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.