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Kvothe by Zombiesmile Kvothe by Zombiesmile
...from the Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss.

When I searched for fanart of the books, I wasn't really happy with what I found, so I doodled these for myself. (not that mine's a better result, but hey, I tried.) Will probably doodle more sometime.

I posted these on Tumblr originally, and suddenly a number of my friends turned out to be huge fans, so I decided to upload it here too. If you haven't read it, I recommend you do, if you like good fantasy books that don't rely on dragons and elves to be interesting. :3

pencils, ink pen, photoshop.

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Bast:
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PrometheusDX Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
SQUEEEE IT'S KVOTHE~
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RomaHowl Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Love what you did here! The facial expressions, the hair... It's all done so beautifully. And finally, some good fanart. I, like you, was searching for some and haven't been able to find much. So glad you did this, thank you (:
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional
Thank you! I sadly never got around to drawing more characters. :C
Perhaps I will pick it up again when I have free time.
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Salvaa Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
I love you even more now...
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ParadiseDiamond Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your versions of the characters!! :D
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aurorflight12788 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
university plx, I mean the one with the ring under the eyes
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ILoveFood99 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow, this is actually how i imagine hime :3 Good job
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TinaWithFriends Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
I love the way you imagined him!
That's so perfect, just the way I thought of him!
<3
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Jaffababy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
KVOTHE
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Time-King Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Adorable as well!
especially considering that you let him age. :3 ittle Kvothe is really dorable... and old Kvothe from the Waystone Inn looks just as tired and wornout as I pictured him!
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chackludwig Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Lutist Kvothe's" clothes impress me. Distinctly medieval (sp?), but different enough to be probable and fancy looking.
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SirFerrick Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss i love this book series...

Why can't the doors of stone be out already...
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eddief419 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
most of these seem to fit sad old kvothe, aside from the obviously young ones
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SoulRhapsody Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Haha this is kinda like I picture him too! ^^ Well done! This is great! C:
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Emilee-Mae Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I am rereading the books now and it's always nice to see fan art of it! :D I always picture him differently every time I picke up the book.
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional
it's difficult for me to grasp a definitely look too. I might have to reread and redraw these eventually too. :3
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silly-redpanda Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! (Oh god feels, feels everywhere... why did you have to draw the kid version and the older suffering one *dieeeees*)
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Runforthestairs Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like how you draw the charcters. :) I hope to see more in the future.
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koneko156 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
I just finished reading the first book! It was sooooooooooooooooooo good! I can really appreciate these drawings a lot more then I did before. Haha I can't wait to read the second book, and the third when it comes out! XD
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Lyna-LoopS Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ARGH !
YOU ARE FREAKLING TALENTUOUS AND YOU HAVE FREAKINGS GOOD TASTE CONCERNING BOOKS TOO !
My love for you is growing more and more :smooch:
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beastfreak86 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Like Bast, an excellent portrayal of Kvothe. Hitting all ages mentioned in the book...genius! Great work!
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Celtilia Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student General Artist
the eyes... are awesome... you've caught his... wow omg nice kvothe :heart:
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Izelli Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Kvothe and Bast... Nice job! I read "The Kingkiller Chronicle" and i really love it!!! I Love BOTH! Kvothe and Bast!!!!!! :iconinuilikeitplz:
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graechaos Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
WOW. One of my favorite characters from what is probably my favorite book. I love it! Imagined him slightly..wilder (?). Your art is fantastic :wow:
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional
well unlike Bast, I had various ages to draw, and in each stage he's a bit different. I think 12 drawings aren't enough to capture all aspects of his life or personality. (I seem to have focused on trying to get the 'present' Kvothe to be most accurate I think.)
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Aquilonn Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
KVOOOOOOOTHEEEEEE
//clutches at screen

MY HEART.
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sushan89 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
I love how you captured Kvothe!! :heart:
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Salarity Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!
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AceofMana Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Again this is just amazing; I actually posted it to Patrick's Facebook page; could not not share with him.
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional
aw! I had no idea he had facebook. thanks! (I hope he likes it.)
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AceofMana Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That he does, and I bet he will love it
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Inodrev Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I think this is pretty awesome, but there are some great fan art out there of these characters:
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I'm sure you've seen this, but what are your thoughts on it if you didnt really like it?
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional
that's actually one of the few I like. Though, I imagined Kvothe to look vastly different. (Which is why I drew him for myself)
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Rabidus-Lepus Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I like the lute one the best!
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StupidShepherdDog Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist
"if you like good fantasy books that don't rely on dragons and elves"
I know what I'm going to do once this week is over (which hasn't exactly started yet...)
and those doodles look so interesting that it also tempts me into reading the book =w=
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional
haha, I hope you'll enjoy it! * -* It's my favourite series at the moment. Glad I could wake your interest~
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AlexGhost Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Awesome. I see so little fan art for this book but it's so wonderful.
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional
Thanks!
With the amount of fans, I am surprised there's not more around too. o:
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KivaChan8 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
please accept the submission to :iconthekingkillersallys: your arts wonderful :D
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Candygirl960 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
My dad read those books too :3
He really likes how you drew the characters ^^
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tofuka Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist
OMJ! *__________* im fallin in love_____ <3
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7outerelements Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely how I pictured him. Young and old, Innkeeper and musician, all of it perfect. I like how his expressions are mostly melancholy, with a touch of anger and one instance of intense (childhood) trauma. Pretty much mirrors how he is in microcosm. The only time he looks even a little happy is when he's playing his lute, also too perfect for words.

I feel like color is a big part of Kvothe's character, it must have been very difficult choosing a palette for him. Honestly, if I had to pick someone to draw the Kingkiller Chronicle graphic novel, you'd be at the top of my list.
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional
hey, thanks for the compliment. I would love to draw a scene from the book sometime for fun actually. XD

The colour, hmm.. I had a hard time with it. Now it looks a bit washed out to me and I would recolour if I had the time. There's this thing about red hair- it's hard to make it look natural.
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7outerelements Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Any idea what scene? There are probably 19,000 evocative images strewn throughout the books. Although I've always been curious, personally, about Kvothe's jouney to the Maer. If I had the ability, I might draw a scene that I would never get to read.

That's true, black and brown and blonde seem to be easier, or at least more normalized. Then again, I'm pretty sure no one in the four corners has hair like Kvothe. Maybe you just drew his hair in a bad mood.
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional
heh, I have a hard time deciding. there's a lot of material in those books. hmm.
maybe I will end up with a simple interaction between characters. Epic stuff tends to be much more difficult to draw, and as a result...less fun. (lots of pressure and expectations.)
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Emowly Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg! I didn't know it was a famous book! :o You did him quite well :D
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional
it's a best seller in Germany too. XD it's pretty well known I'd say.
thanks!
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chiyokins Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I loved the first book... and then I fell even harder for the second book. Goodness, the ending for book two was soooo good. I really can't wait until the third book comes out. I got one of my friends hooked and I just know he's going to get pissed when he finishes book two and finds out how long he might have to wait.

I really like your design for his bard outfit!
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional
haha, my best friend gave me the first book as a gift and got me hooked. I am very grateful for that.
And yeah, may take a few more years til we get another, but I can wait I think. :heart:
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chiyokins Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am definitely going to re-read the books before the third one comes out. Which reminds me that I still have to re-read the Hobbit before the movie comes out! :meow:
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