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Raederle ([personal profile] seleneheart) wrote in [community profile] acme_graphics2013-08-01 05:56 am
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Echoes - Art Post

Title: Echoes
Author: [ profile] rearranged
Summary: When an old friend shows up, Dean goes on an impulsive bear hunt, only to find he's hunting something else entirely. He shoots an angel that is protecting the last remaining griffin clutch from a reality-travelling demon that would use them to destroy Heaven. Neither he nor the angel are prepared for the effect of the bond that exists between them in the alternate reality as they try to protect the griffin and her clutch from the demon.

Thanks As always, to [ profile] thehighwaywoman and [ profile] wendy for running the always marvelous [ profile] spn_j2_bigbang. It is the best one in my opinion.

To [ profile] rearranged for writing a story that so thoroughly captured my imagination. An author's vivid words make the artist's task so much easier and more pleasurable. She put me right into the wilds of the Eastern mountains, and I loved making the art for this story.

Not only that, but this story is an AU that is just a step to the right from canon, so it gives us a good sense of how things would be if a few things changed. However, all the characters are so perfectly *them* that it doesn't seem awkward.

And to [ profile] uisgich for the feedback, the handholding, and all the suggestions that made my work better.

These are mildly spoilerly for the story, but not too bad. I would still recommend reading the story first!

Title Art

I did the background on my iPad with Paper 53, and then took it into Photoshop for finishing. The letters were sketched with pencil on sketch paper, then cleaned up in Illustrator, and decorated in Photoshop.

The Dream Lake

The composition here was taken directly from a similar scene in The Rapture. However, I changed the background quite a bit to make it fit with the Appalachian setting to the story (inspired by pictures of Summersville Lake and Smith Mountain Lake). The initial painting was done with Corel Painter, then finished in Photoshop.

Castiel Tames the Bear

I have to admit -- I spent much of my childhood drawing horses in various poses, but that is about the extent of my experience drawing animals. To me, bears look like men wearing baggie pants, so this was a bit of fun. Also, for anyone who hasn't spent time in the Appalachians, they are suffocating once the leaves come in with vegetation and humidity, so I tried to convey that with all the green. Background done in Corel Painter, then details done in Photoshop.

Divider and Icons

Chapter Titles - Using the same pattern as the title art, cut out each from the painting for the title background

Redbud leaf - used in the divider, because I am lazy and only painted one leaf

Rough Drafts - I think better with a pencil than I do a digital program or tablet, so I usually rough out my ideas in my sketchbook and then flesh them out digitally. These are scans of those drafts.


Title Lettering


Castiel and the Bear

Griffin Cave (I didn't get around to doing this one, but this is the rough concept)

Tools used:
Photoshop, Illustrator, pencils, Paper 53, iPad stylus, Bamboo tablet

akaDora, Underwood champion, Vanessa, Jellyka Wonderland Wine


Brushes, other Photoshop things:

[identity profile] 2013-08-01 01:42 pm (UTC)(link)
I love EVERYTHING!! You really captured the essence of the story in your art. Cas reaching for the bear is perfect, I think that shows his personality in the story 100%. That's exactly how I saw that scene in my mind. The lake piece is amazing, too. I couldn't pick a favorite even if I wanted to pick one!

I could gush all day, I think it's all fantastic (as you may have noticed, I kinda packed in as much as possible in each of my fic posts, lol). I'm so glad we were able to work together! I really enjoyed this challenge with you!

YAYYYY, we did it!! *cheers*

[identity profile] 2013-08-01 01:50 pm (UTC)(link)
I couldn't stop laughing after reading the bear look like men in baggy pants!!! And the picture looks great in my opinion. :)

[identity profile] 2013-08-01 01:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Lovely! Make me wanna read the fic. :)

[identity profile] 2013-08-01 02:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Great work! I really like Cas taming the bear. The colors in all of them are so vibrant.

[identity profile] 2013-08-01 02:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Beautiful colors, I love your style!

[identity profile] 2013-08-01 09:10 pm (UTC)(link)
It's good to see this posted and out there!

My favourite piece is the header. I love the colours and the shading :)

Now I'm off to read the fic!

[identity profile] 2013-08-02 02:46 am (UTC)(link)
I particularly like the bear for some reason. Lovely color balance. Now off the peruse the story,
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[identity profile] 2013-08-02 08:17 am (UTC)(link)
Love the blended background in the storybanner and how you incorporated it in the chapterheaders too! That scene with Cas and the bear is awesome:-) Thanks for sharing sketches and a big version of that leaf in the divider plus all the info on the tools you used, I'm always curious how other artists work. Good set!

[identity profile] 2013-08-03 09:41 am (UTC)(link)
Gorgeous art for a lovely fic. I especially like the lake scene.

[identity profile] 2013-08-04 11:07 pm (UTC)(link)
great drawsings.

[identity profile] 2013-08-05 03:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I love this all, but especially the colors in the first one -- just gorgeous. Thank you for this!