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Off to King's Landing
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Published: August 10, 2012
© 2012 - 2019 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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lorddurion's avatar
A modern version of GOT! Love it!!
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lolostark530's avatar
This is amazing !
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Sigune's avatar
Sigune|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's very, very old now, but somehow I am still happy with it XD...
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barbiquearea's avatar
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's avatar
Sigune|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahahaha that sounds totally plausible!
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ninsennansen|Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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Sigune|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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sharksang|Hobbyist Digital Artist
do some more I really like it.
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roblawbur's avatar
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|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...Here's to hoping his story will end more happily in the modern age too :P.
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Erithracus's avatar
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|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

...Everything will depend on my inspiration. It's possible :)!
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TheDamndestCreature|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I say Bravah! :clap:
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Sigune|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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gnemesis's avatar
So adorable in so many ways!
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Sigune|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it! :D
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littlejuliet|Hobbyist General Artist
Haha - brilliant! :clap:
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Sigune|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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DaUziel's avatar
This is so cute!
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Sigune|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :D!
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Brisingr-Arget|Hobbyist General Artist
Now if this isn't an interesting thing? Very nice.
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Sigune|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|Professional Traditional Artist
I love everything about this - technique, and imagination! :w00t:
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Sigune|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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