's funny, I was most worried about painting Ragna because I feel like I've never had much luck shading either pure white or pure black, but she was actually probably the most cooperative of the four. She's also just got so much delicious contrast in her background--yum!
There's also quite a bit of symbolism in these guys. Both the pure-blooded Vanir gryfons (Shard and Ragna) are flying at night (gasp!), while Aesir Thyra and Kjorn are flying in the day. Shard is holding fire because it's awesome
and a plot point what
. Finally, each of the gryfons is wearing feathers that symbolize their relationships, with each other and with other characters. Shard is wearing his wingbrother Kjorn's feather and vice versa. Thyra is wearing her mate Kjorn's feather and vice versa (I don't know if that is a wingbrother/mate thing to do, but I liked the idea). Thyra and Ragna each have one of Shard's feathers, and Ragna wears one of Baldr the Nightwing's feathers as well as her son's. Finally, Kjorn is holding one of his father Sverin's feathers--the Red King is not an easy presence to ignore!
As a final point, I want to emphasize that these guys look SO MUCH BETTER IN PERSON. AUGH. I spent several hours scanning and photo-ing and desperately trying to capture the subtle lighting and coloration shifts that make these guys look so special, but at some point you just have to shrug and say "eh, I tried." So, you guys will just have to take my word for it.
India inks, liquid metallic acrylics, gel pens, and NAIL POLISH, WOOT. Thyra and Ragna are sporting some lovely pearlescent white (along with a smidge of metallic turquoise on Ragna). Kjorn's had so many layers of color heaped on him that I no longer remember what he's wearing, but it's probably a combination of white and bronze. Shard got lucky, as I had this really cool iridescent grey kicking around. It looks grey face-on, but is green when tilted one way and purple when tilted the other. Very cool, and very appropriate for a young gryfon just coming into his wonderfully waterproof Vanir powers.
ANYWAY. ENJOY THE FRUITS OF MY LABORS. READ THE BOOKS.
GRYPHONS GRIFFINS GRIFFONS