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“I could keep you safe,” he rasped. “They’re all afraid of me. No one would hurt you again, or I’d kill them.” He yanked her closer, and for a moment she thought he meant to kiss her. He was too strong to fight. She closed her eyes, wanting it to be over, but nothing happened. “Still can’t bear to look, can you?” she heard him say. He gave her arm a hard wrench, pulling her around and shoving her down onto the bed. “I’ll have that song. Florian and Jonquil, you said.” His dagger was out, poised at her throat. “Sing, little bird. Sing for your little life.”

-A Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin


You know you have a problem when you randomly find a picture of Lana Del Rey on someone's blog, who's chiding her for the themes in her music video seeming to portray a complacency toward domestic violence, and you instantly think, "oooh goody...wouldn't this be a great reference photo for some SanSan?!"

Characters belong to George R.R. Martin and HBO's A Game of Thrones. One of my favorite textures right now I must credit to ~Insan-Stock [link]
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NightmareAtDawn Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
This is absolutely beautiful! <3 I love it very very much!
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!!!  I really appreciate it. :D  It's nearly time for another fan art of these two.
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branmuffinpower Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
This is so, so, so, beautiful. I'm fairly new to the GoT/ASoIaF fandom - so naturally the first thing I do is look for fanart. I think this is the best I've found! Your line work is lovely; it's stylized, but clearly shows an understanding of human form and proportion (it's crazy how small she looks compared to him). In fact, you've made the Hound, in my personal opinion, far more handsome than I envisioned him. But I don't think it's much of a departure of how he is described, so well done!

The colors in the background and bedspread look like watercolors, giving the whole thing appearance of an illustration is some ancient manuscript (which obviously ties into the genre). The blood on the Kingsguard cloak is also very visually striking.

I'm glad I wasn't just imaging the "sexual overtones" in this scene. I definitely thought they were there, but after reading a lot of other people's take on the it I wasn't sure I had gotten it right. This is definitely more of the feeling I got from the passage. It's gorgeous. A definite favorite!
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014   Digital Artist
Ha yes, he just always comes out that way, but I like blaming narrating character bias anyway for his looks. Just kidding.

Thank you SO MUCH!  I really appreciate all your lovely comments.  You are certainly not imagining what was going on with these two! Overtones is right - it's not even undertones!  I think some people just get squeamish about it from a modern perspective.  I tend to romanticize anything someone gives me a chance to. :)
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UnicornPoki Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
ohhhhhh.....wonderful!!!
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks!! :D
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Velven Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
In the crack version of my head canon, Sansa escapes Westeros through a magic portal, ends up in the present day and grows up to become Lana Del Rey.

I really like the texture and flow of the cloth on Sansa's dress and the details on Sandor's armour, great work! :)
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013   Digital Artist
Hahahaha I'm trying to incorporate that into the music videos of Lana's that I've seen.  We might have to keep this idea going a little longer and dress Sansa kinda like the 60s, ooh! :)  The lyrics from video games would sort of work (big arms? Sandor, check!  Drunk...seeing stars?  Check.).

Thanks so much!  I can't believe it's already been since May since this one - I keep wanting to redo certain pieces, but time is just flying!
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Velven Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
For me I have to say Born to Die is probably my fave Lana song for this pairing, but my ultimate ship song for them has to be 'There's Only Me' by Rob Dougan. Just listen to it (imagine it's sung from Sandor's POV during the time Sansa was in King's Landing as Joffrey's betrothed) and tell me it doesn't send a shiver down your spine. It has the ideal blend of obsessed/creepy/devoted that makes this pairing my guilty pleasure. :D

Also, now I totally want to draw Sansa in 60s fashions!
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013   Digital Artist
Haha yes awesome lyrics for it - definitely the good kinda creepy (I guess there's one!)! 
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Velven Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think there definitely can be a good kind of creepy. But usually it only applies to fictional characters!
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013   Digital Artist
Haha, probably right - such a shame!!!!! :)  Only in fic is it okay, and surprisingly sexy, for someone to watch you sleeping.
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Velven Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That is true. In real life it would just be the normal bad kind of creepy.
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013   Digital Artist
Sheesh, poor stalkers! When does it ever work out!? ;)
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VGamall Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Very nice work again! Sansa's face and attitude are very well done !
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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VGamall Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
You'rre very welcome :)
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mrm215 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist
wow this is fantastic! Great job and the texture goes perfectly with it
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks!!!! I just never get tired of making Sandor grimy and smirking and way prettier than he should be!
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ReeseBurton Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Love it! One of the best depictions of Sansa and (especially) Sandor out there. Thanks for this.
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner May 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Aw, thank you for your super nice comments!
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bluesnow212112 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
I like how you show the nice side of his face. Beautiful picture... the only thing I have a problem with is his smile. I always imagined him having a nervous breakdown in this scene. The smile you gave him makes him look like a suave playboy rather than someone who is half mad xD

Still a very nice picture though. +favs
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner May 20, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Completely good points - I agree, but I guess in my mind (at least this time) he's good at masking feelings, enough to not lose it until she started singing. So, I tried to make that work...he definitely doesn't look THAT drunk, either, but I wanted to focus on the sexual undertones and make a more appealing, fluffy picture haha. The way his smile is described in the books always reminds me of the way Hiroaki Samura often draws men in profile - he's great at a wicked smile. But completely good point that in reality the man was utterly unhinged in this scene...I'm just a hopeless, twisted fangirl! :D
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QuietLittleLeaf Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful. I have this scene dogeared in the book. It's also nice to see someones mindseye of them and not just a portrait of the actors. I love your image of Sandor too...got that edginess of good looks, but not quite handsome. ^.^

Keep up the good work!
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner May 20, 2013   Digital Artist
Yay, thanks a lot!! I'm glad it accomplished that for you! :D
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TheSlaveQueen Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
I love this! Its the best fan-art of Sansa and the Hound I've seen.
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner May 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! That's so sweet of you!
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popgirl21th Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wow! :D
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner May 16, 2013   Digital Artist
:) Thanks!!
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
He looks a bit beastly...
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner May 16, 2013   Digital Artist
Ooh, thanks! I hope so!
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AAgurl789 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Love Sansa's hair and how flowy her dress is. she looks so pretty! The blood splattered on Sandor's armor is a nice touch and his hooked nose too! Some Sandor fanart rarely depict his hooked nose...This is awesome!
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner May 16, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch!! It's true - sometimes people do leave off the hook! I always chide myself for making him way more attractive than he should be, but it's also easy to forgive myself that... :)
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K0RVSTOEND Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
This is so pretty!
And I'm a big fan of Lana's too, so this is just amazing!
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner May 16, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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katkarasininen Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh I love this <33
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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MissyKitty Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks like Kili.... O_O
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Whaaaaahaha! He does look like a filthy-minded Kili! I have a problem with picturing the Hound as hot...he's really not described that way in the books, though then again, our first impressions of him are from, I think, Ned and 11 year old Sansa...
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Vin3 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
just perfect!!!
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you, my dear!!
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Nougatnike Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
wow! this is just so beautiful! you have a lovely style! i think this is my favourite piece so far as well :)
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Whoa, thanks - that's an awesome compliment!! So happy you guys like it!!
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Nougatnike Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
I sure do :))
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kage-kunoichi Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh my goodness, I do believe I've found my favorite ever piece of SanSan art <3
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Aw, thank you!! That's so super nice of you! I had a LOT of fun working on it (SanSan art never seems to have those "boring" creation moments...).
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2Mummu Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
homg I'm astounded by how pretty this is :heart:
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CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner May 14, 2013   Digital Artist
Yay, why thank you!!
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