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25 January 2012 @ 01:52 am
Ratherastory glory!  
I've wanted to illustrate something for ratherastory's Fusion 'verse since I started reading the series and I finally got around to it. This image was inspired by
Making It Work. I was just smitten by this scene. Tore my wee, shriveled heart out.

Tough to explain the scenario; best to read the fic. So do eeeeet! (click image to get larger version)

Face details. My darlink boys

An even bigger version of the whole shebang can be found at my dA site, if it tickles yer fancy: spronk

(PS7, ref: screepcaps for faces, my kids for the poses.)

Comments are love (including concrit) and DO read the fic! ❤
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Charity: [Sam'n'Dean] I got youcherry916 on January 25th, 2012 07:03 am (UTC)
Hun this is so beautiful, I love their facial expressions and how you have Sam's eyes all red and puffy because he's been crying as well as Dean's. Nice detail.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on January 25th, 2012 07:06 am (UTC)
I can't figure out why it's not displaying larger, though...hmm. Must be my journal style. Bah!

But thank you SO much for commenting! Sammy was in such a bad way in this fic. I just loved it! (I'm so mean to him...)
ratherastory: SPN You're Awesomeratherastory on January 25th, 2012 07:07 am (UTC)

Man, this is SO MUCH SADDER now that I'm seeing it illustrated, holy shit.

I love this. The somber lightning, how tired and sad they both look and how in spite of it all they only have eyes for each other.

And poor Sammy's all thin and tear-streaked and wrecked and DEAN. God, the look on Dean's face, like he's still not entirely convinced Sam's there and this isn't all the universe playing some cruel trick on him.

On a more technical note, holy shit, woman, but the way you illustrate fabrics! The DRAPING. The shadowing! GAH.

And I totally see what you did there with the scars on Sam's arm and Dean's freckles. :D

The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on January 25th, 2012 07:19 am (UTC)
EEEEE! *hugs on*

I'll tell ya, when I read that scene I was teary. And I don't get that way easily. It was just so soft and understated, and the gesture was PERFECT.

Gonna link the image to a larger version, now that I've figured out how to do it. I think. Gawd, html kills me.

I'm hella glad you like it! Next time, I think I'll try something more realistic, though. Just 'cuz.

Keep exploring that 'verse; I'll keep being tempted to paint for it! :D
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Callisto: S&D looking up at starscallistosh65 on January 25th, 2012 08:11 am (UTC)
Wow. SO good. You've really captured that moment beautifully.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on January 25th, 2012 08:32 am (UTC)
That moment was just SO PERFECT to me. I couldn't resist it. *sniffle*

PS...Thanks for commenting! (I'm so rude sometimes. Gawd.)

Edited at 2012-01-25 08:34 am (UTC)
By the rules of the game, I must always lie.lustmordred on January 25th, 2012 08:12 am (UTC)
Wow, Sam looks really sick. Like at death's door sick. That is awesome. I love how you did that and it still looks like Sam, even if it's a drippy, skeletal version ♥
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on January 25th, 2012 08:37 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah...he's not doing so well in this particular story. I really love to take our tried and true boys and give them something new to do. LIKE STARVE. Or freak out or...you know, all that mean stuff. ;) Ratherastory's Fusion 'verse is all kinds of awesome for this.
orehime: scissorsorehime on January 25th, 2012 08:16 am (UTC)
That? Is awesome! *hearclench*
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on January 25th, 2012 08:37 am (UTC)
*clenches with!* It made me feel. It really did.
boggiecatboggiecat on January 25th, 2012 08:19 am (UTC)
I've not had time to read the fic but gather Sam is really sick and poorly and beside his bed is Dean. Where else would he be!
Anyhoo, just wanted to comment that I think you've captured the boys' features well. Love Sammy's sideburns! And that jawline!
I have no idea how people do art on computers, but I admire anyone who does hands and feet - and you've done them well I think.
Thanks for sharing.
Must go read the fic now!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on January 25th, 2012 09:13 am (UTC)
Yes, DO read the story! It'll make a lot more sense. In a nutshell, the Wall has fallen and Sam just can't take good care of himself anymore. And Dean? Well, he's married to the bottle, pill and booze, and it isn't until he nearly does himself in that he realizes how much he needs to snap out of it and come 'round to reality. ratherastory has created a really compelling, lovely 'verse around these versions of Sam and Dean.

So have a good read and THANK YOU for the kind words! :D

jesseofthenorthjesseofthenorth on January 25th, 2012 08:28 am (UTC)
What a beautiful addition to Fusion Verse! Beautifully represents the fic and just as compelling.
Very nicely done and thanks so much for sharing!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on January 25th, 2012 09:14 am (UTC)
Thanks for taking the time to comment so nicely! I'm am such a Fusion addict, I can't even say. And that particular scene just killed me.
cordelia_gray: Brotherscordelia_gray on January 25th, 2012 08:36 am (UTC)
This is so beautiful and sad. Sam is so skinny, poor man. And Dean - he's a mess, but he looks like he's found a miracle. Gorgeous.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on January 25th, 2012 09:16 am (UTC)
YES! That describes Dean's expression perfectly! (And I had such fun with Dean's face. Gawd, those eyes...)

Thanks for the wonderful comment. :D
Kirashangrilada on January 25th, 2012 08:39 am (UTC)
Oh, God. Incredible.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on January 25th, 2012 09:16 am (UTC)
Sammy kinda looks like he could live in YOUR 'verse, eh? :D Some day...some day...:D
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Chill McGundear_tiger on January 25th, 2012 08:47 am (UTC)
Oh wow, you're awesome as usual! The expressions! And now I have to go read it...
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on January 25th, 2012 09:18 am (UTC)
Yes, read! All of ratherastory's Fusion 'verse makes me all woobly inside...and thank you for stopping by! Hope LIFE and the hospital is treating you well. :D
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Artmetica: Misha luvartmetica on January 25th, 2012 09:56 am (UTC)
OMG Sam! +_+ I haven't read the fic, but this really made me stare for a while. Sam looks so sicck and miserable! >_<
This is a very beautiful piece, the texturing+atmosphere+skin coloring is superb, and Dean looks just perfect! How long did it take you to draw something like this, if I may ask? +_+
And your kids posed for you? Hehe that is amazing and sounds fun too! ;p
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on January 25th, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
Eeee, thanks! Sam is MOST unwell in this particular story. But Dean's got his own damage going on...which I adore. :D

Man, this took me forever (as per usual.) A solid day for the linework, and a solid day of coloring. So...15-20 hours probably? And that's after I've thought long and hard about how to compose the pic...which again, takes me an eternity. I don't think well in 3-D.

Thank goodness my kids are finally getting big enough to use for ref! My husband is simply too stout for most of my uses, and my boys too young (ages 10, 12, and 13.5) but they'll be hitting growth spurts any second now! Yay! Except now they're eating us out of house and home...heh...
becc_jbecc_j on January 25th, 2012 10:03 am (UTC)
omg, hospital, a sad Sam and an anxious Dean, in a wheelchair! I think I have something in my eye.
This is so emotive. I really love what you've done with your layout and the dull background colours make the warmer tones pop out and keep your eyes focused on the boys. <3
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on January 25th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
Digital is SO incredible for color tweaking. I must've waffled back and a dozen times. Initially, the palette was really blue, but this isn't a 'blue' story; it's got real heart and tenderness. The warmer, more traditional shades fit it better.

I'm still not certain the style is working but it's creeping in the right direction, I think...

And YAY for sadness! I love painting for painting's sake, but it makes me five times happier to actually communicate with my viewer. Thanks again for taking the time to comment, Becc. Means a lot to me, but you know that... ;)
schildkroete: SPN - Hell's Mouthvail_kagami on January 25th, 2012 11:09 am (UTC)
Aw, Sam's wibbly wobbly teary little face! My heart! It is molten!

Sam's naked leg sticking out really gets to me for some reason. it makes hm look so vulnerable. And he's so skinny! I want to feed him. Dean wants to feed him too, don't you see?

I really like the syle you used here. It oddle reminds me of... a church window? I'm not sure. But It#s pretty cool, that combination of detailed shading and hard lines.

Your kids are awesome for supporting your hobby like that! :D
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on January 25th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
I knew you'd like my skinny Sammy. ;) Gotta confess, I prefer my Sam slender and my Dean beefy...but not always! My next pic will probably have Sam BAMFing the hell outta something, with Dean down and bleeding...mmmmmm...

My kids are thoroughly embarrassed when I ask them to pose for me, but it's just the age. I can't wait until they're bigger and I can use them more frequently! Sadly, my husband is just too stout. He's got great hands, though...he's become my hand model! :D
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ash48: Ain't heavyash48 on January 25th, 2012 11:12 am (UTC)
WOW WOW!! This is gorgeous. And heartbreaking. I seriously have to read this 'verse.

The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on January 25th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
YES, you do! It's lovely curtain!fic with tons of h/c woven through. And beautifully written. Do eeeeeet!

And thank you. :D
Thunder cats, assemble!: Ariel Lovekettle_o_fish on January 25th, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
Oh man, so gorgeous! I always love the little details in your art: Dean's freckles, their scars...and Sam is so skinny! Boy needs a sandwich.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on January 25th, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
Dean's freckles MELT ME. And yes, yes Sam does need a sandwich. I can't help it; I starve Sam. And make Dean all sad 'n stuff. Gotta work on the 'comfort' part of that pretty darned soon, I'd say. Time for a BAMF-y pic! :D

Thanks for stopping by, lady! Hope you're feeling better...poor baby! *mothers*
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