Happy Holidays, [livejournal.com profile] artemismuse

Dec. 18th, 2007 10:38 pm
[identity profile] vulgarweed.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] go_exchange
Title: The Pros and Cons of Being an Apocalyptic Horseperson
Giftee: [livejournal.com profile] artemismuse
Giver: [livejournal.com profile] kalamburd
Characters: DEATH, War, Pollution, Aziraphale, Crowley (A/C if you squint)
Rating: PG

A/N: To my chosen one: I tried to include as many of your wishes as possible and I really, really hope you think my stuff is okay.

When War decided on her place of vacation she picked something cold and
vacant, just so she could escape those petty humans for a little while. What
she didn't take into consideration when she went on dog sledging over
Greenland was that her animal companions might be affected by her like
humans are. Now, half of 'em dead, the other half wounded, she's left
debating on which way to go. The GPS turned, surprisingly enough, out
to be useless in the middle of nowhere, when you actually need it.
Horseperson or not, you're not always that good when it comes to orientating
without the aid of modern technology. Someone, somewhere, is going to suffer
greatly for this.

Title: C-c-ch-hold!

Summers in Scotland can be quite warm and delightful, as we all know. The
country is especially nice I you're looking for rivers full of oil, toxins
and dead fish. However, nice weather is not a guarantee for the water to
have the right temperature. It's okay once you manage to wet your whole
body, but the stomach is always the hardest part. Always

Title: Wish You were Here

Famine, being the workaholic he is, never takes a break from his purpose.
DEATH, being nicer than his name suggests, sent a post-card to the missing
Horseperson. Brownie points to whoever can figure out witch country he
visited at the time he sent this

Hint, although the winters there are freezing He-Manchester, the summers can
get pretty nice. Nice enough to wear Bermuda shorts!

Title: Happy New Year, Angel

What's a better way of spending the beginning of the New Year than on a
rooftop with booze, a wonderful view of the city and a friend of six


Happy Holidays, [livejournal.com profile] artemismuse, from your Secret Writer/Artist!

Date: 2007-12-19 05:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyblack888.livejournal.com

Date: 2007-12-19 06:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allhisengines.livejournal.com
oh my GOD, DEATH's PANTS!!!!

also- the magic and happiness in the final picture made me screech in delight.


Date: 2007-12-19 11:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secret-kracken.livejournal.com
Thanks :D

Bermuda shorts actually, but same difference

Haha, the magic made me screech as well, though with more frustration and less delight!

Date: 2007-12-19 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadowvalkyrie.livejournal.com
Aww! That's so sweet! (Well, except for the dead dogs of course, though I'm evil and they amuse me in this context. *g* And grumpy War really is pretty.) The last one is pure sugar! With ducks!
But DEATH's postcard is the best of all! (From Norway, isn't it? Do I get the bonus points? *g*) The huge skull grin! The mint green bermudas!
And Pollution's rainbow-coloured water really shouldn't be so pretty... ":-D

Date: 2007-12-19 11:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secret-kracken.livejournal.com

DEATH's grinning because… he doesn't really have a choice, does he? If he had a face he'd look hopeful in the first picture, disgruntled in the next and suspicious in the third

Indeed it is, extra Internets for you :) How did you figure out? You from Norway?

Date: 2007-12-19 12:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] synekdokee.livejournal.com
The postage stamp is a pretty good giveaway :P

Date: 2007-12-19 12:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secret-kracken.livejournal.com
Not really, you'd be amazed of how dense people can be when it comes to things like that xD

Date: 2007-12-19 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadowvalkyrie.livejournal.com
Yepp, that was my answer as well.

Date: 2007-12-19 09:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mi-guida.livejournal.com
These are so beautiful and wonderful. You even have War with one eyebrow raised, just like I picture her.. ooh..

Date: 2007-12-19 11:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secret-kracken.livejournal.com
Thank you, thank you. War was tricky; the only facial expressions I felt would on her work were cynical or angry. Angry just would have ruined the pretty, so yeah

Date: 2007-12-19 11:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-leechwife.livejournal.com
Eeeeeee! Death! If he had flesh, I would pinch his cheeks.

Date: 2007-12-19 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secret-kracken.livejournal.com
Yeah, trying to get a hold on those cheek-bones just ain't the same. Tsk tsk

Date: 2007-12-19 12:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sticktothestory.livejournal.com
I love the light and the colours in Pollution's piece. I thought the cat sitting beside Crowley on the rooftop was very nicely done, too, and DEATH's grin is so contagious.

Date: 2007-12-19 12:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secret-kracken.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

Date: 2007-12-19 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quantum-witch.livejournal.com
Gross as it was, with bloody wolves and all, I swear I see little X'd out eyes!

Capturing the elements, esp. water, is one of the hardest tasks for me. And there you've done it, gorgeously. I have to concur that the oil slick shouldn't be so pretty ^^ (And secretly, I believe Famine did NOT take a break from work, and that's him with the poodle. Omg, a poodle.)

Death is ADORABLE. I love that the doesn't address the card, just puts a name on and assumes it will make it to the right place. Which of course it will, because it hasn't any choice XD

Schmoop! And I bloody love the multi-coloured stars. Is it London smog coming up? And are those duck feathers, or flames from below?

Gorgeous stuff. And fun :D Double points.

Date: 2007-12-19 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secret-kracken.livejournal.com

Indeed, it shows up better on the high-res pictures, but I’m assuming they were too big since they got re-sized. X-eyes are universal for cartoon-death and/or knockout, so let’s pretend the dogs are still alive

I guess it's a mix of both smog and one of those wonderful city-sunrises (pollution is pretty, there's no denying). Just duck feathers this time, Hell's too busy with its own New Year's party

Date: 2007-12-19 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argyleheir.livejournal.com
These are exquisite! (I can't help but squee about Death's postcard -- it's nice to know that finding ways to make the ink scratchy is in fact a universal constant.)
Edited Date: 2007-12-19 04:04 pm (UTC)

Date: 2007-12-20 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secret-kracken.livejournal.com
Haha, thanks :) I imagine writing anything with those boney hands of his must be a drag

Date: 2007-12-19 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rasetsunyo.livejournal.com
Hee they're all so, so lovely! I love the snow and stormy sky in War's, and that you've gotten the rainbow shine of oil sicks in Pollution's. And DEATH is so sweet. :D I really, really love the last one, how completely and happily smashed they look, the way Crowley's eyes glow, and the ducks, you got ducks. And the grumpy little kitty!

Date: 2007-12-19 05:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secret-kracken.livejournal.com
Hahaw, thank you :)

The kitty is based on one of my own. He's half Persian, so he always looks a bit grumpy

Date: 2007-12-19 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] waxbean.livejournal.com
everything about these postcards is fabulous. I love the details that you've worked into each one - you've really got some excellent characterizations going here.

well done!

Date: 2007-12-19 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secret-kracken.livejournal.com
Thank you, thank you Waxbean

Only DEATH's was originally a postcard, but I guess they all turned out to be something along those lines *shrugs*

Date: 2007-12-19 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paigehead.livejournal.com
Really now. These are just too great, especially the last one. So much love~

Date: 2007-12-20 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secret-kracken.livejournal.com
Aw, thank you!

Date: 2007-12-19 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littlewolfstar.livejournal.com
All of this... it's absolutely gorgeous!! You have the most beautiful coloring style *___* and just... everything is wonderful *___* Their poses, and expressions... and DEATH's bermuda shorts!!! XD

Simply breathtaking.

Date: 2007-12-20 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secret-kracken.livejournal.com
Why thank you, I had great deals of fun with the colouring, so I'm glad you like :)

Date: 2007-12-19 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andremeese.livejournal.com
This is amazing, Secret Artist!

Date: 2007-12-19 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thady.livejournal.com
I love those, they are great!

Date: 2007-12-19 09:29 pm (UTC)
ext_247082: (L)
From: [identity profile] spam-ff.livejournal.com
Each one is the most beautiful, the first one for style and subject, the third one for the colouring and the ducks, the second one is exceptional, period.

Date: 2007-12-20 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secret-kracken.livejournal.com
I'm very glad you like them :)

Date: 2007-12-20 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] burntcopper.livejournal.com
eeee! so cute! So pretty! Can we make the grabby hands at Death's photos?

Date: 2007-12-20 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secret-kracken.livejournal.com
Oh yes, please do! :D

Date: 2007-12-20 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] artemismuse.livejournal.com
Oh, my *apologies* for not getting to this sooner- I was traveling and had no internet access. WOW, Secret Author/Artist, you floor me! I was deep down in my soul hoping for art, just one piece, and instead I get four beautiful renditions in color! With my prompts! And more! Thank you! I must have been REALLY good for Christmas. War's disgruntled face is perfect, and the dogs are a morbid touch of humor that made me grin. Pollution, you just nailed. Period. The so-true bit about the stomach being the worst, the guy walking the poodle in the background, and his pained biting-lip expression... love. And thank you for the Bermuda shorts, and the happily sozzled duo at the end. I am gleeful beyond measure, and I can only hope to thank you even more when I know who you are!

Date: 2007-12-20 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secret-kracken.livejournal.com
Haw, I'm very glad you liked them dear

I've uploaded the full versions just for you somewhere. Oh yes, here (http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii39/hkoltbs/go_1.jpg), here (http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii39/hkoltbs/go_2.jpg), here (http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii39/hkoltbs/go_4.jpg), annnnd here (http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii39/hkoltbs/go_3.jpg)!

Happy Holidays to you! I had a blast drawing them, seeing as I never draw humans (or human shaped beings) and the practice I got was much needed

For Me? Yay!

Date: 2007-12-21 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] artemismuse.livejournal.com
Ooh, even bigger and prettier and more wonderful! Pollution's just might be sneaking up on me as my favorite... *is so tempted to make icons of his face*

Date: 2007-12-20 07:12 am (UTC)
ext_85481: (duck)
From: [identity profile] hsavinien.livejournal.com
Excellent! Really lovely. Aw...somebody else already knew Norway... I recognized it, but I'm a bit of a philatelist.

Date: 2007-12-20 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secret-kracken.livejournal.com
Thanks, personally I'm not one of those... philathingies, though I AM from Norway xD

Date: 2007-12-22 06:01 am (UTC)
ext_85481: (duck)
From: [identity profile] hsavinien.livejournal.com
Philatelist=stamp collector. Norway has some really pretty ones, so I recognized the name.

Date: 2007-12-20 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nevermore-1106.livejournal.com
You know, 20 kr is a heckuva lot for just a small card x) but I doubt Death knows or cares.
Anyway, these are *gorgeous*, Death is SO CUTE.

Date: 2007-12-20 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secret-kracken.livejournal.com
I sent a couple of Christmas cards the other day, they were 11 kr each, and that was inside of Norway. Haw, I hate the snail-mail system, why does it have to be so damn charming?

Glad you liked them though :)

Date: 2007-12-22 04:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nevermore-1106.livejournal.com
11 kr. Wow. That's never happened to me before. o.O
Then again, I don't use snail-mail much, though it's definitely charming! ^^ lol. Hate it? I love it! x)

Date: 2007-12-23 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shinzuku.livejournal.com
I love the pictures.

Date: 2007-12-24 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mediasavant.livejournal.com
I love them all! War's face is perfect, and OMG DUCKS! Clearly, I am a sucker for ducks.

Date: 2007-12-26 04:46 pm (UTC)
ext_9121: (Default)
From: [identity profile] reflectedeve.livejournal.com
Okay, this is awesome! The situations are amusing enough, but damn, your art is gorgeous. You have a great sense of composition, and your coloring is to die for. Also particularly love Pollution and DEATH's expression s and posing. (I didn't really know that DEATH could have expressions.)

Date: 2008-01-06 08:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sarahsan
Without question some of the best pieces of art I've seen produced in this fandom, and definitely some of my new favorites. Your use of color is exquisite (War's hair! Pollution's oilslick! The magnificent shooting stars!), and your facial expressions are AMAZING. Amazing.

There's too much about these that I love for me to go through listing them ALL, but the compositions for all of them are brilliantly conceived and may I just say that the very CONCEPT of DEATH in a photo booth is the most hysterical and inspired thing I've ever encountered.

Wonderful, wonderful work.


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