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“I don’t give a shit if it’s 1,000 or 8,000 swords It re­ally is the Iron Throne the way I see it”

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made of “Be­fore be­ing an il­lus­tra­tor I’m a fan. I’m a reader,” says French artist Marc Si­mon­etti. And as a fan, it made sense for the artist to get in con­tact with the man who came up with the ideas he was de­pict­ing.

“Ge­orge said to me that in the book the throne had to be mas­sive, so that the king was high above his sub­jects, and to have the look and feel of a hunched beast, all twisted metal… In a way,” ad­mits Marc, “it’s an im­pos­si­ble thing to rep­re­sent.”

“As a prose writer I’m de­scrib­ing things in my book not as a tech­ni­cal writer would, but in more meta­phoric terms,” ex­plains Ge­orge. “The throne is huge and it’s hunch­ing and it gives this im­pres­sion of dom­i­nance. The artist needs to trans­late those ab­stracts – how to make it look like a giant­like beast, and all that stuff.”

Marc’s first stab at the throne was for a Mex­i­can book cover. Want­ing the metal ‘beast’ to stand out, he picked a clas­sic en­vi­ron­ment. “I used pic­tures of the pa­pal throne in the Vat­i­can as ref­er­ence.”

For World of Ice and Fire – the most re­cent re­lease – he went back to Ge­orge for feed­back. “It’s said that it’s made of 1,000 swords, and in the be­gin­ning I worked to make the throne ex­actly 1,000 swords,” says Marc. “But Ge­orge he said, ‘I don’t give a shit if it’s 1,000 or 8,000!’” The char­ac­ter of the thing was ev­ery­thing. Once Marc got that, the au­thor had to ad­mit, “it re­ally is the Iron Throne the way I see it.”

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