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Jon Snow by JenZee Jon Snow by JenZee
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Detail of face/torso at 100% can be found here!

ZOMG!!!! And I'm back....again! Jenzee disappearing tricks :( Very sorry for my long absence! Here is my latest :) Darn you school!

Jon Snow our friendly "Crow" from the Game of Thrones books by George R. R. Martin... I've been wanting to draw him for forever, so here he is finally!

It bugs the poop out of me that all he official artists (for the card game, and cover art) make him look 30 years old... He's supposed to be 14 so I hope the youth-yness comes across in this painting :) I initially drew him with a sword and stuff, but it looked I changed it... and then I drew him with some blue roses (there's a significance to that if you've read the books....sorta) and well...then he just looked SUPER angsty so I just left him empty handed and twiddling his thumbs :). Like a nervous little boyyyy!!!!

As always, critiques and comments are welcome! Thanks for lookin' hope you enjoy!

Painter 7.0
No idea how long this took me. More han 30 hours.... I stopped for a long while before I finished it :/
Original: 1400 x 3600 px
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deeMM Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
The best Jon Snow I've seen! :lol: And the only one that fits in the books' descriptions! love it!! =)
SKar11 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
Martin himself directed me to this from his site. Very nice detail, but the skin colour and eye colour freaks me out a bit :O
rhasphody Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
One of my favorite characters! Lovely job on the face!
tsutar Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
hair is fantastic
Althenya Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
I FRACKING LOOOOOVE this series! My heart stopped when I saw this pic! I had never thought before to look on DeviantArt for some artwork for this novel but here it is and you've done such a FANTASTIC job! btw, do you know when the final book is coming out? I know I'm not the only one waiting!
dethXbunnie Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
Oh, nice painting, though the eyes are supposed to be grey black.
emo-ninja-kid Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just realized that JOhn Snow was a very important guy who published a report on sanitary conditions in London in 1857 or something.
Beautiful painting though- absolutely fantastic!
ParanoidMan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
I have recently just started reading A Game of Thrones and Jon immediately became my favorite character.

Awesome work, this very close to the way I actually pictured him to look.
kir-tat Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
His face is amazing! His eyes is really alive!
bombed Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
awesome...even the scar on his hand is there. but i don't think u should have went too far with the "icy" look.
still, this is the closest to the jon that haunts the imagination while reading the books.
SkrianatheLostSoul Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
!! It's a Lord Snow! xD (God he hated being called that. Good times, though. <3) I didn't think there was Song of Ice and Fire fanart out there. o_o Kudos to you!
malkaf Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
the eyes look cool but they are grey-black. and the skin looks like its a statue of...(i think its ivory or marble in english). apart from that i think its one of the best a song of ice and fire illustration i have seen everywhere and the one i most like from now!
wow... keep the good work, you are great. i going to see your gallery NOW¡¡
EtherealMotives Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
I have no idea who this is, but I love it. It's one of the best pictures I've ever seen done from the computer. No joke.
PaulReinwand Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This is fantastic, and as stated, much more "true" to the novels than any of the official works. Always makes me happy seeing more fans for such a wonderful series.
duss005 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
saw this one your site first. that skin tone is amazing.
Adrianvalke Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
wow, beautiful!
and I love Jon Snow!
Dance-of-Dragons Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007
werent his eyes supposed to be steally grey?
thats what i thought it said in the book....
Del-Borovic Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
This is just gorgeous. I don't know anything about the character myself, but, the way you painted him just drew me in. I like how you went from a few different ideas- this lastly of him just holding his hands I think works the best.. something ghostly about him, but definitely it says a lot. I love all the bright highlights..! It's lovely how you can combine such vivid detailing and then letting some things fall back into to blurriness or obscurity, it's gorgeous. :heart:
Pastry-Avenger Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
The face is amazing! I especially love the eyes. You are very talented, my friend.

Maiowin Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
wo, so real! he seems wet
Heguy Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME, I thing is the best asoiaf fanart i've ever seen, really.
It goes to favs and... yay! blue roses! *is happy with the fandom*
yammerz Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
WOW, fantastic..
Lol @ the hands =P..yep, definitely looks youthful..
Femobot Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
This is really best portrait of John Snow i`ve seen. Keep up with a good work! :D
demonpuppy Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
Nice stuff! I like!
Misao83 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2007
A different Jon... I like him..... I agree with you in the "age" theme......
Slayer730 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this an absurd amount. It is an instant +fav. Any plans for a print?
FatherStone Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
Very beautiful. I like the quality of details and colours.
Dionizije Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing piece of art! Excellent! Lower lip is less visible than upper one, that is only critise
Larissa-Rasputin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
What a beautiful picture! It looks so realistic! The shading is absolutely breathtaking, and the eyes, the eyes are simply amazing!
Illiamdra Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Professional Photographer
OMG this is the best rendition i have ever seen!!!
thank you so much lol i fell inlove with those books but no one ever does alot of art for them. and yah the Game cards don't realy live up to the books.
lol the blue roses idea was great but yah i could see how that could be takin wrong if you don't read the story.
you know my roomie (who also read them) doesn't belive the blue rose theroy!
who do you think will be Danni's Dragon ryders?? (stupid martin taking to long to come out with the next book!!))
toerning Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
this is AMAZING, it looks EXACTLY like how i picture him!!!! *fave'd* and i'm off to ogle the rest of your gallery...
missveryvery Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
YES THANK YOU! everyone always draws the characters looking so frigging old!!! this is a gorgeous picture of him! beautiful job!
verunicastar Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2006
i am totally obsessed by song of ice and fire, and i am in love w/this. it is excellent, and i think you're very brave to draw a character so beloved as jon snow.
Verdois Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2006
Wow, just wow.
toogoodwu Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006
My favorite character from the series. Simply amazing.
Vardis Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006
itīs... just amazing picture!
JenZee Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :hug:!
playground Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006
God this picture rocks. I love the way you've done the highlights, it's very unique and gives the picture a lot of feel.
JenZee Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I had a ton of fun painting this one... glad to see it payed off!
Turinqui-Calima Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006
Jon Snow is more like 16 years old. But I still agree, think this is cool.
JenZee Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I think about two or three years go by in the books that have been released... glad you like it just the same :) ty!
Turinqui-Calima Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006
Yeah, I know he's 14 at start. Just thought since he had the scars on his eye, he is more like 16 on this picture.
Turinqui-Calima Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006
I meant to say he looks Night Watchy. Since, in fact, he doesn't have the scars... :doh:
psikographik Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2006
awesome pict!!!!
JenZee Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)!
burkina Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2006
wow that is almost exactly how he looks in my mind too. very nice job i can tell you must *love* the novels (but really who doesnt,..?) if you havent read the other books, i hope you do soon! i would love to see your renditions of some of the other characters.
Ever-Dream-Onward Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2006
This is just amazing. I've read through most of the series and I always pictured Jon to look to something like this. Excellent rendition. :+fav:
Eyeprod Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2006
That must be one of the best illustration of Jon Snow i've seen around the net. I'm totally agree with you, the "official" illustrators are making him look way to old. Yours is much better. The only thing bothering me are the eyes color, shouldn't they be grey? And he's really looking feverish but that's good because, i mean, the Wall is not the perfect place to tan, is it? :D

Got here through GRRM website.

Hubby-N-Dad Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
This piece is wonderful... I have all four of the books at home waiting to be read, but they never seem to get chosen.... however, despite all the great GRRM art I've seen on DA ([link] and [link] come to mind) this is going to be the piece that gets me to read the novels. So, I guess all that is left for me to say is thanks!
JenZee Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Yes! Do read them, especially if you already own 'em ;). I'm unbelievably flattered that this piece was able to "push you over the edge"! I hope you enjoy the books, and of course, that you don't have a change of heart over my portayal of the character after reading them! Thank you:hug:!
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