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Kaladin Stormblessed by Zusacre Kaladin Stormblessed by Zusacre

“The Way of Kings” by Brandon Sanderson is absolutely the best book I’ve ever read, and I’m so happy I finally completed this ****** drawing (after goddamn five months). But I just LOVE this book. Can’t wait for the next volume :la:

I tried not to draw a specific scene in the book, I just wanted to draw Kaladin how I imagine him –without Shardplate or Shardblade, but with a spear and Sylphrena on his side, the slave brands on his forehead and with curling black hair. His armor and spear I have drawn without a purpose, but I wanted the red cord on his shoulder as a memory of his time as squadleader – the other ones on his spear I draw for fun :D Also I draw a coming highstorm in the background and the shattered plains – and on the ground some spheres x]

“Kaladin spun through the last motions of the kata, chasm forgotten, bridgemen forgotten, fatigue forgotten. For a moment, it was just him. Him and the wind. He fought with her, and she laughed.” –from the first book :]

Done on Photoshop CS5. Please don’t copy it without my permission :nuu:


If you want, look at the other fanart I did from Kaladin :)
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I love both this drawing as well as you're other one of Kaladin. The colours that you have chosen for both pieces are amazingly dynamic. The red ribbon is so attention grabbing.

I do not think he would wear that nice of armour, as it is more of a lighteyes thing, and the brands are not what I imagined, but both of those points are incredibly nit-picky. The spear is a little long, at least to me, but in both drawings it definitely makes a point, which is really cool.

All in all, I think it's really quite epic. I love the way you portray Syl in both pictures. The white against the dark colours brings her out in an awesome way. :{D
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TheBlueShifting Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
This seriously looks like it could be a new cover for Way of Kings! Seriously this is fantastic! I love everything about it. 

I hope you don’t mind, but I would like to ask you a question. I am TheBlueShifting, and on my YouTube channel I am doing a series called “Leters From the Cosmere.” They are a series that Brandon Sanderson helped me start, told from the perspective of a Worldhopper named Elsric who explores the Cosmere and reports on his findings. The series is meant to be a place where new fans of Brandon’s work can find information about the inner connectedness of his books, while also providing a fun narrative. This series is great because I have been able to work with artists like yourself. I would love to feature your Cosmere art in my series! I promise to only use your art if you approve, and I make sure to do my best to direct my viewers back to your websites to see more of what you can do.


I am so grateful for artists like yourself who help me see the Cosmere in ways I never could. I hope this is a project that you feel you can support. If you want to see what this project is like, here is a link:


I look forward to hearing from you!

JasonKnighte Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
That is the coolest drawing I have seen in a long time. I will have to show this to a few of my friends, they love drawing, and I am pretty sure that they will like this a lot.

Zepidus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
This is so dope man, best book ever! Best character ever, I'm glad to finally see some things up with him in them. You're one hell of an artist my friend. I'm really particular to your newer picture of him but this one is amazing as well.
Darkaladin Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
So awesome. Thank you for envisioning him. As you can see, I am a bit of a fan. Fav'd!
Zusacre Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you <3
Haddonfielder Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is SO amazing ! ♥
elicen Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! I've seen your art in the "Fantastic Fiction" Critique Gallery

This is my critique on your art. . . .

I like to have your statement on my art, too. :)
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WolfsBaneBand Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
freaking epic
only part i don't particularly like is the length of his hair, otherwise, amazing
CM-Night-Creature Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I had never pictured him with proper armor. It's a lighteyes thing and therefore he wouldn't want to be like them.
galilee2099 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
this is amazing. and yes the first book is really awesome. i remember the quote from part 2 in the book.
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nicely done!
zeusfireair Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
ive found my new background. credit to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TheWardedMan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
incredible. I love it! And linked on FB by Mr. Sanderson himself =]
an honour! you should be proud.
JaimieK Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist
Love it! And it's awesome that Brandon posted this link on Facebook. Kudos from the US of A.
strappings Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Photographer
Oh wow! I adore this!
Blaight Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
The tip of the spear is not my taste, but overall it is amazing!
soulcurls Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Beautiful work!
Dracolich007 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn fine piece of art! love it!
meowtant Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Wonderful! I think Mr. Sanderson should speak to TOR on your behalf and have you do the cover art for the next book in the series.
hisdarkdesire Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Fantastic. I love finding Sanderson fanart and this just makes me so excited. I love the darkness and the movement and Syl looks brilliant.
Myranii Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Found through Brandon Sanderson linking it <3
Doctor-Lucky Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, this is gorgeous! It's among my favorite novels, and I've read it thrice now, and can't wait for the second book.
Zanarky Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Seriously badass! I love it. Awesome book and I can't wait for the second one :D.
13-Zer0 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist
this is amazing! what great artwork~
I just finished reading The Way of Kings and this is so similar to how I imagined Kaladin too
Zusacre Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you :XD:
Kaerlyn Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE love love. One of my most favourite books <3
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FeatherWriter Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Ah! Kaladin! This looks so amazing! I'm seriously fangirling over here! What a gorgeous picture. The details and everything are spot on. And I love how Kaladin looks totally ready to kick some butt!
Zusacre Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aww :D thank you so much
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