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Game of Thrones: House Stark Painting by Hax09 Game of Thrones: House Stark Painting by Hax09
A painting I did of House Stark from Game of Thrones.
Created using a wacom pen tablet in Photoshop.

SEE W.I.P: [link]

Images I used as reference:
Ned: [link]
Cat: [link]
Bran: [link]
Sansa: [link]
Robb: [link]
Arya: [link]
Rickon: [link]

P.S I have not read the books. Only seen the show so please don't post any spoilers that haven't been broadcast yet. Thanks ! :D

PPS: I knew I would have to include this. I chose to leave Jon Snow out because technically he isn't a Stark. Believe me I understand just how much he was raised as one. But I feared that fans wouldn't want him included in a painting titled 'House Stark'. I also thought I'd get less criticism for NOT including him rather than painting him in a house he didn't belong in. I wanted to include him but the fact remains he isn't a Stark.
If I included him then there's reason to include Theon too who was also raised by the Starks. I couldn't enter that grey area. Sorry.... :(

EDIT: WOW MY FIRST DAILY DEVIATION!
Thank you very much Lyricanna! And thank you all for your amazing comments! It has inspired me a lot!

EDIT2 : Wow 15K views and over 1K favourites! Thank you guys! Words cannot express my gratitude!!!
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:iconmudstorm15:
Mudstorm15 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful
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:iconhax09:
Hax09 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconlacunok:
Lacunok Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
Excellent! May I use this as my Facebook profile picture if I credit you as the creator in the description?
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:iconhax09:
Hax09 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)

Yeah sure, go for it.
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:iconlaurenlittledove:
laurenlittledove Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Incredible! I love the Stark's so much. 
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:iconhax09:
Hax09 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Me too.
But I also love the Lannisters as well
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:icontaffra:
Taffra Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
This is really great.Wow!Heart  fantastic details. this is a clear fav for me +fav  
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:iconhax09:
Hax09 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!

I might do a similar one soon with another family :)
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:icontaffra:
Taffra Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
That would be really cool ^^
And you're welcome :)
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:icontasiams:
tasiams Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
`Awesome
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:iconhax09:
Hax09 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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Supergeo1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work! :)
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:iconhax09:
Hax09 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Brad :D
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:iconblackrain1678:
BlackRain1678 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014   Writer
Nice work :D Can you do a House Lannister pic as well?
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:iconhax09:
Hax09 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not thought about it yet. Perhaps I might. But there are so many other families too! ArrrrGGhhh! So many choices!!
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TheAsorlinsStrike Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ned is my favorite.
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:iconhax09:
Hax09 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Mine too. :D
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:icontheasorlinsstrike:
TheAsorlinsStrike Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome. Keep up the awesome work.
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:iconthespair:
Thespair Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
This is simply beautiful and I wonder whether you could draw similiar, but with Lannisters ;> Again, just beautiful <3
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:iconhax09:
Hax09 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Thespair!

I wanted to do one with the Lannisters but there's not enough of them. Only Jaime, Tyrion, Cersei, and Tywin.
Plus there's the added confusion of whether I include King Jofferey or not? And Tommen and Myrcella too who are Baratheons but actually Jaime's kids...

Similar problem with the Targaryens. Not many left.
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:icondeathespada117:
Deathespada117 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Love the Composition!
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:iconhax09:
Hax09 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Alan!

Yeah I was inspired by those Star Wars posters designed by Drew Struzan. It really captures the series quite well. If I had to re-do this I would include more action shots instead of characters just standing around.
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:iconianuarius85:
Ianuarius85 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i see dead people
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:iconhax09:
Hax09 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see at least 3 dead people here... I've not read the books but I'm guessing there's a whole lot more dead people to come.
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chasenacc Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
its great but.... where is the bastard son? isnt he still house stark?
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:iconhax09:
Hax09 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not technically. Which is why I decided not to paint him.
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:iconchasenacc:
chasenacc Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
ah gotcha, still a great piece of work though

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Hax09 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Chase :)
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:iconchasenacc:
chasenacc Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
anytime :)
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:iconfeyjane:
Feyjane Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow!
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:iconhax09:
Hax09 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Feyjane! :D
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Feyjane Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
:)
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:iconmat3175:
Mat3175 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hax09 - fantastic mate
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:iconhax09:
Hax09 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks mate :P
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:iconmat3175:
Mat3175 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hax09 - Fantastic mate!
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:iconhax09:
Hax09 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks mate... :)
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pipe07 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Ok, this is Epicness.
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:iconhax09:
Hax09 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you Pipe07!
Glad you like it! Look out for my next piece
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:iconpipe07:
pipe07 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
No problem, its my curret wallpaper
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:iconhax09:
Hax09 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! I am honoured!
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xdragone Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
This Art is just incredible !! I also have a question where is Benjen Stark ?
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Hax09 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! I'm glad you like it...

Benjen err...isn't here because he's from the Nights Watch therefore no longer part of a family?

Gaaarggh! I don't know. The harsh truth is I actually thought of Benjen Stark at the time but because of issues with space I decided not to include him. I thought I'd just include Ned and his family and not Uncle Benjen. Otherwise it could open up the doors for including Ned's father Rickard and his older brother Brandon too. Just not enough darn space for a family so big! :D
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HouseLannister Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!
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Hax09 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you HouseLannister !
Glad you like it ! :D
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147CombatMedic Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Stellar!
:w00t:
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Hax09 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks mate! :D
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ShadowFirez Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is amazing! Ned and Bran are so realistic they look like actual photographs. You've captured Winterfell very well and I like how you have formed "icicles" on the bottom of Robb and Sansa. House Stark is definitely my favorite in the show.. it's totally understandable why you decided to leave out certain characters. :D

I also love that you included the actual references in your description-- so many artists don't do that.
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Hax09 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D

I'm so glad you noticed the little things like the icicles on Robb and Sansa. Representing the wintery weather of the north. Originally I just wanted some of the brush stroke to veer off out of bounds from the overall family shape to create a more painted with a rough brush feeling. But I changed my mind later on (mainly because it didn't turn out the way I'd hoped;)) and changed it to icicles.

I was very close to including Jon Snow. But felt, for the sake of technicality, I shouldn't. The last thing I wanted was fans of the book series pointing out how Jon Snow wasn't officially a Stark. What I got instead was fans of the book and TV series pointing out that I hadn't included Jon Snow. You can't win either ways. But like I've said before. House Stark refers to Starks by blood.
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ShadowFirez Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! I love it when artists add little details to their work. I thought the icicles was a really clever way to blend the two characters into the background and reinforce the idea of Winterfell/House Stark at the same time.

Yes, it's impossible to please everybody unless you actually do 2 versions of the artwork-- one with Jon and one without. However, I think that as the artist you should be able to do what you want and what you think is best. ;)

I also saw your work in progress for this artwork. I needed a double look at your jaw dropping sketch-- I had mistaken it for a photoshop filter at first! It was so detailed and the lines were so clean that it seems like it would/could be included in the final product. I always thought I spent too much time on sketching so it was really cool to know an amazing artist like yourself also thinks that the sketch is really important.

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, it's always a treat to learn more about an artist's work!
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