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04 June 2014 @ 10:34 pm
7 (non-consecutive) Days of Self-promotion: Day 3  
"3. Something you made for someone else"

There are several annual events here on LJ that entail gifting to others, and they're some of my favorite things. Let's face it; other people can break us out of our boxes and get us thinking in ways we wouldn't normally. For some, it's painful, a trial. For others? It's liberating and a challenge. I experience a little of both. It can be tough, but ultimately, it makes me happy. And then to get something in return, tailored to my preferences? FABOO! Win/win. :D

Last year's spn_summergen offering was a perfect example of pulling teeth that eventually resulted in something I ended up really liking. If left to my own devices, I write Sam and Dean in all their various incarnations. Yeah, yeah, boring. But I loves them, my preciouses, I won't lie. Southern Crossed (written for the charming purplehrdwonder) featured Charlie Bradbury and Krissy Chambers, bumping into each other in Savannah, Georgia...arguably one of the most haunted cities in the country. I wrote the fic when we were vacationing there (we stayed a couple of night in Savannah on our way to DisneyWorld.) The city is amazing, steeped in ghosts and Southern hospitality. But the plot would not pull together. Hell, a plot wouldn't happen AT ALL. I must've rewritten it three times before I finally settled on the right POV, but I am not a pantser (aka discovery writer.) If I don't know where I'm going, I can sit and stare at a blank page forever. Which is what I did. If not for the ever-inventive monicawoe saving my bacon once again, I might be staring at the page still. Anyway, for me it became a little piece of my summer and because of the research I sunk into it, I love Savannah even more now. :D

Oh, and by the way, spn_summergen for 2014 is still accepting sign-ups. It's only a 1,000 word minimum so if you're interested, pop over to the comm and give it a whirl!

Art-wise, hmmm. I love working with other people's fics as inspiration. I'll just pick one of the recent pieces that hasn't gotten a lot of love. I derive a great deal of satisfaction from illustrating scenes, though it's really tough for me and I don't do it often enough. freac_camp is a long-running AU that I've been following for ages, watching as the writers get better and better, and I am such a sucker for hurt!Sam. It's fantastic in its world-building and hits my id in all sorts of places.

Here is a little pencil drawing, digitally colored, for their latest chapter. I like working this way; it doesn't take quite so long and sometimes, digital pieces can be sucked of all their humanity. It's nice to pick up an actual pencil once in a while! :D

(click the teaser to get the whole shebang.)

Consider joining up at Summergen or doing something based on another person's art or story this summer! It will bring them such joy. :D
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I'm Mulder, She's Scullyrunedgirl on June 5th, 2014 02:54 am (UTC)
Oh, I love Freac Camp - and your amazing art just brings it to life! Gorgeous :)
comachomaisky on June 5th, 2014 03:08 am (UTC)
I'll be reading summergen fics!
Freac camp is too much for me, but I love all those arts. The early ones are dark but beautiful.
Congrats on your art being featured on io9!!!
firesign10firesign10 on June 5th, 2014 03:09 am (UTC)
I loved your freac camp art!! I pretty uch love your art in general, but that piece was so beautiful and so painful all at once - Sammy so flayed and vulnerable. <3!
Nobody's laughing now: SPN - FC scared!Samlavinialavender on June 5th, 2014 03:33 am (UTC)
Waaaaaaah! I'm so pleased you featured your latest FC fanart again -- it definitely deserves more love. (And I'm really glad to see your art for our Christmas chapter is near 400 notes now.) Thank you so much for all the kind words -- it always amazes us to hear people think we're getting better, because we toil just the same on each chapter.
madebyme_xmadebyme_x on June 5th, 2014 12:53 pm (UTC)
Oh that art - so beautiful and painful! I loved the texture of the pencilled lines.

I chickened out of summergen last year, but after doing the spn_j2 secret santa and then spnspringfling, I just had to give it a go this year! There really is something so satisfying about gifting your work to others. I find it challenging and nerve wracking but in a good taking-me out-of-my-comfort-zone way!
blythechild: colouringblythechild on June 5th, 2014 02:17 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna ask about your process again - sorry, I'm always asking about process...

How do you get your pencil sketch to maintain it's intensity when you import it into a digital format? I'm struggling with this. My scanner is great but still my graphite sketches are too washed out when I load them into Photoshop and I end up doing all kinds of adjusting to bring out as much texture and detail as I can.