The Character's name is Kvothe and the books follow the epic story of his life, from boy to man, told through many different perspectives. They are incredible so I highly recommend them! can't wait for part 3.
To begin with I did the usual idea generating because to put a face to Kvothe I found was very challenging. Because although I imagined him so clearly in my head while i read the books, It was never easy to focus on that image enough to draw straight from it. So I began researching, casting for the face of Kvothe or characteristics I could use to bring clarity to his face.
At first I was unsure at what I wanted to set my painting in the books time line. So initially I played around with painting Kvothe as a young street urchin from the first book; 'The Name of the wind'
I made a mood board to explore this idea.
I made another mood board, again focusing on his face because that was the main thing that eluded me when I visualized him, I knew the bare bones of what he looked like, just not the finer details that sets everyone apart from one another.
Anyway, I wont talk about all the research or prep sketches. It amounted to me deciding to paint Kvothe playing his lute on the rooftops of Anker's as he so often did.
I was working to a strict deadline so It isn't as polished as I'd like, but its all I could fit in with the time I had, about 11 hours. Which for me wasnt too bad considering I'm very out of practice with digital painting and still consider myself to be very new to it. Here is a process compilation.
This was easy for me to imagine doing as I have so many amazing scenes in my head that I'd love to paint, from reading the two books. So hopefully I will get around to doing more! I especially want to imagine Denna though a painting some time soon.