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Jaime+Brienne, the Snark Years by kethryn Jaime+Brienne, the Snark Years by kethryn
Drawing requested by Staticlights for asoiaf_artx

Just after Jaime's "escape" and he's ragging on Brienne relentlessly, she in return, keeps calling him a kingslayer. (Staticlights requested "a scene from when they were on the road--I'd rather them be snarky than fluffy".)

I'm happy to draw Jaime and Brienne being canon, but this was hard! Mostly because I've never had much luck drawing Jaime as the sexpot he is described in the books - but this scene is worse than normal as he's shaven headed, with a ragged unkempt beard and not looking his best after dungeon confinement and prison food. Someone else might have better luck making him still look sexy - but not me!

Warnings: Grotty-looking Jaime.
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RedHotRaider Featured By Owner Edited Dec 19, 2016
I don't know if it's just the style of the piece, but I imagined Brienne as literally being ... well, a man in terms of build. Not like a "masculine" woman on steroids and creatine. A man--a naturally huge, thick-boned, and heavily-muscled man.

Why? Well, acc. to Jaime, her legs are lean enough that the muscles resemble "cords of wood" and she managed to heave "a boulder the size of a cow" over a cliffside after swimming through a rushing river and scaling said cliff to reach it. During their sword fight, he estimates her upper body strength to be in the range of lean, enormously-muscular, bull-necked men like young!Bobby B. and the Hound. (Say what you want about Jaime's health at the time--the boulder feat alone puts her up there.) Later in Harrenhal, he sees that Brienne has "hands as big as [the Mountain's]", a "thick muscular chest", a "thick [muscular] waist", "great [aka huge and imposing] shoulders" that are "hunched and hard [with muscle]", and "bigger neck [muscles]" that dwarf those of other men.

She wouldn't just need muscular bulk for this to be possible, she'd need a huge man's skeletal thickness and width just to actually hold a big man's functional muscle mass (esp. in the skull, shoulder girdles, long bones, and ribcage). Nevermind that she developed all of these features by age 20 at most...
Evolvana Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012   Digital Artist
Nice one, especially Brienne, she looks like the idea I had of her. But for Jaime, even with his head shaved and wounded, he is described as attractive (Brienne reminds him at that moment "half-corpse, half-god" :XD: ) yours looks a bit too old maybe. A handsome man is still handsome even with shaved hair and a beard I think ^^

It's like the actor in Hitman ^^ he had to shave his hair but still looks handsome :) > [link]
lola28granola Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
my favorite part is the horse's expression. He looks like a parent stuck in a car with arguing children.
kethryn Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist
Horses will do that though! They nose right in when you're trying to have an intense conversation!
MinorTechnicality Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ehehe I love the title and how you did Brienne. She looks plain but you can still tell she's female.. most of the Brienne fanart I've seen you can't. ._.
kethryn Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist
Thankyou! :thumbsup: I go to a lot of trouble to make my Brienne look "right." :hug:
RTakeshi Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Should have put that warning at the top...But I really love how you make Brienne just look pretty plain, and not brutishly ugly. She's not supposed to be. Just freckly and plain and big. Huzzah!
Honestly, that Jaime will haunt me. Oh, it's accurate, but it'll just linger in my dreams.
lol @ horse 3rd wheel.
kethryn Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist
I've got a great reference person for Brienne, a female rugby player. She's strong, thickly muscled (not the skinny muscle of a runner, dancer or even boxer - the burly muscle of a rugby player) "plain" but has a lovely open and honest look to her face. Perfect Brienne ref!
RTakeshi Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
YES that is a perfect sort of ref. Good job finding that!
Fleetfoot-Tobermoray Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
I like it.... And Jaime is allowed to look grotty i think after his escape from Riverrun! Not that I think you drew him grottily! I do think however you have drawn a very Tywinish Jaime and who knows maybe in the books without hair he looks like a younger version of Tywin! = )
kethryn Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist
Hints of Tywin. :) Maybe we'll see that in the next book. (If it ever comes out!)
coreythorn Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
I second this. He's very Tywin-looking, which is actually a really awesome comparison since for him, this is a result of some strict treatment, while Tywin, well, is pretty much naturally severe by the time we see him.
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