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CALIBAN'S WAR by dana-redde CALIBAN'S WAR by dana-redde
Fanart for Book 2 of James S. A. Corey's Expanse series, my new favorite series. These books are so well done and so much fun.

Captain James Holden, XO Naomi Nagata, mechanic Amos Burton, Martian marine Bobbie Draper, pilot Alex Kamal, UN secretary Chrisjen Avasarala, botanist Praxidike Meng, Outer Planets Alliance leader Fred Johnson, and MALEVOLENT SENTIENT VENUS.

One of my favorite things about these books is that the characters are very diverse in ethnicity, class background, and age, and the female characters are treated like actual humans. They're also pretty kickass, whether they're engineers, soldiers, leaders, or priests. As I'm sure my fellow spec fic fans are well aware, sci fi and fantasy can be a minefield of terrible female tropes written by neckbeards, so it's nice to see someone do it right.

I want to play in microgravity now.

[The Expanse series and all characters belong to James S. A. Corey, aka Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck]
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Snazz84 Aug 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great to see some Expanse art on here. :) I just finished reading the books yesterday, so wondered what other people's interpretations were. Your character drawings are really similar to what I had in mind. I'd make Amos a little bulkier, but the rest are just right, especially Avasarala and Bobbie.
Hahaha cool man- Alex, Meng and Avasarala are spot on for me. Did you read Abaddon's Gate? Loving this series.…

My only gripe (and its small) is the writers' inclination to use trendy Facebook phrases like "I know, right?" Sort of pulls me out the universe.
Zim-Shady Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
OMG this is so neat! I love this <333 been looking for a good scifi to read, and especially love those that include so much diversity! Great job <3
dana-redde Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I definitely recommend the series :D
imagination-heart Jun 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Congratulations on being featured on Abraham's and Franck's site! Wow, must be a great feeling! :) (All my favorite authors are dead, so I can't impress them with my fanart. :D )
Finnguala Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"terrible female tropes written by neckbeards" :lmao:!!

You got me real curious about these books now... I never read sci fi (for no particular reason), but I may have to give these a go.
dana-redde Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You liked ASoIaF, right? It may interest you to know that the writers of this series work with George R. R. Martin. Ty Franck is/was his assistant, and Daniel Abraham wrote the script for the ASoIaF graphic novels. They also work in the same writing groups in New Mexico (and apparently know terrible secrets about upcoming books but are under pain of death not to share!) They've definitely gleaned some of GRRM's skill with pacing, balancing a big cast and multiple POV, and suspense, but I honestly think that for pure literary skill, they're superior writers.

I've also now had the opportunity to chat a little with the writers (I sent this drawing to them *glee*) and they're super nice guys.
Finnguala Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, indeed? That sounds really good.

Haha, "*glee*" :D It's always lovely when things like that happen :3
Arcas-Art Jun 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is SOOOOO cool. I can't say that each character meet my mental image 100%, but that goes with the territory of literary fiction. We all build images in our heads based on a) the facts on the page, and b) associations we make from real life. I think I was picturing Alex, Amos, and Avasarala all with a bit more "bulk" to them. Amos is a real "bear". I kept picturing him as Jack Black. Alex just has a bit more... "middle age padding". And Avasarala... well, most of the Indian women I've met of her age have been more "matronly" in stature.

But details aside, each of you drawings REALLY exude the character. You can feel their personalities, trickling through. Of the bunch I'd say that Fred, Holden, and Naomi came real close to what I saw in my head.

Heeeeeyyyy.... isn't Holden supposed to brown eyes?? ;)

So what's next? Have you read the third book yet? Love to see you do a similar treatment for that :D
kurobei Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like Burton. Maybe thats because he looks a bit like me. Each one looks great and has unique expression and personality.
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