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…
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:
Yes! I have actually started a few sketches for it (if only just for tumblr, as I’ve never posted a fic with illustrations before, but we’ll see) because Athos with a bandolier of shells and Aramis with a sten gun and Porthos with a grenade in every pocket is something that I REALLY want to see!
I’ve yet to decide if they’ll be actually illustrations or just little groupings and character sketches, but the fact that I very rarely do actual scene illustrations because it scares me makes me think I should just have a go at it!
What’s your process, if you don’t mind me asking? Your illustrations blow me away time after time. I was struggling to make them look like the Musketeers, since I’d caricatured them so much that they broke down to component parts and without one of those component parts - say, the facial hair - it’s more of a challenge. You look like you have no trouble with that at all, they always look exactly like them.
My process? I don’t have a process. What’s your process for being funny? I guess I sketch a lot, and then I try not to pick the ones that are pretty, but don’t amplify the plot. That’s hard for me, because I’m a portraiture artist, mostly, and my desire to explore faces can easily kill my storytelling ability. I also try to get commonplacecaz to be honest about what isn’t working, which I sense is hard for her, too, because no one wants to be the person who accidentally kills the creative buzz. Maybe. Of course, this is all coming from a person who couldn’t write to save her life, so maybe it’s different if you are the writer as well.
Anyway, while I got you here- what’s your process for evolving a personal style? Your brevity and confidence in your line work- it all feels so off the cuff, but it’s freaking perfect, sooo…. I keep trying to imagine how one can develop a work like that, and the only solution that my brain keeps supplying is “Lay it down perfectly the first time, and then walk away from that shit.” And that’s aspirational, but maybe not realistic. Unless it is? In which case- Get Out, the collective sanity of the rest of the artists of tumblr is at stake.
Incidentally, I think that character designs and groupings are as effective a tool of illustration as scene illustrations. This might be personal opinion, because the scene thing is very new for me- I forced the issue with my concept for Then Is My Soul… and I wouldn’t say that I’ve really lived up to that potential outside of that universe (even in that universe, I’d say I’m mostly doing portraits with some added flavor). That being said, I really really want to see the visuals on Chanson d’Automne in situ, as it were. Whether as illustrations on the story itself, or as a round up somewhere, because it took me forever to find them on your tumblr and I really do find them valuable to the story.