I’ve always loved the very first description of the Hound in A Song of Ice and Fire, from Eddard’s opening chapter: “…and there Sandor Clegane with his terrible burned face.” So simple, yet terrible burned face has always tickled me the right way. For anyone who’s not read ASOIAF (for shame!), here’s how Sandor Clegane is later described by the character Sansa Stark in A Game of Thrones:
“The right side of his face was gaunt, with sharp cheekbones and a grey eye beneath a heavy brow. His nose was large and hooked, his hair thin, dark. He wore it long and brushed it sideways, because no hair grew on the other side of that face.
“The left side of his face was a ruin. His ear had been burned away; there was nothing left but a hole. His eye was still good, but all around it was a twisted mass of scar, slick black flesh hard as leather, pocked with craters and fissured by deep cracks that gleamed red and wet when he moved. Down by his jaw, you could see a hint of bone where the flesh had been seared away.”
Because he’s one of my favourite characters (from any book!), I’d always wanted to draw a picture of him. And here it is. I regret that I didn’t portray him in an angrier light, seeing as how he’s often described as being intensely angry. The scars are pretty much how I wanted them to be.
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