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11 July 2013 @ 12:52 pm
'Bliss in Emptiness' Art Masterpost  
And now, vee dahnce! monicawoe and I post our spn_j2_bigbang today. WOOT! It's always hella fun to work with her, and we know each other's proclivities so well, I can't help but pick her prompts. She always gives me novel and inspiring imagery to work with. Moni, you're BOSS. As per usual. Run, don't walk, to the story!

Caution: art is VERY spoilery. If you like surprises, read first. (The art is peppered throughout the fic in the appropriate places.)

Title: Bliss in Emptiness
Author: monicawoe
Artist: quickreaver
Genre: het, horror
Characters/Pairing: soulless!Sam/Ruby, also featuring Dean Winchester, Meg, Eve, Crowley, Castiel, Raphael, the alpha vampire, Death
Summary: As a reward for her loyal service, Lucifer brings Ruby back from death. When Sam throws himself into the Cage, Ruby slows his fall — just enough to grab a hold of his body, but not his soul. Together, they hunt the ever-increasing monster population and uncover evidence that Crowley and Castiel might not be as antagonistic as they seem. As the situation unfolds, Eve's interest in Sam piques and she gives him a gift that changes the very essence of what he is.
Warnings: blood, gore, monsters, nothing too racy but not quite safe for work


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For a moment, she was glad he couldn't see her face, because she couldn't suppress her grin.

He pushed forward, just enough to draw a few drops of blood. "I want you to stay dead."

There was a flash of light from the center of the hound, followed by another and another until it was lit up inside...

She ran forward, flinging herself through the small hole in the wall just before it closed.

"You're awake," she said. "Good, because something's coming."

ARTIST NOTES: The first one is charcoal, chalk and red watercolor on toned paper, with just a touch of digital wizardry (the font.) The others were done relatively quickly in Photoshop. I sorta bluffed my way through, trying not to be as nitpicky as I usually am, carving the figures out of blocks of shapes. That's why they look kinda wood-cut-ish. Inspired by Joao Ruas and (very loosely!) Frank Miller. Photo refs here and there; not as many as I should've used, to be sure.
becc_jbecc_j on July 12th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
The artworks are beautiful <3
The sepia tones are really haunting and the lines are fantastic with their wood-cut-ish look and all the detail!
Really nice touch with the added bits of colour too, the red and the yellow. Ruby, Sam and Dean look incredible, though I have to say the hellhound and the beast at the end, are kick-ass. ok, enough of my babbling. I've been waiting for your post and it's awesome :D
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 12th, 2013 01:26 am (UTC)
Thanks, becc! After all this scratching, I'm ready to go back to realism. ;)

Moni wrote some fantastic monsters into this fic, and I don't just mean the beasts. She's always amazing to work with. (DUH!)

Hey, aren't you an aunt now??
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(no subject) - quickreaver on July 12th, 2013 01:34 am (UTC) (Expand)
balder12balder12 on July 12th, 2013 12:46 am (UTC)
Oh my, the art is gorgeous! I especially love the first one where Sam is drinking from Ruby--sexy, creepy, and beautiful. I know this is a weird detail to latch onto, but I really like the field of stars behind them. It adds--I don't know how to describe it--depth, maybe, to the image. And the hellhound is awesome too!

I can't wait until I've got time to read the story. Monicawoe is an awesome writer, and Sam/Ruby and RoboSam are two of my favorite things.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 12th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
Thank you! The stars were just a Photoshop brush, I'll confess, but they do add bling. Everything needs a little bling!

I just realized something: I had the opportunity to paint Sam and Ruby going at it (because, well, they do in this fic, not much of a stretch there), and I totally didn't. BAH! I'm such a prude...

Hope you enjoy the fic; I certainly did!
(no subject) - balder12 on July 12th, 2013 01:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - quickreaver on July 12th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC) (Expand)
cassiopeia7: Ruby: up to no good (as usual)cassiopeia7 on July 12th, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
Demons and hellhounds and creatures, oh, my! Oooh! I'm in love with your palette, the sepia with flashes of red (and yellow in the last one.) REALLY nice! Ruby is just plain gorgeous, and her face in the first panel is just magnificent! The shine on her hair and the sparkle in her eye, plus that sneaky grin -- gorgeous. She's so evilly beautiful there. Love her face in the second one, too. You truly captured what makes Ruby Ruby.

Sam's fight with the hellhound is all sorts of WOW. He doesn't look frightened at all, just . . . pissed. Something's gonna die tonight, and it ain't gonna be Sam.

I also love how you gave depth to the hole Ruby leaps into and personality to the back of Dean's head (how'd you DO that?).

. . . and the horned creature at the end is making my skin crawl. Bloody awesome artwork!! BRAVA!!! \o/

Also? Love your tag: "the back of dean's head." XD
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 12th, 2013 01:24 am (UTC)
HEE! You read tags! (I do too.)

This spin was a real exercise in loosening up and working faster. I still want to clean up my lines something fierce, so maybe there's some balance between my stodgy nit-pickiness and the cutty-looking stuff I did here. Life is one big experiment!

Thanks, dahlink! And the back of Dean's head thanks you. :D
Sophia Prestersophiap on July 12th, 2013 01:29 am (UTC)
These are gorgeous! I love the almost-but-not-quite-monotone and the woodcut-like lines in the digital drawings.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 12th, 2013 01:34 am (UTC)
Yay, thank you! It was a big experiment. Glad it sorta worked. You just neeeeever know ...
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Artmetica: Misha luvartmetica on July 12th, 2013 02:04 am (UTC)
Oh my, what beautiful pieces!
Awesome job on the likenesses, you capture all the characters so well! And I really like the lighting in the Dean & Ruby piece, very dramatic :D
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 12th, 2013 02:21 am (UTC)
HOW ARE YOU?! I hope life is treating you grandly, sweetness. I miss your gorgeous art around here!

And thank you; your really too kind. They were fun to do, in that they weren't really precise. And I had SO many good scenes to work with.

Hey, don't be a stranger! *huuugggs*
cracks in the facade: spn - j2 holding hands bbdephigravity on July 12th, 2013 02:10 am (UTC)
Oh wow, these are stunning. I absolutely love the sepia tone, it gives it all such a tangible atmosphere, and the creature at the end is very well done. Great job!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 12th, 2013 02:22 am (UTC)
Pfft, that poor creature was cranked out at three in the morning. Could use more texture, but I'm not a critter person. I really should draw more critters. Even, just, like, cats or something.

But thank you! *smish*
ficwriter1966ficwriter1966 on July 12th, 2013 02:10 am (UTC)
GORGEOUS work, as always -- and it's definitely done its job, because it's got me interested in reading the story!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 12th, 2013 02:23 am (UTC)
Thanks, lady! It's a roller-coaster-ride-of-a-story, that's for sure. Enjoy it! (And thank you again for ... everything. You're the cat's pajamas.)
Icarus was a test pilot: Shirtsleevesgalwithglasses on July 12th, 2013 02:45 am (UTC)
These are amazing....I love the very sparing use of red and yellow along with the woodcut style art. The one of Sam under the monster and the Dean and Ruby one are my favorites. Really well done!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 12th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
I think my fave is Sam under the monster, yeah. Totes.

Thank you! These were a real experiment, and though they didn't come out exactly as I wanted, they weren't a raging failure either. \0/!
Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?: Sam bloody mouth scarytebtosca on July 12th, 2013 02:54 am (UTC)
Utterly fantastic. The banner especially is so chilling and yet beautiful. Great job! <3
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 12th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU, sunshine! Working traditionally daunts me because I wanna get it right and not depend upon digital tweakery. I'm jazzed it turned out, and actually looks a lot like the original once I scanned it in. Scanning is always a crap shoot.

You're utterly awesome. (She utters. :D)
monicawoe: Blissmonicawoe on July 12th, 2013 03:06 am (UTC)
You're a genius and I love you.

Thank you so much for filling my story with such beautiful, detailed illustrations! They're all amazing - especially Sam and Ruby at night (the star-filled sky and Ruby's face and Sam's mouth!!), and of course Sam vs. Hellhound- perfectly done!

Danke danke danke!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 12th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
You're a muse and I love you!

Edited at 2013-07-12 06:55 pm (UTC)
Blackrabbit42blackrabbit42 on July 12th, 2013 03:07 am (UTC)
So beautiful. You really nailed the likenesses, and finessed the postures, expressions, emotional tone... just amazing.

The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 12th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
Wee, thanks! You're always ridiculously kind. :D
Silvia: BigBang2013J2HalfHeadssillie82 on July 12th, 2013 03:16 am (UTC)
These are wonderful. <3
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 12th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ☺
borgmama1of5borgmama1of5 on July 12th, 2013 03:17 am (UTC)
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 12th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
\0/! We try!
cillab42cillab42 on July 12th, 2013 03:41 am (UTC)
I can't say anything different from anyone else, but I just wanted you to know how beautifl these are.
Killa: samdean resouled hugkillabeez on July 12th, 2013 03:59 am (UTC)
Good lord, that's stunning artwork.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 12th, 2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
You, lovely, are too gracious and both Moni and I thank the stuffings outta ya!