And Finally, How to Make Arya Stark of Winterfell Look Even More Badass

Over the past few months, we've featured Hugo-nominated artist John Picacio's fascinating tutorials on the process behind the artwork in his 2012 calendar for George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. Now, at last, here's the sixth and final process post — which might be the most exciting yet. For it features Arya… » 7/06/12 1:12pm 7/06/12 1:12pm

My Art Nouveau Vision of George R.R. Martin's Fiery Sorceress,…

June is almost over, and when you flip your 2012 A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar to July, you'll find Melisandre. My artwork for her is the focus of today's exclusive process feature here at io9. How did the flame-loving sorceress from Asshai become the icon for the hottest month of the year? Read on, and find out. » 6/29/12 4:30pm 6/29/12 4:30pm

How I Brought Game of Thrones' Ned Stark to Life

John Picacio is a super-talented cover artist whose art has graced many of your favorite novels — but many people now know him best as the creator of the 2012 Song of Ice and Fire calendar. Picacio's iconic art has helped to capture the splendor and squalor of Westeros for many readers. Here, in the first of a series… » 5/18/12 7:00am 5/18/12 7:00am