Tuesday, June 14, 2011

2012 ASOIAF Calendar / Arya Stark Preview

Arya fans -- you've been clamoring for this. Here you go. You're looking at a closeup detail from my 2012 A Song of Ice and Fire calendar art featuring Arya Stark.

And for those who missed the previous sneak peeks, here's a cropped detail of Bran Stark. And The Hound. And of course, the cover features Ned Stark. The calendar will be available the week of San Diego Comic Con. George R. R. Martin and I will be signing calendars at SDCC and I'll have some for sale at my own booth (#4600) that I'll be sharing with Star Wars artist Dave Seeley. If you can't make it to SDCC, no problem -- Amazon is already taking preorders for it.

Alright, Arya Stark fans -- let me know what you think. :)


Blogger Laurie Mann said...

I haven't read the books yet, so your Arya is a little different from TV Arya. But, yes, the attitude is 100% right. I'm going to have to buy your calendar when it comes out.

10:24 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Thx, Laurie! :)

Yeah, as you may have guessed, Bantam hired me to illustrate based on the books, and my work makes no reference to the TV series or its actors. So yeah, it's interesting to now look back and see what HBO is doing with their vision, vs. my own. HBO is creating whole new scenes that were not written by George, so in many ways, the TV series is a whole new work entirely separate from the books. I agree with you though -- when I saw what Maisie Williams is doing with Arya in the TV series, it felt very much like the same spirit and attitude I was channeling into this piece.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Lisa, Mom, Ysa, daughter, said...

I love it! She looks just like the Arya that I had in my head when I was reading the book (I'm only through Game of Thrones). I love the look of determination! You captured her perfectly. I've already pre-ordered and hope to get it signed at FenCon if you are there.

11:07 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Thanks, Lisa. Much appreciated. :) I don't have plans to attend FenCon this year, but I haven't ruled it out either. Gonna be a great show, but I'm travelling so much that it's very iffy....if I do, I'll make sure to say so here on my blog though.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Adrian Johnson said...


I'm not familiar at all with the character or the book, but this is absolutely fantastic!



4:19 PM  
Blogger Dennai said...

What's this??? Is she holding Needle in her right hand???

4:51 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Love the expression! Also, the movement of her unkempt hair. Can't wait to see the full image!

6:58 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Adrian -- High praise from you, sir! Means a lot. I appreciate it very much. :) (The books are amazing, by the way, if you ever get a chance to read them. The first one, A GAME OF THRONES, is a masterpiece.)

Dennai -- LOL :) I don't know what you're looking at, but that's a headshot. Hey, you never know she may not be holding Needle at all! Then you might have NoNeedleGate on your hands. My advice -- wait 'til the calendar comes out in July. :)

Laura -- Muchas gracias!

6:41 PM  
Blogger Marc Scheff said...

You nailed it John. Depending on when this shot is in the book, she may or may not have hair. That said, this is exactly how she looks, period.

10:32 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Marc -- Very much appreciated, coming from you. Thanks, man!

5:51 AM  
Anonymous Ivan | Segunda Mano said...

Game of thrones is, probably, the best TV serie that I've ever seen.
It's raw and real like none, and reflects the European Middle Age (althought was fantastic, not historic) in all over its dimension.
The characters and the script have an incredible depth.
Perhaps, the sex scenes and explicit violence are too frequent.

1:41 AM  
Anonymous Bejerano - Piscinas Prefabricadas said...

Undoubtedly, one of the best series of last years.
One tells the history that they hook.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Tiendas Alfombras said...

That nice the illustration, the calendar the past one.

4:26 AM  
Anonymous Carla | portaextintorhogar.com said...

The second season empezo brilliant, it is a great series

11:27 AM  
Blogger Sophia Ciaravino said...

looking back on this picture is really interesting. I am the girl who modeled for this but its been like 4 years since this was drawn. Its so interesting how you were able to draw this with such detail it almost feels like you can feel the characters emotion.i really have no clue how i stumbled upon this but i'm sure glad I did!!! thank you and great job!!!

9:53 PM  

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