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23 July 2009 @ 12:09 am
Master Big Bang Art Post for Close to Home  
This is the master art post for smidirini's insanely fantastic story Close to Home for spn_j2_bigbang.  I completely lucked out getting her as my author and I strongly, strongly urge everyone to read her story.  It is just fantastic. I can't gush, ooh, and awe about it enough.  

I owe a massive, huge, overwhelming thank you to smidirini for writing such a visually rich story.  If I had a year to work on the art for it, I probably would have handed her the entire thing as a graphic novel.  I wanted to do it all!!  I also owe a huge thank you to ficliously for being my art beta, gopher, and general all around cheerleader.  And, of course, thanks is owed by all to wendy and thehighwaywoman for somehow managing to organize this massive project.  Thank you!!

Warning: This artwork contains spoilers for the fic.  Her story involves a murder case and while it doesn't give away who the killer is, I strongly urge you to read it before looking at the art.

Main artwork for the fic.  Main story header and story art:

Clicking on any image will bring up the original.  All are digital art and made entirely within PhotoShop.

And for completeness sake, here are the various headers used in the story:

Resources used:

Blood brushes: [1] [2] [3]
Splatter brushes: [1] [2] [3] [4]
Hair brushes: [1] [2] [3]

Screen used caps by raloria bellanut  and oxoniensis 

Tutorial on how to make a photograph look like a pencil drawing can be found here.

Tutorial on how to make a photograph look like a watercolor/illustration can be found here.

Questions about any of my techniques happily answered in comments.

Underwater photograph by Zena Holloway

Almost all stock photography (pencils, erasers, paper backgrounds, etc.) from http://www.sxc.hu  A few came from random Google image searches.
Current Mood: accomplished
Hadley: Close To Homeewlyn on July 23rd, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
I am total and complete agreement with you. :) I'm not kidding when I say I totally lucked out. The minute I began reading this my head went bonkers with ideas. I just wish I had had the time to do more. I would have liked to have done a few pieces for each section. There's still time, right?
Smideesmidirini on July 23rd, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
:D I will not be refusing more art, that's for sure! :P
Hadleyewlyn on July 23rd, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
You will get more art. I am still working on that fourth piece... and got an idea for a fifth one today. Ultimately, I think it would be cool to do one for each part. You may actually have that by, say, the Autumn. lol Or by the end of next week depending on how much time I have to fiddling around in PhotoShop while on vacation. ;)