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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.

-EDIT-

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*

:D

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:
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jiacheng530 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
This rendition of a Koloss warrior is awesome.  Good job.
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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).
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Ashoof Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
just finished this series. interesting take on what they would look like! i like it.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I should really replace this with (or at least upload) the new illustrations of Koloss I've done for the RPG. Much more accurate.
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citizencat Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Cool!
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ClaraKatlynCosplay Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Dude, I will pay you money to do one of these with the Kandra, wearing their truebodies.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hah! No need to pay me, pay Crafty Games! Buy the Mistborn Adventure game when it comes out later this month. I've drawn a whole lineup of Kandra in several forms (including truebody).
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ClaraKatlynCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
I'd be insane not to buy the table top game. so you can count on that. xD
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laurilein Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Student General Artist
THIS MONTH????really??
:squee:
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's what they tell me. PDF release first, then print shortly after.
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laurilein Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Student General Artist
WOW that's just awesome!!
btw your drawing is amazing!!
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SayaMimoto Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
Very well done work... but when I was understanding the book right, the skin of the little ones hangs down widly, so you can see the muscles of thorax on the sides an the muscles of the chin, too. Almost everywhere of the body.
And they do have red eyes ;)
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
These illustrations are far out-of-date... the more recent designs in the Adventure Game are closer to what you describe.
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The-WheelofTime Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Wow! That's exactly how I pictured them! Brandon Sanderson... I love how he rapped up the end of the third book, The Hero of Ages! Amazing! I can't wait for his new book to come out about a month from when I'm writing this!
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DanKoenen Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
nice
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Srico Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Freaking love Mistborn: One of THE most epic trilogies I have ever read. Thanks for posting these fanart up
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TDGRoach Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
That's exactly the way I've imagined them! Great work!
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JasperSandner Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Nice one man! I dig the Koloss, I've got some sketches in progress of those guys. It's always cool to see how other artists interpret the books.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I think I'm even happier with the latest versions of them that I've done, which address the mistakes from this version.
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MasterCartoonist Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
it looks like a Nightkin
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Not sure I know those. What series?
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MasterCartoonist Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Sorry Fallout
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gain91 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist
love the comparsion to a human haha :) great pic and really works for the koloss :)
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Rhainster Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is a really great depiction of them. Also, the human has interesting cloths. :)
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danske3 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
That's is cool AND informative.
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ImYourVice Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Awesome picture dude, excellent example of the koloss :D that human guy is hilarious too :P
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ogrebear Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Very cool idea
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poisonfrog Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
My favorite of your mistborn illlustrations! Almost exactly as I had imagined the Koloss (particularly the floppy-skinned immature one), and the scared human guy is a nice touch, haha. Great color, very intense
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
AAAAAH! Sweetness! I'm on my second read-thru of Well of Ascension. Their eyes are so spot-on, exactly how I saw them. Really excellent job here! (And I love the random Skaa dude; so cute!)

Fav'd! Mistborn FTW! :dance:
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eleven-points Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
How did you get the muscles like that? The whole "draw what you see" method of drawing muscles doesn't work on... something like that.
Nice work and drawing skill
Hear about the movie based on mistborn in the works?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The license for the film has been bought, I know, but I haven't heard much about development past that. I keep an ear open for it, though.

The muscles here are pretty fudged, but I find that "draw what you see" is a lot more complicated than it sounds. What I usually do is keep reference that shows muscle groups and basic anatomy near to hand when I'm working. Then I try to draw what I want to see in a very rough sketch form, and check it against the reference (if I'm being smart), and correct as needed with more sketching over the top of what I've already done. It's only when I'm confident that I know where I want the final lines to go that I try to make a clean drawing of it.

With enough practice, you get a memory for which muscles go where and do what, and how they're shaped and how they connect to each other, and you can work with the reference in hand less and less. But it takes a LOT of practice and it takes a lot of mistakes before you get to that point.
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Dardanus88 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Please draw more this is awesome. The series needs more fan art.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I think so too. These won't be the last pictures I draw for a Sanderson book, he's very good at sparking my visual imagination.
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Dardanus88 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
I cant wait!. I was so sad when it ended I am looking forward to the movie.
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anorimosxd Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
KOLOS IN MY COUNTRY MEAN'S ASS .lol
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TheRealSqueeze Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Did u mean culos in Spanish? You spelled it wrong if you did.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha... I wonder if Brandon knows that. Maybe that's why he added the extra "s" at the end, but I don't think it helps.

:D
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Snb793 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow... This is amazing. It's exactly how I imagined the Koloss. Awesome job! ^^
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lenochka86 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009   Digital Artist
great job! this is more or less how I pictured them....
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timonator1400 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not bad. That is fairly close to how I imagined them
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batman714807 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009
really nice representation of the koloss my friend, you get 3 thumbs up!!! LOL!!!
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Conot Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
hi
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Stacey-Ross-Benjilt Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Thats really cool that Sanderson has seen your artwork. Koloss freak me out, but I love 'em. Though, my favorite hemalurgic creature remains the Kandra.
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