Archive for March, 2010

Brand

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Brand was the the greatest of old Dworkin’s students, the most inquisitive, and creative. Arguably the most brilliant, devious and villainous of the brood. His ultimate plan to wipe the Pattern away, destroying mighty Amber and rewriting reality with himself as the godhead. If not for the desperate measures taken to eliminate him, his grand scheme would have destroyed everything.

Mercurial, fickle, lovable and despicable in turns, Brand’s machinations took decades of planning, and came within inches of succeeding.

Bleys

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Corwin’s arrogant, superbly capable younger brother, Bleys could very nearly had achieved his goal of storming the Castle Amber, as he wound his way up the steep steps of Kolvir. If not for a suicidal leap of an opponent, Bleys could have fought his way to the top. As it stands, he killed hundreds in the slow ascent, a feat nearly matching those of the elder Benedict. Bleys could very well be the second best swordsman of the Princes of Amber.

Amber Trumps – Benedict

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

To gear up my guache-colored pencil mixed-media skills, I have set a project for myself: to illustrate the Trumps of Roger Zelazny’s brilliant Amber series. The trumps are magical¬†tarot cards that allowed mental communication between the scions of Amber Sort of magical cell phones mixed with teleporters, envisioned long before cell phones existed. Their power worked through all of Shadow, and even allowed one person to bring the other one through the trump to their location. The Trumps illustrated the Nine Princes and four Princesses of Amber.

First up is Benedict, warrior supreme of Amber. Peerless tactician and master swordsman, his skill at warfare has no equal.

Next up: Bleys.