1. agarthanguide:

    Would you ever illustrate your own fics? I ask because they are brilliant, and your art is brilliant, and I want to see those two things together. I saw your sketch of French Resistance Athos and I need more, I think. Much…

    Yes, yes it is fun.  And I’m sad that you’re going away.  And jealous that the place you’re going away to is Wales.

    First of all- that Resistance AU image you posted this morning- how do you know when to stop? Because that choice was made perfectly.  The suggestive form of Porthos creating a sort of unseen background and Aramis’ supporting arm- just the right amount of detail but you resisted the urge to overdo it.  I worry that I don’t really stop, and as a result walk past a lot of my chances at good composition.  Also- the composition is simple, but shockingly effective.  The detail and separateness of Athos and the map is an effective counterbalance against the implicit weight of the flowing together forms of Aramis and Porthos.  I love that we can sense Porthos’ slouching form, with one arm resting on his knee and the other wrapped possessively around Athos, with no more than a well-angled collar bone and a few lines marking the hand.

    Nnngh- Kate Beaton.  She’s such a genius.  Even if we lived in a universe in which she wasn’t the funniest person on the planet, she would still be an amazing illustrator with a brevity of expression that demands attention and never writes a check it can’t cash. Other modern idols of mine include Noelle Stevenson and Tracy J Butler.  I learned so much from Lackadaisy I should probably credit her in my work.

    I have a background in Fine Art, kind of, but I don’t really consider my school experience that relevant to my current art, either.  I feel like school taught me how to be self-loathing and indulgent, and I tried to break out of that spiral as soon as I left.  I make my living these days with freelance jobs, and some longer contract work.  Ironically, it’s an even split between Portraiture (which I’m most practiced at) and Graphic Design, which I routinely fake any knowledge of.  I am also routinely gobsmacked by how much I have to learn.  It’s nice to know I’m not alone in that.

    I know what you mean about Santiago Cabrera.  He’s pretty, but one needs something to exaggerate a bit and rest on for decent likenesses.  In that thing you posted this morning you went with my favorite defining feature, which is, of course, his hair floof, as Caz would say.  His lower face is so typically well-proportioned and symmetrical that there’s not much to be done with it, and he’s basically unrecognizable without the facial hair, imo.  I have found his forehead to be rather easily identifiable, and he has a useful scar that I always reference to make myself feel better.  Actually, though I wasn’t so fond of the likeness you referenced, I recently drew him to my satisfaction very recently (with apologies to commonplacecaz for leaking a tiny portion of this a little early):

    Hey, look- his scar didn’t even show up in that one.  When he tips his head down, his eyebrows make some nice shapes.  I’m pretty sure I invented that dimple, though.

    Howard Charles- squishy, adorable nose (as you noted), and round shadows around his eyes.  Luke Pasqualino- snarky-ass expression, long chin, strong eyebrow game.  Tom Burke…  I’m such a coward when it comes to Tom Burke.  I think I’ve discovered something about the bridge of his nose that I reference a lot, and I like streaking the shadows down from under his eyes, but I’m not nearly so brave as you with his distinguishing features.  I think if you put two of our likenesses of him side by side, you would find very little in common, though I think we’re both pretty good at it.  But- courage.  You have more. 

    btw- golden age book illustrations in pen and ink and occasionally ink wash- Hell. Yes.  Confidence.  Energy.  Clarity of purpose.  I leave a lot of my sketches in my final work because I can’t bear to lose the energy, sometimes.  It was particularly egregious in the Pirate AU paintings I did a few months back.  But I find that if I take them out, they take on a stiffness that I can’t seem to shake.  Maybe it’s just my imagination.  I hope it’s just my imagination.  I’m relieved to hear that your spontaneity is planned, as it saves me from having to go live in a yurt in the mountains and meditatively splash ink on rice paper for 18 months.  


  2. Would you ever illustrate your own fics? I ask because they are brilliant, and your art is brilliant, and I want to see those two things together. I saw your sketch of French Resistance Athos and I need more, I think. Much more. All the more. More.

    illustrate-her answered you:

  3. Song of the Day

    It’s a deranged billionaire supervillain kind of a day.

    I made this half-pony, half-monkey monster to please you
    But I get the feeling that you don’t like it
    What’s with all the screaming?

  4. I’m getting pumped for illustrate-her's new Musketeers French Resistance AU!  In the “Band of Brothers” mood and looking back through the work I'd done for commonplacecaz and her amazing WWII AU, it occurred to me that I never really did a round-up of all the art from that series.  So here it is!  In all it’s monochromatic glory!

    And don’t worry- that series will reach it’s shocking conclusion sometime in the near(ish) future (not too near. A few more chapters).  I have insight into a bit of what Caz is writing and I promise you- you’ll cry.  She’s a heartbreaker, that one.


  5. I have so much coffee and cilantro in my kitchen right now.

    I could host, like, three Italians. For the whole weekend.


  6. "To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women."
    — German National Team

  7. Holy shit is anyone watching the World Cup right now?

    I’m… wow. This is brutal.

  8. Working on the Musketeers as a WWII Propaganda Poster for @gneissgneissbaby and I felt like sharing my progress. The boys without beards! Somehow sacrilegious.



    Yesterday- not so much.  But this.  This is truth.

  10. I’ve been slowly making a Tiny French Town recently. So far I have a Fromagerie, a Charcuterie, and a just-added Patisserie.

    It’s called Petit Jeffersón. As for the yeti- it’s cool- he’s a friend. His name is Mr Ziegler.

    The tower in the distance (“the distance” here being represented by a cigar box) is the Prague Astronomical Clock. It was provided via a generous donation from my sister Greta.


  11. Anonymous said: What a beautiful idea!!! ^_^ Bedelia Du Maurier in the style of Ancient Greek

    Wow, that’s… a tough one. It’s on the list.


  12. grumpycathos said: you have like a million of these by now i'm sure, so you can just ignore. but Athos - favourite children's illustrator

    Ignore you? What, are you kidding? It’s on the list.

  13. I can’t believe I’m asking this, but Aramis pin-up
    I can believe it ;-)
  14. You guys are first!

  15. Hey, Everybody!  I made a meme!  Let’s make art together.

    My current fandoms include- The Musketeers, Marvel/Marvel Cinematic Universe/X-Men, Dragon Age, Temeraire, Hannibal, Game of Thrones, Dr Who, and other stuff.  Give me a try, we’ll see.  I did a bunch of stuff on the last meme go-round that I had never heard of.