#FanartFriday: Kaz and Inej – a modern London AU

#FanartFriday is where I share some of my own fanart (or just art) and/or shout-out some awesome pieces that I’ve spotted recently! Feel free to link/share your own in the comments!

I was part of a mini-event (called a ‘mini-bang’) as part of a wider Grishaverse fandom event (‘The Grishaverse Big Bang) where fanfiction writers will create a short fanfic and a couple of artists will draw something inspired by it!

My writer (Jasmine/cruelhighways) wrote a Kanej (Kaz/Inej) modern London AU – you can read it here – and I painted this for it:

Nighttime scene with Kaz and Inej looking at each other, a city in the background with a sunset to the left and a giant moon shrouded in purply-blue and pink clouds in a starry sky. There is off-white space around the painting resembling a Polaroid’s dimensions, with the words ‘repenting for a difficult mind’ in chalky writing at the bottom.

It wasn’t meant to be a Polaroid-style piece, I’d always intended it to be square (because yey, Instagram squares) but I’d left space on the canvas for colour swatches and once I’d removed them, it looked a lot like a Polaroid! I wrote in the fic title ‘repenting for a difficult mind’ in the space, I thought it’d be cute.

This painting was quite an experiment for me in several ways:

  • I almost always start with a sketch + lineart, but here I went into painting straight away
  • I’ve not done this kind of ‘dark figures with just highlighting for features’ thing (it took me so long hahaha)
  • I tried some more textured brushes and for once!!! didn’t overblend so the brushstrokes can still be seen. Oh I nearly cried (in a good way), I’ve always wanted to have more texture in my paintings but I can never seem to stop myself from blending them into oblivion…
Just the painting itself, without the Polaroid edges or title.

I quite like how this turned out overall though, and I hope you will too. You can also check out my fellow group artist Fae’s artwork here!

If you’d like to see a timelapse video of the painting, just swipe to the end of the Instagram post below:

I also want to apologise for being so absent recently!! This week and especially today has been so busy, tiring, emotional and stressful. I’m hoping to do some blog hopping over the weekend!

What are your weekend plans?

Aside from catching up with your blogs, I also need to do my Spanish homework and brush up on the tenses we’ve covered recently, and I’m hoping I can read either ‘Heartstopper’ Vol. 4 (Alice Oseman) or make some decent progress with ‘The Ones We’re Meant to Find’ (Joan He), ‘Sorrowland’ (Rivers Solomon), or ‘Unravel the Dusk’ (Elizabeth Lim)! Of course, I have a lot of household chores too. Hope it’ll be sunny at least!

Thanks for reading! Do you like ‘Six of Crows’ and/or the Kanej ship? I also want to paint something from the ‘Shadow and Bone’ show, what scene/character do you think I should do?

3 thoughts on “#FanartFriday: Kaz and Inej – a modern London AU

  1. Still love this fanart so much!! How you did the shadows is amazing! Also love the colour concept. XD I feel like I’m not blog hopping enough as well. I’m just too busy and exhausted from being not a 100% healthy. *lol*

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