Fan Art of Kaz Brekker

Friday, June 2nd 2017


Bastard of the Barrel

Leader of the Dregs

Kaz Brekker is no ordinary 17 year old living on the streets of Ketterdam. Kaz is a cold-hearted ruthless bastard , who at the best of time is mostly known for performing any type of job for hire. Kaz’s always wears gloves, earning the name ‘Dirtyhands’  from the types of jobs he’s willing to do despite if they’re bloody or despicable. Even though, Kaz is a very convincing manipulator he’s also the person who seizes control in any if not ever situation. It’s why he was able to serve on the unforgiving streets of Ketterdam when others would have quickly perished. Kaz is cruel in nature but he’s also a quick witted thinker  and while others have a trick up their sleeves, Kaz manages to place an entire deck of cards up his sleeves for any and ever possible situation. What else would you expect from an expert lock-picker, card trickster, and professional at sleight of hand artist. he has no Grisha powers but his kills are so complex that Matthias often called him a demjin, meaning demon. Which could be true since Kaz hardly shows any emotions,  and when he does want to show emotions it’s very difficult for him to express them properly The range that Kaz does  express without any hesitation or difficulties are always wrath and anger.

What I love about Kaz is the fact that his backstory is more complex than I orignally realize when reading Leigh Barudgo’s Six of Crows. I wanted to hate Kaz for how cruel and evil he appeared within the first few chapters of the book, but quickly realize first impressions aren’t the best to judge a character, even if they are in a book. Do you want to know the truth about Kaz Brekker, because the truth is hidden in a book. I’m not going to spoil it for you!

The image that you see in this post is just my fan art of how I viewed Kaz Brekker. In the book he’s mentioned to have very pale skin, with hair trimmed short on the sides. His eyes are a brown that is so dark that it looks like coffee. He’s also described to have a sharp jawline with a lean muscular build. Did I mention that he walks with a  crow tipped cane?

Kaz Brekker in progress

Clearly my image does not have a cane, nor is my version of Kaz a deep brunette. I wanted to test out my Copicmakers, and I wanted to draw the Kaz I saw in my mind while I was reading Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. I’ve always saw Kaz as a character whose never frazzled by a situation, at leas never physically showing it. That’s why I wanted to show a scared Kaz whose physically frazzled but facially focused. I wanted him to be equally parts cruel and beautiful. When readers read Six of Crows Kaz is 17 years old leader of the Dregs, but at one point in time he was new to Ketterdam, I’m sure he didn’t win each and ever fight he’s ever been in. I never used Copic Markers before, nor have I ever attempted to scan the image into the computer! Who knew light could be such a killer to a great marker art work, none the less this is my image of Kaz Brekker. He’s not a prefect illustration of the book description, yet I’m proud of him.

Lia’s Covington illustration of Kaz Brekker

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