Artist’s site reveals Thrones concept art
By Winter Is Coming on in Media.

Artist Kimberley Pope has worked on both season one and season two of Game of Thrones as a concept artist. She recently posted a lot of her Thrones art onto her website. I’m a huge fan of concept art, so I love this stuff and Kimberley is clearly very talented. I’ve posted some of my favorite pieces below, check out Kimberley Pope’s site for more. (Beware of late second season spoilers in the King’s Landing section though!)


97 Comments

  1. G_Lee
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Wow that’s freaking cool!
    And guess who’s first? Damn right! I am! ;)

  2. Mads Jensen
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Great pics! Fits the “real” shoots very well :)

  3. Magnus
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Hehe “Quarth”.

  4. Tessa Leonie
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Nice. Love the Pike one.

  5. ryra
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    It’s great to see the amazing work that they do to bring those kinds of show to life. Concept artists deserve all our respect, indeed :)

  6. Leuf
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    If Blackwater is half as cool as the concept art it’s going to be epic!

    I’m intrigued by the 4th one down on the various page. It’s not snowy so it doesn’t seem like it would be the fist of the first men. My first thought was High Heart but isn’t it way too early for that? I don’t even remember what it’s supposed to look like.

  7. Mormegil
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Some great concept art on that page.

    Something I found amusing over at TWoP the entry someone came up with for Stanis’ latest child in the Big Book of House Genealogy and Family Hair colours..

    Smoke Baby Baratheon, Black of Air.

  8. Mormegil
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Leuf,

    I think it is meant to be the Fist, in the books afterall it only starts snowing after they reach there.

    High Heart has a ring of Weirwood Stumps around the Summit not a wall.

  9. Paco
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    wow, amazing. Pyke and Harrenhal looks amazing. BOWING at her talent.

  10. Mormegil
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Leuf,

    The image in question has the file name FoF.jpg so is indeed meant to be the Fist of the First Men.

  11. Ours is the Fury
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    The website is incredible, with so many more images than you can see here, so make sure you follow the links!

    I got a kick out of her calling it “Quarth,” especially after Dany’s mispronunciation in Sunday’s episode.

  12. Joshua Taylor
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Mormegil,

    Yeah the unspoiled board there is pretty pissed off with shadowbaby. I guess they had to come up with some levity.

  13. jkb
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    oooh sweet! i’d love high-res versions of those for a wallpaper

  14. Mimsy
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Kimberley’s drawings are amazing and makes me yearn for an animated GOT. :)

    I wanna vacation in Qarth and get outdoor back massages. OH, and I call dibs on Dany’s room.. dragon case and all! AH… I’m relaxed already. Just keep any orphans out of my immediate area and gimme a food taster and I’m all set.

  15. Leuf
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Well, that’s kind of a lame fist then. Oh well, you can’t win em all. It’s not like they’re going to build a hill from scratch, it would be a location.

  16. Balerion
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    incredible

  17. Magnus
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Leuf,

    Don’t worry. It looks nothing like the actual footage we have seen from Iceland. It was probably drawn before they had scouted for locations.

  18. LondonDrev
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Doesn’t Pike remind you of Haggar’s castle in The Last Unicorn? Haunting.

  19. Jak
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    I’m a little worried, I don’t see any art work for the House of the Undying. I really hope that didn’t get cut from this season. :/

  20. Weirwood
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    The renderings of the burning of the Seven reminded me of the leaked photos from the set last Fall. The scene when it was aired kind of let me down a bit by not showing the full scale of the statues compared to the people in the frame. They were truly massive in the leaked photos and seemed much smaller when shown on screen. But I LOVE these…. beautiful concept art!

  21. Hear Me Roar
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Great pieces, I love concept art.

  22. Filla
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Why does everyone think it’s necessary and cool to point out that they were first comment?

  23. Macha
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Some really great stuff here! Looove Dragonstone & Pyke.
    And she made the concept art for Agora, which gives her a really big + in my book.

    Smoke Baby Baratheon, Black of Air, bwahahaa, hilarious! Gotta remember that one.

  24. Pastor_of_Muppets
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Filla,

    Even more confounding; why does someone (or multiple people) always feel the need to point out how “lame” it is? Let them have their fun. It’s really not bothering anyone (then again, with how anal and nit-picky things can get around here, I wouldn’t be surprised if it did).

    Great concept art; really like the King’s Landing paintings. Episode 9 should be suitably epic.

  25. Arthur
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Wow. The art is very beautiful.

    Makes me wish even more GRRM will eventually license a Manga/Anime Japanese production.

    That would open the doors to the Japanesse market and give the whole world another new translation/aspect of his awesome epic saga.

  26. Kate
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Filla,

    I’ve always wondered this. There’s no need to mention it, everyone can see that you are the first comment already!

    The lamest ones are the ones that say only “first”. It’s like they take pride in being the first ones to speak, but acknowledge they haven’t anything worthwile to say. Very sad, if you ask me.

  27. andrea
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful, all of them.

  28. Udi
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Pastor_of_Muppets,

    Why is it some people have to respond to what other people said about what someone wrote about someone else implying that someone had just…
    Just kidding. Agree with you and I was NEVER FIRST! Grrrr!!!
    Also: Loved the “Smoke Baby Baratheon, Black of Air”! so funny!

  29. From Chaos
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    I love concept art and this is some great work. I loved seeing what they did with Lee and Howes work in the Exteded Edition DVD’s for lotr.

  30. KG
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Filla,

    Tiny people with tiny lives.

  31. The Rabbit
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    This made my day.
    Stunning.

  32. TH
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Jak:
    I’m a little worried, I don’t see any art work for the House of the Undying. I really hope that didn’t get cut from this season. :/

    Rest easy, one of the released episode summaries confirmed that it will be in the show — whether it does justice to the scene from the book is another question of course.

    The battering ram boat looks really cool, where I first looked at it I had no idea how that was supposed to work before I saw the other photo where they flip it over and use it as a regular battering ram. Don’t think I’ve ever seen that before!

  33. the goat
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Arthur,

    Yes, we definitely need an anime version of ASOIAF, because having 1,000 characters isn’t confusing enough . . . we also want them all to look exactly alike!

  34. John G
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Drives me crazy that Winterfell and the Eyrie don’t have steep roofs. The turrets are very flat which would collapse under the snow. Think of a Swiss chalet…that’s designed specifically for snow.

  35. Arthur
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    the goat,

    Yeah I realize many people don’t like Manga/Anime and think all the characters look alike.

    But for the millions of people who do like Manga/Anime ASOIAF would be a real treat.

    Is that okay to say or will you respond with another sarcastic remark?

  36. Pastor_of_Muppets
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Arthur,

    I won’t respond with sarcasm, but I will say that anime just isn’t for a lot of people, myself included. Being the A Song of Ice & Fire fan that I am, I don’t know that I’d even watch an anime adaptation. For the most part, anime is just… Well, it’s shit. I’m not saying there isn’t good anime out there, because there probably is, but even so, I wouldn’t watch it.

  37. jensw
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    The last Harrenhal image in this gallery…

    http://www.kimberleypope.com/Kimberley_Pope/GOT_Harrenhal.html

    …totally reminds me of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1c/SF_-_lago.jpg

  38. Vanderhook
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Arthur: Wow. The art is very beautiful.Makes me wish even more GRRM will eventually license a Manga/Anime Japanese production. That would open the doors to the Japanesse market and give the whole world another new translation/aspect of his awesome epic saga.

    Good god, no. While some anime/manga is good, it’s very much an “eastern” thing. I generally hate when Japan has a crack at western material. I mean look at the Marvel animes. Yuck. I don’t want to see Arya with some skimpy outfit and blue hair, nor do I want to see Jon Snow turned into some girly “bishie”. I’m all for ASOIAF in animated form, I wouldn’t even mind if it was in an asian animation style (like Avatar: The Last Air bender or Teen Titans), but a western story needs a western interpretation or I think the spirit of the series might get compromised.

  39. Idaan
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    the goat:
    Arthur,

    Yes, we definitely need an anime version of ASOIAF, because having 1,000 characters isn’t confusing enough . . . we also want them all to look exactly alike!

    the goat,

    I don’t even like Manga/Anime (like, there’s a few good ones and a lot of dreg that’s weird for the sake of being weird and covering up the inability to tell a story), but I have to say that an anime treatment would be a lot better for ASoIaF than the HBO series, as it would allow a lot more detail and more faithfulness to the books. For a good gritty low fantasy check Berserk, while the old series Legend of Galactic Heroes shows that a cast of literally hundreds of characters can be done well.

  40. Lazlo Panaflex
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    What’s with the Samurais marching out of the cave? Who are they supposed to be?

  41. the goat
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Arthur:
    the goat,

    Yeah I realize many people don’t like Manga/Anime and think all the characters look alike.

    But for the millions of people who do like Manga/Anime ASOIAF would be a real treat.

    Is that okay to say or will you respond with another sarcastic remark?

    Oh my sweet summer child…

  42. Two Feathers
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Jak:
    I’m a little worried, I don’t see any art work for the House of the Undying. I really hope that didn’t get cut from this season. :/

    Don`t worry, its definately been filmed and will be full of awesomeness.
    On topic ….this concept art is very,very nice. But I can`t pick a favourite for a new wallpaper. So I will stick with my bloody direwolf for now. TKITN!!

  43. the goat
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Honestly, I would probably check out a manga (the American comics are great), but I just don’t think an anime version would work.

    For those interested, here’s the manga-style covers of the Japanese versions of the books: http://www.kotaku.com.au/2011/05/manga-game-of-thrones-book-covers-are-glorious-to-behold/

  44. Two Feathers
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    the goat: Oh my sweet summer child…

    LOL!!! Once again you have bust my gut. Thanks.

  45. Arthur
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    A Manga/Anime adaptation would be awesome. There is no doubt about it.

    Many people wouldn’t like it just because they have a bias attitude towards anime. Yes, there is a lot of garbage anime out there but there are some great anime as well.

    Unfortunately many people’s first anime experience is tainted through watching a chopped up and edited version of some childish DBZ type cartoon network series. Not all anime is like this. They are Japan’s version of Hollywood productions. There are good and bad production companies.

    I know GRRM draws and has an interest in art and because of this I am always wondering about a Manga/Anime adaption. The series can be fully fleshed out.

    I know anime isn’t everyones cup of tea. But it would open up an entirely new market and increase the popularity of the ASOIAF. That would be a good thing for all of us… And an even better thing for Manga/Anime fans.

    So why would you be against it?

  46. Pastor_of_Muppets
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Arthur,

    Because so much of what makes ASoI&F great is the characters, not the spectacle of the locations and the size of the battles. Sorry, but I just couldn’t see myself being as invested in the story it if were animated. You may be able to include each and every character and line of dialouge, but what makes you think that would make it any better than the (excellent) adaptation that HBO is doing? No animator could ever match the expressions of the actors and the believability of real-world environments. I wouldn’t be against an anime adaptation, I just wouldn’t watch it and could almost guarantee it wouldn’t carry the same gravitas that series we have now carries (not just for me; in general, I’d wager), even if it slavishly adapted the books (which I also don’t think does the story any favors, from a visual aspect and a narrative aspect).

  47. Mimsy
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Two Feathers,

    I looked under the season 1 tab and chose Winterfell for my wallpaper. Loving it!

  48. Arthur
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Pastor_of_Muppets,

    I see your point. However I disagree with your premise that an emotional connection will be lost through animation.

    There are great english voice actors out there and good animation does show facial expression.

    I wasn’t just thinking of how cool the fantasy elements and battles would be. The characters wouldn’t lose any depth.

    Again, we all have a different mental library of what we would imagine ASOIAF anime would look like.

    If you think character development wouldn’t be possible then please check out ‘Wolf’s Rain’, or ‘Elfen Lied’.

    I am not here to push my opinion on anyone but simply here to perhaps open your mind to the thought of an anime adaption.

  49. NickS
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    is the middle picture in GOT II Various the razing of Winterfell?

  50. alex
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    did anyone see the last episode of South Park? there was a pretty cool shout-out to GoT/ASOIAF. Mf Garrison knows what’s good on TV right now :D

  51. Macha
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Pastor_of_Muppets:
    Arthur,

    You may be able to include each and every character and line of dialouge, but what makes you think that would make it any better than the (excellent) adaptation that HBO is doing? No animator could ever match the expressions of the actors and the believability of real-world environments.

    THIS, a million times this.
    Personally, I’m in this for the writing, especially character-wise, and for the fabulous acting. Yeah, I enjoy a good CGI or a large-scale battle as much as anyone, however for me this was always a bonus and not something I expected or even hoped for. And I love the series as a whole, don’t get me wrong, but I’m perfectly ok with not seeing all my favorite bits on-screen. I don’t need a perfect replica of what I imagine everything to be, so I guess it’s a lot easier for me, as a fan, to enjoy this as an adaptation. I do understand the appeal of an anime adaptation for a certain segment of the public however, just not for me.

    Vanderhook: nor do I want to see Jon Snow turned into some girly “bishie”.

    You know, now that you’ve mentioned it…. :-D

  52. Nagga's Kin
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Lazlo Panaflex:
    What’s with the Samurais marching out of the cave? Who are they supposed to be?

    That would be the Lannisters’ crack suicide squad.

  53. Ro
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    I think some of the comments here about anime are just as snobby as the comments made by NYT reviewers about fantasy. Completely hypocritical. There is good anime and there is bad anime. Just like there is good and bad fantasy.

    And there are comfort food anime aimed at a specific target audience (with cutesy characters and blue hair), and there is serious anime (with realistic animation and brooding subject matter). Just like there’s comfort food fantasy with quests and sorcerors and every trope we’ve grown to love, and there is serious “literary” fantasy (with “gritty” feel and pensive anti-heroes).

    Just because you’ve never seen anything other than cutesy anime doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. I bet what’s her name from NYT is pretty sure that serious high fantasy doesn’t exist too. Don’t be hypocritical.

  54. ace
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Permalink
  55. Two Feathers
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Mimsy:
    Two Feathers,

    I looked under the season 1 tab and chose Winterfell for my wallpaper.Loving it!

    Cool…Team Stark I presume ? I had Michael Komarck`s beautiful artwork of Ned sitting under the Winterfell Weirwood for a long time. Love it!
    It`s funny there are loads of cool images and merchandise out there, but I can`t seem to buy or use anything that is not Stark related…..:) It just don`t feel right.
    House Frey tee shirt ser…? No thanks , I would rather have crows eat my eyeballs!

  56. Pastor_of_Muppets
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Ro,

    Wrong. Anime is very much a style of animation that some people care for and others don’t. It has nothing to do with being snobbish. I’ve seen some “good” anime (which you’re right, was very mature content-wise), and I’ve also seen a lot of bad anime. Like, really, excruciatingly bad. It’s both the approach to material and the aesthetic itself that I don’t like.

    Arthur,

    I’ve seen plenty of anime, although I can’t say I ever found myself actively involved with a series or a particular mini-series. My exposure is basically all as a result of my old college roommate. I’m not saying that great animation can’t express emotions (nor that a great voice actor wouldn’t add a lot), I’m simply saying that I’ll take a good live-action actor or actress any day. Also, I wouldn’t really label anime as “good” animation. I don’t particularly care for the aesthetic. And if it isn’t a matter of scope than what would even be the point of adapting ASoI&F into an anime? As I said earlier, I suspect it would be a matter of adapting the story much closer to how they are in the novels. As I also said earlier, it wouldn’t make for a good adaptation. Film school didn’t really pan out for me the way I’d hoped when I was younger, but in many ways it’s allowed me to analyze media (which is a part of my job) in a more critical manner (and I don’t mean critical in the sense of nit-picky, but as a technical term), which is probably why I’m easily able to differentiate and appreciate both the novels and the HBO series of ASoI&F/GoT on their own terms.

    Try it some time; you may just find you enjoy it.

  57. Arthur
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Two Feathers,

    House Frey is the trailer trash family of Westeros.

    I hate them and hope the the Stark Direwolfs rip them apart and devour their entrails…

    At least all the male members that took part in the RW…

  58. LordStarkington
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    It’d be nice if they put a book of concept out at some point, I bought the “Art of a Song of Ice and Fire” and really liked it, this art is a level beyond some of the stuff in that.

  59. Arthur
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Pastor_of_Muppets,

    I enjoy the HBO adaptation a lot.

    I come and post on here all my complaints about tiny little things I didn’t like because you people are the only ones that can possibly relate to what I’m feeling.

    There is to much to write about what I love about the show so I use this forum to vent some of my frustrations with the TV series adaptations. Who else would understand what my crying is about? Don’t misunderstand my overall love and appreciation for the show by this.

    I see you’re not a fan of anime, that’s fine. All I am saying is simply because you don’t like that form of entertainment doesn’t mean it can’t be a successful adaptation.

    Besides the obvious bonuses of becoming a quality anime serious, like seeing awesome dragons, direwolfs, giants and epic size battles. We can be shown what it would be like to watch Jaime on the battlefield cutting down foes. We can see how monstrous The Mountain is riding on his black stallion cutting people in half with one blow. So much awesome action can be shown.

    And the integrity of character development and emotional attachment will not be lost just because it’s an anime. I personally would love, in my lifetime, to be able to see this as an epic anime adaptation. I hope it happens.

  60. Knurk
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    the goat,

    haha damn it’s been more than a year since I saw those. They are the most hilarious covers for aSoIaF ever, every cover has an alien on it somehow.

  61. snipz
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    The fourth pic down in the Qarth section is obviously the House of the Undying, seeing as it doesn’t follow the oasis themed interior design the other rooms have. No windows, only torches.

    Anyone else notice the final pic in the Kings Landing one? Seems they may include the Wildfire suicide boat (note the gushing green liquid).

  62. John-Michael Lelievre
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Wowwwww, I’m a big fan of concept art myself and these are spectacular!

  63. Pastor_of_Muppets
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Arthur,

    Well said, and I too wouldn’t mind seeing an animated adaptation, just something done more in the vein of the art work posted above. Hell, even an anime version for those who would undoubtedly enjoy it would be fine. I just don’t think I’d enjoy the anime version, personally. I’m sure there are many who would feel the same, just as there are many who share your view. Sorry if I came across too crass; this is a place for everyone to be able to share their thoughts, and I do welcome that even if I disagree with those thoughts.

  64. Arthur
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Pastor_of_Muppets,

    Nah u were cool!

    Your points were well made. I don’t mind sharing ideas with someone on the opposing side of any subject matter.

    It’s just ASOIAF is such a great epic fantasy saga, I hope to see it adapted on many media fronts.

    Anime being an obvious choice since it can absorb all the grand scale and fantasy elements with ease. Not to mention GRRM is an artist himself and does have an interest in drawing lots of his creations.

    I do agree if it is done as anime it has to be by a quality anime company and have excellent art and voice actors so the depth of all the character complexities stay in tact. It is possible, there are many good anime series out there that have great character development and storyline.

    With the growing popularity of ASOIAF. I would bet different cultural media format adaptations will occur in the future. Japanesse Manga/Anime being an easy and safe first bet…

  65. Ro
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Pastor_of_Muppets:
    Ro,

    Wrong. Anime is very much a style of animation that some people care for and others don’t. It has nothing to do with being snobbish. I’ve seen some “good” anime (which you’re right, was very mature content-wise), and I’ve also seen a lot of bad anime. Like, really, excruciatingly bad. It’s both the approach to material and the aesthetic itself that I don’t like.

    I wasn’t really directing my comments at you. I’m not sure who said what in this thread and am not going to bother to find out, because I was making a general comment, not calling a specific person out.

    The fact that you call anime a “style of animation” and describe it having a specific “approach to the material” indicates that we have different definitions of anime. Anime just means Japanese animation to me. It has nothing to do with a style of animation or an approach to the material. Certain anime studios have very distinct styles. Some look look almost photorealistic. Some have the characters that emote with giant eyes and manga-style cartoon bubbles. They’re all anime.

    Your definition seems to be stereotyping anime as a particular type of animation and a particular approach to the material. And that’s the problem. That’s exactly what I would be doing if I said: “the fantasy genre has a certain approach to characters that’s very simplistic and a certain aesthetic feel (middle ages) that I just don’t see working on a major cable TV show”.

    There’s a difference between disliking anime personally because, I don’t know, it’s animated, and saying that it is incapable of something that it’s clearly capable of. Is it possible an adaptation of this series would be a total joke? Yes. Probable even. It was just as probable that a TV show would botch it, though, in my opinion. HBO had a better chance of succeeding than others, but there are certain anime studios that have a better chance of succeeding than others as well.

  66. space pope
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    she stole my name..!

    anyway she also did concept art for Scott Pilgrim vs The World, a good movie

  67. Dreamlife
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Very cool seeing how close the series is to the concept art.

    Is that the basket from the novels I see in the Eyrie pictures? I was hoping we would see Catelyn lifted to the top in a basket (and also that we would meet Mya Stone) in the series; sadly those parts were left out.

    Also, the concept art for the Sept of Baelor was super cool. Wish that structure had made it into the series.

  68. Jordan Healey
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    You can clearly see where some of the shots and set design has come from hey.

  69. Abendstern
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    Ro: I wasn’t really directing my comments at you.I’m not sure who said what in this thread and am not going to bother to find out, because I was making a general comment, not calling a specific person out.

    The fact that you call anime a “style of animation” and describe it having a specific “approach to the material” indicates that we have different definitions of anime.Anime just means Japanese animation to me.It has nothing to do with a style of animation or an approach to the material.Certain anime studios have very distinct styles.Some look look almost photorealistic.Some have the characters that emote with giant eyes and manga-style cartoon bubbles.They’re all anime.

    Your definition seems to be stereotyping anime as a particular type of animation and a particular approach to the material.And that’s the problem.That’s exactly what I would be doing if I said: “the fantasy genre has a certain approach to characters that’s very simplistic and a certain aesthetic feel (middle ages) that I just don’t see working on a major cable TV show”.

    There’s a difference between disliking anime personally because, I don’t know, it’s animated, and saying that it is incapable of something that it’s clearly capable of.Is it possible an adaptation of this series would be a total joke?Yes.Probable even.It was just as probable that a TV show would botch it, though, in my opinion.HBO had a better chance of succeeding than others, but there are certain anime studios that have a better chance of succeeding than others as well.

    Second this.
    I always thought people here a bit more open minded, seeing as how bad fantasy is treated in generally.
    Beside that ASOIAF is already adapted as a comicseries and I do not see anyone complaining about them. If it works as a comic why wouldn’t it as an anime?

  70. Randy
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Aww sweet those are awesome, beautiful

  71. Mimsy
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    Two Feathers,

    House Frey tee shirt ser…? No thanks , I would rather have crows eat my eyeballs!

    Yes, Team Stark all the way! I’d rather go nekkid than wear anything Frey related. BLEH!! I feel like spitting whenever I say Frey.

  72. Steven Swanson
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    Abendstern: Second this.
    I always thought people here a bit more open minded, seeing as how bad fantasy is treated in generally.
    Beside that ASOIAF is already adapted as a comicseries and I do not see anyone complaining about them. If it works as a comic why wouldn’t it as an anime?

    I think an animated version could be great. I think an “anime” version wouldn’t work, for reasons other people have already stated, just a style I don’t think fits this material.

    And I love the comic version, graphic novel of the first 6 or so issues just came out if anyone’s interested. It’s much more of a condensed version of the books than the show, with no added scenes that I can recall, so it’ll definitely please purists.

  73. Morgan King
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    Nothing would bring me more joy than an animated version akin to the old Bakshi rotoscoped stuff – Fire & Ice, Lord of the Rings, etc – also Heavy Metal and the like. I love that stuff, and I’d be more than happy to have more than one interpretation of this wonderful saga. There’s such a rich tradition of Western animation that’s been so completely eclipsed by Japan in the last 2 decades that it would be great to see it make a revival.

    I agree that an animated version wouldn’t have the emotional range of the actors on the HBO production, but there’s such a wealth of material that I’d be happy to see it interpreted a dozen ways in my lifetime. I would watch a short movie that’s just a book-literal opening aGoT Prologue where the White Walker blinds the Night’s Watch guy with his own shattered sword shards. Because that is awesome.

  74. Olive
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    I want the images bigger

  75. Hertolo
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    It has been asked but nobody answered, what are the second and third images in the various section about? The weird samurai looking guys coming from a tunnell? Samurai helmets normally mean Lannister soldiers in the show, right?

  76. Maxwell James
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Even though it would never happen, I could see a Miyazaki interpretation of ASOIAF being amazing. Obviously it would be more like Princess Mononoke and less like his other films.

  77. Ro
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Steven Swanson: I think an animated version could be great. I think an “anime” version wouldn’t work, for reasons other people have already stated, just a style I don’t think fits this material.

    And I love the comic version, graphic novel of the first 6 or so issues just came out if anyone’s interested. It’s much more of a condensed version of the books than the show, with no added scenes that I can recall, so it’ll definitely please purists.

    Again, can you point me to the particular “style” that is anime that you think doesn’t fit the material? Would help to know what you’re imagining when you hear the word anime.

  78. The Kingshaver
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    jensw,

    That was my first thought as well! Beautiful work, all of them.

  79. Pastor_of_Muppets
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Ro,

    He’s imagining the same thing as most people when the word “anime” is mentioned. As you stated earlier, anime isn’t a specific aesthetic, but a broader, more encompassing look that was popularized and originates from Japan. Here’s a quote from the anime Wikipedia link for additional information, since you can’t seem to grasp that those of us who aren’t from Japan or huge into anime simply don’t like the general look of that style and can’t comprehend how we can generalize anime so easily:

    In Japan, the term anime does not specify an animation’s nation of origin or style; instead, it serves as a blanket term to refer to all forms of animation from around the world. English-language dictionaries define anime as “a Japanese style of motion-picture animation” or as “a style of animation developed in Japan“.

    For a more detailed idea of what many consider “anime”, here’s the link to the full Wikipedia article:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anime

    You mentioned the bias in the New York Times review against fantasy when I (and others) mentioned that we’d like to see an animated adaptation of ASoI&F, just not an anime adaptation. That’s a valid criticism. Sort of. I find it hard to compare the criticism/dismissal of an entire genre (fantasy) and the dislike of anime as a style of animation (which it clearly is). Again, not saying Studio Ghibli couldn’t do a fantastic adaptation of the series, simply that I wouldn’t enjoy the visual style as much as if it were done like the concept art from this article. Not that difficult to comprehend.

  80. andrea
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Maxwell James: Miyazaki

    He´s a genius, I love him: Howl´s moving castle, Nausícaa, any of them.

  81. andrea
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    jensw: Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia

    it´s true, first I thought about Notre Dame but “la Sagrada Familia” has this “melted” look (from a distance) like Harrenhal

  82. Pepi
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    the goat,

    Damn … those Tyrions look creepy. The first one looks like blonde Chuckie, and the second one looks like … an ubaptized baby from hell … or possibly something that escaped from some lovecraftian novel. Now I know GRRM has written Tyrion to be an ugly mofo, but those pictures just freak me out. :S

  83. Ro
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Pastor_of_Muppets,

    Pastor, my point is that, before the mainstream explosion of fantasy (caused primarily by Lord of the Rings and then Harry Potter, I would say), “what most people would consider” fantasy was dungeons and dragons, orcs and trolls, a hero’s quest and some wizards and magic thrown in. Does that mean it was right? Absolutely not. The mainstream public had a certain image of what fantasy was in their head because that was the only exposure they had to fantasy. The NYT reviewers are the remnants of that once widely-spread belief.

    The difference between fantasy and anime is that real, modern fantasy has been exposed to the mainstream, whereas all the variations of modern anime have not. Most people consider anime to be Dragonball Z or Sailor Moon. Perhaps some cute high school romantic dramas thrown in. Some samurai stuff (Rurouni Kenshin). That is the extent of what the mainstream knows about anime (and that’s being generous). So yes, you’re right, most people consider anime to be a particular style or a particular aesthetic. That doesn’t make it correct.

    I think at this point you and I at least are mostly agreed. Your statement is really that you can’t see ASOIAF working if it is animated in the style of what most people still commonly consider anime to be. I agree with that. It may work commercially, but it’d be an entirely different interpretation.

    But I DO think it could work as anime, in the broad sense of the word, if adapted by the right Japanese studio. I’m not sure if you agree with that, but I could see myself interested in a Ghibli adaptation but it would be too whimsical for the subject matter. Maybe more of a Studio 4C project. If you’ve ever seen Animatrix, which is a series of very distinct shorts built around the Matrix, then you’d have an idea of the various possibilities. Or, hell, check out Berserk Golden Age.

    Here are the first 10 minutes, including a siege: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEgcHdTb8t4

    If you watch that and still can’t imagine ASOIAF as anime, then we’re just fundamentally disagreed.

  84. Pastor_of_Muppets
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Ro,

    I definitely see where you’re coming from, and I’ve seen some work by Studio 4•C, so I’m not saying it couldn’t work but rather that I just don’t think it’d be of any benefit to the source material.

    With regards to the popularity and perception of fantasy, let’s not forget that fantasy films were very popular in the 80′s, which is more to blame for the Dungeons & Dragons view of modern fantasy than anything else given the style and content of those films. And the reality of it is that most fantasy is crap, plain and simple. There are exceptions to every rule, and anime and fantasy (to a much lesser extent lately with fantasy works) are no different, but by and large the perception of the public will be based on the rule and not the exception. ASoI&F and GoT are so wildly popular right now because they generally avoid what is perceived to be a high fantasy aesthetic and narrative, not because of the fact that it is a fantasy story in and of itself. Same goes for Japanese animation; of course there are great works out there in that style of animation (though I still disagree with your sentiment that anime isn’t a distinctive, though not secular, style of animation), but they will generally be judged based on what the majority of the output contains and/or entails.

    Not saying that’s the way it should be, but it is what it is. Either way, solid discussion.

  85. Ro
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Pastor_of_Muppets,

    I don’t really see it as a benefit, per se, to the source material either. I see it as another reimagining of the source material and, because of my love for the source material, would be interested in it if done right. I don’t think the comic books bring any benefit to the source material either, but I still think they’re a great idea.

    It’s not so much about what benefit it brings to the books (other than garnering an even larger audience in Japan). It’s more about whether it’s possible to do a riveting take on ASOIAF in animated form. I think so and took umbrage to people (not yourself) writing off the possibility because of preconceived biases against anime (which is the very kind of thing we’re so often railing against when it comes to fantasy).

    Anyway, as you said, good discussion.

  86. Steven Swanson
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Pastor_of_Muppets,

    Exactly, I was referring to a certain style of animation. And I’m sure there’s plenty of variety within that genre, but there’s a certain “look” that defines the genre for me.

  87. Arthur
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    Ro,

    Here are the first 10 minutes, including a siege: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEgcHdTb8t4

    When is this remake of ‘Berserk’ going to be dubbed and released in the US? I love the original. One of the most epic animes ever. And now with this 2012 facelift… Wow, when can I buy it! Hah!

  88. Arthur
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    Hey look…

    It’s The Mountain Vs Yara… Japanese style.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtFoQUNxIPo

    The Mountain always gets his girl…

  89. Joshua Taylor
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    Steven Swanson,

    I hate the comic adaptation personally. Yeah the characters and the world looks like the books but the artwork is too generic for my tastes.

    John Cassaday would have been perfect. Or Jim Lee.

  90. Arthur
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    Yeah I bought the 1st issue of the comic book.

    That is not good art…

  91. Modigliani
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Some have said it in several comments before. I’m from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain… and Harrenhal resembles a lot to Sagrada Familia Temple ;)

    Despite this, good job!

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    Link to artist’s website doesn’t work :-(

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