motetus: (inception / yusuf smiling)
Thesis update: 8.5k words in - it sounds pathetic given that many of you could probably come up with that in a few hours (though I doubt you have to pause in the middle of a sex scene to trawl PubMed and find that paper that supports the rimming in it) but for me that's pretty decent! And they are good words, or will be once I take out the billion unnecessary commas. Introduction is nearly done and in a week or so I can get started on those results chapters I've been dreading. I can't shake the feeling that it's just too easy - surely writing a thesis is supposed to be far more unpleasant than this? Well, suppose there's still plenty more time for that to happen. At some point I am likely to post my "why writing a thesis is like taking a long reluctant poop" essay, but I promise I will warn you all beforehand so you can defriend me and never have to see it (I'm not kidding, I've put a lot of thought into this).

One unexpected side effect of thesis writing: I want to draw ALL the things, though this is actually a good thing because it takes my mind off everything in the evenings. My enthusiasm for anything complex and time-consuming is limited, so I've been churning out simple quick things and posting them to Tumblr as I go along. Here they are...

Inception, Knights of the Old Republic 2, Dragon Age )
motetus: (batman / selina kyle)
How the part of my brain responsible for summoning up enthusiasm for drawing works:

Have 2 weeks (mostly) off work, no obligations and weather too miserable to venture outside: should we draw? NO. SLEEPING UNTIL NOON AND DRAGON AGE FOREVER.

Have crazy exhausting flustered two weeks, in the lab at weekends, dealing with a huge experiment and not sleeping terribly well because of it: YES TIME TO DRAW DRAW DRAW DRAW!!!

I am not sure this is the best way to go about things. Anyway, art! I felt a bit rusty after the endless days marathoning Dragon Age (man, this would totally be my new fandom if the fandom weren't so spectacularly wanky), so did another palette meme over on Tumblr. I probably should have had a think about whether I actually liked these colours before going for it because ew, they're not great and the lack of contrast made me rage, but I suppose that makes it a challenge.

Penny Dreadful, The Eagle, The Dark Knight Rises, Star Wars, Inception, and Dragon Age Inquisition )
motetus: (batman / john blake)
Art dump time! Here are a handful of little things from the last month or two that I've drawn for various people's birthdays (and if I've missed yours, I am most sorry! Doing these regularly now has been very enjoyable but also made me paranoid about accidentally offending someone, so you should tell me and I can make it up to you next year). Under the cut: Star Wars, Nolanverse Batman and Inception fanart (NSFW).

Star Wars, TDKR, Inception )
motetus: (batman / selina kyle)
A very happy birthday to [ profile] osprey_archer! I hope you have a lovely day and that there is lots of delicious cake. I have no cake for you as it doesn't go through the internet very well, but instead here is a little drawing for you of the gorgeous Giulia Farnese:

I also have a few more birthday sketches (Inception, Star Wars and The Eagle) that I put up on Tumblr recently, so here they are for everyone smart enough to stay away from that dreadful place:
Beards, swishy gold capes and horsies )

Also! I am working my way through that palette meme that's been doing the rounds and enjoying it a lot, so if anyone wants to request something for it, go right ahead and do that in the comments! :) It's quite simple, the picture explains it all, although it may be a while before I work my way through all of them. So far the characters and palettes requested have been Arthur, Eames, Ariadne, Fischer, Saito, Hilarion and Marcus, and #1, 5, 8, 9, 11, 13 and 14, so anything aside from those is fair game. Especially if it's a non-Inception/Sutcliff character! Make me draw Dark Knight Trilogy stuff, yes, or anything else, really.
motetus: (star wars / lego han/leia)
Oh Star Wars, you are the fandom I can never leave, even if I am decidedly unexcited about the upcoming films.

This is a for the lovely [ profile] sneaqui, who wanted a wallpaper of Chewbacca (this is it cropped down a bit, because so much empty space scares me, and also makes it shrink when I post to Tumblr) and was very nice and patient while I took about 6 months to get it finished, but it was a really fun experiment in trying to keep things a bit looser than my usual neat, overworked style. A thing I learnt while drawing this: there are lots of really bizarre photos when searching for Chewbacca references, my favourites of which are seductive Chewie, Wookie nail art, and the most adorable baby Chewbacca. Aww.

Laugh it up, fuzzball )
motetus: (art / mine - santa yoda)
Here is a shitload of art! As promised, all the drawings I made for the holiday card requests. I hope everyone's card reached them and that you liked them as much as I enjoyed drawing them, because I had a lot of fun with them - I think I may well try taking prompts again, because it certainly beats having to use my own imagination. :P

Warning(/enticement?): one or two are NSFW and one is particularly explicit.

Lawless, Star Wars, Bronson, Due South, Rome, adorable animals, The Eagle, Frontier Wolf, Inception, and The Borgias )

Okay, off to spend this day properly: ignore all the small children around me and wallow in Yuletide. Yuuuuletide! Oooh, is that Hannibal Barca/Scipio Africanus fic I spot?
motetus: (star wars ot / luke)
For um, the first time in my life. Yes, all the super fit and healthy lab members of mine have succeeded at making me feel incredibly guilty about what a lazy little turd I am, and Adorable Twilight-loving PhD Student also wanted to start going and needed a gym buddy, though I do not think a good gym buddy turns to you every 5 minutes to say "so, pub now, yeah?" We did not break any machines or have a heart attack in public! It therefore went better than expected! I... do not think it is something I'll ever really enjoy, but if stops my supervisor from mocking me every time he sees me eating something dripping in chocolate and sugar (no, actually he will probably never stop laughing at me), I suppose I'll keep going a few times a week. Also, those stupid running shoes cost me £90. £90! I'm getting my money's worth, dammit.

As soon as I came home though, I ate a delicious Tunnock's caramel wafer. Take that, gym!

- - -

My Inception Big Bang art has been keeping me occupied lately and will probably do so until February, when there will be a minor explosion of horny Arthur art (no, I mean actual horns. Or maybe both...). But there will be multi-fandom Christmas dinosaurs to make up for my complete failure to organise cards this year, I promise! I just need to figure out what kind of theropod suits Eames best...

Anyway, until then, here is a very quick sketch of Eagle of the Ninth's Cottia. As, uh, a Star Wars rebel pilot. I blame [ profile] carmarthen, and I shall most likely blame her again when I end up drawing more Star Wars/Eagle fusions, because it appears that they are my weak spot.


Rebel Cottia! )

Bah humbug

Dec. 24th, 2011 11:37 am
motetus: (art / santa yoda)
Merry Christmas, all! I am just about to head off to Edinburgh for a couple of days of BACON and ALCOHOL and BUTTER in all the food and I will probably return with advanced heart disease. It is apparently a tradition of mine (started all the way back in 2010) to post horrible tasteless Christmassy art, so here is some for this year! Two of these were for the cards I sent out (I hope everyone who left me their address got theirs - I know at least one did not turn up, stupid post) and one was posted at a comment fest a few days ago, so some of you might have already seen one or two or all of them.

(one is sort of not work-safe. Certainly not safe if you have your grandmother looking over your shoulder)

Interspecies OT3, baaaaby animals, and some slobbery tongue action )

Okay, now I really am off! Have a lovely holiday, and behave yourselves until I come back.
motetus: (star wars art / twi'lek)
Hey, remember back when I was doing this Star Wars alphabet challenge? No, me neither.

I've had this half-finished for months and months, and every time I sit down to finish it off I get distracted. But tonight I was all GRR ANGRY about all sorts of things (pretty much all of them silly trivial things that do not deserve anger. Except for the research stuff, because fuck Surface Plasmon Resonance, don't ever try to use it) so the best thing to make me less GRR was something nice and sweet and flowery and happy-making. So yay, more Padmé/Breha! I hope this makes up slightly for me never giving you your hardcore porny birthday drawing, [ profile] swcajolings.

Also, now my WIP list is down to 2, with one of them almost done. I feel much better about this, because I have discovered I get very stressed when I have more than 1 (how do people I know have dozens of fic/art WIPs going on at the same time? I do not understand it), when really I should be stressed about other things. Like the stupid thesis and how I think I have to give my talk in January and oh god, I haven't given a talk in about 3 years. Ha, talking of the thesis, I realised that the draft copy that I emailed my supervisor this week had a section where I'd left notes to myself about things to brush up on for the viva with the heading: YOU SHOULD KNOW ALL THIS SHIT BY NOW, ZOE. Whoops.

Oh sorry, I am rambling. Right. Art. That was what this post was supposed to be about.

W is for... Waking
Padmé/Breha Organa, work-safe

Afternoon nap )
motetus: (star wars pt / obi-wan smiling)
I am so sorry for being Spammy McSpamalot lately! I will shut up and fuck off after this.

How people in science see each other. Not far off, actually. )


I was nosing around the last Inception Reverse Big Bang and came across this brilliant lab AU art by [ profile] distracterisey that I want to marry. Eames and his delightfully awful wolf shirt and mouth-pipetting! ♥ Oh Inception Fandom, you have all the awesome things! Makes me wonder what happened to my plans for a lab AU with PhD students Esca and Marcus. Oh yes, that's right! They and Happy Gay Modern Farmers are gathering dust because my Ideas are being most un-British and are refusing to queue up patiently like I told them to.


Okay, forget scientists Arthur/Eames or PhD students Esca/Marcus. The best labfic ever would be a Star Wars prequel AU, more specifically the one I came up with at 3am this morning (insomnia: not the best thing to have when you are spending the week getting up at 6.30am and spending 2 hours on the bus/train each way to learn super-confusing new techniques in Liverpool). Here is some background on the main characters. It is really dreadful and should not be read by anyone.

Dr. Jinn (promotion to Professor is out of the question after his many feuds with Prof. Windu - see below), principal investigator in the area of mitochondrial (geddit?) research. Has slightly New Age-sounding, rather unscientific ideas for research directions that make his post-doc (see below) weep into his tea during lab meetings. Is a total ass.

Dr. Kenobi, Jinn's long-suffering post-doctoral researcher. His research is going nowhere, he hasn't published anything in years, funding is running out, and his career is circling the drain. Not because he's a bad scientist, but because he made the mistake of accepting Dr. Jinn's job offer. Lies awake every night worrying that their new idiot PhD student (see below) has left the bunsen burner gas taps on again.

Anakin, the Jinn group's idiot PhD student. Sets the centrifuge on fire every Tuesday without fail. Blames Dr. Kenobi for all his many screw-ups, yet for some reason Dr. Jinn considers him the golden child. Has infatuation bordering on creepy and stalkerish with Padme, the next lab's precocious final-year PhD student who already has two Nature publications.

Prof. Windu, the Head of Department. Has huge stick up ass because Mace Windu wouldn't be Mace Windu without it. Constantly infuriated by Dr. Jinn and how his poor publication record is going to drag down the department's RAE rating.

If I wrote this, Dr. Kenobi would have the most horrible life ever despite being the only non-asshole in the story. Also, it would be epistolary fic in the form of email, lab books and the qPCR machine booking sheet. I tell you, if I could write fiction the world would be both a more wonderful and more terrible place.
motetus: (star wars pt / qui-gon b&w)
Here you are, my dearest [ profile] swcajolings! Het and suggestive vegetables - I hope you know that I wouldn't draw this kind of stuff for just anyone, and that there had so better be fic for this.

(okay okay, I'll admit it was actually SO MUCH FUN. Sorry all you Qui/Obi shippers, the awesomeness of this pairing can't be denied)

V is for... Vegetables
Qui-Gon/Tahl, not work-safe

No Tahl no! That carrot is strictly for eating! )

Also, two observations about how I paint that amuse me:

1. Several years ago I thought that the way to paint impressive stuff was to use a million different photoshop layers, download as many fancy custom brushes as your computer can hold, and give yourself RSI trying to make every colour blend beautifully into the next. Now I paint on only two layers, use nothing but the default hard round brush, and am as sloppy as I like. AND IT LOOKS SO MUCH BETTER. Wow Zoe, that only took you what, 5 years to work out?

2. I collect a whole load of references, use them for the sketch, and then I'm all "yeah whatever, I know what I'm doing now" and ignore them for the hard painting part. I'm not quite sure this is such a good idea as I think it is.
motetus: (merlin / morgana)
I have too many stupid ideas in my head. So, to try to get them to leave me alone while I try to work on this big painting thingy, I've come up with a few sketches for them though I won't be able to complete them for another few weeks. During which time I'll probably just come up with more wretched things. Shut up, brain.

Warning - NSFW female nudity and epic nauseating sappyness. As always, feel free to nitpick.

Merlin - for the [ profile] drawmelot's Style of Famous Artists project. Morgana meets John William Godward's Study Of Campaspe.

Morgana wearing nothing but a bit of jewelry. And looking awesome. )

Star Wars - Qui-Gon/Tahl sketch for V is for Vegetables, aka The Drawing Only [ profile] swcajolings Will Appreciate.

(and blame her for converting me to het)

Naked gardening! Always awkward when Master Yoda decides to give the younglings a tour of the temple gardens. )

The Eagle - Happy Gay (modern) Farmers - fill for a kink meme prompt.

They name the lamb Placidus and he makes a delicious Sunday lunch. )

The Eagle

Cuddling. I know. I need a good smack. )

I'll tell you the best thing about the new tablet - it makes sketching So Much Fun. Seriously, I used to hate the sketching stage with the old one, and now I can't get enough of it (and none of these took me more than an hour or two. WEIRD). I might do something like a once-a-week sketch where I take requests to force me to draw things that my limited imagination wouldn't come up with (no promise that it'll turn into anything more than just a quick sketch though) if people would be interested in that?
motetus: (star wars ot / luke)
Ugh. Sick today, but not feeling guilty about skipping work as a) I have hardly anything to do and b) the boss is away. I probably should spend the day getting started on making dissertation notes, but it is far more likely that I will just paint all day and watch the rest of the Rome DVD extras (oh god, Kevin McKidd's Scottish accent - SO CUTE).

Anyway... here's what I spent the morning doing (aside from saying hello again to last night's dinner). I know it looks like I slapped a 2-minute scribble on top of a NASA picture of the day, but the stars were actually made using this tutorial.

U is for... Universe
Tiny!Sith, work-safe

Probably more of a galaxy than universe, but whatever )
motetus: (blackadder / that's hot)
Two quickies to finish off that pairing meme!

Jabba/Qui-Gon. Yes, really. )

Count Dooku/Obi-Wan )

Omg Marcus/Esca drawing time! SO EXCITED.
motetus: (star wars art / baby maul)
Oh Sith Academy. What fond memories I have of spending my lunch breaks on the library computers with you back in high school when I should have been studying for my A-levels. Here's some fanart of that glorious universe that's probably the most complicated scene I've drawn, but was surprisingly fun and easy to do.

S is for... Sith Academy
Maul/Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon/Sidious, work-safe

Yes Lord Maul, you are indeed hot shit )
motetus: (default icon)
...but it would be a shame to only do a rough little sketch when I have the opportunity to draw Quinlan Vos, Jango Fett and a healthy dose of homoeroticism.

Not safe for work.

I hope the guns and lightsaber have their safety locks on, boys. )

Ow, it's still painful trying to draw after the idiot wife accidentally sliced deep into one of the fingers on my right hand with the kitchen tongs, of all damn things. I should rest it for a few days, but I'll take the pain over having to put all my exciting new ideas on hold. Suffering for my art, I am. </dramaqueen>
motetus: (star wars pt / obi-wan smiling)
Have some Sunday evening porn! :D

100% kitten-abuse free this time.

Q is for... Quiet
Qui-Gon, not work-safe

Oh Master Jinn, what have you got yourself into? )
motetus: (star wars art / jabba)
Nicked from [ profile] swcajolings:

1. Pick a fandom.

2. List 15 characters you have used before, or are willing to use.
3. Go to
set it to generate 10 random numbers between 1 and 15 in 2 columns
4. your results will give you five pairings (10 numbers in pairs of 2)
5. 100 word drabble or quick drawing of each pairing, no matter how weird. Ready, set, go!

1. Darth Maul
2. Mace Windu
3. Padme Amidala
4. Obi-Wan Kenobi
5. Senator Palpatine
6. Quinlan Vos
7. Shaak Ti
8. Qui-Gon Jinn
9. Yoda
10. Jar Jar Binks
11. Aayla Secura
12. Anakin Skywalker
13. Jango Fett
14. Count Dooku
15. Jabba the Hutt

After multiple refreshes because I kept getting 2. / 2. (actually, that might have made an fantastic picture) or 4. / everyone (see, he is the galaxy's biggest slut!), I have:

Quinlan Vos / Shaak Ti
Jango Fett / Quinlan Vos
Jabba the Hutt / Qui-Gon Jinn
Obi-Wan Kenobi / Count Dooku
Senator Palpatine / Darth Maul

OMG Jabba / Qui-Gon. This could be the greatest thing I've ever created.


Also, also, I'm not getting into Inception and Arthur/Eames fandom (it took me a while to remember who the hell Eames was, but I was extremely sleep-deprived when I saw that film), but holy shit this is gorgeous and hot.


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