And I present to you: Pavel "Pasha" Alexandrovich Romanov, of Evelyn Skye's The Crown's Game and The Crown's Fate.
The last in my three-part series of The Crown's Game fan art, this piece was oddly difficult. With Vika and Nikolai, I had a fairly easy time coming up with the basic compositions, with the sun/moon providing light from behind their heads, Vika's hair swirling around her head, Nikolai's more traditional magician attire, etc. For Pasha, however, I wanted to distinguish that he was different (he's the tsarevich, not an enchanter like the other two, after all) while still tying him into the series.
The tarot card The Star represents faith, guidance, and hope. As the next tsar of Russia, his fate is to usher in a new era of magic and prosperity for the country. Thus, he faces the light, with the sunrise in the background, and embraces it. I really wanted to somehow incorporate the gold/blue and blue/red crowns from the book covers, so I used those color schemes for the two cups of starlight. Also, to celebrate his friendship with Nikolai, I granted him a cloak of stars to complement Nikolai's.
And the trio is complete! Doing this series has really invigorated me, and I'm feeling pretty inspired to do more fan art for others books that I love. I do believe I have sketches for Robin LaFevers's His Fair Assassin series lying around somewhere, and Morgan Rhodes's last Falling Kingdoms book is coming out next February...