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Katsa and Po by walkingnorth Katsa and Po by walkingnorth
I wanted to draw these two being sweet and romantic for Valentine's day, but instead I drew Po looking smug and Katsa looking grumpy, which is probably much more appropriate :)

Katsa, Po and Graceling (c) Kristin Cashore
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blalua Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm reading Graceling because of you, Ari. IDK, but I've always loved this fanart. AND FJKSAHKJAS IT IS SO GOOD. And I love the art even more now. You always make justice to characters I love, and I love you for that. 
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Muahaha, my clever plan succeeded!
But, gosh, thank you so much, that makes me really happy :D
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owlgirl113 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student General Artist
damn! Po's so handsome! katsa looks terrific too! love graceling 
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I'm really glad you think I did the characters justice, Graceling is one of my favourite books :)
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Gagz9k Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just loooove Graceling! I'tn had the chance to pick the second book, but I got totally hooked with Cashore writing.
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I highly recommend the other two books - they don't follow on directly from Graceling, and they aren't action-adventure books either, but they both have the most exquisitely heartbreaking character development, which, imho, is where Cashore excels. I hope you get a chance to read them soon :)
*loves the Graceling Realms trilogy so much*
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Gagz9k Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I have the chance no doubt I'll get them! One of the most appealing things of the first books were the character itself and the flowing prose of the author. Reeeeally looking forward to this books (8
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, her prose too. It is so beautiful and dreamlike, I love it <3
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HViciPrice Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Another fantastic piece of fanart! If you don't mind, I featured it on my workplace's Facebook page, [link]. (I work in Teen Services at a library, and we have lots of Graceling fans.)
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! That's very kind of you :)
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AliChan104 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this ;3; I didnt think there'd be any fanart of Po and Katsa!
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:

There isn't much fanart of them (or the rest of Kristin Cashore's books), but there is some really amazing stuff out there. I'm actually currently in the process of trying to draw Fire, it's really tricky trying to draw someone who's meant to be insanely beautiful XD
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AliChan104 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm yea, I randomly stumbled upon her books at my book store here in my little town, and thought why not. But I didn't ever think there'd be so much fanart. There's more than I would have ever expected. But everyone's idea of Po and Katsa is different. Like some draw her with long hair, some draw with short-ish, or just, super super short. I can't draw that short due to it just feels unatural to my hand. But with Fire, I have no idea who she is.... lol Kinda sorta, but I haven't read "Fire" yet. I've seen fanart of her, but my best suggestion is to look up art in the style you draw, whether it's anime or realism, and look for the most beautiful ladies, and get ideas from that! :)
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm still trying to work out how short Katsa's hair should be after she cuts it. I do picture it as being shorter than Po's but I'm not quite sure how it should look.

Fire is a spectacular book btw, you should read it <3 And thank you for the ideas :)
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AliChan104 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, I usually just draw Katsa's hair short, but not shorter than Po's. Cause in the time after it's cut, hair grows :P

Yea, I just gotta finish Graceling first, which I'm 3/4 done! Then onto Fire! And your welcome, anything to help :3
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, you haven't finished? Enjoy it :)
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LovelyLadyAriadne Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student General Artist
aw, so perfect! Po looks just like he should, and i love how Katsa's hair is messed up!
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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LovelyLadyAriadne Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student General Artist
welcome!!
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shadowwolf93 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
ThatwassuchagreatbookIcouldn'tevenhandleit!!
Anyway, i love the way you drew the two here. And, yes, that probably is more realistic :)
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Iknowit'ssoperfecttherearenowords!
And thank you very much :)
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Nice work.
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
You're welcome.
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todAysFire Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I read this book so long ago and forgot about it - thanks for reminding me it existed! I now need to re-read it ^^
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome - and thanks! :D
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todAysFire Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
(:
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chamha Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the way you draw Po! And his gold is so shiny :la:
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Po is a very shiny person :)
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11th-Memory Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Super adorbable, even with Katsa's sour expression!
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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11th-Memory Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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GrapeSodaGirl Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, this is absolutely beautiful and exactly how I imagined them! I also LOVE how you color gold, hair, clothing... actually everything!
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much <3
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GrapeSodaGirl Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student General Artist
No problem! :)
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Nightishowl Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yaaayyyyy ! :la:
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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color-machine Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love love love love <3 Amazing
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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boywiththesnares Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Ahhh, you read Graceling!
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect trilogy is perfect <3
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boywiththesnares Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Yes! I hope you draw Fire someday.
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely - once I sort out my headcannon for Dellian culture and clothes :)

Um, can I ramble at you?

Since the Dells are geographically completely separate from the Seven Kingdoms I figure their clothing, etc. would look completely different from the quasi-medieval European Seven Kingdoms. I'm just not yet sure what their clothing *would* look like.

I don't suppose you have any ideas? I initially thought of something similar to Renaissance Italy, because that's where violins originally came from, but that would be whitewashing Dellian culture and I don't want to do that.

Tang Dynasty China seems appropriate too (because that's when the Erhu, which is similar to the violin, emerged, and also because it was something of a golden age) but from what we've seen of Dellian beliefs/traditions it seems very little like Tang China - thought they did both burn the dead.

The Vijayanagara Empire also seems like it could work really well, as there was lots of fine arts and architecture and literature at the time, but I can find very few references for the clothing they wore then, which doesn't help me work out what Fire should wear.

TLDR: I'm probably thinking about this too much, and I should probably just make up random clothes for Fire, but I really can't get my head around what she should wear and I thought I'd ask you how you picture her, since you are thoughtful and clever :)

(Wow, that was a really long ramble, I'm sorry I put you through it, thank you for reading!)
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boywiththesnares Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Those are cool ideas! I have made some edits of them, and I sometimes use Qarthian clothing, I dunno if you've seen Game of Thrones or read ASOIAF but the clothing there seems a bit less European than the clothing in the rest of the areas of the Game of Thrones world. I've also used some caps from Sinbad (the version with Elliot Knight), because I do like their outfits in that show.

Another thing that would be interesting would be to model Dellian clothing after the clothing of a specific African culture. Of course, there are toooooooooooooons of different ethnicities within Africa, and within these ethnicities, clothing styles must have changed over time... so I think you'd have to narrow this down quite a lot to something more specific, but that could be neat, maybe?

I dunno, I think there are a lot of options. :) I love Fire a lot, she's one of my favorite characters, and it's sad that so much of the artwork of her is whitewashed.
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for all the ideas! There is so much to choose from which is heaps of fun :)

I do read/watch ASOIAF, though I didn't think much about Quarthian clothing before. I haven't watched Sinbad but it certainly looks very pretty.

I think Fire is my favourite Cashore heroine, her life could have easily been a complete tragedy but she pulls through it all anyway, she's so strong it's amazing <3 And I agree, it's very very sad she gets whitewashed so often (something that I think is not helped by the book covers). Clearly the solution is to make fanart XD
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boywiththesnares Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Glad I could give you some ideas!

I wish I was more talented at art, so I could draw some nice Fire fanart. But I don't have a tablet, or really any special talent at doing art, so that's sad.
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't say you don't have artistic talent! I very firmly believe that anyone who can judge for themselves what they like in an artwork, can become a good artist. It just takes practice and working out what that suits you, be it pencil sketches, or colouring, or manips, or graphic design, or whatever :)
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ClockworkShadows Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013   Writer
I absolutely love your version of Po. He's very Sinbad like (that's an awful way to describe it)
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walkingnorth Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!

I tend to visualize the Lienids as fantasy Arabian pirates (because of the gold jewelry and the crazy colour names and the fact that half of them seem to be sailors and the way that folks in the other kingdoms can be a bit prejudiced against them). So yeah, Sinbad is pretty much what I was going for (though I have not actually seen the TV series).
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ArdenGynx Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I love this! Po looks fantastic.
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