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Mistborn Adventure Game - Vin and Sazed by Inkthinker Mistborn Adventure Game - Vin and Sazed by Inkthinker
A rarity in my Mistborn work, two of the main characters from the novels as they appear in The Mistborn Adventure Game, out this month from Crafty Games!

Brandon himself generally prefers that I not illustrate his characters in an "official" capacity, because he feels (and I agree) that the appearance of characters is something we as readers internalize, and to define them too firmly tends to leave someone out there feeling that their version as they see it in their mind's eye is somehow "wrong".

One of the joys of written stories is that we (the readers) enter into a fantasy that is simultaneously shared and yet uniquely our own. My vision of Vin may differ from yours, but because there's nothing to go on but a written description, so long as we're both coming from the same place then both our visions are equally valid.

That being said, Vin's been illustrated by almost every cover artist who's worked on a Mistborn novel to date, in countries around the world, so we're treading old ground here. Less so are the illustrations of characters of Sazed, Marsh, Elend, Zane and Kelsier, all of which appear in the pages of The Mistborn Adventure Game.

While Brandon's obstensibly "approved" these illustrations (he was a direct part of the review process), I wouldn't claim them as necessarily "canonized". But as always, I do my best to get as close to the source as I can. The core of any drawing comes from his descriptions in the text, and while there's different ways to define "hawk-faced" or "tall", I can at least get a good start by sticking to the common ground.

Drawn in Manga Studio EX v3 on the 21UX. These illustrations are exclusively licensed to Crafty Games, all rights reserved.
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FionnaC Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
My imaginary Sazed is very much like this verison! However, Vin is a bit too mature in the picture. Nice work anyway!
Inkthinker Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Mmmmm... could be Vin from later on? She never does stop going barefoot for a preference. :D
LamiaSage Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
wow! Sazed und Vin are exactly how they look in my mind... So awesome! :3
xelianthought Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
UndefinedScott Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Writer
Vin is pretty spot on for me. Nicely done.
Arlowa Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
We just started our Mistborn campaign a few weeks ago and our Narrator finally showed us some of the illustrations. I must say they're amazing! I really do love how you captured Sazed.
I can't imagine how difficult inking those mistborn cloaks were though, wow!
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist

The cloaks aren't as bad as all that, it's just a lot of detail work. It's easier with digital inks, 'cause I can correct or redo strokes more easily.
L337PH34R Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Very nice. My only criticism is that Vin's dagger's look like they're made of steel instead of glass or obsidian. I think that glass daggers would look like pieces that were chipped away. That shape up there looks like forged steel.
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aye, doing the glass daggers right in inklines has always been unsatisfying for me.

What I very specifically didn't want was the chipped obsidian/glass shard look for the daggers. It always feels too primitive/barbaric a look, and the Final Empire isn't a primitive society... they're trapped at an Industrial Revolution level of technology. What I generally tried for was something like poured glass, something which was molded into a solid shape and then ground to an edge, but here I think you're right... it didn't come out as well as I'd wanted. It's easier to pull off with tonal values, because then you can make it clear that the blades are semi-transparent (as I did with the cover art).

Thankfully Brandon leaves a good bit of room for interpretation, so it can go either way and be a valid interpretation of the text. I'll keep trying to do a better job with it as I go along, though it looks like I'll be doing more guns than glass in the future.

shad-brooks Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is incredible. The technique is flawless of course but my main love for this work is that it is such a wonderful interpretation of the characters. Vin is very close to how I pictured her but this image has made me realise how little I pictured Sazed, there are so many fine details in your rendition that are wonderful.
As a MASSIVE mistborn fan I am burning with envy that you have been able to work so closely with the master of masters, Brandon Sanderson.
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