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Ser Gregor Clegane: The Mountain that Rides

There are very few 'evil' characters in A Song of Ice and Fire (Others notwithstanding), but Gregor Clegane's talent for violence makes a strong case for him.

Next up - Oberyn Martell
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ssbamafan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016
Infernal Finn, I think you do the best Medieval drawings/paintings, whatever the proper term is, and I absolutely enjoy the Song of Ice and Fire characters.  As a fan, I've been thinking about a few works I'd like to see come from your mind to paper.  Here are my thoughts:

1)  In keeping 
with your interest in A Song of Ice and Fire how about Daenerys Targaryen and her Drogo and a Nedd Starke up your sleeve.  Actually, you're the one who turned me on to Game of Thrones and now I've seen every episode and have bought and am reading the five hardbacks of the main books.  

2) Would also really like to see some Camelot works: Sir Galahad, Merlin, Tristram, Sir Bruce Sans Pitie', etc.  

3)  Also, would love to see a Lagertha, from the Vikings series.  That is one bad-ass woman.  She'd be great as a follower of the goddess Sif or fighting alongside the Valkyries in some battle, Ragnarok maybe.  

So that's it for a fan waiting for more of your great art.  If I had my preference you'd do 'em in this order but i don't care, just want to see more or your medieval genius on paper.  

1) Sir Bruce (Breuse) Sans Pitie' (Le Morte de Arthur)*
2) Sir Galahad  (Le Morte de Arthur)
3) Daenerys Targaryen (
Song of Ice and Fire)
4) Lagertha (Viking's series)
5) Merlin  (Le Morte de Arthur)
6) 
 Nedd Starke (Song of Ice and Fire 
7) Sir Tristram de Lyoness (Le Morte de Arthur)

* Your work, 'The Bull' is close to how I see this bad guy.

ssbamafan (aka Stan Schrader Jr, MAJ, US Army)
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InfernalFinn Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
Hey, Stan! 

Sorry I haven't posted much art lately. I am currently in grad school and most, if not all of my time has been devoted to learning 3D Modeling/game design. I have a bunch of art that i haven't posted, including quite a few Game of Thrones characters. So maybe I'll post them later today if I have some time!

I have so many personal projects that I wish there were more hours in the day to complete them all - I need to go back and draw another Gawain (it's been too long) and your suggestion of Lagertha is very timely considering season 4 of Vikings starts in just a few days!

Thank you for your support, it means a lot! I'll be sure to post some of the art that's been kicking around my computer.

-Dante
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Archsteel Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
I would argue that there are a lot of "Evil" characters in Song of Ice and Fire. But most of those characters have more layers to it than that, such as Tywin and Cersei who are undeniably pretty awful people but have certain redeeming features. But characters like Joffrey, The Mountain, and all of the Boltons are the exceptions.
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InfernalFinn Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015
There are certainly a lot of characters in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire that are morally repugnant in the eyes of a level-headed modern reader, but does that make them evil? I don't know. When I think of evil, I think of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings, or the Dark One from the Wheel of Time series, who are both bad simply for the sake of being a bad. Tywin and Cersei are certainly antagonists to the heroes of the series, but their defining character traits are ambition and love of family over all else. Complex villains make for far more interesting stories. But you're right about Ramsay... the dude is a psychopath. I'd say that his father is cruel, but not evil - simply pragmatic. He saw that Robb was losing the war and decided it was in the best interest of his house that he switch sides.
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SamuelGraphite Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would argue that Ramsay isn't necessarily pure evil. Like GRRM said that he doesn't believe that there are any people how are wholly good or evil. With Ramsay I'd say that he was one of those people that just found the rush of the kill and cause of pain to be entertaining. There's sure a lot of people in ASOIAF and in real life who are same kind, but Ramsay started embracing it more and more until he is the monster we see today. Even so he displays qualities that make him human, such as his affinity to his hounds, showing remorse when Myranda died, attempting to please his father, who eventually just continued to tip him on the edge, and I'd say that Ramsay learned a lot from Roose's ruthlessness. 

Ramsay said that his "Mother taught me not to throw stones at cripples. But my father taught me, aim for the head." You kinda see the duality in the parenting there. Iwan Rheon said in the scene shootings interview that Ramsay thinks of causing pain like "This is awesome!" I'm sure it would be, should any of us go down that path. Homo homini lupus est - "A man is wolf to another man." It is not uncommon for a man to show brutality against his own kind. GRRM said in an interview very poorly that Ramsay had a "rough childhood." With both, Joffrey and Ramsay, even with Mountain these redeeming qualities are way deeper than the skin. I think we'd understand these characters more were they given a POV chapter were we got their two cents into the ongoing events and their lives. 

Compare Ramsay with Sauron and he would burn the hounds where Ramsay would show affinity. Sauron would convert people and burn everything where Ramsay would just consolidate power and the land under his rule.
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InfernalFinn Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I would agree that Ramsay is not 'pure evil'. I really enjoyed a quote from a recent interview that George RR Martin conducted with Stephen King, where he contrasted his own work with that of Tolkien:

"The battle of good and evil is waged within the individual human heart... we're all partly good and partly evil."

Martin loves his grey characters and the moral ambiguity that comes with it, but I think his main gripe is with externalized evil, rather than internalized evil. It all comes down to the decisions we make.

Sauron and by proxy Morgoth are both figures of externalized evil: they are merely a looming shadow cast over the story, their presence and their motivations aren't personal at all. Ramsay Bolton, on the other hand, is a perfect example of internalized evil. Sure he may have been an innocent child at one point, molded by a cruel and calculating father in an unforgiving world, but his sadism and apparent lack of empathy have led him to consistently make decisions that took him down a very dark path. Affinity for dogs non-withstanding.

There may be no character in A Song of Ice and Fire that is wholly evil, but I think the takeaway is that evil very much exists in the hearts of characters in the story to varying degrees - and Ramsay's heart seems full to the brim/or empty depending on the metaphor.
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SamuelGraphite Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is this person good? Is this person evil? This person is a human being, he is both. In case of character's like Ramsay, Joffrey or the Mountain they both have those qualities, however these characters have gone deeper into the one way rather than the other. In this case they have ventured outside of the moral ambiquity to a place where everyone can be of a mind with each other in terms of the character. The good qualities are intern or next to non-existing. 
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Archsteel Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015
I agree completely, in fact I feel you're making the exact point I was just making with a few corrections. Although Sauron isn't nescessarily evil for the sake of being evil, he's evil for the sake of ruling over Middle-Earth and-... Internalize the nerd out, internalize and... Alright, sorry I'm back.
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Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
Nothing says "inhumanely massive" like armour that has to have extra slabs of steel fastened on: very cool stuff!
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ssbamafan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
IF:  You do great work & I like you imagine the characters from a work such as A Song of Fire & Ice by Martin. 

I recently read a novel, The Teutonic Knights' by Henryk Sienkiewicz.  I think you would find some inspirational ideas therein. The protagonist, Zbyszko of Bogdaniec, his uncle Maćko of Bogdaniec & especially, Kuno von Liechtenstein, the villainous Teutonic Knight.  As I read the book I envisioned the characters & wondered how someone with your talent would portray them. 
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InfernalFinn Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
hmmm I had not heard of that book, I'll have to check it out! I am looking forward to getting back to designing more characters from A Song of Ice and Fire.
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ssbamafan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Thanks. because of your images of the characters from ASoF&I, I have watched the first three seasons of Game of Thrones and am two episodes into the 4th season....& enjoying it immensely. 
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InfernalFinn Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
I am flattered that my art was recommendation enough to start the series! I adore the books and really enjoy the show.
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Lamastok Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
That's a very good art piece ! I really like the helm, it looks like it has an angry expression xD
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xxMrBrownstone Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
I once got in a vicious argument with a guy saying that Clegane was pure evil. I argued he wasn't. As it turned out the other guy was talking about Gregor and I was talking about Sandor. this is why we don't call character by their surname.
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spacegoblin Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Very cool! I'd like to see a 'normal' knight standing with him for scale.
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InfernalFinn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Yeah I had originally planned to have both Gregor and Sandor together in one piece. I might still do that eventually, though Sandor is pretty tall as well. Maybe I should give him a tiny squire.
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spacegoblin Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
That'd be cool :)
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0wnenstein Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
I love this! His sword hilt looks awfully thin, though - is that an error or a specific type of greatsword I'm not familiar with?
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InfernalFinn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Haha it was laziness on my part. Sometimes by the time I get around to drawing a sword or other object in a character's hand, I've already checked out.
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Kraeten Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Awesome version of the character. I've always imagined him as something of a walking wall of steel, and this definitely brings that to mind.
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InfernalFinn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Thanks! Gregor has a fairly iconic look. It can be tough to get away from other designs, especially when they are already so successful or memorable. It was fun nonetheless.
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