“Now, you were about to explain to me where you learned such skill with a pencil.”
“Practice,” Shallan said. “I should suspect that is how everyone learns, eventually.”
“Wise words again. I am beginning to wonder which of us is the ardent. But surely you had a master to teach you.”
“Dandos the Oilsworn.”
“Ah, a true master of pencils if there ever was one. Now, not that I doubt your word, Brightness, but I’m rather intrigued how Dandos Heraldin could have trained you in arts, as – last I checked – he’s suffering a rather terminal and perpetual ailment. Namely, that of being dead. For three hundred years.”
Shallan blushed. “My father had a book of his instruction.”
“You learned this,” Kasbal said, lifting up her drawing of Jasnah, “from a book.”
“Er … Yes?”
He looked back at the picture. “I need to read more.”
Taken from the paperback edition of The Way of Kings, Part One”by Brandon Sanderson. The quote is on page 124.
I am reading this book for the first time and am immensely enjoying it! I really hope Kasbal is an important character because he has so much depth already and brings life to the otherwise two-dimensional Shallan.