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Mistborn - Koloss by Inkthinker Mistborn - Koloss by Inkthinker
More fanart for Brandon Sanderson's "Mistborn" trilogy, from Tor books, the text largely says it all. This started out as a little loosen-up doodle that got complicated on me. Click "Download" to check it out a little larger.

I confess, I did not do the proper research (going back into Book 2 and pulling out all the Koloss descriptions), but rather relied on memory and the impression I recalled from reading the book. Hopefully I didn't get it too wrong.


So actually, I got it pretty wrong on a couple points. The current version now more accurately reflects the skin color (a deep blackish-blue rather than a pale blue) and their proper size ratio. That'll teach me to do my reading first. *sigh*


Little less than an hour on the sketch, and then maybe two on the paints and layout. The text is pulled from the Glossary in the back of the second book (wherein these guys appear) and paraphrased from characters within the main text. All done with the Intuos 9x12, lines Manga Studio EX and paints/texture in Photoshop CS2.

All content ©2007 Brandon Sanderson. Let it not be said that fanart serves no purpose... it's easier now than ever before to get your work seen by authors, and if you show the right skills that can lead to nice things.
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medievallass Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
These guys were so creepy! I loved the detail with the loose to tightly stretched skin. I imaged them very much like these. This is a great drawing showing them. I love the for scale guy's expression, he's all grrreeaaat... can I go now?

Hayley :floating:
jiacheng530 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
This rendition of a Koloss warrior is awesome.  Good job.
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I should put the ones I did for the RPG up, they're much more accurate (I think).
Ashoof Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
just finished this series. interesting take on what they would look like! i like it.
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I've updated it since then with the versions that appear in The Mistborn Adventure Game, which I think hit the nail pretty hard.
Generality Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like how the human looks scared.
I think the Koloss only have one type of sword, though.
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't remember if it's ever made particularly clear where they get their weapons. I'm pretty sure they come in different sizes at least, and other than being described as crude slab-iron blades there's not a lot of description.

This is my first and oldest illustration of them, and if there's one thing I did entirely wrong here it's those swords (both of 'em). I've done several more koloss illustrations since that are more accurate. They appear in The Mistborn Adventure Game, and now that it's come out on the shelves I'll have to see if I can get some more pieces up online.
Dbag1989 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
theres going to be a RPG game on it? like how?? my boss put the book 1 on my desk a few weeks ago and said i needed to read it, him and i dont have the same tasts so im like w.e and didnt pick it up for a while but once i didnt i couldnt put it down. btw Inkthinker, great work on this!!! this all looks amazing!
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
There's an existing tabletop RPG from Crafty Games, and a videogame licensed by Little Orbit (not sure when the release date is). There's also a film version being pitched for production now by Paloppa Pictures.

It's definitely a favorite of mine. Four books out so far, and more to come!
JeffrySG Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Great image! I'm just finishing up book 2 so I've been reading about them all day long....
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