My second art for spn_j2_bigbang is for anactoria's beautifully atmospheric Via Negationis.
I have to apologise to her for being less than prolific - I hadn't realised just how much I rely on last minute races to the finish until this week hit with GISHHWES at the same time and I just ran out of time. So sorry I didn't do any more art for this one, because the fic is awesome.
Click HERE or on the banner to read the fic
Part case, part fairy tale, there are kind of spoilers in one of the art pieces (for characters that feature in the story - so don't cross that line if you'd rather know nothing at all about the case before reading).
Here's a close up/detail from the banner( Hey! Guess what? Image-heavy post... :D )
Prompt Number: E3001
Fic Title: The Age of Foolishness
Fic Link(s): LJ | AO3
My second RB art was claimed by de_nugis (again! How did I get so lucky?) and she's written such a charming story...I can't wait to read the finished article.
I admit, I'm not that happy with the art I did for this - I don't think it does the story justice, but it is what it is.
First, the banner
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Click on the banner to go read the fic, it's well worth a shufty!
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No last minute panic here, nope. Me and cherie_morte paired up to deliver a J2 version of Gounod's Faust for spnopera. cherie is posting a bit later on, I'm posting now because I'm going out later. STORY LINK COMING SOON!
The prompt was Faust (by Gounod): Trading his soul to the devil Méphistophélès, Faust transforms back into a handsome young man and the two go off in search of beautiful women and adventure.
Over the Rainbow - A French Mistake AU where Sam and Dean get stuck and have to live as Jared and Jensen a bit longer. I love all the possibilities the French Mistake threw up, and this fic delivers quite an emotional punch on so many different levels while also not stinting on the sheer comedy of Sam and Dean at a Creation Convention...
The Rose-Colored Glasses of Life - Told through three different POVs, a curtain fic with a difference that had a cumulative slow build in breaking my heart.
"We had an agreement, Giant!" - fab Rowena art - say no more!
Feed the Blood Garden - try this for the novelty of a gaming story and come away with a really cool creepy horror story.
Now Say hello - Another era/trope/whatever you want to call it that I have a real fondness for - Dean all alone after Sam's gone to Stanford. This one is heartwrenching in the best possible way.
and finally, another art piece which is aptly titled Haunted by Another Life - dark and sad and creepy. And Dean and Alastair, which is always made of win.
It's actually hard picking out highlights because as always, the standard is so high...
And here's the banner art - yup, I'm afraid there are more BUTTS!
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It's just a banner, but here are a couple of details/teasers
First - baby!Dean
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Title: Go Fly a Kite, Sam Winchester
Summary: Kevin has happy memories. That's not the problem. 1st Person POV.
Prompt: Sam & Kevin, "fly that kite, boys"
Here it is, my final spn_reversebang for this year! It's been a bit of a struggle to get this one done - both for me and for my lovely author souslelys. It was fated from the start I think. I threw the original prompt piece together at the last minute because I suddenly had this idea about an invisible man type story, and what fun that could be. Then poor souslelys had work and studying and exams, so it's all been a rush to finish. So I've only just done one more piece to go with the story, which I got done today...
But we got there in the end! It's all good...right? :D
Now you need to go and read the story as one of the pics is a bit spoilery!
LINK to story HERE or click on the banner
spn_reversebang number 2 - did you all hear me squealing with delight when I saw one of my entries had been claimed by de_nugis AGAIN?! Two RBBs in a row - woot!
You will want to read this story more than once, I promise. Click on the banner to savour the deliciousness. Or HERE
So - to the artings. (NB alternate art link on AO3)
This was the original prompt and starting point for the story
I left it completely open as to whether Sam knew what was going on in his hair or not, and how those little critters got there. And what they might be!
This became a divider, but this represents the first time Sam encounters the creatures.
Poor Dean isn't sure what to make of it all...
Some detail from the pics
This idea was blatantly stolen from Harry Potter's Mischief Managed Map...
And the process part:
The original picture of Sam was drawn partly in pencil and partly in PS6, which was a tactical error because I never quite managed to blend the two parts properly. Basically the hair and the critters were in pencil, photographed then added to the rest of Sam in PS. The background is a photo of a Celtic gold-plated disc, from Auvers-sur-Oise, with a texture applied to give it those subtle colours.
The map was constructed from a plan of UIC Campus which I stretched and distorted using GIMP because I haven't worked out how to do that in PS yet, then laid over a texture called papyrus from www.wallpedes.com. I used that one in the jar of creatures divider too, because it it so lovely. I drew the footprints and the scrolls and wrote on those in PS, and I drew the wee dragon in pencil on paper and photographed him to add him to the overall pic. Dean, and the critters in the jars, were drawn in biro on paper then photographed, and the jar was a Soviet mayonnaise jar photo I found on an image search. Ta da!
So I was very happy to snag the prompt and get to work with lan_ri. You can go and read her story via HERE on tumblr, or click on the banner to go straight to AO3.
Be aware - there are spoilers in the art (but not so much if you already know your Labours of Herakles/Hercules!)
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Read it here - and if you like it, leave a donation to morgan's college fund raiser. Edited to say - if you want to leave her a prompt, she's writing ficlets and you can then donate...
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It's 7K words of awesomeness. It's Gen-fic, but the kind where you can read into it what you wish.
Click on Loki to go to AO3 to read.
Your wish is my command...
And what a joy this was - one of my favourite authors and favourite ficlets - it's hard to say what was a bigger treat for whom!
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