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Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Vestergaard Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Vestergaard
EDIT: :iconfennypenny: guessed the characters correctly!

They are Simon Mooncalf/Pilgrim, Simeon Snowlock, Prince Jiriki and Princess Miriamele from the (long) fantasy series Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Tad Williams. Probably my favorite fantasy series - even though it is very long, I reread it every couple of years. :heart::heart::heart:

I've been drawing the main characters from my favorite series of books. (No, not Harry Potter. Nor Twilight, lol.)

I always feel lame saying outright what I was aiming at drawing. Isn't the point of art to be able to communicate without words? If no one can recognize these characters, either no one has read the series they're from or the drawings are unrecognizable. I'm curious to know either way.

So here's the deal -- I will continue to update this with new drawings of characters from this series until someone can guess what series it is. First person to guess correctly (and name all the characters) gets... like a free drawing or something.

a hint: the ginger is the main character :heart: :heart:
another hint: the 2nd is still the ginger, just older. :heart: :heart:

it should be getting easier...

progress gifs = here and here
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:iconmrstad:
MrsTad Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
Ohhh I love them. Thank you! - from, um, Tad's wife (Deborah Beale)
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Neisa-san Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student Artist
I love this fantasy! ^^ 
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junglegrown Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is exactly how I pictured them and it makes me really happy to actually find some good illustrations of this awesome series.
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pasta-for-the-win Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
They look really good :) I'm especially fond of your young Simon and you aged him so well.
They look almost exactly how I imagined them~
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13kalahari13 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
I LOVE this! That's almost exactly how I pictured the characters (though I thought Jiriki had darker hair...?). I especially love younger Simon~
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
loving this and the books
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Swiftindii Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this series!! I'm just finishing 'To Green Angel Tower' now :D
Beatifully detailed :clap:
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Lysyth Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
BTW: especially young Simon looks lovely! ^^
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Lysyth Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like them a lot! And indeed, I also think the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series are the best fantasy series I've ever read, and believe I've read a lot ^^.
Beautiful :)
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Baethbarr Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist
oh, these are cool! :) it's always fun to find fanart from books and series you like :heart:
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luna26 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
I remember fighting with my dad over who got to read the last book when it was released. I've never seen much in the way to fanart for this series so I'm so happy I found your work.
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shareyourworldwide Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Really, really good drawings.
Even though, I thought of Jiriki's race (I hope the english word is still sithi) being more ice blue-ish.
Still loving it.
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kaitoupirate Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How luscious they look! How pretty they are! :heart:
I'm curious: in the GIF of the lady, it showed purple paint for her hair before you replaced it with yellow. Why did you do that? Is it a special coloring or shading technique? :confused:
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Vestergaard Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Looking at that .gif, I'm honestly confused why I did it that way. I think it had something to do with complementary colors - I colored her face green too to begin with. It was just to get more color variation, but it was a dumb way to do it.

So yeah, hahaha, just ignore that gif, it's not very helpful.
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kaitoupirate Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha, okay :XD:
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Aryjen Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
ooohh^^ i just LOVE Jiriki^^ i never thought that Simeon has soo much beart...okay, im reading the 2nd book now...^^" love it^^!
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Necrophon Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
This is from Tad Williams, Memory Sorrow and Thorn. My FAVORITE fantasy series bar none! Great work!
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Suadela1357 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Hi! I just recently read the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn and it's absolutely fantastic. I recognized them immediately. Great work! Have you read ASOIAF? A song of Ice and Fire?
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Vestergaard Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Holy crap, your comment has eerie timing!

I actually just started reading Game of Thrones a few days ago, and I'm almost done with it. It is such a good, suspenseful series that I had to go buy the rest of them immediately. I really wish I had given it a go years ago.
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Suadela1357 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Ignore the earlier comment. Just, ignore. A mistake. That comment was for smth else. That's what I get when I try multitasking. =)

I actually prefer Game of Thrones to Tad Williams' MST. Characters are much more complex and intriguing and... and layered, if you understand what I'm trying to say.Somehow, just when you think you understand their behaviour, they still surprise you. Tad Williams, well, his characters are much more predictible. Or maybe, it's because I read Game of Thrones before reading Memory, Sorrow and Thorn and now I can read the characters better, get to see their true selves beneath the deceit. Oh, and I must admit, the Sithi, Zida'ya, they are way better than the white walker from Game of Thrones. Hotter. Gods, I'd love to see a good written slash or smut. :D
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Vestergaard Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Hahaha! Yes, I thought the Sithi bits were the best - a very interesting take on the "elven" race. Like colorful, Japanese elf-cats.

I haven't gotten very far, but ASOIAF is really so exciting. You're introduced to characters that you think oh, now here's a character I can really, honestly hate and then later George RR reveals something else about that character that makes the blind hating thing hard. Even the good guys have flaws that make you want to strangle them. It's strange, I usually only read books for the sake of one or two characters, to see what their fate is, (like with Harry Potter, I read it for Snape) but with these books, I'm honestly interested in everybody.
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Suadela1357 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Yes, I think that too about the Sithi. :D

Yes, even Eddard, I wanted to choke him when he was being all noble.. I was screaming 'Stop being so goddamn noble and save your own life instead' at the book. Or, Cersei, I hated her at the beginning but I kinda like her now, as the story progressed. Oh, but the only person I really, really hate is Cately Stark. Gods, I hate her. I'm sorry if she's your favourite, but I had to say it. My own favourites are Tyrion, Petyr Baelish and Sandor Clegane. I'm not quite sure I spelled their names correctly. Well, anyway. Do you know about this - [link] ? :D Have you seen it? Do you read fanfiction? You reminded me of it when you mentioned Snape and HP world.
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Vestergaard Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Oh, I hate Catelyn Stark too! I can't stand any of her POV chapters, I just want to skip them. Ned Stark almost deserved to die, he was being so ridiculous. It's the children in that family that keep me interested.

I really like Tyrion - he's so funny. I don't really like Littlefingers, but he hasn't really done anything memorable so far? Same thing with Sandor Clegane - everyone I know (and trust their taste) who reads this series loves Clegane for reasons I've yet to understand. I'm in the middle of the second book, so maybe I'm not far enough yet - I already like him and feel a bit sorry for him, but I don't understand his popularity. I'm SO intrigued though, and I won't be surprised at all if he's my top favorite by the end.

I actually really like Dragonwrangler Daenerys and Arya so far. I am not sure if I'll ever not hate the very bones of Cersei Lannister, but I haven't had anything from her point of view yet.

I haven't seen the show yet, but I was going to try it! How do you like it so far?
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Suadela1357 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Yes, I wanted to skip them too. I mostly skimmed them over, I only read the most important parts. Even the part where she came from the dead. Wtf was that scene? Why God, why, o why, of all the characters that have died, she is revived? Oh, well. I agree that the children are much better, but Jon becomes more and more whiny as the end of the series nears.
Did you get to the part with him and Sansa? Clegane reminds me of Snape from HP and of Cadrach from Tad Williams' books. Don't know why, though... Erm, do you like anime?
Viserys (?), the Dany's - Daenerys' brother, he's kinda cool, although I pity him for he is so full of hate. Oh, yes, I hated Cersei but at the end of series I was amazed by her. It doesn't mean you'll be too, but it's good to be open-minded about all characters.
Btw.Have you seen Thor? The new movie? Including Norse mythology and such.
As for the show, Game of Thrones, I'm a bit disappointed with Sansa and Catelyn's physical appearances. I love the Lannisters, though Joffrey (or however his name is), Cersei's son, he's disgusting and actually reminds me of a guy I know. You can actually see arrogance on his face.
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Suadela1357 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
What? Why?
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nashidesei Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Jiriki is a sexy beast.
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TankSpill Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work! I found this link from Tad Williams' twitter account, he apparently approves. :)

Would love to see some more characters, like Binabik, Pryrates, and Camaris.
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HekateTairitsu Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
One of my favourite fantasy stories!
I love how you drew Miriamel, but the others are gorgeous, too!
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Isistochter Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Oh~
I love this series!!!

it was realy hard for me to get all the books... the German version is rare... no was rare. After I found all of them, I fond out, that a new edition comes out...

I realy like your drawing~
my favorite character is on it ^___________^
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Vestergaard Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Oh thanks! Which is your favorite character?
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Isistochter Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
It's Jiriki ^___^ He is so great~
I like the Sithi. The second place on the ranking goes to Ineluki, because I like the name and his past.

do you have a favorite character?
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Vestergaard Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
I think my favorite is Simon himself... I loved to watch him grow up and become strong. :heart:
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Isistochter Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
yeah, his development is truly amazing. I read the first book again now... and I don't like the young Simon but later, he is cool~
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Kiraathu Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
*squeals in delight* Memory, Sorrow and Thorn FanArt is such a rare thing indeed to find - even more so if it is so well done like yours. I love how you pictured Prince Jiriki! You really made my day :tighthug:
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FennyPenny Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist
Incredible - just like how I envision the characters. Tell me, is it Simon/Simon Snowlock, Jiriki and princess Miriamele of Tad William's Sorrow, Memory and Thorn trilogy?
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Vestergaard Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
YES YES YES YES YES YES

THANK YOU SO MUCH

You're right!!! You don't know how happy/excited you just made me - I was resigned to having them not ever be recognized! I am so glad that someone finally got it I could just grin all night about it!

If you want a prize or something I would be happy to draw something for you in gratitude.
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FennyPenny Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist
Hehe, Jiriki's lavender hair looked so familiar and then it hit me.

As much as I'd like a drawing, I'd rather see you draw more of Tad William's characters to life. Especially Binabik and Qantaqa! (:
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Eckradarsi Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
It kind of reminds me a bit of Merlin's Wood. For some reason.
Beautiful, nonetheless.
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Vestergaard Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
I wish it was! I'm sorry, I think it will be more obvious if I draw more characters... these are very common-looking ones. :<
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Jiyanna Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautifully drawn :) I love their expressions.
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Bashtal Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
Is it the Wheel of Time series?
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:iconvestergaard:
Vestergaard Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
Nope~

Good series, though.
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LydaIsObselete Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
I want to know what book this is from so i can read it. I've found a number of good books in that way.
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BunniePrower Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
They look like Tanis (On the left, IDK because Tanis has a beard to hide his elf features.), Raistlin, and Riverwind from the book series DragonLance.
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LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
I have no idea who those are... But I love the way you paint :)
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Vestergaard Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Thank you so much! I hope someone will get it eventually... :<
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Oblivious-Light Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Student General Artist
I think i know? Is it the books by RObin Hobb, that would be Fitz with the white streak in his hair, then the Fool and the girl.. I'm not sure who that is, perhaps.. Molly is it? The series would be The Farseer Trilogy.
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Vestergaard Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
I'm sorry, that isn't it... but now I have a new book series to look up and read. Thanks! 8D
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Oblivious-Light Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Student General Artist
haha alright :P :) Well, i tried :D
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ChocoboGoddess Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm sad that I can't guess--I wonder if I've ever read it myself!!

The white-haired guy is ringing all sorts of bells for me (not all of them are memory related, heh) but I can't place him. Sigh.
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