Having enjoyed making fan art of Yennefer, from the Netflix adaption of The Witcher, I thought it might be fun to try the titular witcher himself, Geralt of Rivia. Unlike the WIP I doodled for Yennefer before moving quickly into colour, I ended up going into quite a bit of detail on this one. Sometimes I can get a bit obsessive with detail and it feels very satisfying.
I may have started a doodle of Ciri as well…
The chemistry between Henry Cavil as Geralt and Anya Chalotra as Yennefer is excellent in the show. I would say I don’t know who to crush on more, but, hot as Geralt is, I have to admit I’m leaning quite a lot towards Yennefer. Still, the way the two characters, who are so very different in many ways, have that they are both deeply wounded in similar ways in common – leading to: fearing needing or being needed, fearing showing weakness, and being distrustful and aloof because of their pasts, yet reflecting all of this back at each other in their struggle against an obviously very powerful attraction – is compelling. So far the show has stayed very true to the books in many ways, but for me this one was most important, not just turning their relationship into the usual trite “will they/won’t they”, strong independent woman vs. shallow man-whore thing shows always seem to do. They are both strong and independent, but that is because they are also both fundamentally wounded and reticent to be vulnerable due to their pasts, even though that is exactly what they each need to move forward. It is easy to see why things will play out as they do with Ciri on this front. There is a huge amount of strength found through facing adversity and healing in all three characters.
Can’t wait for season 2!
Music while drawing: Wicked Game feat. Annaca (warning, contains clips with spoilers).