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In a coat of gold by FelisGlacialis In a coat of gold by FelisGlacialis
“In a coat of gold or a coat of red, a lion still has claws”  - Game of Thrones/A song of Ice and Fire – the Rains of Castamere (by George R.R. Martin)

I finally got convinced by my brothers to watch the epic series Game of Thrones and I intend to read the books as well (although they have way to many pages… and I’m a very slow reader), but I haven’t had time yet (due to exams). I got very fond of the Lannister family and got the idea to draw the four most important Lannisters as lions, since their sigil is a golden lion. Jaime is my all-time favourite in the series, but Tywins power and appreance is pretty impressive, too. Tyrion is of course a funny genius and I feel quite some sympathy for Cersei too; especially how she deals with this hard world.

I hope the characters look a bit recognizable – I based the lions on the appearance of the actors. Tywin at the top left; depicted as having all the power and as the father of the other three; Jaime at the top right, Cersei at the bottom left and Tyrion at the bottom right. I must say that Cersei was the most difficult one to draw since I couldn’t play around with the mane to resemble the characters better. Her typical expression was also pretty difficult to catch, but I hope she’s still recognizable.

I was pretty inspired by the Lannister song ‘the Rains of Castamere’ which is based on an historic event where Tywin Lannister wiped out all the members of the rebelling house Reyne, of Castamere (lyrics here-  gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/T… ; sung version: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn3_f3… and instrumental version: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jERdlo… ). I drew the event of the golden lion killing the red lion and celebrating his victory of this bloody battle.

Another detail; the edges are based on a pattern I saw on Tyrion’s clothes and on the background of Tywin’s tent in the battle of season 1.
*please leave no major spoilers in the comments for those how haven't caught up with the series yet or haven't read the books (like me at the moment).

 

© Art by me; please do not copy and/or use it without my permission!

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rclagett Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  New Deviant
This is amazing! I personally think that you should do more of the houses like this, but I understand doing your fav first.
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017   General Artist
Thanks! Yeah if had more time, I would have done that XD The Starks would be interesting as wolves.
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seriousfoodie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
Why is this not available as a print? :(
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015   General Artist
Somehow deviantart is bugged and I can't get it to work ><
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KhaliaArt Featured By Owner Edited Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love it, seriously, this is pretty realistic and impressive. Such a stunning art you have, really!!
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014   General Artist
Thanks!
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Mercury-Magic Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Incredible work. I especially like your interpretations of Tywin and Tyrion but the eyes are fantastic on each one, setting each apart from each other. Truly awesome.
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014   General Artist
Thanks! It was a challenge to make the characters look typical as lions, but people seem to recognize them :)
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BloodyBat Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh dear, this is a wonderful idea you had, and the characters' traits are recognizable, even as lions! It looks absolutely great and I love it!!
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014   General Artist
Ha thankies! Took me a while to answer - after the holiday hehe. Nice  to see ye on DA again!
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Eredhys Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
A very impressive work! Well done, I love Tywin and Tyrion, you made them very well =)
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014   General Artist
Thanks!!
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Mudstar-Sibera Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want to get into this series Mysitc and this art piece is so rich and cultured and beautiful! Love it!
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014   General Artist
Thankies! You want to watch it too?? It's really a fantastic series - a bit violent and a lot of sex but I ignore that last aspect. The rest is just great - very interesting storylines, unexpected happenings and very realistic and interesting characters - as I tried to depict here - my four favourites...
Btw - I heard from River that you watch Once Upon a Time too? I started with it - I've seen the first four episodes now - I great series as well - I will definitely continue with it.
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Mudstar-Sibera Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah I know it's got a lot of violence and....other stuff but as for the sexual stuff that's what the 'fast forward' button is for on the remote! lol! Violence doesn't bother me so much. I acutally saw one episode with my housemate one night hat was right violent...ended with the pretty wolf getting shot to death and I almost wanted to cry. I'm glad the wolves are good in this series I hate them being used negatively in litature and film. -.- very annoying.

well you depicted it very well my friend! :highfive:

yes I have recently gotten into OUAT I'm on episode 6 of Season 2 now! woo hoo! Rumple and Regina are ma faves! Love to hear what you think as you watch it!
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Cirprius Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow...they are all so pretty and regal. Game of Thrones is a great show (never read the books heh) I find it awesome that it inspired you to make this :D
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014   General Artist
Thanks!! Yeah I love the series. I started in the first book now, recently.
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Vannjaren Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous and amazing work! :love: :heart: :wow: Ha, I won't give you any spoilers even though I've read all the books and watched every episode... I hate spoilers myself and so I don't give them to people unless by accident. :lol:

I loooove how close all of the facial features of the lions look so much like the acters, and the pattern at the bottom with heraldic style of the defeat of house Reyne is amazing... I'm drawing a picture now(that exams have finally eased off) inspired slightly by heraldic style, but with a sort of twist of my own style... ha, heraldic-ish Krovendraekk with wings are fun to draw but very awkward to pose! :'D (trying to keep the flexibility and fluidity whilst at the same time maintaining some of the pose rigidity often seen in heraldic beasts... :faint:)

But yes, even from the THUMBNAIL I could tell who all of the characters were clearly. :iconbravoplz:

For some reason I always found Tywin Lannister attractive despite him being older, and his lion portrayal is no exception - dang, that's one gorgeous lion! :drool:

I rather like Jaime too despite some of his... flaws... but actually I didn't have much sympathy for Cersei at all, haha... I guess from reading the books first... I felt some small bits at times but then went straight back to hating her again. :lol: And even if she doesn't have a mane, it still really does look like her, well done!
Tyrion though has to be one of my favourite characters of the whole series, I loved him from the books so of course I loved him in the series too since I thought they portrayed him well - and so have you now too, in lion form! :tighthug:

I love the deep red of the background like the Lannister colours, but it also matches the detailing at the bottom of the extermination of house Reyne, not to mention that it really sets off the lions and looks like an old-fashioned portrait, plus the elegance of the flow of their manes intermingling with each other is downright gorgeous. <3 Also love the subtle lighting, it really adds elegance and class to the piece.

This might not be a drawing of your Siderians, but because of how gorgeous it is, and the subject nature of course, it may well be one of my favourite things in your gallery now - WELL DONE! :clap: :worship:
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014   General Artist
Thankies! Very good to hear that they look like the characters in the series 8D Ha yeah I really got fond of that heraldic style and the story behind the Rains of Castamere. Such a beautiful song! Oh and I'm working on Stian in the same style as the Lannister lion. Looking kinda cool - he maybe my sigil ;P
I've started in the first book now, but I'm a very slow reader so I won't go so fast. So far I liked the writing style - and I may have more time during the camping holiday next week :)
Anyway I'm wondering who you like most - I find it kinda weird that I got so fan of the Lannisters - most people don't really like them. But somehow I liked them on the first sight kinda. But I've read a spoiler about the next episode concerning my 3th place favourite char... :'(
Anyway you're done with your exams as well? Me too - since friday the 13th! So weird to be finished...finally some time for DA and drawing but it's difficult to start after such LONG time of stress and work...
I've planned more non-siderian work: mission Felidae and Mission Draconidae XD But I also wanted to work more on the other siderian related felids. Enjoy you holiday a well and I"m looking forward to see your Krovendraekk i heraldic style!
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Vannjaren Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome, and of course they do - very much so! <3
I've always loved EVERYTHING medieval, so it's no surprise I love that style of art and of course the whole series(both book and television form).
And yes, I love that song too - in fact I have a drawing in my head inspired by it... though I'm not going to work on that storyline(the archaic-setting with my Krovendraekk of the Viseryan Era) for a few years or so, and you won't have met the character yet - Dortmun Oathbreaker, Warlord of the Kårstatt rebellion. Some lines from the song, just... when I heard it I couldn't help but think of him.

And WOW, that's going to turn out fantastic, I just know it is! :love: Ha, he's a character that would lend himself VERY well to that style... sadly though I found out whilst working on my piece that Krovens don't lend themselves at all well to that style... too much longness and bendiness and bones everywhere. :'D It's hard to put them in the more rigid poses, I think more stocky-looking or compact animals look better(not that Stian is stocky, just... compared to Krovens, pretty much EVERYTHING is :'D) in that style and since the detailing and lines tend to be thicker/chunkier.
However, it DID get me thinking... Krovendraekk might look good in a Celtic/Norse style! :dummy: Since they often exaggerate the length of animals and bend/intertwine them into unusual shapes, they might work well with that - something definitely to think about for the future, maybe one of Vroenfael.
I am still going to finish the one I'm currently working on - hopefully I can make it look ok! (if nowhere near as awesome as Stian, haha... I had to throw in a bit of my own style to balance it out and make it work a bit better with his physique)

Ah, great to hear it! Hmm, I'm fairly fast at reading... maybe 100 pages a day if I get time, if I had unlimited free time though I'd finish a book likely in one day if it's a book that I enjoy. And hope you have a good holiday!
Ah, I actually quite like them - I admire Tywin for his ruthlessness and determination, I like Jaime too... but my favourite character of the whole series has to be Tyrion, love his personality! :heart: I also liked Jon Snow in the book too, I think a bit better than in the series, and Eddard of course, before he lost his head. I really liked Sandor Clegane right from the start even if most people didn't - I guess he reminds me a lot of Habicht at times too, haha. However, I never liked Cersei... even when things happened to her, I felt sorry for about 30 seconds before going straight back to "DIE BITCH DIE". Aside from her and Joffrey though, you're not alone in liking the Lannisters! :D

A few of the other characters I like... you may not have met them yet, so I won't drop spoilers. ;p
As for Danaerys... I could never quite make up my mind whether I liked her or not - at times I liked her, at times I'm not so sure... but I think that's a sign of a good writer, since with real people often it's hard to decide whether to like them or not.

Yes, my exams are finished... but I'm at home now which basically means I'm barely allowed to touch the computer so I can't draw and barely get time on dA... but at least in a couple of weeks I will be able to again, which isn't so bad.

Oh wow, those sound AMAZING, I can't wait! :dummy: :eager: And oh yes, I'm excited about those - do you still have your Javines? :D And aww, thankyou very much - even with my 10-minute drawing slots, the character himself is already nearly finished, just need to fix him up a bit and give him a background! :boogie:
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Ana-Sakuya Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tyrion lion looks so much like the actor, it is kinda scary!

Amazing work! Epic as always! la in love 
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014   General Artist
Haha that is very good to hear!! haha Tyrion ftw!
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ulltraz Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
a fantastic job!!!Love 
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014   General Artist
Thanks!
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ulltraz Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
you are welcome!!!Love 
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Saiyaness28 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
This is such an awesome idea. Instant fav! :D
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014   General Artist
Thanks! I thought maybe about the Starks too, but I'm actually not so fond of them somehow...I'm more of a Lannister fan I think.
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Saiyaness28 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
I know what you mean, lannisters are so much fun to hate. :D
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Agent36496 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   Writer
Lions are majestic. I like the detail you put in them.
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   General Artist
Thanks! it's always a pleasure to draw them!
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DangerousVixen Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
There are no words that could fully express just how amazing I think this piece of epic art is. ♥
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   General Artist
Thanks!!
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Tsimmu Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you did a very good job portraying them as lions. I can see their human personalities showing in their faces.
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   General Artist
Good! I tried to find a balance between their typical (human) features and still keeping the lions looking as natural as possible.
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wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist
Cool
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   General Artist
:)
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Romapacoff Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Tyreon and Jaime are the most recognizable. You captured them very well!
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   General Artist
Good! They were easiest to draw typically - Cersei was definitely most difficult...
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S0mbrero Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, fantastic *-*
you perfect artist :D
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   General Artist
hehe thanks :)
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DrazziElder Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student General Artist
I predict a Daily Deviation.
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   General Artist
I really hope so. Might get some more viewers back.
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SangVarg Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
O...M...GOD!!! I love this!!! I'm such a GoT lover and I've also read the books. And this picture is just awesome! I've kind of a sympathy for the Lannisters, though it's not my favourite house at all.
I love this picture, it's so great :love:
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   General Artist
Thanks!! I've bought the first book - will start in it soon 8D 8D. I'm wondering who's your favourite house. Based on the series I can say that the Lannisters are my favourites... most people don't agree with me ;P
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SangVarg Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well it's really hard to say for me... I love the Starks, but can't say it's my favourite house generally. The Lannisters are very interesting and kinda adorable in their own way, I can admit. You will even more like them in the books ^^

But I really think I have to reduce it to single persons. There are actually three: The Hound, Daenerys & Jon Snow. I actually do like much more, but these three are my faves of all :)
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014   General Artist
Yeah I must say it is very had to choose favourites - it changes all the time and from season to season. I'm very curious how I'm going to like them in the books. The Starks are nice for as far as I came in the book, but in the series I find them too honourable - I think it is therefore that I ended up loving the Lannisters more than all the others- actually those four I have drawn here are my favourites. But other non-Lannister persons I really like are Brienne, The Hound and Ser Jorah and I slowly begin to like Jon Snow a bit; but I still find him to 'heroic' kinda. Oh - I liked Ramsay as well and Joffrey actually- sometimes I have a weakness for those bloody bastards. I must say that the characters and the world are very inspiring for my own story - it kind lowers my thresholds to do unexpected and radical things with my characters and storylines :plotting:
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Sturmvoqel Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely brilliant!
You can see
at the hairstyles and the eyes - without reading the comment before - the characters.
Amazing work ♥


sorry for my bad english
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   General Artist
Thanks- that is really good to hear! I hoped that it was clear on their faces :)
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UnbeatableWarrior Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this piece is pure gold! *pun totally not intended XD*
I love the technique for the fur that you use, it'sjust... wow. Keep it up!

Also, I read your comic, and the ideas and plot are awesome as well!
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   General Artist
Thanks!! I'm happy to hear that you still follow the comic!
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