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Mercy by CrystalSully Mercy by CrystalSully

Here’s my painting for the Hero week of Month of Love, my favorite character from one of my favorite book series. Arya Stark is officially the baddest she-wolf around, capturing my heart from the very first chapter of hers I ever read in Game of Thrones. Sometimes you are just passionate about something so much that you spend a whole day with no breaks crouched over your work until your damn arm hurts, pouring your heart into a piece. This is that piece for me, and I hope Arya kicks some serious butt next season in April.

Month of Love website: monthofloveart.com/

For those of you who don't know much about me, my name is Crystal Sully and I'm a freelance illustrator and concept artist located in Seattle. I graduated from RMCAD with a BFA in Illustration and currently work in the video game industry while developing my own IP. I'm currently doing freelance contract work for game studios and I specialize in creature design, monsters, and characters. 
 
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Sombermuse Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016
It has been awe inspiring to see your confidence and skills grow over the years, from when I first met you and your Beau at RMCAD to current day. Way to keep rocking! Gives me inspiration to do the same. Art life for life!
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CrystalSully Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, and right back at ya! I can't believe it's already been sooooo long since we were hanging out in that student lounge gushing about colored pencil tattoo designs. Rock on good sir!
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Sombermuse Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
Ages! haha Good old days of art school mayhem. Hope things are going well out on the west coast!!
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JediSenshi Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
 Mercy Mercy Me. (Couldn't resist.)
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loverofbeauty Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016
Not sure if "mercy" was ever part of Arya's vocabulary (at least as far as her enemies were concerned), but stunning rendition nonetheless.
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CrystalSully Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Have you read the unreleased Winds of Winter chapter online titled "Mercy"? It might just change your mind about that! It was my inspiration for the title of the piece. 

Here's the link to the chapter if you're interested: web.archive.org/web/2015031608…
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loverofbeauty Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
Thanks for the link, but I'll have to take a rain check. Haven't read the original novels (though I know a fair bit about them from other sources) and don't want to risk any spoilers before Season 6 premieres. Give it 'till midsummer (just to be on the safe side) and I'll might have some further thoughts for you.  
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SigiTurtle Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016   Digital Artist
"Arya Stark is officially the baddest she-wolf around, capturing my heart from the very first chapter of hers I ever read in Game of Thrones."
100% agree here. Arya :heart:
And nice picture, too.
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CrystalSully Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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tofu0004 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing and beautiful work!
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CrystalSully Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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BenjaminHopkins Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I think you need to get her eyes checked... ;)
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CrystalSully Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
What do you mean? 
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BenjaminHopkins Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I really hate to spoil, but Jaqen does something to her near the end of Season 5...
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CrystalSully Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh! I get what you mean. The books go further than the show in that regard but I won't spoil anything, we'll have to wait and see what happens. It would have looked cool to make her blind like in the show now that you mention it!
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jc-starstorm Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
One from my fav GoT/asoiaf char.
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CrystalSully Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Same here! 
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razwit Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
<3<3<3
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CrystalSully Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Preston! :D
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satoshi-ketchum3204 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
Her chapters are always a good read, her training chapters in "A Game of Thrones" were awesome.
I think it's cool how Maisie Williams took on Arya's left handedness, despite being right handed. She's done a phenomenal job.
Very nice work, as well. Looks amazing :D
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CrystalSully Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I agree, Maisie Williams has done such a wonderful job of bringing Arya to life on screen, she's one of my all time favorite characters from the series.
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