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.