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Create for the Throne continues to bring more art to the collection

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Home Box Office continues its Create for the Throne initiative and this time around, it is back with four new pieces of art in contrast to the crafty expertise on exhibition displayed the previous time around. This initiative is HBO’s effort to promote the final season of Game of Thrones by inviting eighteen different artists to make something which represents a theme of Game of Thrones.

Robert Ball decided that making a portrait of the Oathkeeper would be the best thing to do for him. He decided to seek symbolism in his art and turned to make the painting out of shades of Blue and Red to symbolise the conflict between Ice and Fire. He then decided to portray the OathKeeper’s most notable moment which was the execution of Stannis Baratheon during his failed siege of Winterfell. There are many finer details to this portrait which envelop the story from Season 1 to 6 and even before that. For example, the Lion Head has been converted to a Wolf, while the red comet has been included as an omen of victory for the Lannisters. Furthermore, the fire has also been shaped like the Wings of a Dragon. This intricate piece of art has been quite well thought out and represents a deep story in its details.

“The challenge was really balancing all the elements so that it works as a striking image if you don’t know Oathkeeper’s story, but there are layers there if you do,” said Ball.”I had to exaggerate the pommel of Ice so that it could be seen ghosted behind Oathkeeper. I also had to make sure that Ned was recognizable, holding the sword without dominating the image.”

The next artist to be featured is Lena Danya and she attempted to make the Unsullied shield. She wanted to include water, the Unsullied, the ships, Dragons, and Daenerys; all to represent the house of the Targaryens. She referenced quite a few scenes from Season 6 and 7 and decided to make a chalk outline on the shield and then colour over it using oil paints. She reportedly wanted the painting to seem like a distant memory and hence created more of a fading scene from the ocean to the sky. She also wanted to capture the moments of stillness after a battle and used the colours of the sunset to portray the same.

“Working around the shape of the shield was a challenge I anticipated,” said Danya. “I’m so used to creating paintings on completely flat surfaces, where light reflects evenly. The shield was curved and had a protruding center point, so when it came to painting the top of the shield, too much light reflected off those areas and it was hard to see values accurately. With painting the bottom of the shield, not enough light was reaching certain areas, causing them to appear darker. To combat this, I had to shift the position and height of my easel constantly, as well as my lighting set up.”

Next up was Eva Eskalinen with her rendition of the Stark Shield. She started off with a digital painting before heading on to the shield. She wanted to include most of the symbols related to the Starks. She also wanted to represent the supernatural powers at play and all the remaining and deceased members of the Stark family. She further drew inspiration from Jon Snow’s ghost and decided to draw the Direwolf, with the palettes to Red and White.

“Being from Finland, I believe that the harsh nature and climate shape people, like the Starks — the individual grit, perseverance and the strength of the pack that are needed to survive,” said Eskalinen. “The Starks are all quite stern and serious in my illustration; the snow and the dark forests are there as well. The style of the illustration is rather graphic, borrowing inspiration from medieval art and Scandinavian design — which I hoped will bring out the rawness and bareness I associate with the North.”

The final work of art exhibited was the Longclaw by Laurent Durieux. He went with this portrait pretty much the same way he would go with any other portrait of his, by first drawing it on paper and then removing all outlines and digitally colouring the picture.

“I start by drawing some quick rough ideas on paper,” explained Durieux. “Once I have something I think works, I colorize it. When the concept is solidified, I start gathering all sorts of references and documentation in order to be as accurate as possible. Then I start the black and white drawing and final composition. The next step is the coloring and rendering with my digital cross-hatching. I delete the black outline by colorizing it. It’s very tedious and time-consuming but the final result is worth it.”

This makes it eight works of art out of eighteen. The next instalment should be around sooner than expected. Until then, fans eagerly await the release of the final season of Game of Thrones which is set of premier on April 14.

Image Credits: Making Game of Thrones

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Watching our favorite stars play out a radically different character has always been a matter of interest. One of the most likable characters on our favorite show Game of Thrones was Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington. Unlike Jon, Kit seems to know something in Criminals season 2 trailer.

Kit plays the role of a smug estate agent, who is accused of rape. He gets frustrated about being questioned about the same in the trailer. The show’s setting gives you chills as he establishes himself as a self-entitled rich guy who gets what he wants. His angry outbursts only make it worse for him. But is he guilty?

Harington’s new character is a far cry from his bumbling, humble, and heroic character of Jon Snow. Jon Snow was a life-changing role for Kit (Check out his farewell speech for Game of Thrones), but the new edgy role will solidify his versatility. Not to mention his new haircut for the show, sure to gather some attention.

The Netflix series turned in heads after the introduction of its cast for season two. Other than Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, the show has cast 3 more extremely talented artists. Kunal Nayyar from The Big Bang Theory, Sophie Okonedo, an Oscar nominee, and Sharon Horgan from the comedy Catastrophe will also be seen in the series.

From not knowing anything as Jon Snow, to a cunning, perverted estate agent, Kit Harington has come a long way. Being a fan favorite on one of the biggest TV shows ever made, his job will not be easy as a different character. We can be sure he can pull it off with his amazing acting skills.

What do you think about his role in Criminals season 2? Tell us in the comments below.

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Some actors in Hollywood are famous for their macho style. Jason Momoa has made a name for himself in that category, in each of his roles. Be it Khal Drogo of Game of Thrones, or Arthur Curry of Aquaman, the actor reeks of badassery. He has done it yet again as Duncan Idaho in the latest movie adaptation of the sci-fi novel Dune.

Jason Momoa sports an unbearded look as Duncan Idaho in the Dune movie trailer. He looks menacing even without his beard. His character, Duncan, is a total badass in House Atreides. Jason compared his character to Han Solo of Star Wars in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres.

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Momoa received widespread praise for his work as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones. His character as a powerful warlord, who was the leader of a huge Dothraki army created an impactful image in the audience’s mind. It was so impressive people used to get confused if he knew English at all! Jason played the role for 10 episodes in season 1.

Dune is an award-winning novel written by author Frank Herbert in 1965. Dune was first adapted for the big screen by David Lynch in 1984. It was a success on the box-office and the film is still revered by its fans. The new adaptation of the movie holds great promise and the fans are expecting it to be much better than the previous version.

The director of the new Dune movie is Denis Villeneuve. The movie is set to release on 18th December 2020. It is predicted to be one of the major films of this year. The presence of Jason Momoa makes it all the more exciting to watch.

What do you expect from the movie? Let us know in the comments below.

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Game of Thrones will always have a special place in all our hearts. It is a revered TV series for both fans and the crew alike. There has been a tradition in film industry to provide Easter eggs related to a franchise that has made an impact on pop culture. One such Easter egg was spotted in Maisie Williams’ new action-comedy Two Weeks To Live.

A recent clip of one of the episodes revealed a welcome surprise for the fans of Game of Thrones. In that scene, Maisie Williams, who plays the role of Kim is being attacked by an unknown individual. Maisie retaliates in a way that was reminiscent of her role Arya Stark from Game of Thrones.

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Maisie’s character, Kim, attacks back the same way Arya Stark did against the Night King. In Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3, Arya appeared out of nowhere to attack the Night King, played by Vladimir Furdik. The Night King grabs her by the throat, and all hope seems lost. Arya pulls off a surprise move by slipping her dagger to her other hand and stabbing the night king, killing him.

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In the TV series Two Weeks To Live, Maisie pulls off a similar stunt. It was a subtle nod to a tribute to her former role. As Kim, she stands back to her attacker by slipping a glass bottle to her other hand, and smashing it on his head.

The scene was definitely a wow moment for her fans. It was also a chance for the actress to relive her time as Arya. What do you think about the show? Tell us in the comments below.