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I've been having great fun with that palette meme going around Tumblr where you get people to pick a character and a palette number and then have to make some kind of sense out of them. I consider myself quite unadventurous when it comes to colour schemes so being forced to use combinations that I'd usually never consider was quite an adventure, and I rather like the results, even the ones with excessive amounts of retina-searing vivid colours. Thank you to everyone who sent in prompts, I've really enjoyed coming up with these!



#14, prompted by [livejournal.com profile] wagnetic: Centurion Marcus Aquila and so much fluorescent pink, far more than I'd ever thought I'd draw Channing Tatum in.




#5, prompted by [personal profile] chantefable: Hilarion lounging and smirking as is his wont, who I based a bit on Laurence Fox after seeing [livejournal.com profile] sineala mention he'd be a good fit.




#16, promted by [livejournal.com profile] fififolle: Lucius Vorenus, decked out in flowers and in the mood to stab someone party.




#13, prompted by [livejournal.com profile] kateison: Ariadne - first time I've finished a drawing with her in! Now I can at last say that I've drawn every single main Inception character.




#9, prompted by [livejournal.com profile] beili: Arthur and what were supposed to be penrose stairs until I realised how difficult they were, so it's just Arthur and stairs.




#8, prompted by [livejournal.com profile] bauble: My OTP forever, Saito/Carpet.




#11, prompted by [livejournal.com profile] beili: A younger Eames, going for the popular military background fanon. No, I still don't know how to draw guns, do I?



#1, prompted by [livejournal.com profile] bauble: For the final one I thought I'd try something different to my usual style(s?). [livejournal.com profile] bauble introduced me to Shag art and so this is my attempt to draw Robert Fischer waiting in the Sydney airport lounge for his flight in that kind of style. Kind of tricky at first given how wobbly my drawing hand is (I gave up and used shapes for the background), but fun!

Date: 2014-07-22 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] osprey-archer.livejournal.com
Fluorescent pink Channing Tatum forever!

I am also curious to know who convinced Lucius Vorenus to put on a flowered wreath, and how they did it. And whether Lucius's expression is a sign that he is plotting to stab that person.

Date: 2014-07-22 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Hey, Vorenus wore that wreath voluntarily! Remember that S1 episode where he and Niobe have that party for the launch of his new business and it all goes horribly wrong? He didn't look happy there either, poor grumpy lamb.

Date: 2014-07-27 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] island-of-reil.livejournal.com
Pullo picked the flowers for him. :P

Date: 2014-07-22 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-little-owl.livejournal.com
There can't be enough pink centurions in the Roman empire, yay! And I like the grumpy Vorenus. This colour palette meme is neat idea. These sets of slightly muted blues and red/browns remind me somehow of prints from the 1960ies (and I don't know if I'm even right with the decade), which are getting modern again by now. A RL friend of mine who does print design uses them for brochure covers and such.

Date: 2014-07-22 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Maybe if the Romans went for more pink, maybe in lovely soft pastel hues, they wouldn't have looked so threatening and would have got along with those barbarian tribes a lot better?

Hey, I didn't know that - interesting, I guess it's been long enough that it's gone from "hideously outdated" to "charmingly retro and back in fashion" then.

Date: 2014-07-22 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-little-owl.livejournal.com
As for the pastel hues, I think it's in Philip Matyszak's book on the Roman legionary, where he says something along the lines that the red soldiers' tunics being dyed in plant dye would wash out of course and leave the legion marching around in all shades of pink.

Yes, it is fashionable retro by now.

Date: 2014-07-22 05:58 pm (UTC)
fififolle: (Primeval - Ryan centurio)
From: [personal profile] fififolle
Oh wow!! These are seriously awesome! I was getting blown away with each one :D Vorenus! Oh my! Look at his adorable scowl. How perfect! Thank you :D
Hilarion is a total Fox, hahaha!
You did a really cool job with the palettes. I found it hard to imagine how they would work, but Marcus, for example, just great stuff. And that Shag style is wicked <3

Thanks for sharing and doing these for prompts. I just loved looking at them. Feel like I'm gushing slightly but I don't care :p

Date: 2014-07-22 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Aw, but your gushing delights me! I've been posting these on tumblr as I finished each one and all the likes and reblogs combined don't make me as happy as your one comment does! :D And thank you for your Vorenus prompt - I did him in the wee hours of the morning one weekend when the fucking seagulls were keeping me awake and I poured all my grumpiness over the lack of sleep into his adorable pissy face, and it was very calming.

I found it hard to imagine how Marcus would work! I'm pleased with what I could do with it, but I have to squint and look away after too long because that darkest pink clashes frightfully with the greens. But challenges like that are fun!

Date: 2014-07-24 05:42 pm (UTC)
fififolle: (Mark Wakeling - shouty pyjamas)
From: [personal profile] fififolle
Pesky seagulls!! Also, can I just say I would love to do him in the wee hours of the morning also *g*

Date: 2014-07-22 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lousy-science.livejournal.com
With every scroll down I was like, this is my favourite...no, this one! So, so gorgeous. I would have Ariadne and Marcus on my wall.

Date: 2014-07-24 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Aw, thank you so much! My favourites are usually those that were the biggest challenge for me and I think Ariadne and Marcus were the hardest to do (all that orange and pink, oh my), so yay, glad you like them!

(and hello, new friend!)

Date: 2014-07-22 10:26 pm (UTC)
ext_286425: Daft Punk (Inception - shadowboxed)
From: [identity profile] kateison.livejournal.com
How am I only just seeing the Saito/Carpet? It is incredible.
AND AGAIN, Ariadne looks so good!! Thank you <33

Date: 2014-07-24 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Yessss, I am so glad Saito/Carpet is getting more love! The entire time I drew that I was chortling away like a madwoman, with the Wife occasionally coming over and telling me "it's not that funny." Whatever, I think it's a very moving portrayal of the most convincing pairing. :D

Thank you for getting me to finally draw Ariadne, it's shocking that I've not drawn her before. Makes me want to get back to that Dinoception WIP where she's shooting velociraptors at once, but noooo, reverse bang pictures first...

Date: 2014-07-23 11:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alby-mangroves.livejournal.com
Oh my god, they're all fantastic! Huge nod to Arthur on the stairs, it's absolutely beautiful ♥

Date: 2014-07-23 03:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Thank you so much!

I've wanted to draw Inception fanart with lots of paradoxical achitecture like Escher's stairs in it for a long time, though after my failed attempt at drawing one set of stairs... uh, maybe I'll hold off a bit longer. I like my sanity, and also my computer not going through a window.

Date: 2014-07-23 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alby-mangroves.livejournal.com
I definitely concur, no computers through windows, only more beautiful art, y/fy <3

Date: 2014-07-24 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
That's why I justify buying the huge expensive iMacs - they're too heavy for my weak, lazy, puny arms to pick up and lug across the room to the window.

Date: 2014-07-23 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sneaqui.livejournal.com
Saito/carpet 5EVA!!! And CHRIST, Eames in a vest holding an automatic rifle WHY HELLO THERE HANDSOME. O_O

And that last one of Robert IS TO DIE FOR. Wonderful use of shapes.

Date: 2014-07-28 12:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
I'd put good money on Eames being a complete headache for his commanding officers, but able to get away with so much. Sometimes I look at photos of young, angelic Tom Hardy and suspect that the stolen car and the gun were the very least of the terrible things that pretty face got away with.

Saito/Carpet should have been the juggernaut ship, they had so much chemistry.

Date: 2014-07-23 06:29 pm (UTC)
ext_25678: (gollum)
From: [identity profile] pronker.livejournal.com
Love the first piece FLUORESCENT!! *it needed caps*j

all wonderfully rendered - what an expansion of palette you've discovered. And yes, SHAG art, what a name, ha, but the '60's artwork especially the black cat, so very much in tune with the adverts of the period, which were on everything. I'm thinking cartoons, too, as Warner Brothers and the Pink Panther cartoons had this style. Had mucho fun visiting the gallery, thanks for the link.

Date: 2014-07-28 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Thanks very much! I do like all the colours of the Shag art - my favourites are the big pieces with all sorts of weird things going on in the background, like whales an and fly-men. Do I know what on earth it's supposed to represent? Not at all! But it's utterly bizarre and I like that.

Date: 2014-07-24 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sineala.livejournal.com
I really love all these, but I think my absolute favorite is Hilarion.

Date: 2014-07-24 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Thank you! :D Yes, I think it was indeed you who suggested Laurence Fox, I do remember reading it in the comments on your LJ ages ago and I completely agree with that casting. I probably should have given him freckles on his arms though!

Date: 2014-07-27 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] island-of-reil.livejournal.com
I came in here originally to agree with this sentiment. Perfect casting, although the costumers would have to body-paint more freckles onto him.

Date: 2014-07-28 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Yes, and he'd have to be less upright and more smirky. But he's an actor, I hear they're supposed to be able to do these things.

Also, I realised last night that I have indeed seen Mr Fox act before - he and Tom Hardy had some full-frontal nudity together in the shower scene in Colditz! (alas, not a sexy shower scene, they got cavity searches and I bet the water wasn't even lukewarm) I like him even more now I've remembered I've seen his penis.

Date: 2014-07-25 01:29 am (UTC)
digthewriter: (Casablanca)
From: [personal profile] digthewriter
This is beautiful.

Date: 2014-07-28 12:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! :)

Date: 2014-07-25 06:31 am (UTC)
bauble: (Inception Demon BB)
From: [personal profile] bauble
These all look so awesome! Very cool to see you stepping outside your usual styles and colors.

#14 - pink is my favorite color so it's always nice for me to see it used in a big way in an art piece. Love the muscular chestpiece.
#5 - I liked this palette. Some pretty neutrals and mints, which I love. Nice, soft, natural feel to this one.
#16 - the expression and the wreath make me laugh. I also like the Greek key background.
#13 - still love that maze background. Hard palette, but cool end product.
#9 - I really like how this one came out. The bold colors work with Arthur's meticulous outfit and the crazy stairs in a dream setting.
#8 - what a glorious carpet. I know it, and so does Saito <3
#11 - Ah, that young and beautiful Eames. What trouble that pretty face has gotten him into and out of <3
#1 - Love this! I'm in love with Fischer's bored expression and that beautiful airport lounge and all the background details like the chairs and he lamp and the flower. Can you email me a high resolution version of your file? Would love a print of this to hang on my wall!



Date: 2014-07-28 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Aw, thank you for commenting on all of them! I love challenges like these now I'm better at drawing quickly (uh... or at least not a glacial rate), they really do push you to try new approaches.

Yeah, absolutely - let me touch up the Fischer one tonight and I'll email you a larger version!

Date: 2014-07-30 05:52 am (UTC)
bauble: (lady windswept hair)
From: [personal profile] bauble
You have indeed gotten faster at drawing and finishing things, which I greatly approve of. More penises for me :D

Date: 2014-07-26 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beili.livejournal.com
THESE ARE ALL A FEAST TO THE EYE. I really love what you've done with the palettes and the prompts - and oh, that Shag!style Fischer ♥ . Great job!

Date: 2014-07-28 03:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motetus.livejournal.com
Thank you very much! And ta for the Arthur and Eames prompts, I had a lot of fun with both of them. Glad you like the Shag Fischer, it was a bit of an experiment!

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