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Mistborn Adventure Game - Vin and Sazed

A rarity in my Mistborn work, two of the main characters from the novels as they appear in The Mistborn Adventure Game, out this month from Crafty Games!

Brandon himself generally prefers that I not illustrate his characters in an "official" capacity, because he feels (and I agree) that the appearance of characters is something we as readers internalize, and to define them too firmly tends to leave someone out there feeling that their version as they see it in their mind's eye is somehow "wrong".

One of the joys of written stories is that we (the readers) enter into a fantasy that is simultaneously shared and yet uniquely our own. My vision of Vin may differ from yours, but because there's nothing to go on but a written description, so long as we're both coming from the same place then both our visions are equally valid.

That being said, Vin's been illustrated by almost every cover artist who's worked on a Mistborn novel to date, in countries around the world, so we're treading old ground here. Less so are the illustrations of characters of Sazed, Marsh, Elend, Zane and Kelsier, all of which appear in the pages of The Mistborn Adventure Game.

While Brandon's obstensibly "approved" these illustrations (he was a direct part of the review process), I wouldn't claim them as necessarily "canonized". But as always, I do my best to get as close to the source as I can. The core of any drawing comes from his descriptions in the text, and while there's different ways to define "hawk-faced" or "tall", I can at least get a good start by sticking to the common ground.

Drawn in Manga Studio EX v3 on the 21UX. These illustrations are exclusively licensed to Crafty Games, all rights reserved.
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WhytteDragun's avatar
Thank you for this.  I had a pretty good picture in my head of what Vin and Sazed looked like, but my impression of his robes never settled down.  I generally thought of them as colorful versions of the classic "monk" robe.  This is so much better.
My imaginary Sazed is very much like this verison! However, Vin is a bit too mature in the picture. Nice work anyway!
Inkthinker's avatar
Mmmmm... could be Vin from later on? She never does stop going barefoot for a preference. :D
LamiaSage's avatar
wow! Sazed und Vin are exactly how they look in my mind... So awesome! :3
UndefinedScott's avatar
Vin is pretty spot on for me. Nicely done.
Arlowa's avatar
We just started our Mistborn campaign a few weeks ago and our Narrator finally showed us some of the illustrations. I must say they're amazing! I really do love how you captured Sazed.
I can't imagine how difficult inking those mistborn cloaks were though, wow!
Inkthinker's avatar

The cloaks aren't as bad as all that, it's just a lot of detail work. It's easier with digital inks, 'cause I can correct or redo strokes more easily.
L337PH34R's avatar
Very nice. My only criticism is that Vin's dagger's look like they're made of steel instead of glass or obsidian. I think that glass daggers would look like pieces that were chipped away. That shape up there looks like forged steel.
Inkthinker's avatar
Aye, doing the glass daggers right in inklines has always been unsatisfying for me.

What I very specifically didn't want was the chipped obsidian/glass shard look for the daggers. It always feels too primitive/barbaric a look, and the Final Empire isn't a primitive society... they're trapped at an Industrial Revolution level of technology. What I generally tried for was something like poured glass, something which was molded into a solid shape and then ground to an edge, but here I think you're right... it didn't come out as well as I'd wanted. It's easier to pull off with tonal values, because then you can make it clear that the blades are semi-transparent (as I did with the cover art).

Thankfully Brandon leaves a good bit of room for interpretation, so it can go either way and be a valid interpretation of the text. I'll keep trying to do a better job with it as I go along, though it looks like I'll be doing more guns than glass in the future.

shad-brooks's avatar
This is incredible. The technique is flawless of course but my main love for this work is that it is such a wonderful interpretation of the characters. Vin is very close to how I pictured her but this image has made me realise how little I pictured Sazed, there are so many fine details in your rendition that are wonderful.
As a MASSIVE mistborn fan I am burning with envy that you have been able to work so closely with the master of masters, Brandon Sanderson.
Terrabyter's avatar
Oh man, these are so perfect it's crazy. I always had troubles imagining Sazed's appearance throughout the entire series. For whatever reason, I could just never see him in my mind's eye. But these drawings just click. Great work :thumbsup:
Your Vin is spot on; you got Sazed all wrong though, he looks ridiculous :P

I'm only half kidding, my idea of Sazed is close to that, and that REALLY is my idea of Vin given details I am not creative enough to imagine; I LOVE it.
Whothehellisthat's avatar
This is awesome! I've only just read the first book, thanks to your colour cover for the game you did a while back. The book was awesome, and your depictions of the characters and such are really great!
CommanderKip's avatar
Nailed it, as always!
lucykanti's avatar
wow these portraits are amazing!!! love them especially Sazed :)
Woerlan's avatar
Beautiful illustrations. They're almost as I pictured them, so I approve. You even did better than I imagined regarding the mist cloak.
RCatossi's avatar
excellent details!!
peter-vash's avatar
This is utterly amazing! I love the detail - they both look pretty much exactly as I would picture them :D
Awsome you really captured the characters!
adony's avatar
Love the detail!
GasparNolasco's avatar
Your designs are aways cool.
Shiael's avatar
aha! saze looks just like i pictured him :3
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