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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 08:21 pm
The 4 drawings I did manage to finish. :P Not terribly brilliant, but hey.

All worksafe.

Apologies for the slightly unfocused photography. I was reduced to blu-tacking a few of the pics to an outside window, leaning my elbows on a plastic bin to keep them steady, and snapping them on my mobile phone to get any sort of decent lighting for the photographs. I wish I was making this up... :P

Bloody hell, I need a scanner.

I also refuse to apologise for multiple Murrays, when the whole point of Naarmamo is (I suppose) meant to produce a variety of subjects. It's my damned LJ... ;)

On with the motley...

Maturin & Aubrey

First Aubreyad fanart, w00t.

This is actually, when the thing itself is in front of you, one of the better ones. I dug out a lovely heavy-textured sketchpad, and instead of my usual attempts to shade with the coloured pencils, opted for a flat blend of colour and pen-hatching on top to suggest depth. Which worked quite nicely, so I think I'll try and develop this for subsequent ones of this pair I do. :)



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Watson & Murray


See caption. Self-explanatory, really. ;)

[Yes, it's my rather imperfect attempt at an in-tent POV. A tent which apparently defies the laws of physics. It's a Tardis tent, 'k? Blame the fact I had several Doctor Who episodes playing back-to-back whilst drawing it... ;) ]



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Murray

This was based on a line from [livejournal.com profile] kathie_d's brilliant Smoke Hearts fic, which mentions "a pencil sketch of a dozing Murray". I'm a bit 'Meh' about this one, to be honest - it's slightly better IRL, but not by much. I was trying to keep it fairly rough-and-ready, given that that's the in-fic premise, but may have gone slightly overboard in that respect.

Still, it was a fairly satisfying stab at it, and I may re-do it in the future. :)



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Watson & Murray

Actual historical precedent for this one, believe it or not. Whilst digging through yet another pile of Victorian Army stuff, I was reminded of a scrap of info on sewing that had previously caught my eye; so, went ferreting about on the Net, and sure enough the V&A has this to say about military quilts:

[Nineteenth century British] [s]oldiers were encouraged to take up sewing as a valid alternative to the less salubrious pursuits of drinking and gambling; needlework was also used as a form of therapy for those injured in conflict and recuperating in hospital.

Do have a look at the link: those quilts are fantastic. I'm going to pop down to the V&A myself this autumn to see them first-hand. :)

Rather impudently, I'm afraid, I read that and thought: Ah, there's a cartoon idea...

[Oh-so-subtly Photoshopped speech bubble is because the original writing came out a tad blurred on the photo.]


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Sketches that are still in progress

Watson in pink pyjamas*, some Sharpe & Harper, more Aubrey & Maturin, various scraps of Doctor Who and Torchwood crackiness, a re-draw of the aborted Moriarty & Moran - Baking pic**, and some other bits and bobs.

*Makes sense in context. Honest.

**So does that. I swear.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, these are gorgeous. Your tones are so delicately done. I have no idea how you make your shading so smooth while keeping the colours so strong, but it looks bloody nice.

Predictably, I like the rainy one best for all the little details. Their attempts to catch the drips!

Re needlework, I remember one sad tale of a chap who was recovering from illness in England and found some relief in knitting. Sadly, his doctors decided that such pursuits would only have a weakening effect on him, and so banned him from his only comfort. Poor bloke. They should have asked the army.

I love the story implicit in that pencil sketch. I can just imagine W watching M and sneakily drawing him.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
Holy fuck, this comment freaked me out. I forgot I'd clicked an lj-cut, and I thought it was the next entry down.
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
For some reason I thought it was an entry in your LJ just beneath Wolfie's entry on my f-list. And I thought you were saying someone had come up to you in the street and said "Mmmm, these are gorgeous. Your tones are so delicately done. I have no idea how you make your shading so smooth while keeping the colours so strong, but it looks bloody nice."

Which is true of Wolfie's pictures, but terrifying if some random had just come to say to you.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
PENCIL SKETCH OF A DOZING MURRAY!!!

Of course I was totally thinking of you with every mention of Murray, so it's quite sweet that you have drawn it. <3

(although it breaks the heart of clockwork!Watson a little bit)

Love the tent pic. Oh hell, Murray/Watson for EVER! The cute drying (blue) coats! Aw!

I am now being moaned at for not going to bed, so adieu!
Friday, September 4th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Of course I was totally thinking of you with every mention of Murray, so it's quite sweet that you have drawn it. <3

Aw, that's just pure <3 , mate. :D I did notice "musical tones of my former lover" = Welsh boyo, Y/Y? ;)

I'd really like to do a better job of the sketch to do justice to your fic, though, so watch this space. Oh, and I'm also sketching Clockwork!Watson and Stamford from Smoke Hearts - trying a slightly different technique for the whole gritty/tarnished steampunky feel...

Blue coats, ha, yes - first time I've ever managed AMD/AHC blue without it looking horribly mucky and grey-black. Technically a bit too light, but nevermind.
Edited 2009-09-04 09:58 pm (UTC)
Saturday, September 5th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
Dude, Welsh!Murray is totally canon now! I declare it so!!!

Ooooh steampunk artwork, I heart you forever!! :DDDD

btw, dunno if Spacefall mentioned it, but I found the first ep of B7 in the tube, so I shall be watching that tonight. ;-) If I like it, I may have to get dvds...
Saturday, September 5th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
It's getting the damn key right that's the problem, but I am persisting!

[livejournal.com profile] spacefall has linkaged me to YT B7. :D I've only seen the first ep, and I'm pretty much hooked...
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
"Neglected to anticipate damned monsoon"! Bweeee! And "You're just jealous"! Awww, these are fabulous, and make me giggle. Beautifully done!
Friday, September 4th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Well, we agreed that the world needs lots more Watsons in shirtsleeves, so... ;)

Thank you so much! I had Kipling's Her Majesty's Servants on the mind [set in an army camp at Rawal Pindi during a very wet, wild night], which ticked over into the most persistent image of a drenched Watson muttering: "Hot and sandy, they said. Scorched plains, they said. Someone kindly tell me just how exactly I managed to forget that India* gets rather damp at times..."

*Given its inaccuracies and ambiguities, I elect to view the opening of STUD as a hastily-edited compression of Watson's original account. ;) I imagine Watson actually arriving in the East in the 1879 lull between the first and second campaigns of the war - after the peace treaty of May - and being stationed at a garrison in India, daring to anticipate enjoying a moderately peaceful time of things...before the massacre at Kabul in September kicked everything off again in Afghanistan, that is.
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
I was reduced to blu-tacking a few of the pics to an outside window, leaning my elbows on a plastic bin to keep them steady, and snapping them on my mobile phone to get any sort of decent lighting for the photographs. I wish I was making this up... :P

Well I, for one, am impressed that you managed to get such good reproductions under those circumstances! But a scanner should, indeed, be in your near future. (Funny, I just said the same thing to [livejournal.com profile] kryptyd earlier today.) And who would mind seeing lots of Watson and Murray? Although it is cool to see some Maturin and Aubrey, I had almost forgotten they were another fandom we had in common. ;)

Friday, September 4th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
Ta very much indeed! I do feel a bit guilty sometimes for getting stuck on a minor ship (and neglecting poor old Holmes) - but it's nice to be indulged in it by lovely folk such as yourself. :D

And I've now started a scanner fund... ;)

Re: Aubreyad, I've been meaning to say for ages, you should come on over to [livejournal.com profile] perfect_duet! Jack/Stephen slash comm. that runs the gamut from beautiful, eloquent and meticulously-researched fic/art all the way through to Aubreyad Smurfs, ONTD Maturin and Star Trek crossovers... ;)
Saturday, September 5th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
Oh no, oh no, another fic posting com to eat up my time *running right over to join!* (Beautiful, eloquent, meticulously-researched... STAR TREK crossovers! I'm so THERE!)
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
These are too cute. The tent drawing is very clever indeed.
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)
Hee, these are all cute :D
I like Murray's water collecting. Poor boys.

Naw, and his blanket.
Saturday, September 5th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
Hee, thanks! Poor damp boys! I'm cruel. ;)

"Corporal, did you - that is, are you aware - look, it's a certain...type of man who sleeps under pink patchwork blankets..."

"Yes, sir. A warm one."

*sigh* "You may have a point."
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
So cute, all of 'em. I love your style, it's... dunno, artful and playful at the same time.

The tent scene calls back memories of a thoroughly dampo, yet highly romantic camping weekend we spent years ago. Well, that time not a Watson and a Murray, but Watson and Holmes, in a manner of speaking (heh, maybe I'm giving you ideas here).

Wanna see more of it. :o)
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 07:38 am (UTC)
Wow, these are great! I love your style! I think this is my first time seeing your art. The tent one is fabulous. Who cares about the laws of physics, the balance in that pic is lovely and that's a main thing.
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmmm....

NOM NOM NOM NOM MURRAY NOM NOM NOM...

These are great and well worth the wait! Love the way their bums are together in the first one! Love all the little things littered about the tent to collect the wa wa too.

Mmm...Murray...mmm...Jack...mmm...er..sorry. Love Murray's hair and that piece that is always flying up :) .

LOL You're just jealous!!! These are REALLY great and I look forward to many more when you have the time of course mate!

*big hugs stranger!* Hope you are doing well!
Saturday, October 10th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
"This is intolerable. The pages of my diary are dissolving gently into a sodden mass even as I write. My scalpels are rusting practically before my eyes. And my uniform is soaked through."

"Wring it into the kettle, boyo; don't waste it..."

Love the way their bums are together in the first one!

Oh, that's it. Jump straight to the pertinent (or indeed just pert ;) ) point... XD And, yes, Murray's hair, I'm convinced, is the same as my dad's: made of severely high-tensile springs.

:Salutes my loyal fellow in the Society Of Orderly Appreciation: *HUGS* Good to see you!

P.S. Ooh! I need you to mail me a Postal Address I can dispatch a carrier pigeon to. I will shortly have something flat and papery (and hopefully eminently nommable) featuring a certain Captain and Corporal for you...
Sunday, October 18th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
LOL! *hugs back* Good to SEE you too stranger! I hope things are well!

I try not to miss a beat you know and its getting a bit difficult with work and all. Me pitch and toss has me right out working like a newspaper boy during the Ripper murders...meh...

Tenure or death first. I'm quite apt to believe I may run out of steam before I reach tenure. Kettles full on....

Ah me Postal Address, I'll Facebook Mail that to you! Shucks! Thanks so much and I'll look forward to anything nommy with or without a great coat!

*hugs*
Saturday, September 5th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Eeeee! These are so wonderful! I LOVE your artwork!

Awww, Aubrey and Maturin! Aubrey's patched pants and his butterfly! Bwee!

Your Watson and Murray delight me to no end. *squee* The tent looks wonderful, I think! The space doesn't look weird at all to me. The little fasteners along the edge, and the lamp! Your details are amazing!

I think your pencil sketch of Murray is quite nice, and I just love the quilt picture. Awwww.