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Game of thrones ACEO series two

When I started reading the first book of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, titled A Game of Thrones, I never thought that it would grow to be as huge as it has in the past three years. It was 2007 that I completed the book. I enjoyed the gritty fantasy world with minimal emphasis on magic and mythical beasts. Instead the heroes and monsters were quite human. I was also quite surprised to find that one of my favorite characters in the book did not survive until its completion. It broke the rules and made me think that anything could happen, as long as there were banners and houses involved.

Not long after I checked out the second book in the series, A Clash of Kings, from the local library. It took all of the things that I enjoyed in the first book and raised the bar even further leading me to search for a copy of the third book, A Storm of Swords. This book was mind-blowing and one of my favorite reads of all time. I was hooked on the series, the world, the carnage and most of all the narrative.

By that time, I’d heard some rumblings about a few of things regarding the series. First that fans that had found the books before me were not as happy with the fourth book as the ones before it. First of all it had taken far longer to publish than anticipated and once it had been published, the story arc did not live up to fan expectations.

It stemmed back to some argument that the author had with the publisher about the proper length of a book and the subsequent splitting of book four, A Feast for Crows into two books. The third thing that I heard was there were rumors of film production.

Having recently enjoyed, the third book in the series, I wasn’t going to let some complaints from fans keep me from checking out the fourth book for myself. I read it and while it didn’t live up to my expectations, I wouldn’t call it a bad book.

Years later the fifth book was published, at this time the HBO show was already in full swing. I began to feel the waiting pains that fans had complained of and I had mixed feelings about the book. It was wonderful to be back in the world of Westros, but I wanted more to happen. Meanwhile the TV show had made a splash and was growing ever more popular. I enjoy the show and while the books will always be my favored format, the show does an admirable job of bringing the story to the screen. Thus far I’ve watched the first two seasons and am eagerly awaiting my chance to watch the screen adaptation of my favorite of the books.

Now that you know my history with this series, it will you a better idea of why I am drawn, no pun intended, to this theme when creating my art. Some of my first ACEOs were my first set of Game of Thrones cards. Since that time, I created some Game of Thrones ATCs and some more GoT ATCs. Now this is the first theme that I have revisited for a series two.

My first series of Game of Thrones cards contained 8 cards, which is a respectable number. This time around the set contains thirteen cards. A number considered unlucky by some but as Burning Thirteen, a number of great significance for me.

The larger set allowed me to bring in a greater cast of characters which revisiting some that I drew in the first set. Tyrion is probably my favorite character in the Seven Kingdoms, though born a Lannister with all that money can offer him, he is dealt a difficult hand by life and by the dysfunctional family around him. This makes him more snarky, less snobby and more human. Though he is a half-man in stature he stands tall and stands up for himself which is admirable. This is why I took the opportunity to draw him again.

Cersei, Lord Varys and Dany are all major players that I felt worthy of a place in the second series. Dany of course is the mother of dragons and symbol of the return of magic to the world. Cersei is power-hungry and simply wants to feel loved by anyone and everyone. Meanwhile Lord Varys speaks with his little sparrows and runs his network of intrigue from behind the scenes. These are all interesting characters and I was glad to include them in the mix.

Others like Osha, Melisandre and Ygritte don’t factor into the story ealry on and only become important to the story later on. Great reasons to bring them in the second time around. Of these I am especially fond of the portrayal of Osha and Melisandre in the show. Osha in particular is a character that manages to shine more on the show than she did in the book. Props to Tonks for making that happen.

Rounding out the second set are more characters new and old that I am interested in. Arya Stark has graduated from sticking them with the pointy end to valar morghulis. Sansa has lost her life and finds hope with a hound. Margaery Tyrell dazzled with her costumes and her thirst for power and Lord Tywin Lanniser is sure that he will be the last lord standing in the game of thrones.

I really love this story and the characters that are at once real and exaggerated in their cruelty. The plot is unpredictable and there are still two books ahead to see what happens in all of the places of interest that I have grown to know and love. Plenty of time for a third set of cards in the future.

Cards

  • 88 – Ygritte
  • 89 – Maid of Tarth
  • 90 – Stannis
  • 91 – Cersei
  • 92 – Lord Varys
  • 93 – Lord Tywin Lannister
  • 94 – Arya Stark
  • 95 – Sansa Stark

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  • 96 – Dany mother of dragons
  • 97 – Tyrion Lannister
  • 98 – Margaery Tyrell
  • 99 – Osha
  • 100 – Melisandre
  • 101 – Theon

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Stats

Card Type ACEO
Number 88-101
Color Prismacolor and Copic Marker
Date May 2013
Series Game of Thrones II

Written as part of MoJoWriMo, my 50,000 word NaNoWriMo writing spree in 2013

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Cersei Lannister ACEO

Written as part of MoJoWriMo, my 50,000 word NaNoWriMo writing spree in 2013

Cersei Lannister is a character that seems to be wrought from pure evil. Though as the story progresses you see the events and people that have driven her to become the miserable power hungry schemer that she is, you really can never truly feel much pity for her.

Cersei Lannister ACEO

Cersei Lannister ACEO

Cersei does what she wants to whom she wants when the wants to and she is not going to let anyone stand in her way. She is a cautionary tale to the overly-ambitious that could scare little girls into a life of chastity and poverty in a convent. “Keep acting the way you are and look at the type of person that you will become!” She is someone driven to shape the world in her own image and refuses to take no for an answer.

While you might want to admire her for being a strong female character, she has numerous flaws that are readily apparent. Not the least of which is that she is immature and impulsive. Still you do have to admire what she has achieved for herself and her family. If it wasn’t for the way that she treats some of the other characters that you have grown to like, you might even begrudgingly admit that you like her.

Stats

Card Type ACEO
Number 23
Artist Jamal Hansen
Color Prismacolor and Copic Marker
Date July 2012
Series Game of Thrones I

 

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Littlefinger ACEO

Written as part of MoJoWriMo, my 50,000 word NaNoWriMo writing spree in 2013

In most other stories Peter Baelish AKA Littlefinger would be a villain yet in the world of Westros where George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire is set, he is merely shady. What is this Song of Ice and Fire of which I speak? It is a series of books, that some of you may recognize by the name of the popular and successful TV series that has been made of it titled Game of Thrones.

Littlefinger ACEO

Littlefinger ACEO

George R. R. Martin has expertly created a fantasy world devoid of the normal fantasy fare. There are no elves or dwarves, no one ring or people simply walking into Mordor. Yet somehow he has created a world that is simultaneously much darker and grittier and also one that seems far more familiar to our modern minds.
Sure there are tales of dragons from history long past, there are even tales of a khaleesi that has birthed more. There are fables in the north of white walkers and and evil that lives beyond the realm of men. But many of the most horrible characters, the ones that you would never want to find in a dark alley live in King’s Landing, the capital of Westros, and they are quite human.

Littlefinger is a pimp and dealer in secrets and power and as I said in many other stories he might be a stand out evil against a pristine backdrop of woodland living. But here, he might be your last hope for survival.

Stats

Card Type ACEO
Number 22
Artist Jamal Hansen
Color Prismacolor and Copic Marker
Date July 2012
Series Game of Thrones I
Tyrion ATC

More Game of Thrones ATCs

Arry

Arya Stark ATC

Arry ATC

Good Ole Arya “Stick ‘em with the pointy end” Stark or perhaps some of you associate her with the phrase Valar Morghulis. This little girl, er boy, has been through much and more starting with the death of her father. I think we all have high hopes for her return to Westros for vengeance.

Dany

Daenerys Targaryen ATC

Dany ATC

The Mother of Dragons herself, having crossed the Dothraki Sea and settled into a number of locations awaiting something. While her indecision may frustrate us, we all have high hopes to see what a Targaryen may do if she returns to Westros. Most likely seeking vengeance as well.

Margaery Tyrell

Margaery Tyrell ATC

Margaery Tyrell ATC

As ambitious as her tailor cuts her bodice low, this young noble has her eyes set upon the throne and will stop at nothing to take it. Even marrying Lord Renly.

The Imp

The imp ATC

The imp ATC

Tyrion Lannister, born with everything he ever wanted besides a loving family and longer legs, has found an different perspective on life than the rest of his family. He wit and his willingness to do as he pleases makes this little Imp one of my favorite characters in the books and on the show.

Game of Thrones ATC Swap

I joined and made 4 cards for the Game of Thrones Swap. I have previously made Game of Thrones cards. This time I picked Tyrion, the Imp and some new characters.

Melisandre

Melisandre ATC

Melisandre ATC

I really like interesting characters and all four of the characcters that I picked for this set are interesting in my opinion. Melisandre definately has some darker aspects but claims to be a preiestes of the light, for teh night is dark and full of terrors. Is she evil? Good? No one really knows.

Osha

Osha ATC

Osha ATC

Osha is a character from the books that really came to life in the television show. Natalia Tena’s portrayal of Osha breaks the rules of the book being better than the picture.

Sam

Sam ATC

Sam Tarley ATC

Sam is a really sympathetic character. A crow, sent to the wall because his father feels that he is useless. No self esteem because he is fat, but beyond all of that he has a heart of gold and the courage to do the right thing.

Tyrion

Tyrion ATC

Tyrion Lannister ATC

The Imp is one of my favorite characters in both the show and the book. His family has been both a blessing and a curse to him. Lannister gold has provided him with all that he could want. His family has denied him love that he desperately needs. Brilliant and twisted, this dwarf is an epic character.

Lord Varys ACEO

Lord Varys ACEO

Lord Varys, the devious manipulator and master of all his little birds.

This ACEO is part of my first Game of Thrones ACEO series.

It wasn’t until I read George R.R. Martin’s most recent work, A Dance of Dragons, that I really gained an appreciation for the unich and spy, Lord Varys. Found deeply entrenched in Westros in the court of King Robert Baratheon and later Joffrey Baraetheon, Varys is a true believer that knowledge is power.

He is a master manipulator and never to be trusted to do anything that is not his own interest. Of course, with so many schemes and plots going and pulling so many strings, it is difficult to know what is or is not in his best interest.