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06 September 2011 @ 07:52 pm
GenBigBang #1!  
Happy Humpday, gang! Want some tasty SPN "gen" goodies to bolster your mid-week doldrums? The lovely and talented vail_kagami is unleashing her GenBigBang today, with art courtesy of your's truly. Fun times! It's an interesting what-if tale of misunderstanding, hope, and...well, I won't tell you the ending. ;)


Vail was lovely to work with and has a gazillion great ideas at any given time. I wish I had 1/4 of her organizational skills. And she writes some sweet Sammy angst...go get you some!

All art was done in Photoshop 7. I was inspired by the colors in her journal and classic Italian movie posters of the 60's. Updated, 'natch!

Chapter divider:


And lastly, a simple little scene from the story. Team Free Will looking lonely, run down, and protective, respectively. Poor babies. (I ran out of time to do a proper coloring job so maybe once things quiet down, I'll rework this and make it all shiny.)

So now go read the fic. Go on, git! :D
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: "Don't Look Back in Anger"--Oasis
schildkroete: SPN - LBiA 1vail_kagami on September 7th, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the absolutely fantastic art! You've been such a pleasuer to work with!
Now I need to make that post before I can settle back and stare at these pictures for another couple of hours.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on September 7th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
Back at ya! I've been SO lucky with my authors, and maybe it's this fandom but everyone's been so kind and talented; you're no exception. We rock! (I have to upload my icons, dern it...)
Kallielkalliel on September 7th, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
These are all supremely gorgeous! I especially like Sam at the bottom of the cover page.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on September 7th, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC)
Eeee, first comment jitters. Thanks!

(I like that image too; as much as Jared's muscles make my stomach fill with butterflies, I like my Sammy long and lean and, well, you gotta read the story...)
Amberamberdreams on September 7th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
Ooooh! The pretties are here!
Last one first - don't retouch/colour it - or if you do, keep this version too as it has a really nice film noir feel in the smokey sepia. Poor Sammy, he looks so thin and worn...

Onto the main pic - the colouring is very delicate and atmospheric. I love the bloody mist rising from Sam's midriff like his hand is trying to keep it in but failing. I really like the way you've lit Dean's face and Castiel's halo/wing.

I am really looking forward to reading this one!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on September 7th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
It always tickles me pink when folks take the time to actually make specific comments like this; it's terribly helpful to know what we're doing right and/or wrong! So THANK YOU tons. (I never throw anything out; if I do rework the sketch, I'll keep the original, fer sher. :D )
(no subject) - amberdreams on September 7th, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
deadflowers5: dear ljdeadflowers5 on September 7th, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
This is amazing! Fantastic!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on September 7th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks! *highfives*
cindy: spn - ouija handstsuki_no_bara on September 7th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
i love the smoke effects in the poster, and the coloring is really, really nice - the muted colors plus the almost golden lighting (especially on castiel, which, well, he IS an angel...) are dramatic without being ott. also, sam looks so small in the last pic! :( it makes him seem especially exhausted. i love me some protective!dean, too.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on September 7th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
I kinda stole that gold-leafing idea on Castiel from beccj; I'm writing a GenBB too and she's my artist and WOW is she gonna make me look good! We will be beautiful, even if the writing might suck.

I totally groove on protective!Dean! It's that yin/yang of hurting for Sam when he sees his baby brother in pain, and "I will so very kick your ass into tomorrow for this." Dean has the awesome.
thisweshallseethisweshallsee on September 7th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
Beautiful art, I really like the mood and feel of them. That last one is so sweet and sad even without having read the story for context. I can't wait to read it, I love vail_kagami's work, and this artwork is just as awesome. :-)
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on September 7th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
I had such a great time working with Vail. Hope you enjoy the story and thanks for the awesome comment. :D
inanna_maat: Perfectinanna_maat on September 7th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
Oh my god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What an amazing work!!!! I love it!!!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on September 7th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
We love YOU!!!!! :D
adrenalineshotsadrenalineshots on September 7th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
What absolutely gorgeous, GORGEOUS art! I love it from the simplicity, and yet beauty, of the chapter headers, to the complex and weaved manner in which each character is presented in the poster. Just... AWESOME!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on September 7th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
I didn't rock Dean on the poster as hard as I wanted, but I really liked him in the last drawing so it worked out! Thanks for the kind words. :D
la_fantomettela_fantomette on September 7th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
It's really beautiful! The CG painting is awesome but as fine of "simple" line arts, my favorite one of the series is the 3rd one. I love the sepia palette <3
Thank you so much for sharing ♥
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on September 7th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
I'm SO glad you liked the drawing because I don't do that often, and I'm really insecure about it. There are so many amazing lineart artists that work in our SPN fandom I get really daunted (see cafe_de_labeill, daggomus_prime and dauntdraws, to name but three) yet I crave to do it, nonetheless! Still kinda fumbling my way into my own process.

Thank YOU so much for commenting!
petite_madamepetite_madame on September 7th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
Your author is so lucky to have you as their artist ♥
The first art looks like a movie poster. I love the composition and the texture you used. What I'm really fond of, is that dark blue color you used for the shadows. My favorite part of the pic is Sam. He looks so peaceful ♥

I love the line art (the 3rd drawing), you should draw that kind of art more often. Poor Sam, he doesn't look like he's in a very good state ^^;;
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on September 7th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
That dark blue was the result of fiddling with different layer settings to get more draaaaama. Because we all love drama, don't we? :D

I do think I AM gonna do more lineart in the hopes of developing something less time-consuming and "realistic." And more style-full, if that makes sense!
monicawoemonicawoe on September 7th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
Absolutely lovely!
(feeds Sam a sandwich or ten)
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on September 7th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he's pretty flimsy in the fic, poor baby. (He can come to my house; I'll feed him candy. *ahem*)
nightrider101: SPN Team Free Willnightrider101 on September 7th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow! vail_kagami told me the art was amazing, and she was right! This is absolutely stunning and perfect for the story!

I especially love the chapter divider. There's something about it that just speaks to me.

Nicely done!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on September 7th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! She was a dream to work with, and much fun to read. :D
borgmama1of5borgmama1of5 on September 8th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
That last picture is heartbreaking!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on September 8th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! Hey, you've got mail...
Etrixetrix on September 8th, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
Very pretty! The colours you've used and the mood you created are fantastic.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on September 8th, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
Thank ya!
ash48ash48 on September 9th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
Just saw this recced at spn_littlebro and... WOW!!

They are all amazing, but I particularly love the last one with Sam slumped in Dean's arms.

The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on September 9th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, it got a rec? Sweet! I did not know that! *skips off to check it out* And thank you! That scene was a request from vail_kagami, and I challenged myself NOT to use reference. Had to for Bobby's couch, though. And Cas' overcoat. Couldn't remember what they looked like. :/

But the poses were all plucked from my noggin, which I don't recommend but it's fun to try every once in a while! You can sure tell I didn't use ref, though. They look really cartoony but that, too, was part of the fun.
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