my queen gen


Yikes, hope I’m still in time for this - these are for @meganwhalenturner ‘s ARC Thick as Thieves contest!! Pretty much I grew up on these books and these characters have been with me since middle school. Megan, thank you so much for your awesome writing and for creating this like. absolutely formative part of my childhood. These books are beautiful.

Most of these are for The Thief, but I had to slip one King of Attolia in there.

A Study in Sounis

Some Sophos linework done for fun. I may slap some color on a few of these later in the week—I mucked up my palette on the realisa onum piece the first go-round, but it’s begging for hot, sunny light and sharp shadows thrown by the theater of Elisa. We’ll see if I can get my act together enough to do it justice.

As for the bottom piece—one thing MWT’s done that I really really love is create this double-sided coin to Gen’s ingenuity. People around him—even his closest friends—assume he can do everything, be everything, win everything, to Gen’s obviously increasing discomfort. I think part of him still considers himself an idiot kid with an above average slice of luck, and I can’t wait to see how this plays out in the future. I did a rough storyboard sketch of an exchange between he and Irene on this subject—if I find the time to clean it up, I’ll share it.

Oh, and should we want to count this as one of the other Queen’s Thief redraws I’ve done recently:

highlights of the author meetup w/ megan whalen turner

•"Gen, who has impulse control issues,“
•how she was determined to not write a book about a Quest and then ended up sort of writing book(s) about a Quest
•how she got into a fight with a friend one time about how to say “Avonlea” and wouldn’t say she was wrong for a long time, so we’re allowed to pronounce the names in her books however we want.
•”(it’s about) a Thief, who has bad impulse control,“
•Conspiracy of Kings is about Sophos learning to “put his big boy pants on”


Can we just talk about the bee? Bee-cuz I love her :^)

Anticipating Thick As Thieves, day 2: favorite character :)