Korra, jumped on the bandwagon on doing avatar fanart =)
Sorry for the long hiatus, a combination of moving to SF, work, and Diablo3 was the cause.
It's getting late so I will keep this post short. Watched Korra over the past few months and one other animation show called Kids on the Slope, pretty cool stuff. Korra's ending and overall story could use some work but everything is pretty awesome overall. Can't wait for second season!
Doodled the characters from Gentleman Bastards while listening/reading the Lies of Locke Lamora. Sabetha, Locke, and Jean
More amateur book reading, so fun!
I jumped to Guy Gavriel Kay and Scott Lynch last month, both authors were very fun to read.
GGK came highly recommended online so I dropped some time reading Tigana and A Song for Arbonne, and oh boy, I have never read better characterization in fantasy(his books aren't high fantasy, more historical fiction), all the characters have a lot of depth, it's really cool where good guys also do cruel things and bad guys are very human as well. You actually feel for both sides instead of just good vs. evil. A new favourite author, will go back to him definitely (GGK also lives in Toronto!)
I needed to take a break from the really moving stories of GGK and chose to start on Scott Lynch cause a friend gave me the audiobook for The Lies of Locke Lamora. People online describe it simply as Oceans Eleven mixed with fantasy. A very fun adventure, about a group of thieves and them stealing things haha. A lot of amazingly funny dialogue and the story is very well paced. Also hooks you from the beginning (the girl character/love interest of the main character Locke doesn't even show up until the 3rd book! Arrrggg) These books are an easier read than GGKs, if you guys liked Hunger Games and such, try this one out, I think it's a cool jumping point into some fantasy. If you like Oceans Eleven style story, even more so. A lot of swearing haha.
A picture to go with blog post! Started this one a while ago, jumped back to render it for fun.
I jumped from the Shannara books I mentioned a couple of posts down to Brandon Sanderson books. I stopped at the 3rd book of the Shannara series, got too repetitive/boring. The first books from Brandon Sanderson that I read through was the Mistborn trilogy, very popular books right now I think. I started reading it because I saw Sam Weber's sweet cover illustration for it when he uploaded it recently(http://sampaints.com/2011/01/26/mistborn/)Anyways, the first book is really good. The second and third books were OK and finished the story nicely, but not as much of a page turner as the first book. The first book would make a good Hollywood movie haha. After that I read The Alloy of Law which is a spin off from the same world as Mistborn, it was alright. The magic system in the world is really fun, would make a great game system imo. Just yesterday I finished Elantris, a stand alone book from him, also a very good book, although the story is a little generic, but most fantasy books are pretty similar. Get the audio books from him when you are painting or sketching, it's very fun!