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Hi all!

I briefly mentioned yesterday, buried in another post, that I signed up to do art for a Big Bang story! First time for me!

It just got posted to[livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang 

The Last Smile I Fake
Fic title: The Last Smile I Fake
Author name: [livejournal.com profile] quantrail 
Artist name: [livejournal.com profile] growyourwings 
Genre: RPF
Pairing: Jared/Sandy, eventual Jared/Jensen
Rating: PG-13 for language and references to sex
Word count: ~23,000

Summary:
Jensen and Jared have been friends since they were five years old. Jensen made the mistake of falling in love with an oblivious Jared during high school while Jared only had eyes for the popular Sandy McCoy. It's been five years since high school ended and Sandy has recently moved back to town from Dallas. After sacrificing all of his dreams to stay in town with Jared, Jensen finds that three's a crowd when Sandy takes an interest in Jared. Jensen must now decide between staying in Texas with Jared or at long last following his dreams to New York.

You can find it here at [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang : Link

And here's a link to my Art Master Post.




growyourwings: (BigBang)
Notes on Big Bang...

I've never before drawn anything to a deadline.  Nor have I had to draw anything other than for myself.  I've taken 2 or 3 drawing workshops over the past *cough* 40 *cough* years, but the subject matter was almost always up to me and there were no grades or deadilnes involved.  If I didn't finish--no biggie.

And that's just one of the things that was good about participating in this.  I couldn't quit if I got frustrated.  The art was for someone else who was depending on me.  It made me work through frustrations that I would have quit from in the past.

Plus I am officially in love with my new Wacom drawing tablet.  I bought one a couple months ago.  Wanted one for years, but could never justify spending money on it.  Then I just said what the heck, and bought one.  While I don't get the same high I get from drawing with graphite, charcoal, or colored pencil--the tablet freed me from some of my angst over "making a mistake" *gasp* oh noes!  While I know that you can recover from mistakes with graphite, I don't think I could have totally replaced Jensen's hair in a matter of minutes, the way I did with the tablet.  It's amazing what I was willing to attempt once my fears went away of "starting all over again" after spending hours on a drawing.

Some things I learned while doing this:
  • Drawing Jensen is REALLY hard!  I mean REALLY, REALLY HARD!  He's features are so PERFECT...I mean millimeter perfect...that if you are off by even a hair's width it either does not look like Jensen or he looks like a total girl.  Sheesh!  I've drawn him a couple of times before and found the same thing.  But this time the idea was cemented in my head.  I cannot TELL you the number of times I re-did (ha! bad pun!) that man!  One time I thought I really had him down and then the next day I realized a few things were "off", spent an untold amount of time reworking him; and he ended up looking TOTALLY different.  Better, much better.  But honestly, I still don't think I have him down. 
  • Whereas Jared?  I LOVE drawing Jared!  Maybe it's because his features are so unusual and perhaps forgiving.  I'm betting I have proportions off on him as well--but it still really looks like Jared.  I wouldn't link to other drawings I've done of Jensen, because...um...so not proud of those.  But here's two I've done before of Jared that I really like.  He's so much fun to draw.  Here are two of my past favorite Jared drawings here and here.
  • Less is more.  The closer I got to deadline the more "controlled" I got.  Which means I got tighter and I started paying attention to too much detail.  My favorite pieces are all those I did earlier on and in which I wasn't concerned about deadlines or the outcome.  So I was free and easy and I like that style a whole lot better.  My favorites are specifically this and this.  The kid drawing is really my #1 favorite and it was one that I considered a "throwaway" when I started.  As in, it didn't matter if it didn't work, because it wasn't a necessary piece--it was extra.
  • There's always more than one time in which I hate any particular drawing I'm working on.  In the past, I would have given up at those times.  As I said above, because of this commitment, I couldn't give up.  What that taught me is that I can always work through the parts I'm struggling with and come out at the end with something I like.  Not always that I love.  But I can always get past the, "This drawing sucks." feelings if I just push through them.  This, above everything else, is especially while I'm so glad I participated in this process.
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Link to fic master post:  Here
Link to art master post:  Here

growyourwings: (BigBang)


BIG  BANG
ART MASTER POST

I?  Am insane!  Ha!

At least that's what I told myself a few times over the past several weeks when I was grumbling under my breath at some particularly difficult aspect of one of these drawings.

The other line I found myself paraphrasing is the one from The Prophet Chuck.  He said, "Writing is hard!"  I found myself grumbling, "Drawing is hard too!"

HOWEVER...

I had a BLAST doing this, despite what my husband may report about my grumbling.  I'm so glad I jumped at the very last moment to sign up to do art for Big Bang.  I emailed Wendy on the last day possible I believe.  I had no real idea what was involved, but it wasn't like I didn't have time on my hands.  Right?  If you're interested in my notes about the process, click here.
 
I'm amazed at the ease with which Wendy (and others? forgive me in my ignorance if there are others) organizes and runs this thing.  The scale of this is amazing and she does it with such grace and ease.

I was so very lucky that there was a great story still available for art at the last minute.  I'm a real sucker for schmoopy, angsty, first-time J2.  And quantrail's terrific story was so easy to dream up drawings for.  Plus she was great to work with as well.  It's her first time doing Big Bang too, so we were newbies together.  Which took some self-imagined pressure off me.

Below is the summary of quantrail's wonderful story and the art I did for it.  Some of the artwork is spoilery so if that bothers you, read the story first. 




Title: The Last Smile I Fake
Author:  [livejournal.com profile] quantrail 
Artist:  [livejournal.com profile] growyourwings 
Pairing:  
Jared/Sandy, eventual Jared/Jensen
Rating: PG-13 for language and references to sex
Summary:
  Jensen and Jared have been friends since they were five years old. Jensen made the mistake of falling in love with an oblivious Jared during high school while Jared only had eyes for the popular Sandy McCoy. It's been five years since high school ended and Sandy has recently moved back to town from Dallas. After sacrificing all of his dreams to stay in town with Jared, Jensen finds that three's a crowd when Sandy takes an interest in Jared. Jensen must now decide between staying in Texas with Jared or at long last following his dreams to New York.
Disclaimer:  The characters in the artwork all belong to their creators, not to me.  No profit is being made and no harm is intended.

Link to Fic: Here



Warning:  Some of the artwork in this post is spoilery for the story.  Read the story first if that is of concern to you!




 



all art under is the cut... )

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