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Off to King's Landing by Sigune Off to King's Landing by Sigune
I painted this picture for a 'tourney' at Westeros Sorting. The challenge was to reimagine ASoIaF characters in a modern setting. For some reason, I started wondering what car the Starks would drive if they lived in a modern-day Winterfell, and I ended up with this.

So... this image features Lord Eddard Stark, a technocrat who hasn't been elected but is made Prime Minister by the King, who hopes Stark will be able to subdue the economic crisis. Lord Eddard is allergic to corruption and populism, so he's not exactly popular with the political class - but he's not popular with the electorate either because he intends to impose strict economic measures. In the picture, you see the new PM with his mighty weapon, his iCE phone - a very exclusive smartphone which he uses to stay in touch with the press, supply WikiLeaks with files on corrupt politicians and financial malversations, and to keep an eye on the King's Landing stock exchange. This phone happens to be the envy of Lord Tywin 'Tycoon' Lannister, wealthy banker and politician, who never managed to get his hands on one of these triple security customised beauties.

Lord Eddard is about to leave for King's Landing with his two daughters, Sansa and Arya. The girls are probably arguing about the fact that Arya insists on wearing moon boots when Sansa can't bear to be seen with anyone whose footwear is so totally 'out'.

I have no idea how many hours this took me in all... Including all the sketches I did: many! This painting is A3-sized (41 x 31 cm). Media: pencils + Cotman and Winsor & Newton watercolours on Bockingford Cold-Pressed (NOT) paper.
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lolostark530 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2018
This is amazing !
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barbiquearea Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
I've always imagined in the real world Ned and the Starks would own a plow company or a winter clothing store. 
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Sigune Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahahaha that sounds totally plausible!
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ninsennansen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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Sigune Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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sharksang Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do some more I really like it.
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roblawbur Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Thank goodness Stark will bring some technocratic know-how to the position. Austerity isn't popular with the masses but it will be necessary to get the government out of debt.
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Sigune Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...Here's to hoping his story will end more happily in the modern age too :P.
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Erithracus Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Excellent. I love how you pictured Arya and Sansa's sister quarrel. Do you intend to draw any more modernized ASOIAF characters?
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Sigune Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

...Everything will depend on my inspiration. It's possible :)!
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TheDamndestCreature Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I say Bravah! :clap:
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Sigune Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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gnemesis Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
So adorable in so many ways!
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Sigune Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it! :D
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littlejuliet Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha - brilliant! :clap:
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Sigune Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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DaUziel Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
This is so cute!
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Sigune Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :D!
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Brisingr-Arget Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now if this isn't an interesting thing? Very nice.
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Sigune Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! It was just a bit of fun, but it got slightly out of hand... :D
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love everything about this - technique, and imagination! :w00t:
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Sigune Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*blush*

I can't believe that it's you writing this :XD: - I admire your work so much! and I can't get halfway near it. Thank you so much for your kind words! :smooch:
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mrm215 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist
this is adorable! great concept! :D
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Sigune Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! XD
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SpikeDrewJadieTrent Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A very modern looking version of Game of Thrones :D I like it :)
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Sigune Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Much though I love drawing medieval-looking stuff, this was somehow extra fun... :)
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SpikeDrewJadieTrent Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Cool :D I liked it :) My faves are Arya and Bran ^_^
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SapphireShelle91 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
I love this. This is so great!
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Sigune Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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SapphireShelle91 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Welcome :D
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SandWrrm Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
I-I think I'm in love with this painting.

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Seriously, great job! I hope you do more modern-AU type drawings/paintings for this series sometime.
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Sigune Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D

When I have more ideas, I'll paint more...
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SandWrrm Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesomeness.
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TomChaney Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
This is awesome. I'd love to see more modernised ASoIaF scenes.
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Sigune Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it! There are no plans for more scenes at the moment, but this was fun to do so you never know... :)
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Arkash-Storm Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Splendid !
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Sigune Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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wikigiuli Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
ah ah, vary cool idea!
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Sigune Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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wikigiuli Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
u r welcome!
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Love the thought and creativity that went into this :)
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Sigune Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It was great fun :D...
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, this is great :)
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Sigune Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Gaiala1 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This took me a while to realize this was a Game of Thrones Reference. It's so cool how you handled your watercolors with this and the spin of it on a modern day setting. It also made me sad to think that in the series, Ed is beheaded, Sansa is help prisoner by Cersi then by Littlefinger and Ayra is all the way on Braavos.
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Sigune Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*sigh* Don't I know it. I love me my Starks, but boy, do the Fates deal them a cruel hand (or two, or three) :crying:! Maybe that is why I feel like illustrating the things that happened before everything went completely pear-shaped...
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celestearcher Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Whoa! This is really good! The explanations also supplement the scene.
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Sigune Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it! :D
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AlcinavomSteinsberg Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
This is so absolutely wonderful and awesome! ♥ ♥ ♥
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Sigune Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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