For years, I have been doing the best I could to raise you four. Have I been perfect? No! Do I know anything about children? No! Should I have picked up a book on parenting?! PROBABLY! Where was I going with this? I had a point.
Julian Blackthorn, lecturing his younger siblings
-Rowan found Aelin in start of Heir of Fire when Meave sent him to her to Doranelle to Maeve.
-Rowan found Aelin in Heir if Fire when she got angry and Skinwalkers tried to kill her.
-He found her in Queen of Shadows when he arrived to Rifthold.
He has found her many times and he will find her again.
“I’d walk into the burning heart of hell itself to find you.”
Yes, TOG 6 was pushed back. But that’s alright. Chaol is getting his own novel, and I’m hyped for that. But to the people complaining about TOG 6 being pushed back, please, please stop complaining about it being pushed back. It could’ve been pushed back two years instead of a year and a half. SJM is a person. She’s not some robot cranking out content. She can have health issues. She’s working on Catwoman, ACOWAR, and the sixth book in TOG. That’s enough to make anyone collapse. And she’ll have things to attend for you, her fans. Suck it up and stop complaining, because no amount of whining is going to change that. Give Sarah a break already. She deserves it.
Once upon a time there was a little girl with fire in her veins and steel in her hands
Once upon a time there was a girl who traded in debts and oaths and promises and blood
Once upon a time there was a little boy with a crown atop his head and an eye that wandered
Once upon a time there was a boy who killed his father and loved his kingdom
Once upon a time there was a boy who saw the world as it was and not as it should be
Once upon a time there was a boy who started to see grey when before it was just black and white
Once upon a time there was a girl who had more scars on her heart and in her soul then on her body
Once upon a time there was a girl with a wildness no form could contain
Once upon a time there was a girl who only wanted a fairy tale
Once upon a time there was a girl who embraced the darkness
Once upon a time there was a girl who drank the blood of men
Once upon a time there was a girl who broke free from the iron noose that was choking her
Once upon a time there was a boy who was the sword of the man who slaughtered his family
Once upon a time there was a boy who found his family again
Once upon a time there was a girl who knew the language of daemons
Once upon a time there was a girl who died for her people
Once upon a time there was a boy who loved someone very much
Once upon a time there was a boy who died because of the woman he loved
Once upon a time there was a girl who was shy and meek
Once upon a time there was a girl who lived through hell and who could still hold her head up high
Once upon a time there was a boy who lost the love of his life
Once upon a time there was a boy who found true love again
Once upon a time there was a land alive and vibrant
Once upon a time there was a land being reborn from the ashes
Once upon a time there was a land with a king on the throne and demon who held his leash
Once upon a time there was a land with a city made of corpses and whose people did not sing but wailed
Rowan Whitethorn first met Lyria in a market place in Doranelle.
He was a prince, she was a girl who sold flowers
She was his mate and there was no one nor anything that could stop him from claiming her
But Rowan’s loving Lyria lost his favor with Maeve, Queen of the Fae
Rowan still yearned to prove himself to his Queen. He still wanted glory and redemption. And so when war came he answered the call.
In war Rowan proved himself. In war he got his glory, he got his redemption, he gained back the favor of the Fae Queen. But all at a cost.
The cost of Rowan’s winning was the loss of Lyria. The loss of his mate. And the loss of their unborn child.
In his shame Rowan left civilization, he turned his back on his cousins and friends and family.
Eventually Maeve found Rowan and in turn he became blood sworn to her.
Serving her for almost two centuries as commander, prince and protector of the lands
At some point Rowan got his tattoo that goes from his hand up the side of his face.
Telling the story of his failure, of his shame
Decades later Rowan met Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, heir of Mala fire-bringer, and Queen of Terrasen
Like him, she was broken, scarred, vengeful and empty.
But with the Queen of Terrasen, Rowan climbed out of the dark abyss he had been in for centuries
With her he stared to live again
But Rowan’s tattoo stays, even after he falls in love with his Fireheart, even after he marries his Carrenam.
Even after he learns that Lyria, the woman he loved and mourned, is not his mate.
Rowan still feels regret for what he had done, what he had failed to do. He still loves the woman who had once sold flowers in Doranelle. He knows he will never not love her.
But eventually Rowan changes his tattoo.
Now the tattoo starts with Lyria’s death, but it ends with Aelin.
It is now the story of his exacting revenge for Lyria’s murder. Of his wandering and his time with Maeve. Of meeting Aelin atop a roof in Varese, of training her, and helping her. Of becoming Carrenam and blood-sworn. Ending with the night he became her consort. When he became her husband.
Now the tattoo he wears is not the story of his grief, but the story of his rebirth.
In this step, I use a Mapping pen to outline the Finished sketch.
It sounds easy- but in truth, this is the most difficult part for me. The lines need to be as even and consistent as possible.
This step can take anywhere from hours to a full day- and is by far the most complicated and LEAST fun part of drawing fanart.
First I start with the finished sketch I prepared in the last post.
(as the last check for proportions and such I flip the finished sketch upside down and a few other directions- changing the direction of your work helps you spot any wonky things)
Then I turn the prepared Final Sketch layer blue and lower its opacity.
Then I start my outline. After doing this so many times I have found that I start from one point every single time- the head. Particularly the eyes. From there I draw outward. But I always start at the eye.
I prefer to make my lines thin at first.
Once that is done I remove the sketch layer.
I remove dust- my software has a cool little button for that, so it is no hassle- you probably cant even tell that I did anything to it. But once the color is on- you will be able to see those tiny black dots and stray lines.
I also thin out any lines that are too thick. I use a Curve Line tool with clear paint- or just the Snap eraser to do this.
Next, I thicken lines, close gaps, and add black where there should be ‘deep shadows.
Here is a quick example of cleaning, closing gaps, and thickening.
^^^ This is done while CLOSELY EXAMINING THE ENTIRE PROJECT. It is EXHAUSTING and takes FOREVER. DX
^^^ After that fun is done, I prepare the line art for Step 6- Base Colors by filling in my line art.
I use the paint fill tool for this- and adjust the ‘close gap’ setting as needed to properly fill the work.
The hair needed to be filled in by hand- for that I used the G-Pen tool.
TAB is the prequel novella to the entire series. BUT IT DOES NOT NEED TO BE READ FIRST. You can read the series before you read TAB. HOWEVER, I highly recommend reading TAB before reading QoS simply because characters come back that were in TAB.
While they are re-introduced in QoS, as if they are new, reading TAB gives you a better idea on who the characters are and what they mean to Celaena’s journey as a whole.
ToD is basically Throne of Glass Book 6. It is not a continuation of the story, but it is what happens simultaneously to Chaol while the events of EoS are taking place. According to what SJM has said, it is IMPERITVIE to read ToD in order to understand what happens in Throne of Glass Book 7.
Whew, well I hope this makes sense and that I helped you guys.