George RR Martin likes to take his time. The sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, Winds of Winter, still doesn’t have a release date, something we’ve all been trying to make peace with since the last book was published in 2011.
But that doesn’t mean there have been no Ravens from Westeros recently. A Song of Fire and Ice has come to a ways since 1996.
The publication got decent reviews, but the sales were only acceptable. It was supposed into a trilogy to be written over three years. Two decades later has authored multiple supplementary and companion novels, Martin remains working on a book, and led to one of the grandest television shows of our time.
To celebrate this epic journey, a stunning new illustrated version of A Game of Thrones has been released. The variant features 73 pictures chosen from official calendars, board games, video games, along with the history book that is supplementary The World of Fire and Ice. Forty-eight of those illustrations have never been seen before. Every chapter starts using a full-page graphics depicting characters and a dominant theme. While the majority of the art is in black and white, eight of the main pictures have been recreated in full colour.
This isn’t the first illustrated edition of the book, but it's the very first time that the art has been credited to several artists. The version features an impressive list of ability including Marc Simonetti, John Picacio, Paul Youll, Gary Gianni, Didier Graffet, Victor Moreno, Michael Komarck, Arantza Sestayo, Magali Villeneuve, Ted Nasmith and Levi Pinfold.
She went through each chapter to determine what needed to be created and where the existing art could be properly used. Martin continues to be involved in the entire process at the same time, ensuring the aesthetics, architecture, and the intrinsic aspects of the fantasy have been in keeping with his imagination.
The Iron Throne, for example, is a messy, brutal mass of melted swords of enemies that are Targaryen, plus it took many revisions before Martin ultimately approved the sketch developed by Marc Simonetti. The illustration is made by rereading with, and every single mention of the throne Martin’s personal vision for this. The final result is just not the medieval- artwork divine throne that is certainly seen in the HBO show.
The pictures developed by the TV show are often thought to function as the most representational characterizations of the worlds produced by Martin. But though its magnificence, outstanding art direction and world-building Can't be questioned, what we see on display may not be how it was designed to be. This shift in tasteful (and very often the storyline) regularly places the many fans and loyal readers on the border.
The characters, the landscape, are reimagined by the illustrated variation, the myriad worlds as if removed in the HBO version. This can be greatly satisfying for fans and artists who've been creating artworks true to the written word. For instance, the illustrated version features a considerably younger Stark family – in A Game of Thrones, Ned Stark was just 35 when he went to King’s Landing, and Arya as young as nine.
While this version is a glorious collectable, it is also, in essence, a story packed with disappointments, high drama and emotion, fulfilling turns and heartbreaking revelations, hateful and endearing characters, a lot of deceit, and honour, bravery. For many that have never see the series, or have escaped the TV show, the visual aid supplied by the new illustrated edition presents a fantastic chance to dive into.