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Beyond The Wall by thefreshdoodle Beyond The Wall by thefreshdoodle
"The Cold Winds are Rising"

I've been a huge fan of Game of Thrones and I don't know why it took so long for me to contribute to it's large gallery of fan arts. I believe that Jon Snow may be the most popular character(in terms of fan arts) as I've seen hundreds already online. So why did I choose to draw him? Other than he's got an awesome role but it's that part of the story where the Night's Watch go beyond the wall to look for their missing friends and the WHITE WALKERS. Yep, I'm not really fan of the dragons part as I've seen so many dragon stories and these white walkers are simply unique and different. Oh before I forget, that's his wolf Ghost, this season he is much bigger and so are the other Stark wolves.

"Winter is coming..."

It's only the beginning of Season 2 and expect more Game of Thrones fan art from me. ^_^

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Critique by xjm Apr 13, 2012, 5:11:42 PM
I love this painting. The colors really work together. I feel cold just looking at this, because the weather is easily conveyed through these warm grays. The Pollock-style paint splatters and blotches really help out with the atmosphere, although in this setting it seems a little bit overused. The right and left-facing L composition really pays focus to the subject in this painting. I also really like the cool grays seeping into the subject's face. I just wish you made the flesh a little bit warmer, becuase you lose the human with those cooler colors. I also feel the same about the wolf. A lighter gray would have really helped "push" it forward. A last note on the composition - put your signature a little bit to the left. It interferes with the painting.
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This is quite possibly the most amazing piece of Game of Thrones fan art I have ever seen! I might be a little biased because Jon is my favourite character, and you are one of my favourite artists, but this just takes my breath away. I have never felt so compelled to buy a piece of art on first sight, but this baby is going straight on my wall.
As for some CC:
I love the composition of this piece particularly; firstly, you've used one of my favourite reference pictures for Jon, but the placement of Ghost is great. I personally don't usually like the effect of "floating heads" but this works fantastically.
The colour scheme works very well, and like someone else said, I can feel the cold just by looking at it. I think it's personal preference, but I disagree with xjm's comments on the colours being warmer. I think the colours you've used for Jon's face and Ghost's fur really helps to capture and enhance the bitter cold and strenuous job of guarding the Wall and being part of the Night's Watch. I think losing the human touch is perfect; as I would imagine it to actually be. The only thing I will say about the colours is that Ghost's eyes should be blood red, and I think the shading on the ears is a little too dark as it looks like the fur is black, and Ghost is completely white.
Your unique style of combining the rough, scratchy pen marks with reasonably flat colours and the paint splatters has always appealed to me, but I think it works extremely well in this piece. However, I do think that it may be a little overused on the face, as I find it a little distracting, but not enough that it bothers me.
I haven't really given you much criticism, but it's hard to fault this piece. Easily one of the best you've done in my opinion and I cannot wait to own a copy!
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:iconlucydimaximus:
LucyDiMaximus Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student General Artist
this is beautiful, i love how you capture the expression of Jon and also the weather :) all of your work is amazing
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:iconthefreshdoodle:
thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! follow me on facebook www.facebook.com/freshdoodle , i have more updates on my new game of thrones piece! =)
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LucyDiMaximus Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Ok! I love game of thrones haha :)
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:iconthefreshdoodle:
thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
same here!
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theonlybriman47 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so amazing man, great job
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:iconthefreshdoodle:
thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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KathleenCasey Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
I was looking at the critique from xjm, but he has been banned permanently so it does not count anymore :-) I like everything here on this piece. It is engaging, the texture gives the feel of outdoors and the roughness of the period. Jon too is one of my favorites. I think your name is in the proper place, it is part of the painting. Jon's skin color is perfect, composition wise, you move to him first then to the wolf. That is the way it should be. There is only one little tiny place I would correct and that would be the wolfs eye. I would do some ink shadow scratches on the upper iris so the eyeball itself would recede into his eye socket. That is being picky but it is all about making ourselves better artists. Great job.
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thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hahaha, don't worry xjm sucks anyways. see what I love about most people who criticize my work, is that majority of them can't even produce half the quality of my work. they pretty much suck at it so they just try to prove their aesthetic knowledge by criticizing someone else' work. lol real talk. i completely agree with your comments and suggestions, you are a pretty good traditional painter yourself. =)
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KathleenCasey Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :heart:
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sudorlais Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Simply amazing! I love the strokes.
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:iconthefreshdoodle:
thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Navin-Toast Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
awesome!
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:iconthefreshdoodle:
thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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DuexAA Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
wow i just love the use of colors and lights and eveything in this pic
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:iconthefreshdoodle:
thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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JoelPhilArt Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Great !
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:iconthefreshdoodle:
thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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rkainne Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic work.
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:iconthefreshdoodle:
thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Lt-Snuggs Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eleseys critique says it all. But I also think this piece has a deep feeling of sensuality. Ive never heard of game of thrones, but I bet this "Jon" guy has a really interesting story that revolves around him and his wolf. I love it
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:iconthefreshdoodle:
thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
and he does, theres one woman whos been trying to get to his pants. thats how reserved he is lmao
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irethkalt Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great expression on this guy. :)
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:iconthefreshdoodle:
thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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irethkalt Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Welcome!
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IrinaLara Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG!! Thats so amazing!!! WOW WOW WOW! Best i ever seen on DA 8ok, maybe im not that fair ;D but who cares? i love this bastard :D )! You are brilliant and this picture is BREATHTAKING
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:iconthefreshdoodle:
thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much! =)
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fotografantin Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Photographer
wow! I'm really impressed by your work! I recognized Jon right away. This is so beautiful!!
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:iconthefreshdoodle:
thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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Dodo-Vogel Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The lines are so strong & Beautiful!
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thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! =D
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jazzilady Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really amazing artwork! :iconbugplz:
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:iconthefreshdoodle:
thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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jazzilady Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Tolkein-Lady Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
I love the sharp lines that seem to fragment the picture like ice breaking. Your artwork rendition brings a unique depth to these two characters. The man and beast share the sweeping and conflicting colors of light and dark. Their eyes draw the viewer. Each one is offset beautifully using the rule of thirds on the page.
I am a fan. Jon and Ghost intrigue me at the end of HBO's Game of Thrones Season 2. I haven't read the books yet, but will this summer.
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:iconthefreshdoodle:
thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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carmenghirardi Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
o h m y g o d
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:iconthefreshdoodle:
thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :D
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Oyokae Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student General Artist
OMG! beautiful <3 i'm not good for critique, but i say : THIS IS REALLY REALLLLLYYY FABULOUS ^^
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thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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PetrSoldatov Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
OMG !!
THIS IS FUCKING BEAUTIFUL!!!
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:iconthefreshdoodle:
thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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silkycat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Artist
Great job!
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:iconthefreshdoodle:
thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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silkycat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Artist
You're welcome! I look forward to seeing more of your work.
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LizDouceFolie Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Magnifique !
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thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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LizDouceFolie Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
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peccatori Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow!
awesome :dummy:
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:iconthefreshdoodle:
thefreshdoodle Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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Helija Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Hey, I just wanted to let you know that this piece has been featured here.
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