Malazan Design

May 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

I am a bit of a geek.

I have been a fan of epic fantasy novels since I was young. Starting with Lloyd Alexander when I was 9 and 10, and Tolkien during high school, I like to pick up a longer series every few years as a way to pass the inordinate amount of time I spend on planes and trains. Last year I discovered Steven Erikson’s “Malazan” series. It blew me away. A staggering work of vision, storytelling and concept,  I powered through about 9000 pages in 6 months. (even working 70 hours a week…) This year, the 10th and final book came out and I got about 4 pages in before i realized I had missed/forgotten/underestimated so many subplots from the previous books that were necessary to understand going forward. So I decided, during my summer off, to re-read the series. Along the way, I have decided to do a “poster-like object” for each book, capturing some aspect of it in a cool way. The goal is not to do some dungeons and dragons style fantasy trope, but to instead do something genre-irreverent (which I think was the spirit of Mr. Erikson’s books). Obviously, you need to read the books to get the concepts, so these are really for fans. If you have never read the books and these intrigue you, I suggest you try out this series.

So here are the first two of what I hope to be 10-15 visuals.

Book 1: Gardens of the Moon.

Book 2: Deadhouse Gates

Here’s some fun with Dragnipur while waiting on inspiration for Memories Of Ice.

Finally, cracked the third “poster”

Book 3: Memories of Ice

House of Chains.

Karsa is a seismic event.

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