So many characters to love. So many characters killed off. This project started as one idea and turned into an excuse to work on portraits. Adobe Illustrator is my preferred environment. Being able to scale everything is beautiful. However, there is a lack of depth and grit due to the qualities of vector. Everything is typically clean. Many designers and illustrators turn to brushes to add some nuanced or very apparent texture to their work and lines.
Creating brushes is not a new thing. But they all typically looked and acted the same way. I wanted to create brushes that were far more expressive and something the marketplace lacked.
Knowing who gritty and aggressive, these brushes were I had the idea to combine my love of portraits with this brush making effort. These portraits would not be pretty or flattering once the brushes were applied. So finding the right faces would be necessary. Enter Game of Thrones. With so many characters being killed off at breakneck speed, I had quite the list of gritty, grizzled characters, who'd been killed off. I felt the combinations of the two were a perfect marriage. So I started with characters I had come to love, and once they were killed off, I added them to a list for a portrait.
You can see the original portraits, done in Adobe Draw/Fresco, and how the brushes were added. Some lines are more nuanced, and some are meant to be larger and in your face. There are more to come in this series, but here are four characters I loved and lost along the journey.