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Stormlight - Chasmfriend by Inkthinker Stormlight - Chasmfriend by Inkthinker
A fan over on 17th Shard told a bad joke. I translated it into Alethi script for your protection.

Don't take any of the details as canon, I didn't check much of anything when I did this. I'll probably hate it tomorrow.

-EDIT- Okay, a bit of explanation. It's a silly children's-style joke with a punny punchline, you can follow the link if you really want to read it. It helps a LOT if you've read Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archives, or remember this piece I posted a while ago for the latest novel:

Stormlight - Chasmfiend by Inkthinker

Anyhow, back in the bad old dawn of days, I used to illustrate a LOT of this kinda joke for the "kid's activity" magazine Club Z!. I have a kinda traumatic nostalgia for it now, being my first steady job as an illustrator. And I actually enjoyed drawing mazes and some of the stories (occasionally those punchlines were damned challenging to sum up in a spot illustration. Shit got meta).

It was what it was, a long time ago. There's some examples deep in the archives here:

OLD WORK - Jokes by Inkthinker OLD WORK - Jokes 02 by Inkthinker

So when I read this joke, it was so perfectly awful, in the sense that it felt just like one of those kid's jokes. I was suddenly overwhelmed with an old familiar feeling, and I felt like indulging myself, so back into the abyss I went.

But I suppose I did so willingly, this time. :D

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k3ttch Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018
Chibi-Shallan is adorable. 
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animenadie Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, that joke is bad enough to make Kaladin wince.

Also, I really want Shallan to somehow befriend a tiny chasmfiend.
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AlpinusTheFox Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha nice pun XD
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Sajina Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
So adorable!
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BotanicaXu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is so so cute!!! I kept looking at Shallan's havah to guess its design...
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Anmph Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent work. 
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Darkiceflame Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
It's so adorable that it almost feels like she wouldn't be disemboweled a second later.
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firstRainbowRose Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Why'd you make the alethi so hard to read?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Is it so bad? It's the result of faux-bold, because the script as built was too fine for what I wanted here... I wanted chunkier lines, and that was the fast and easy way to achieve it. Were I doing this for work, instead of just silliness, I'd have hand-scripted just as we do for the pages, but here it didn't really matter. Writing it in Alethi at all was an afterthought, while I was scrolling through fonts and realized I had it in the library.

It felt readable to me, but then again I don't actually read Alethi.
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firstRainbowRose Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Yeah, I actually tried to read it at first, to see what it said, and wasn't be able to. Even after the fact, I could kind of make out what it was supposed to say by the general shape and size, but if I had to translate it blind, I wouldn't have been able to do so.

Wait, you guys hand script the stuff for the books? I thought Peter had created a font for you guys to use?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Right, but the font was too thin, the lines too fine, for what I wanted to do here.

I can only fully speak to Shallan's pages, of course, but I hand-script every one. It's one of the last steps though, we determine the content of the text and lay it out as a font.

I keep meaning to create a "Shallan hand-writing font", because it's a huge pain in the butt for a minimal effect.
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Hayyelle Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
for curiosity's sake... did you ever create that font? :smile:

I really like her handwriting :3
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You know, I never did. Ended up hand-scripting all her text for Book 3, again. Maybe this time... >_<
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Hayyelle Featured By Owner Edited Oct 19, 2017
ahahhah yeah maybe you should do it, you have seven more books incoming =P (Razz)  
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firstRainbowRose Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
Right! I'm awake, I promise! *shifty eyes*

Also, it's super cool that you hand write each of the notes on her pages. I love the way you do her "g"s! Have you poked Peter/Isaac to ask one of them to make it for you? I mean, they did the same thing for alethi, so they already have experience.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nah, Peter and Isaac have their own dragons to slay during production. Shallan and her bleedin' handwriting is one of mine.
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firstRainbowRose Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Well, I think it's lovely!
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AlanSteenhouwer Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
I'm playin mass effect again, so all I can see is Wrex pet
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Huh! I hadn't played the ME games at all (too big!), so I'm not really familiar with the Krogan, but I see the resemblance. :D
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hah! Kind of perfect. I love the colors. With the texture and Alethi script, I can almost picture it doodled in a corner of one of her books. ;]

Also, "traumatic nostalgia" is wonderfully poetic in the sense that I feel like I have no idea what that means, but I sort of do. Being a professional illustrator fresh out of the box, I'm not sure whether to be eager or hesitant to find out for myself.
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1Q84fluxilite Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
That is an AWESOME bad joke and very ironic considering what happened to her in the chasms in book 2. I love it.
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jellyahoy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Professional
I...don't know what the hell that is.
But I like it.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Bad jokes related to Brandon Sanderson's "Stormlight Archive", a series of epic fantasy novels for which I'm both an ardent fanboy and an active contributor (I draw pictures for the books).

The joke still makes sense even if you don't know the series, 'cause it's that simple/silly a joke (basically a pun on "fiend" and "friend"), but it spoke to me in particular because I used to illustrate kid's jokes when I first began my career.
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Unodus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
Can you translate it anyway...? :D
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
If you follow the link you can read the original. It's a pretty silly joke, but it felt so contextually right that I went ahead and did it up anyway.

It's a bad joke, but it's the sort of bad joke that fits into the world it's set for.
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Unodus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
heh, now it makes sense... :3
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