Hatching Out Of Rocks [Art Masterpost]

May 14, 2014 22:06

Title: Hatching Out of Rocks (read it here)
Author: evelyncarver
Artist: soserendipity
Genre: SPN Gen
Rating: G
Word count: ~2,700 words
Warnings/Spoilers: No warnings. Set pre-series and in the later seasons.

Summary: Sam has always wanted a pet. Dad always said no and Dean agreed with him, until now.

Disclaimer: I own nothing but my own ideas. No money made, no insult intended. This is purely fictional.
Artist's Notes: Created for the 3rd Annual Spring Fic Exchange at spn_bigpretzel for the_green_bird. More technical notes and details about the work process can be found below the art for those who are interested in such things. Concrit is always welcome.
Acknowlegdments: A big thank you to auntmo9 who organized this event and to lightthesparks who has done a stellar job betaing this little set. Working with evelyncarver has been a delightful experience, she waited patiently for first glimpses of the art while I was juggling several things simultaneously and for that, I owe her my gratitude. I'm sorry that I didn't get to do a second illustration but I hope that the set as it is will suffice to convey the mood of the story.

On to the art.
[Click pictures for bigger size.]



[These are indeed three different ones but you might need to look at the bigger version to see the detail in #2.]


Scene Illustration:


[Feel free to snag what you like and don't forget to credit, please.]


Technical Blurb & Work Process:

In the claims post, authors were encouraged to share a snippet of their story. This is what evelyncarver chose:


"I want a puppy." Sam said, climbing into the backseat of the Impala. "Dogs are really nice Dad."
"No dogs." Dad backed out of Uncle Bobby's driveway and pulled onto the road.

"Dogs are helpful." Sam insisted. "They guard you and keep you safe. And if you train them, they can track stuff too. It would be a special dog and it could sleep with me and I would take it for walks and feed it and everything."

"No dogs Sam. No dogs in the car, no dogs in a motel. No dogs." Dad said, as if that was the end of it all.

Dean had to deal with the same fight over and over again for the next three months. Sam wanted a dog and Dad said no. Sam didn't seem to understand that when Dad said no, he had his mind made up and that was that. There would be no Winchester puppy, Winchester cat and even Sam's pet fish idea was turned down.
"Unless I can eat it, we're not carting a fish around." Dad said before dropping them off at school.


I loved that little interaction and instantly squeed to my author about how I wanted to turn it into art. First, I played with the idea of breaking the conversation into three parts with question and answer in each and turn them into dividers. But it wasn't snappy enough for my taste, so I went with the gif option instead.

But you might ask yourself, why the hell aren't they looking at each other if they're having a conversation? Well. Because I apparently suck at transporting the idea behind the art ;). What I was aiming for was to show both sides of the exchange as seen from the other POV: You're looking at Sam as if you're standing next to Dean and you're looking at Dean as if you're standing next to Sam. The font at the bottom that divides the three characters into two groups is supposed to help setting that up.

I liked the idea of working with a reduced color palette on this set. Instead of the hundreds of shades and tints that I end up with when I try my hand at natural light, there are much less in these pieces. Funny enough, although I didn't set myself a limit I counted 9 colors in each piece of this set.

I enjoyed the opportunity to work with a really bright range of colors, even if that lead to this quite unconventional final product. But since I usually deal with angsty or hurt/comforty themes, I loved the idea of the colors emphasizing the lighter tones of the story. I hope no one went blind while looking at the big version of that last piece.

I used screencaps and reference pictures for the characters in banner, illustration, and the pictograms of their conversation. All pictures were found via google search or Pinterest, screencaps are courtesy of Home Of The Nutty.

art:hatching_out_of_rocks, @ spn_bigpretzel

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