So, despite finishing my Rue months ago, I totally forgot to take a picture and blog her 🙁 Well, here she is.
Right, so, you might have noticed that she has no face. That’s a stylistic choice, I’ll have you know. Have you ever tried cross stitching a face? A tiny face? It’s not easy. In the end I gave up because it looked terrible. Foxface has a kind of vague hint of a face, I guess, but that too looked better on paper than on aida. Sorry, Rue. No face for you.
(She never saw that spear coming.)
Here is the usual list of pictures I used as reference or inspiration or just liked in general:
For the climbing pose I came across a good few stock photos on deviantart. Unfortunately, none of them were massively helpful to me :/ But I’ll list them in the name of being a Good Internet Citizen anyway.
Here are some Rues I found that weren’t horrifyingly morbid or mawkish! Yay! (Have you ever looked up Rue fanart? Seriously. Even in the ones I list below there are those that don’t know what 11 year olds look like. At least these fanartists read the books enough to know her race…)
I dunno, maybe I’m just really hard to please? I couldn’t find anything that really ~matched my vision~.
The mockingjays are my own. Irritatingly, Suzanne Collins doesn’t describe them enough to have a decent idea of what they look like. So I just looked up mockingbirds and blue jays and cobbled something together.
I will be the first to admit that I know nothing about American bird life, so at least the research was fun. Apparently, mockingbirds look like this, which was kind of disappointing. I mean, I had all these tree trunks and branches and Rue and everything was varying shades of brown, and then BOOM, mockingbirds are also brown. The only clue – the SINGULAR CLUE – Suzanne Collins gives is that the mockingjays have white patches on their wings, which seems to derive from the mockingbird.
Also, blue jays are way smaller than I thought they would be. These are the jays I’m familiar with (they’re actually related to crows, just… less gothy), about the size of jackdaws, as Wikipedia helpfully informs. I took a bit of liberty with the sizes of the mockingjays.
But yeah, I thought it would be unrealistic to breed a bright blue spy bird, so I decided to keep them brown, with a blue jay crest and elements of the blue jay “design”, as it were, with a kind of palette swap.
As for the font, it’s Paris from here, and I added the flowers myself.
A Song Of Ice And Fire: the Tullys and the Greyjoys (maybe the Arryns if I get them done)