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Lightbringer Tenth Anniversary: Ten Years of Fan Art

I love artists. I love working with them. I love seeing what they do in their own fields and being blown away by talents that are so different from my own. In fact, I’m often jealous of artists–especially so in the visual arts. With a writer, it might take hours of reading to know if they’re deeply skilled, much less gifted. With visual arts, it’s instant. No fair! But something I’d not considered before I started my own journey was how my work might inspire art.

Below is a list of ten (only ten?! how do I choose?) pieces of Lightbringer art I’ve particularly loved over the past ten years.

With great difficulty, I narrowed down my list to 27. Oops. So then I sought advice, and gave bonus points for things like work in a different medium, or a unique perspective. (There were enough awesome tattoos alone that I could have crowded this top ten with those!)

Artists, thank you for what you do. Everyone else? Enjoy!

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Idris Elba-inspired Ironfist, created by Tim Hoffman for the Nine Kings Card Giveaway. This was one of the few I saw with Ironfist in his ghotra. I love the intensity Tim captured here.

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Kip, by @avacairen in 2016. I always wanted Kip to be a visually striking figure. He’s a multi-ethnic kid who feels like an outsider, but by belonging to no particular satrapy, he somehow can belong to all of them. Here I see a Kip who’s finally–finally–coming into his own and becoming a force to be reckoned with.

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Andross the Red Nine Kings card by Shea Britton. I love the style of this one–and also love seeing young Andross. Look at that nice young man! He’s just got a world of possibilities before him.

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Kip v Kylar tattoo by Rob Zeinog, on Evan Ennis. Here, Evan and Rob edged out some other wonderful tattoos by having both Kip AND Kylar. Hey, play to the judge, right? Great work.

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Cruxer & Ben-Hadad by Oliver Elm, @flyboy_elm on Twitter. One of the joys of writing Lightbringer was getting to spend time with the Mighty. Watching them crack heads, crack jokes, and bust each others’… limitations was a joy. Love the attention to detail in this one, too.

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Nine Kings card by Elly, @elly_mii on Instagram. A deceptively simple style here, capturing the essential lines of the character while hinting at Orea Pullawr’s gravitas. Orea sees what you’re trying to get away with. It’s not going to work.

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Found on the Brent Weeks fan page on Instagram, @kylarguile; Mist Walker by @aryencyph. Given how Teia’s magic works and what it does to one’s eyes, it’s not easy to portray Teia using her power as being anything other than spooky. Aryencpyh captures a sensitivity–even a woundedness–here. Plus the art style is really different. Love it!

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Janus Borig by Cyndy, @reiyeka on Instagram. Cyndy has consistently done some of my favorite Lightbringer Art. I posted this one because Janus Borig is one of those characters that walked onto the page and stole my heart. I wish we could’ve spent more time together, but then I… ahem, well. Not ME. But, you know, someone did that thing that made it so she couldn’t.

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Possibly the oldest entry, this is Gavin by Xoujji and was posted in 2015. There are a lot of ways you could depict Gavin Guile. This captures some of the happy arrogance of the man early in the series. Ah, Gavin, you have such beautiful self-confidence. Be a shame if anything happened to it.

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This is the first of the 14-page character sheet for playing a Drafter in D&D 5e. Dylan Rainville put this together by building upon a previous iteration in 2017.

I’m not certain if all the art is original–because there’s a LOT here, and it’s all really good–or if some of it is repurposed, but the adaptation that handily earned this one its place on the list is the incredible amount of work Dylan put in to translate a drafter into a playable D&D class. I haven’t play tested it myself, but this looks totally legit. Very, very impressive.

You can also check out another version of the Drafter character class (not as thorough as Dylan’s, but still interesting), posted to the D&D Wiki HERE.

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Artists, you’re amazing. You bring me and others joy by creating such beautiful, winsome, quirky, and original work. Keep bringing your visions to the rest of us. We need you.

Oh, and I’ll do my best to bring you new cool things to imagine in the next ten years.

Nine Kings Fan Art: Featured Entries

Y’all sent us some stunning fan art! I know earlier I promised a mega-post with everyone’s entries, but there were just too many to put in one place. So I’m sharing some of our favorites here. Because I can.

Please note: SPOILERS abound for all Lightbringer books!

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“New Ferrilux” by Nicole Wiekierak

“The Ex-Priest” by Jennifer Johnson

“Heresy” by Megan Steadman

“Turtle Bear” by Jessica Dugan

“Black Luxin” by Alli Ryan

“Hellstone Dagger” by Melissa Wallis

“Mist Walker” by Jan Pasik

“The Guile” by Thomas Bernfeld

“Samila Sayeh” by Wilma Jacobs

“Turtle Bear” by Andrew Pulis

“Multicolored Spectacles” by Jerris Heaton

It was an absolute joy to see each submission we received (including all the ones not featured here). Thank you to everyone who participated. It’s obvious that you all worked hard and put your hearts into your work. You each did a magnificent job!

Nine Kings Fan Art Contest Winners

Hi friends,

We have notified the winners of the contest, and we’re here to showcase the five winning entries! There were nearly four dozen entries, each brilliant and beautiful in their own way. A warm, heartfelt thank you to everyone who submitted.

Please note there are SPOILERS for all Lightbringer books in the images below.

Our grand prize winner is Ellen Archer, with “Shimmercloak”:

Our runners-up are as follows:

“Unbreakable” by Morgan G.

“Andross the Red” by Mankin Studios

“Commander Ironfist” by Tim Hoffman

and “Lightbringer” by Alex Untoria.

Congratulations, everyone!

Fan Art Tuesday: The Creator

This is the last Nine Kings Fan Art entry before the deadline this Saturday. We’re featuring a card submitted by Rianna Stahl–one that’s not canon, per se, but it’s fitting nonetheless.

Everyone on Team Weeks LOVES the entries y’all have sent in, and we’re super excited to see what else you’ve got!

Here’s the link to the list of cards mentioned in the books.

And FYI, this is the last week the Brent Weeks webstore will be open, so get those shirts and books while you can!

Fan Art Tuesday: Andross the Red

Today’s Nine Kings Fan Art Contest entry comes to us from Shea, who created a lovely rendition of Andross the Red.

As described in THE BLINDING KNIFE: “It was a young Andross Guile, handsome, strong, a warrior, a white dagger in his hand, tattered cloak billowing around him, three young boys behind him, one to his right, the other to his left, one barely visible in the distance. Orholam, he looks like a hero.”

If you enjoy Shea’s work as much as we do, and want to see more, she’s on Twitter @fairy_Fort and has a webcomic, Magefront.

And remember, the deadline for the contest is NOVEMBER 30!

Fan Art Tuesday: The Fallen Prophet

It’s Tuesday again, y’all! This Nine Kings Fan Art, submitted as part of the Nine Kings Fan Art Contest, was created by Caitlin:

This card appears in THE BLINDING KNIFE, though there’s no description of how it looks. Which means Caitlin came up with the design entirely on her own. Bravo!

We’re also here to share the description of another Nine Kings card. This one is Gunner’s:

Captain Gunner: a lean, night-black Ilytian man, bare-chested under a fine royal blue waistcoat. He has a scattered dark beard, and his wiry black hair is in a thick ponytail. He wears tattered loose trousers cut off just below the knee.

Remember, the deadline is now November 30, and the contest is open to fans all over the world!

Fan Art Tuesday: Shimmercloak, Extended Deadline

Hi Everybody!

This week’s entry from the Nine Kings Fan Art Contest was created by Ellen Archer. She chose the SHIMMERCLOAK card:

You can see more of Ellen’s beautiful work on Twitter.

We’ve also decided to give everyone a little more time to work on their submissions for the contest! The new deadline is Saturday, November 30, 11:59pm PST.

And remember, you can submit multiple entries, you can be anywhere in the world, and the winner will be chosen at random.

Onward and upward!

Fan Art Tuesday: Tour Magic

Well friends,

The White Hot Book Tour is officially over. It was exhilarating, and exhausting, and inspiring, and resplendent. One for the ages.

And it included some really lovely artwork from fans. Like this fun illustration of Gavin:

A fan gave this to us at Powell’s. I snapped a picture to share here.

“So CAPSLOCK, who exactly was this fan? Does she have any other work online?”

Ummmmmm, I forgot to ask. Ever true to form.

Any way, this is my segue into a reminder that we are holding a Nine Kings Fan Art Contest, and you should enter! Click through for details.

Also, I’m here to remind fans in the US and the UK that you still have two days to enter the Orbit Loot Giveaway, if you haven’t already. The ONLY WAY to get this prize–an exclusive Lightbringer hardcover box set–is to enter the giveaway. All you need is an email address!

Fan Art Tuesday: Jil-Una

I got so excited about the event at Powell’s tonight, I forgot to make this post live!

This adorable little turtle-bear is from Jil-Una:

This little guy is here to remind you that the deadline for the NINE KINGS FAN ART CONTEST is November 15. Winners are chosen at random, and you can enter more than once! We will be featuring submissions over the next few weeks.

See you over on Facebook tonight around 7:30pm PDT!