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Mistborn - Vin II v.1 by Inkthinker Mistborn - Vin II v.1 by Inkthinker
Based on the novel The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. This is the tonal value paint for this sketch that I threw into the Scraps a couple weeks ago, something I've been burning my evenings on when I can spare the time.

If you just showed up to the party, Vin here is the main character in the "Mistborn" trilogy of novels. While she appears as the focal character in all three books, it's around the end of the second one that she's spattered with blood and mud, stalking through ash and mist with a six-foot slab of sharpened iron over her shoulder (although this is not meant to depict any scene in particular).

I picked up the series as a subject for practice paintings because I'm a genuine fan of the novels, but I'm also putting in some practical prep work. I expect it to come in useful.

Illustrated in PS CS2 on the Cintiq 21UX, total painting time about 3-4 hours, I think. It was hard to gauge time doing it in small chunks as I did. Feel free to crit if you spot something that does not click.

There is a color version soon to follow (already done, but I'm still letting it cool off).
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kiwi3007 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Would it be possible to get a desktop wallpaper sized version of this (1920x1080)? I would try to do it myself but I would not be able to replicate the gradient in the background. Thanks in advance.
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The DL version there is 1200 high, so a 1080 version would be a reduction. There's really no way for me to expand upon the sides of the illustration without actually painting more of it. I appreciate the request, but I'd rather spend that time working on something new. The best I can suggest is to take the 1200 version and set it to "fit" or "center" with a black background.
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hastypixels Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
So where do I order mine?

...and the sword, too.

catmadangel97 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Student Photographer
This is the best version. Brilliant pic of Vin, just how I would imagine her! :)
punker--rocker Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I like this greyscale version the best. :D Great portrayal of Vin here, and the koloss sword looks awesome. I loved this part in the books! :thumbsup:
kazilan Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
I loved this character so much I did a random web-search for images of Vin and found this - absolutely amazing! Thanks for making this picture and bringing me to this website!
taydenspath Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so awesome! I always imagine the person I am reading about perfectly. You hit it on the nail! This is definetly Vin. I just finished the series and you pay Sanderson some serious compliment with this pic!
litzie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I like the idea, but she isn't supposed to wear metal anything. oO
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
If you mean the buttons and buckle, they're ideally made of wood (it's more apparent in the color version). Though I should probably have used a buckle design without a tongue to make that more apparent... it's something I'll try to remember in the future.
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