A new bubug illustration, inspired by one of the most visceral and poignant lines in the Walter Gilman fanfic, Into the Wood.
If you haven’t read the story yet- even if you’re not a “shipper” - it is highly recommended you do so. It’s powerful and dark and lovely and stands all on its own, quite like bubug’s beautiful art work.
GUESS WHAT DROPPED IN MY INBOX TONITE
oh my GOD
Alternate Future Sansa and Lady. ASoIaF fanart. Brush pen, photoshop color.
Wanted to color something this morning and dug out this Sansa drawing I did months ago for a friend. I think I’d just read through something Chris Samnee had drawn because I hardly ever willingly use such heavy inks! Gotta try to channel that again in the future.
I don’t think you quite understand how much I just ran through my house happily laughing!!
I’m so glad no one is home. Ahhhh, this make my week
When I first saw this, I was really astounded at how much black you used; more than what you normally roll with, but it’s so striking. I think the linework is incredibly beautiful, and the colors are so pleasing.
also, Lady reunited with utter HBIC!Sansa, why would you do this to me, it’s like you enjoy the taste of my tears ;_______;
I am such a sucker for modern AU’s, because who doesn’t like to think that their favorite characters, whom we all feel are like friends, could just as easily live beside us in our world? Roadtrip!
Also, Sansa in pink Uggs, and Ned rocking a shearling coat and wielding a blackberry. Do you think they’d really own a Hummer, though?
I think they’d definitely have an SUV or crossover for the northern terrain but probably something more rugged like a Subaru. Hummers are notoriously environmentally unfriendly and not that safe. Plus I can’t imagine driving all the way to King’s Landing in an uncomfortable thing that gets 7 mpg. But this is a very cute picture. :-) I love how Arya’s coat matches Dad’s.
Well, technically the wheelhouse was an uncomfortable thing that only got the equivalent of 7 mpg… oh, wait! It’s Robert and Cersei’s Hummer! Everything makes sense now.
(I agree with homesteadilee that the Starks would have had a Chevy Suburban. As the oldest of 5 kids, let me tell you our ‘87 Suburban was wonderful for roadtrips — across mountains and through storms and all kinds of things. It was a bitch and a half when it got stuck in the mud in Wyoming, though.)
And yes, Sansa would wear pink uggs.
My attempt at a book-canon Sandor c:
(you are more than welcome to delete my following ramblings if you want to reblog the pic!)
For me, the only mattering point of difference between Sandor in the books and Rory McCann’s portrayal of him comes down to “hate”. Rory plays a Sandor who’s got a secure lid on his… “issues”, shall we say. It’s is a valid interpretation, because for all his volatility there’s no hard evidence that Sandor hasn’t got himself in check.
But in my head-canon, Sandor is constantly a heartbeat away from completely losing it. He drinks himself blind so that he won’t smash Gregor’s face in first chance he gets, or Joffrey’s face, or Tyrion’s. His scenes from Sansa’s perspective show him at the moments he comes closest to snapping (which I believe has everything to do with her effect on him) — until finally he does snap during the Battle of Blackwater. The fire flips his switch, and no amount of alcohol will un-flip it, and when he realises that, what does he do? He goes to Sansa. I assume with confidence it’s the closest he’s come to being romantic in the entirety of his bitter little life.
It would’ve been so very interesting if Gregor had been in King’s Landing during the Battle of Blackwater. Who would Sandor have picked, I wonder? Probably Gregor. But then… perhaps not?
GRRM placing Gregor elsewhere at that point delays the decision we’re all dying to see Sandor make. There’s no doubt in my mind that’s what it will come to…
Gregor or Sansa. He can’t have both.
… Well, that was a tangent. What was I supposed to be talking about? Yeah — “hate”! Rory McCann is glorious, and I wouldn’t have any other Hound, but, in my mind, Sandor’s eyes are more pits of hell than they are big and beautiful and brown, and that most of all was what I wanted to capture with this sketch :)
Either way, I’d be on him in a second.
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG
THIS. IS. PERFECT.
THOSE EYES! THE MANLY TEARS JUST ABOUT TO START FLOWING!
THE WONDERFULLY MUSCLED TORSO! THE DELICIOUSLY HAIRY CHEST! THE BIG HANDS, CLOSED AROUND THE POMMEL!
THE NOSE! THE SCARS!
THE OBLIGATORY SCOWL! I CAN ALMOST HEAR HIM RASPING “little bird” while being all melodramatic and conflicted and depressed and angry; I can see him mocking her and eyefucking her and hating himself for it; I can see him butchering people in a testosterone and self-hatred fueled rage.
Dammit, this is so wonderful I almost want to cry.
Yes, this is perfect. And focused on the scarred side, which is rather (surprisingly?) rare in accurate book-Sandor art. Mind you I don’t typically visualize book-Sandor with a beard (with stubble yes — but note fanfic can do whatever it likes), but it really works for him here, I think.
And why would I delete the ramblings? I like them. :) It’s interesting to compare book- and tv-Sandor, emotionally… I once theorized that the primary difference between the depictions is that what book-Sandor says, tv-Sandor thinks — which is a way to get around the fact he hasn’t had enough lines, but also, yes, a sign that he may have more of his rage under control. We’ll have to wait for the 3rd season to be sure of this, mind you.
Note regarding the Blackwater and Sansa, I’m not sure it was fully a romantic effort on Sandor’s side, as much as a need to find a better, truer master once he’d cast his lifetime allegiance aside. Of course there was also an element of desire there (and maybe an attempt at romance in the courtly knight-and-maiden sense), and it all got twisted up in his head, but it’s important to note that “I could keep you safe” means things on several different levels. And it’s Sansa’s apparent rejection of this offer (on all its levels), as well as Sandor’s own abandonment of one of his major life purposes (and of course his whole self-realization due to Sansa’s song and her touch), that sends him masterless and purposeless, wandering aimlessly and drunkenly through the Riverlands.
As for Gregor at the Blackwater, I don’t think Sandor would have picked him for certain. Sandor’s relationship with Gregor is interesting, in that he says he wants him dead and he wants to kill him… but when we have one example for sure of when push came to shove, at the Hand’s Tourney, Ned notes that Sandor did not aim his sword at his brother’s unprotected head. And it’s a good question why not (some think Sandor was hoping Robert would step in for justice there), especially considering his words to Sansa the previous night. But I think Sandor wants to pick his battle, so that it fulfills whatever need for justice he has, and apparently defending Loras wasn’t the right time or whatever. And even though I don’t have much context for it, I think that fighting Gregor at the Blackwater would also not have been a proper fulfillment of that particular life motivation. (Also, the fire and stuff. Very bad.)
And, personally, I also think there’s a buried part of Sandor that does not truly want to be a kinslayer, not the way that Gregor is. (4 times over at minimum, if you count the dead wives.) It’s one of the ways, that even with Sandor’s rage and love of killing, where he’s separate from his monstrous brother. And I think whether he consciously realizes it or not, he doesn’t want to go there directly, not even if he says he does.
-book!Sandor drawn by eeba-ism
-meta by nobodysuspectsthebutterfly
Yep, it all checks out. This may just be my favorite post on tumblr.