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The Rithmatist - Chapter Headings B by Inkthinker The Rithmatist - Chapter Headings B by Inkthinker
One of my favorite parts of The Rithmatist were the chapter headers, iconic little ornamentations that lead into each chapter. Brandon and the team at Tor were kind enough to let me more-or-less do as I liked with these, and I had a lot of fun with them. This set covers chapters 02-25, and the ornamental frame that separates the Acts of the novel (part one, part two, etc). The black-filled 9-point gear in the center of that ornament was used in various places as a singular framing device (for instance, it appears around every page number).

In the context of the novel, "Chalklings" are basically characters that Rithmatists draw and imbue with life, in order to attack and defend. Unlike most of the chalklings I drew in the novel, these I designed as if they were seen in a book, rather than drawn with chalk... the sort of drawings that would inspire a Rithmatist, rather than representational of a Rithmatist's actual drawings. I was all over the place with inspirations... sometimes it was animals, sometimes it was mythology, and sometimes I was just making shiz up.

I tried to go with a sort of "woodcut" style here, in keeping with the analog period of the novel, with varying levels of success. Digital drawing made certain aspects of the task much easier (achievable, even), by allowing me to layer things such that I could work on the hatch shading without fear of damaging the contours, and so forth. It also let me save iterations, so that if I messed up I could always back up.

I did get excessively dense in a couple of these especially 21 and 22... I was having too much fun with contour hatching, and what looks clean at 1200 dpi across a 21-inch monitor is less so when printed at two inches wide on paper. Susan Chang (our editor at Tor) actually had me go back and adjust those two so that the numerals were more readable, and rightly so... even afters, I can tell I should have roped it in a lot more.

You might notice that the gears-n-springs noise that surround the Act ornament is different from that which surrounds the Chapter ornaments. I didn't need to do that, I just wanted to... after using the same pattern for 26 chapters, it felt too lazy to use it again. I doubt anyone noticed in the context of the books, but it made me feel a little better about the abuse of copy/paste technique in creating all those gears to begin with.

These were illustrated in Photoshop (unusual, since I tend to work in Manga Studio for line work) at 1200dpi, using the Cintiq. 2012 Brandon Sanderson and Dragonsteel Entertainment LLC, reprinted with permission.
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DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
These do look like alot of fun to draw! My favorite is number 15, the ferocious plant looks pretty hardcore. Nice work, keep it up!
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LostonWallace Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Very cool, man!
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cinemajack Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
These too! 22 is my fav :)
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RickGriffin Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
15, 23: Super Mario?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nah. Well, I was conscious of the Piranha Plant when I drew 15, but it wasn't an intentional homage... up to that point, it had been all people and animals, and I wanted to switch it up a bit. I did avoid putting it in a planting pot on purpose, as I could tell it was heading that way.

My sister actually thought it was a Little Shop of Horrors reference. :D

The spiked shell on 23 is actually a reference to Brandon's original chalkling sketches that he passed on to me. Plus it breaks up the parallel tangent between the shell shape and the surrounding frame. I was actually thinking more about Morla the Ancient One when I drew it, not that I expect anyone to catch that.
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RickGriffin Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh okay, I'm a complete dork when it comes to video games is why I asked.

I wonder if a carnivorous plant chalkling can act as its own tether
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Might could be. A chalkling designed as, say, a fast-growing vine might spread out from the tether point. Though I expect there's a rule about being restricted to the volume of chalk used to draw the chalkling, which is to say that it can move that particulate matter about into new shapes, but it can't make more.
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