Cosmere ABCs

Cosmere ABCstThis page contains photos of my fan art of the Cosmere stories by Brandon Sanderson.  The album is a series of vignettes featuring characters, creatures, and scenes from most of the published Cosmere novels, novellas, and short stories.  Brandon's official introduction to the Cosmere is here, including a recommended reading order.

Spoiler warning: there are (mostly mild) spoilers for all published Cosmere books, novellas, and short stories.

You can view the files either through the gallery below or the individual image links just below the gallery. Below that, I have included a discussion of the build and some of the customization involved, followed by copyright and use information. If you're on mobile, the menus are at the bottom of the page.

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About this build

There are lots of custom printed elements in this collection.  I used waterslide decals for the Elantrians, Skeletals, Bloodsealer, Nalan's torso, the soulstamp, Hoid's torso, Handerwym, Koloss, Lifeless, Spook, one of the Parshendi torsos, Susebron's writing tablet, and Yomen's face.  For anything requiring a bit more fidelity, I had a custom printer print directly onto the lego elements with digital UV printing; these included the Dakhor, Shai's various expressions, Nalan's head, Jak's head, the blue dress torso in the "J" panel, and Kaladin (shash brand, Bridge 4 patch, and Kholin uniform).

There are a few custom-made parts.  The Steel Inquisitor heads were made by drilling through the eyes of some already-tattooed ninjago heads and then fitting small nails into the holes.  An easy way to do this yourself is to buy a jewelry hand drill from a craft store.  Vin's mistcloak is a standard dark grey lego cloak cut into thin strips.  There are also many third-party off-the-shelf parts.  The net and trap used by the survivalist Shai were made by BrickWarriors.  The weapons used by the far left Dakhor monk are hunga mungas from BrickWarriors.  Lift's legs were made by Brick Fortress (official lego "short legs" are not articulated).  The berets and shawl in the "L" panel are from BrickForge and AreaLight, respectively; and the Mastrell's sashes are also from AreaLight.  Hrathen's shoulder pauldrons are from BrickForge.  Allrianne's metal vial is from BrickForge.

The Returned bear special mention -- for these, I used minidolls from the lego sets that are typically marketed towards girls (Elves, Friends, Disney Princesses, and Super Hero Girls).  They are perfect because they are about a head taller than minifigures and they look more aesthetically pleasing.  To make an all black outfit for Susebron, I used grey brush-on primer followed by several coats of black paint that is typically used for painting D&D miniatures.

To make the special effects (the Aon, the Wandersail, Syl, and the Windspren) I used GIMP, which is a free image processing program similar to Photoshop.

Legal stuff

The artwork on this page is copyright 2017 by Richard Martin. The source material is copyright by Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (Brandon Sanderson's company).

Feel free to download the images in this gallery and to use them for non-commercial purposes. If you wish to re-post them online, you may do so as long as you give me credit by either citing me (Rick Martin) as the artist, linking to this site, and/or linking to my Facebook page.

I am not affiliated with Brandon Sanderson or Dragonsteel Entertainment in any way. This page is in compliance with Brandon Sanderson's official policy on fan art.