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On Tuesday I came home from work, decided to lie down for a bit because I was feeling sick and woke up with my alarm the following day, having slept 12 entire hours and still feeling as ill and tired. On Wednesday I had to stop halfway up a flight of stairs because I was feeling faint. But who gives a shit, amirite? /is bitter about things


On Wednesday, [community profile] nightonficmountain creators got revealed.

Somehow I never got around to posting about the gift I got. So here it is:

War-Chants (1088 words) by azaleaknight
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Hannibal Barca, Scipio Africanus
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Eurovision Song Contest, Crack
Summary:


HannibalTheMannibal: what was your Eurovision entry even, yo


ScipioAfricanus: yeah, like yours was any better? i mean, like, a troupe of ice-skating elephants crossing endless mountains? did you send that idea in, bro?

Two frenemies talk trash over chat about the most important event of the premodern world: EUROVISION!!!

The person I was assigned to defaulted and so that left me time to focus on picking up pinch-hits. I picked up one of the lingering pinch-hits, blasted my way through the Kill Six Billion Demons webcomic (A++ def reccomend) and produced art as a result.

King of Flame (0 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kill Six Billion Demons (Webcomic)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Incubus (Kill Six Billion Demons)
Additional Tags: Fanart, Watercolours
Summary:

In the shadeside of Throne, they play interesting games. Here is a card from one of them.



Watercolours on watercolour paper.


Cool things I found out about/was reminded of recently: [community profile] fandomgiftbox (fannish wishlists), [community profile] drawesome (art community) and [community profile] comicsroundtable (comics talk).

(Also, I would like to stop biting myself to the blood several times a day, ffs.)
dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
I got two fics and made 3 works.


The two fics I got were both femslash.

How Sabine Got Into Leia's Pants the Hard Way (1172 words) by ambiguously
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: Rebels
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Leia Organa/Sabine Wren
Characters: Sabine Wren, Leia Organa
Additional Tags: Bodyswap, MayThe4th Treat
Summary: Rule number one while exploring weird old temples while alone with your new crush: never touch any artifacts you do not recognize.


Someone wrote me Leia/Sabine with bodyswap! It's very cute.


The Spectre in the Sandstorm (943 words) by weakinteraction
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jyn Erso/Rey
Characters: Jyn Erso, Rey (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Force Ghosts
Summary: Rey goes searching for kyber crystals on Jedha.


Sometimes I request stuff in exchanges that I don't think I'll get, just because maybe I will and this time I did! It's Force-ghost!Jyn/Rey and it's really sweet.







Of the three works I made, two are art (both femslash) and one is fic (maleslash).


Stardust (0 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Jyn Erso/Mon Mothma
Additional Tags: Traditional Media, Fanart
Summary: Oil on paper, 30cmx42cm


An oil painting. I can't be having with those newfangled Photoshoppe /joke

It took me about 8 hours to paint this. 2h+ for the background alone, about as much for the lineart/making sure the composition worked, and the rest on the figures. I haven't done oil in aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages and I was never really good at it, it shows somewhat.

People seemed to like it though, so yay! (Gifting art is so stressful, omg! Have you seen the art in this exchange?)

Merfilly's "size difference" prompt was super inspiring, ngl!

So inspiring that I forgot to check if the letter had DNWs that the sign-up did not. SPOILERS: It did, but I asked through the mods if the deathfic DNW extended to "implied/allegorical representations of canonical character death in art", and was told it was fine. Which is good, because it's quite hard to switch tracks on an oil painting halfway through.

The beam of green light in the background is the Death Star laser. It is of course Deeply Symbolic that it goes through Jyn and not Mon, just as it is Deeply Symbolic that the direction of Jyn's gaze lines up with it. Jyn facing her death head-on was one of my favourite bits of the movie.


Detail from a stained glass window on Yavin 4 (0 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Jyn Erso/Mon Mothma
Characters: Jyn Erso, Mon Mothma
Additional Tags: Fanart
Summary: The window, in traditional Alderaanian stained glass, is believed to have been comissioned by HRH Leia Organa in memory of Senator Mon Mothma of Chandrila and her lover, Jyn Erso of Rogue One.

This was my back up in case I didn't manage to finish the oil painting in time. Pencil sketches coloured in markers, then cleaned up and recoloured in GIMP.


I should have tagged both of these as "fanart" instead of "art" from the start. Lesson learned for next time. (Wish I knew how to post fullsize art on tumblr as 'top' image /is a Fandom Old, cannot Tumbl with the Cool Kids)


Detour (1522 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types, Star Wars: Rebels, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: CC-2224 | Cody/Thrawn | Mitth'raw'nuruodo
Characters: CC-2224 | Cody, Thrawn | Mitth'raw'nuruodo
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary:

Commander Cody went on a mission with Commodore Mitth'raw'nuruodo.



I saw the mod joking about various challenges that hadn't been filled and those could combine in a single prompt and was like "CHALLENGE ACCEPTED". Didn't quite manage to put in all of the things (lack of time -- you can still see traces of where it was going to go), but it was still fun to write. Also, Pairing names with both slash and pipes are lolarious.


(I am back on the internet, yay!)

Art prompts

Mar. 3rd, 2017 10:24 pm
dhampyresa: (MY BIRTHDAY HAS SQUID)
I've brainstormed many ways to start this post, but in the end decided nobody gave a fuck, so I'll skip right ahead to the bottom line.

Please give me drawing prompts!

I'll draw fandom and original stuff. Please provide a reference and/or description, if I'm unfamiliar with the character(s). Can also be objects and/or landscapes -- the point is to stretch myself and draw new stuff.

Restriction: There is a non-zero chance various people will see what I'm drawing. Don't make me explain oviposition to my mom, please.

Aside from that, I'll give anything my best go. I'll most likely be working in pencil + coloured pencils and/or markers (at least one colour). I can't promise it'll be a heartbreaking work of staggering genius, but it should at least be decent on a technical level.
dhampyresa: (that's high profile)
I made two works for Trick or Treat! And I was very careful about not referring to them as fics, because one of them's only half fic.

The Revolution Will Be Illustrated (956 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Star Wars: Rebels
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Sabine Wren
Additional Tags: Mixed Media, Fanart, Fanfiction, Backstory, Character Study, Traditional Media, Digital Art
Summary: Sabine changes and her art changes with her.

According to the wishes of the artist, every piece is presented as it might have been at the time of its inception.

My assignment was [archiveofourown.org profile] shiningstar who requested both fic and art and ALL OF THE STAR WARS. I'm not sure which of the Star Wars we matched on, but it wasn't Rebels since I don't offer what I request.

Anyhow, my first thought was to write Sabine/Numa crackship femslash (although they have actually met and talked in canon so it's not that much of a crackship). I couldn't figure out how to make it work in the time that I had -- but now I know how to do it -- so I went with an idea I'd been vaguely thinking of before assignments went out.

Sabine is, canonically, an artist, so I wanted to do a character study through her art.

So I did! It's a combination of backstory (+ futurefic) and character study, with art. Sabine's an Imperial cadet turned bounty hunter turned Rebel by the time we meet her in canon. The fic is split in three parts: one at the Imperial Academy on Mandalore, another while she's a bounty hunter and one last one set after Return of the Jedi.

Fic-wise, I tried to reflect the dehumanising effect of the Empire by having names creep into the narrative as Sabine spends time away: first part has no names, second part has other people's names and last part has her name. You can see that in the in-story titling of the artwork too.

I mirrored that in the art by having colour creep into the pictures. First one's black and white (+ red), second one is blue monochrome (+ red) and the last one is in full colour. And now I'm going to talk more about said art.

Art babble + 3 pictures )

The title of the work is a reference to Gil Scott-Heron's The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

It was really, really hard for me to give someone art as a gift, even with fic associated with it. I kept having to talk myself into it -- "It's not good enough!" "Self, the writing part alone is three times the minimum requirement! POST THE THING."

(Also while I was fiddling with it I managed to accidentally default on my assignment. *facepalm* I PM'd the exchange mod who gave me back the assignment -- but didn't tell me, so if I hadn't noticed will posting Out of the Cold that my assignment count had gone back up, I might have stayed defaulted.)


Filling my assignment took up a lot of time and brainspace, so I only made one treat for the exchange.

the ruin of the soul (669 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Voltron: Legendary Defender
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Haggar (Voltron)
Additional Tags: Mad Science, ToT: Monster Mash
Summary: A day in the life of Haggar, mad scientist of the Galra Empire.


The title comes from François Rabelais' Pantagruel: "Science without conscience is but the ruin of the soul". And while "Science sans conscience n'est que ruine de l'âme" is a MASSIVELY famous quote in France, it sadly not so in English and suddenly I sound really pretentious quoting 16th century French authors? So I figured "in for a pretentious penny, in for a pretentious pound" and didn't capitalise the title at all. (*dodges pitchforks from the title police*)

I hesitated to tag Shiro in this, but Haggar doesn't consider him a person I went with not tagging him.

This fic also features all of my Voltron headcanons, except the one about Pidge being a K-drama protagonist an adult woman who is both short and can pass as a boy. To wit, it features the following: spoilers, I guess ). While writing it I also gave myself the headcanon that Haggar gave Shiro the white lock in his hair deliberately.


Idk, apparently my theme this ToT was "artists and their art". Both fics were betaed by the ever excellent chiiyo86, who I can finally credit now that author reveals are here.
dhampyresa: (Default)
I made art!

Twice, even. One is chalk and (very limited) pastels on black paper, the other is watercolours (+ a felt tip marker) on watercolour paper. In both cases I had to fiddle a bit with digital editing: to glue together the different parts of the too-big-to-scan chalk pieces and to make the colours of the watercolour come out better.

It's for [archiveofourown.org profile] Nightsmistress / [personal profile] batman Old Kingdom series story, building the kingdom with our deviant hearts. Spoilers for Clariel.

Under a cut )
Go read the story, it's great!


dhampyresa: (Gwen Stacy)
Scarlet Witch 7 came out recently.

I don't know if I want to read it.

On the one hand: WANDA MAXIMOFF ♥!

On the other hand: issue #6 used French national tragedies in a really crass way that really soured me on it.

On the third, tentacular, hand: It doesn't matter whether I read this comic or not. Really, it doesn't! Because I, being French, do not count as a costumer for Marvel in the first place! Seriously, folks. I cannot boycott shit even when I want to, because I am not a costumer. It's really that simple. I cannot vote with my dollars, because Marvel would not have been getting my dollars anyway (or my euros).

On the fourth, robot, hand: I feel like nobody gives a single fuck how offensive Scarlet Witch #6 was. I haven't seen anyone else say anything about it. And that's fine, not everyone has to be offended by the same things! I just feel a little alone. (I suppose Marvel doesn't have to care if they lose my business.)

On the fifth hand: I don't know. I guess this makes me not a real fan.



Often when I pass the place where I've hung original artwork of Gwen Stacy on one wall facing original artwork of Wanda Maximoff on the other, I think about how cool a team-up between those two would be.



I think I need some sort of three strikes system, like "If you feel the need to vent about X more than three times, time to consider if getting rid of X in your life wouldn't be a good idea". (Not that this is always feasible, but. You know.)



MY DRAWINGS ARE TOO BIG! Seriously. I have a pastel work that's too big for my art folder. That's never happened before; usually I feel a little self-conscious about how much bigger than my works the folder is. I need a new folder.

I also need to figure out if my scanner drivers survived the recent system reboot and how to scan gigantic artwork.



I had semi-impromptu lunch with one the fandom folks today and it was lovely ♥!

We spent the entire time talking in French. I don't think I've ever spent this long speaking about fandom in French before.



In 1862, Gustave Flaubert published a novel, Salammbô, in which Hannibal Barca is a character. I haven't read it.

This is mostly because the novel is entirely straight-faced about and in part responsible for how popular the image of Carthaginians sacrificing children is -- and I am always very wary of taking the words of the victors about the habits of the people they commited genocide upon. (Flaubert, by necessity, drew only on Roman sources.)

Also, it takes place right after the First Punic War, while Hannibal is still a child -- by all accounts his role in the novel is minimal -- and I'm really more about the Second than First Punic War.

That said, I did enjoy what I saw of it in the tome 2 of the Koblenz comic (Marcher dans Carthage une nuit sans lune) -- the comic had some very pointed commentary about how purity != virginity, too, which I appreciated -- especially the veil of Tanith, that was some awesome stuff. Anyway, I have the Lone Sloane/IN SPACE adaptation of the Faluber novel by Druillet somewhere, I think, maybe I should read that.

Anyway, not only did the novel give its name to one pf my favourite Indochine song, Salombo (Hanoi 2006 orchestral version), but I recently discovered it's also given its name to a pastry.

So naturally I had to try it. It's okay. It's a lot like an eclair.



I finally signed up for fandomgiftbox.
dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
Swimming: 50 laps! Go me. Today: 50 * 25 = 1 250. Total before today: 1 600. Total today: 2 850 / 590 000.


I got to talking with [livejournal.com profile] bunn about pastels, so here's my current pastel project. I need to work on: realism, expressions, shadows, wavy hair and contrast. I picked a still from Revenge of the Sith, because I really hate copying, so if I'm going to copy a thing, I am going to copy something I am interested in, ie Star Wars (and the lighting on Mustaphar is amazing and super interesting to work with).

I picked pastels as a medium because I rarely do pastels on account of how it's hard to do fiddly details in pastels, but I am also trying to stop focusing on details so much so here I am PRACTICING EVERYTHING AT ONCE.

Fyi, would not reccoment anyone actually do this. It's the art equivalent of someone taking away your floaters, throwing you into a river and going "now you swim back to shore".

Picture + reference )

The line-art's not detailed because I am hoping to be working solely with colour to make it work. We shall see.

Guess what, it's also in a colour scheme I don't use a lot.


I am quite tempted to sign-up for [community profile] femmeremix . I enjoyed the remixing part of the Remix challenge I did last year -- but that was the only part I enjoyed. I hear this one is much better run!


dhampyresa: (Natasha and red)
As you know, reader-Bob, I draw. I draw a lot more than I mention it, because I (try to) draw every day. I think I average about 2/3 days over a year, with month-long stretches in which I draw every day and ones I don't, which I try to keep as short as possible.

Anyway, I've recently gotten out of an art-slump. One of the hardest parts of getting out of art-slumps is getting back into the process of coming up with one new idea for a drawing a day. I mean, it's always the hardest part -- do you know how many boring 3/4 headshots of people looking to the right I have? so many -- but it's especially hard after a slump.

I used to have series/themes to get over this. My favourite was the "Heroines in History" one, where I would redesign a costume from a superheroine based on historical costumes. I haven't had a theme in a while, maybe I should pick one up.

All this to say, ereyesterday, I came up with "Rey as Queen of Naboo" as a concept for what I was drawing. I've drawn Rey and Padmé several times each recently -- the Naboo royal facepaint makes it very easy to 'structure' a portrait -- so it seemed like a good idea.

After figuring out the costume, I came up with a better drawing of it the next day, so you get both under the cut. (Mixed media: markers + coloured pencils. Took me about 30 mns each.)

What are straight lines )

Anyway, I'm not quite sure how this AU comes around, whether it's a "nothing went wrong in the prequels or ever" AU or a "Rey got left on Naboo instead of Jakku" AU or what. AU idea, free to a good home!
dhampyresa: (This is my life)
I've managed to find a way to draw regularly again! I can't believe it took me months to combine "need to do something with hands will watching TV" with "need time to draw" to arrive at the conclusion of "draw while watching TV". I'm watching Elementary currently while drawing and I'm doing a little over a drawing an episode, on average. This is slower than I would like/I used to be, but at least I'm drawing again. I've missed it so much! I'm running out of things to draw, because I haven't gotten into the habit of coming up with art ideas again yet, which brings me to:

COMICS!

Who wants to make one with me? I'm thinking something short (5-10 pages), probably with colour. My palette's kind of limited right now, fyi, because all I've got is a set of 24 markers. Any fandom I know is good!

I realise that most of you probably haven't seen anything I've drawn yet, so have an Amora I drew recent-ish. I have more recent drawings, but they come out grey-ish, for some reason. I'm investigating.

That's about the sort of colouring you can expect. I might try doing fancy things with transparency or my markers might run out on the middle of things, but that's the general idea of things.

One piece of art under the cut )

Hello

Apr. 12th, 2010 08:50 pm
dhampyresa: (Default)
Hi everyone!

I made public a few (fic) entries for the Friending meme, so feel free to poke around.

By the way, here's where my username comes from. Yes, because I am totally a vampire, yes.

Also, people I said I would write/draw/do something for, or even mentionned something, could you remind me? I'm making a to do list (I'll write you something if you ask me).
dhampyresa: (Default)
Reposted from [livejournal.com profile] steampowers .


Artist: Me ([livejournal.com profile] dhampyresa )
Summary: Lots of art (done in class on note paper.)
Warning: Sketchiness, lines, anatomy!fail, more lines, clothing!fail, hats!fail and general fail. Also lines.

(Sorry for the lines but Photoshop hates me right now.)


Preview )

(By the way, I own a fob watch. If you need references of one, drop me a line.)

There. I hope I didn't bore you too much with this awful post. (If this is not up to the comm's standards, which I would totally understand, feel free to delete this mods.)

Berlin Wall

Nov. 9th, 2009 04:35 pm
dhampyresa: (Default)
You guys probably know that this the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.

As usual, I didn't doodle anything relating to "current" events today. I had thought I would, but no [livejournal.com profile] steampowers had to eat my brain.

Also I went to see 'Le Concert' yesterday with P.A, and it was FABULOUS. Go see it. NOW.

dhampyresa: (Default)
That was the film we went to see yesterday with my German class.

I didn't like it. Some people in my clas did however, so I guess it's all down to opinion. It's in black and white and about the Protestant extremism in Austria before World War 1(apparently). People get beaten to death and it is strongly implied that a girl gets raped by her father (Guess what? I used to know the girl that plays her. Never thought I'd see her again, especially in these circumstances). Oh and a boy gets tied to his bed.

The one good point is the character of Rudi. He's so cute!

On other news, I am now officially a Baccalauréat candidate. I have also figured out why my scanner is not working (it would be more accurate to say that I've found a way around it: it involves my old computer and the shuffling of many an USB key)

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