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Raederle ([personal profile] seleneheart) wrote in [community profile] acme_graphics2012-06-14 07:00 am
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Where the Wild Roses Grow Art Post

Title: Where the Wild Roses Grow
Summary: Cas is a human with the ability to exorcise demons, hidden away by the Order to protect his bloodline. He meets a young man at work with a billion mega watt grin, how was he to know it was his ancestral enemy – the Morrigan, and what it means to love someone like that.

When I was thinking about my claim for this year, I wanted a darker fic that was infused with symbolism and mythology. I found exactly that in [ profile] seraphim_grace's story, Where the Wild Roses Grow. These pictures are a bit spoilery for the story, so read that first.

Book cover


In the story, Castiel is described as being a Merovingian, which was a medieval French dynasty, so in my mind, he was a knight.


Dean as the Morrigan, on the other hand, was clearly a pagan, so he is a modern representation of that Celtic goddess.

Dean and Cas in happier times.

Last scene of the story -- Cas is older, hardened, has lost the one person that means anything to him.

Icons and Divider

Some scraps that were part of the larger pictures. The raven tattoo took an unbelievable amount of time as I continually changed my ideas about how I wanted it to look, even after I had sketched the outline. And it's only a decoration on a larger piece. The Morrigan sigil with the entwined roses another example of something that is part of a larger piece. Once I'd painted the first rose and leaf, I just kept warping their shapes and rotating to put them in other art.

Rock studies

Usually I do initial work in my sketchbook, scan, and finish off in photoshop. This year, my scanner wasn't available, so these are crappy cell phone photos. I ended up doing everything digitally and didn't use these, although you can see the ideas going on in my head. *squints* Perhaps they're a bit phallic . . .

A major source of inspiration for the settings for both Dean and Castiel is the art of Amy Brown. While neither of these are direct copies of her works, credit goes to her marvelous fantasy landscapes as the artistic forerunner of the pictures.

Dean was the Morrigan, a Celtic god, the battle raven, which is why ravens appear in several of these pictures. The triangle sigil that shows up in these pieces is my interpretation of the marks on Castiel's hands.

Hugh thanks as always to [ profile] uisgich, who held my hand throughout this process and gave me honest feedback on the art as it progressed. Both [ profile] wendy and [ profile] thehighwaywoman do an outstanding job herding this massive undertaking into something organized and sensible. The [ profile] spn_j2_bigbang is by far my favorite BB to participate in.

Tools: Photoshop, Corel Painter, Bamboo tablet
Fonts: Peep, Jellyka Delicious Cake, Pea Bailey, 28 Days Later

Inspirations, sources and reference photos
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[identity profile] 2012-06-14 12:46 am (UTC)(link)
internet issues on my end due to flooding
I cannot get my service to send an email, even through my phone
the story w/out art, I'm trying to dl it but my internet comes and goes a lot so as soon as I get it I'll post it in the story

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[identity profile] 2012-06-14 01:12 am (UTC)(link)
you know the download festival, and all those pictures of people floating in mud
literally a stone's throw from my house, and clearly that is where our hub is,
I've pretty much got the art up, I'll continue tweaking it as I can, but seriously think of that mud,

[identity profile] 2012-06-14 03:19 pm (UTC)(link)
The book cover is amazing! So beautiful. As are all of the other pieces. :)
Edited 2012-06-14 15:19 (UTC)

[identity profile] 2012-06-14 03:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Nice work. I really like the book cover and the way you've portrayed both Dean and Cas. What especially caught my eye was your original raven tattoo. Intricate but clean and simple at the same time.

[identity profile] 2012-06-14 04:11 pm (UTC)(link)
This is very awesome artwork! My favs are the last of Castiel and Dean with hot!!
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[personal profile] meus_venator 2012-06-14 04:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Lovely work, especially like the scrollwork inside /behind all your lettering. Beautifully detailed. And the stylized gauche treatment in the paintings, especially that pale yellow one for Cas with the script font lis ovely.
Well done!!!

[identity profile] 2012-06-14 05:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Awesome drawings. Really good. :D

[identity profile] 2012-06-14 06:43 pm (UTC)(link)
All of this looks gorgeous. ♥_____♥

[identity profile] 2012-06-14 07:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks for the details of your thought processes, I love reading how people arrive at the final pics. I really like Castiel's face in the Did I Find You picture, and the Morrigan sigil. (And yes, that 2nd rock sketch is definitely phallic LOL!!)
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[identity profile] 2012-06-14 07:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow, you put so much work into these, well done! I like the pattern in the lettering and all the details you pointed out (and the ones you didn't mention;) Good, good artwork.
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[personal profile] alchemise 2012-06-14 11:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Gorgeous artwork! :)

[identity profile] 2012-06-14 11:23 pm (UTC)(link)
I love the cover art - it caught my eye immediately as I scrolled my flist. The other work is also great - and I must say that's a Dean I might just like :D

Have you seen Jensen's shirt? (recent vacation pic)

[identity profile] 2012-06-15 12:16 am (UTC)(link)
I was thinking more of the birds.

[identity profile] 2012-06-15 09:09 am (UTC)(link)
This are amazing art pieces! Your style is beautiful. The only little issue I have is that the rock Dean stands on looks like it couldn't hold him a second and is about to fall down, but hey, construction engineer speaking here. Little thingies like that just spring at my eyes. But your art is still beautiful!
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[personal profile] sillie 2012-06-16 12:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Ooh, really nice! Awesome work. :D

[identity profile] 2012-06-19 12:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Beautiful art!

[identity profile] 2012-06-27 02:16 am (UTC)(link)
These are super gorgeous! Love the intensity.

[identity profile] 2012-06-28 08:05 pm (UTC)(link)
That kiss picture is awesome! I lovelovelove the book cover, and the rose detail in the knight pic is my favorite thing.

Great job, thank you!
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[identity profile] 2012-07-05 11:38 am (UTC)(link)
I love the rose appearing throughout as a connective thread, twining around things. It's obvious how much thought and detail went into this. Really beautiful work.