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Title: The Warmest Colour
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Rating: General
Links: Ao3 | DeviantArt | Tumblr
Notes: Close your eyes, John. It's an experiment. [Reference] Next up, I'm going to try my hand at some RetirementLock. *gulp*


Date: 2014-07-09 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You continue to be the queen of gifs!

Date: 2014-07-09 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Edited Date: 2014-07-09 10:26 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-07-09 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I did not know you drew! That's lovely!

Date: 2014-07-09 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. I wish I did more fanart, but my job and podcasting take up a lot of my creative energy and my time. So I'm trying to do as much fanart on vacation as I can.

Date: 2014-07-09 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I recognized the reference immediately! Lovely.

Interesting how changing the gender of the participants changes the overall tenor/message of the image for me. I reacted negatively to the original poster because I'm so tired of seeing women with this commercialized, mouth-open, sexualized expression--you know what I mean--and yet, take away that context, that anger, and add the "experiment," and it strikes me as such a tender moment. M.

Date: 2014-07-09 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow. This is a thought-provoking comment because it gets at where one can really go wrong (or get lucky) with a particular reference.

When I first saw the image this was based upon, it was on a flyer, was slightly cropped and faded, and was written in Swedish, which I couldn't read. This all meant I wasn't quite sure if the children being depicted were boys or girls or same or opposite gender. I just remember thinking it looked like a beautiful almost kiss, that the lips were so pretty, and that I would love to use as a reference photo for a Kidlock picture.

I lost the flyer, but saw the image again when recognition for the movie increased and the actresses began speaking about the problems they had with the director, and that's how I learned that these were both girls. I went looking again for different versions of this same photo until I found several, including this one, that worked for me to really get the lips.

I just really wanted to draw John and Sherlock in a pre-kiss moment and the only reason I could think to get them there was that wonderful fanfic trope "It's for an experiment."

All this is to say, I'm happy to know this struck a tender moment for you even though I wasn't conscious of what I was doing by altering the context and characters this way.

Date: 2014-07-09 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's a great, classic composition--the symmetry moderated by the tilt, the clearly defined space between them yet the obviously implication that it's about to be closed by a kiss. I think part of the reason it made me smile was the fact that it felt like it de-fanged the original, if that makes sense--the stereotypes of the original image (sexualized young women, women as objects to be looked at by a viewer via glossy images) were being subverted (boys rather than girls, more ambiguity about the sexuality indicated by the blushes, the obvious hand of the fanartist as opposed to the slick finish of the poster). M.

Date: 2014-07-10 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There are hearts. You put hearts in there.

Date: 2014-07-11 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
YES! Someone noticed the hearts! I tend to make my bakgrounds swirly because I hate visible lines in large patches of color and I don't know what to do about it. But this time, instead of just swirls, I added some hearts.

Date: 2014-07-10 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oooh, I didn't notice the hearts at first! So lovely, and such a sweet moment. It makes me want to know the story around the image.

Date: 2014-07-11 04:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm tickled people are noticing the hearts. Hmmm... wish I had a proper story to go with this one. It would be cute and something to do with blue. I think Sherlock wants to experiment to see if John's eyes change color as a result of kissing or something.

Date: 2014-07-10 06:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Just LOOK at those rosy cheeks! I want to squeeze them! <3 And yes, the hearts--adorable, darlin. :D

Date: 2014-07-11 04:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm having a good laugh imagining their reaction if someone dared pinch their cheeks. But I'm so glad you want to.

Date: 2014-07-10 01:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Very nicely done. I like the colours you chose and the shading is perfect.

There's such a sweet and trusting innocence to this… I find it very touching.

Date: 2014-07-11 04:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awe, thank you. I'm glad to know it evoked this feeling in you.


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