Characters from Sarah Monette's "Doctrine of Labyrinths" series (Melusine, The Virtu, The Mirador). She describes them so vividly; after I got done reading the first two, I just had to try to draw them.
They're brothers whom she describes as looking uncannily alike. The shorter, younger one--known as Mildmay the fox--is a thief and sometime assassin, gutter trash born and bred. Though he can be a decent sort, he's habitually withdrawn, wary, and distrustful. The taller one is Felix, a court wizard (of which his tattoos are a badge of office) who's obstinate, arrogant, self-absorbed, and probably slightly unhinged, though he's also charismatic and entertainingly snarky to people who tend to deserve it.
They have a complex relationship--very protective but not quite trusting of one another--and I was hoping to get the sense of that here. I think I did, but on the other hand, while I like the look of Mildmay (the shorter one), I'm not really pleased with Felix. But whatever. I figure I'll post it anyway in case any fans of the books will get a kick out of it.
But I have to give props to
, who did fanart of the two of them that came out far better than mine. Felix ([link]
) and Mildmay ([link]
). Her Mildmay, especially, is IT. That's exactly how I imagine him, and I think you can see that though I honestly didn't mean to, I definitely took a cue from the body language in her portrayal of him.
Now I've got to go hunt up the third book.