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Here are the things I made for this year's Sutcliff Swap - I was super productive this time and managed two extra treats alongside my main assignment. And there are so many great stories! I am trying to pace myself and only read one or two a day, and this year I'm going to remember to leave comments for all of them instead of being a lazy selfish little shit.

I received an amazing story from [ profile] riventhorn all about one of my favourite minor characters who might get only a couple of pages in the story but is such an intriguing and awesome character, and I've wanted to read more about her ever since I read the book. And my gift fic is so brilliant! Aunt Honoria is such a sharp, shrewd character in this story, blunt and direct, but still with a lot of kindness and fondness for her friends. And there's even a little cameo by tiny!Flavius, which is an adorable scene.

A Siren Call by [ profile] riventhorn (The Silver Branch, Gen, rated G)

My gift art for [ profile] opalmatrix was a handful of illustrations from the final chapter of Dawn Wind. When I found out which fandoms I could draw for, I knew without a doubt this scene where Owain finds Regina after 11 years apart was the one I wanted to illustrate. It's such a quiet, understated moment - they don't rush into each others arms or anything - but it's so full of feeling and emotion.

I had a hard time with this and had to scrap the first few attempts, but eventually I hit upon on the idea of using a pencil-like brush and liked the effect (ALL the details in the backgrounds were done with that brush, not blocked in with a larger one), but ow, that really hurt my hand for days afterwards. I also tried to capture the emotion of the scene and not fuss too much about getting all the background details correct, mostly because I'm lazy, but things like the lion fountain and the three steps are all from the book. Also, Regina's dress - only right at the end of drawing did I discover that russet does not mean red. Oops.

The Garden of Kyndylan's Palace (also on AO3)

(the faces were originally based on two sort of well-known actors (the guy maybe more by fandom), but they changed quite a lot as the drawing progressed. If anyone can correctly guess either of them, I'll scribble you a drawing of the most ridiculous thing you can think of)

For treats, I drew two quick sketches, one of Aunt Honoria from The Silver Branch for [ profile] bunn, and one of Cunorix from Frontier Wolf for [ profile] isiscolo. They were a great deal of fun, and seeing as I'll probably have to sit next year's Swap out due to it being the Year of the Thesis, I might do a few more like these as treats instead.

Aunt Honoria (also on AO3):

Cunorix (also on AO3):

Date: 2014-06-12 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's all so gorgeous! I love the Dawn Wind piece especially.

Date: 2014-06-14 11:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks very much! It felt like I'd done permanent damage to my hand once it was finished, but my fingers haven't dropped off so far (although going to yoga last week made me realise that holy crap, I have very little flexibility in my right hand and arm anymore, which is very likely due to the number of hours per day I have it clenched around a pen. I should probably look after that).

Date: 2014-06-13 01:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Russet doesn't mean red? MY TINY MIND IS BLOWN.

These drawings are all so lovely. I still adore Regina's expression in the first panel especially.

Date: 2014-06-14 11:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Apparently it's brown with a bit of orange? Or it's a potato, there were lots of potatoes on the google image search page. Whatever, red works better for this picture.

Thanks! Regina's face is the part I'm most happy with!

Date: 2014-06-14 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you again! I always get so engrossed in the gift for my recipient that I almost forget I'm getting something too, which makes reveals SUPER EXCITING, and I really loved my story. And thank you for all your hard work running Swap! I might be under too much pressure next year to commit, but I'll totally come up with a few treats to make up for it.

Date: 2014-06-13 08:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh wow, I love your Aunt Honoria! The other pictures are fine, too, but the old lady is so full of life and humour. The Cunorix person looks as if he's plotting evil things. (I still have to read the books. I have a copy of the Silver Branch, but I don't know Frontier Wolf.)

Date: 2014-06-14 11:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Noooo, Cunorix is not evil! Just slightly ugly? :D Bah, drawing ugly people is hard - I think I've failed to get him looking as ugly as he should be, but I am pleased I got his broad, frog-like mouth in.

Aunt Honoria was based on the model Daphne Selfe, and I hope to look a fraction as good as she does when I'm in my 80's!


Date: 2014-06-13 04:49 pm (UTC)
ext_25678: (owlmoon)
From: [identity profile]
What a sweet progression and tale-telling; I recall a bit of the story, just by looking at these and reading the text, even though it's been years since reading the books.

Cunorix looks devilish, and not a little attractive. *want so much to become his minion*

RE: Art!!

Date: 2014-06-19 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aw, thank you! And yeah, also like Alexios, I too have a little bit of a crush on Cunorix. I would be his minion as well, although hopefully not the one given the task of keeping his little brother in line...

Date: 2014-06-13 06:32 pm (UTC)
fififolle: (Eagle - Marcus/Esca <3)
From: [personal profile] fififolle
Oh gosh! These are just so special. So many fine, fine qualities. I would say that is pretty russet *g* But then I'm probably basing my knowledge on apples.
That really is a moving scene, and your illustrations just enhance the tension.
Aunt Honoria is a wickedly good picture! And I would trust my life to that bottom bloke, even though I have no idea who he is *g*
Thanks for sharing! So pretty.

Date: 2014-06-19 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much! <3 Aunt Honoria was a delight, because old people with faces full of character and wrinkles and details? They are SO MUCH FUN.

Hee, your comment about trusting Cunorix makes me so happy! That's sort of his character, I guess - one of the stories about him that someone else wrote for Swap mentioned how he's the kind of man horses and men trust and follow and I loved that line, so I'm really chuffed that you got that impression from my art. \o/

Date: 2014-06-20 06:30 am (UTC)
fififolle: (Eagle - Marcus/Esca <3)
From: [personal profile] fififolle
Phew! Judging by the other comments after I commented, I was rather worried I'd just signed my life up to a thief and a vagabond *g* I had a little google, and yay! I am sworn to a chieftain. Other spoilers shall be ignored #lalalala

Date: 2014-06-13 08:45 pm (UTC)
ext_189645: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
These are all awesome, but I think I like the quick sketches even better than the colour version.

Date: 2014-06-19 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay, thank you! In a way I like the sketches more too, mostly because they were fun and easy and the style is one I prefer more in art, but the Dawn Wind illustration was much more reliant on my own imagination, and it's art that challenges me like that and has me feeling like I've learned a lot from it that I tend to be more pleased with, even if the end product isn't technically the most amazing thing I've ever done.

Date: 2014-06-15 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I hadn't looked at your Dawn Wind art because I hadn't read the book yet, but it's quite lovely. I don't mind the spoiler; it's rather nice to know that at least the lovers reunite at the end despite all the presumed angst they've been through.

Date: 2014-06-19 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Glad I didn't spoil it too much for you! It's a lovely story, and Regina's a great character - probably not one of the very best Sutcliff books imo because for that to be the case there needs to be MORE REGINA, but I still really like it, and it's not one with an ending that makes you go D: D: D: as your heart gets ripped out and trampled on. :D


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