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11 May 2012 @ 06:20 pm
Alrighty. I have an odd fandom request.

See, I love fanart, and I love drawing/art...but I haven't kept up with it. I'd love to join things like hp_fanart_fest someday but at the moment I'm just too out of practise when it comes to getting an idea based off a prompt, channelling the idea into a sketch idea that works, finding models for references (I definitely need them these days), turning a sketch into a lined piece/more completed piece, and I'm waaaaay out of practise with colouring. I think I've only coloured one thing since I stopped having a tablet back in high school.

So my request is for prompts--informal, strict, just a string of words and some characters, whatever. Any kinds of prompts, really, for any fandom you've heard me mention. I can try to draw up a list, including television.

And you can needle me. It's probably going to take the most amount of time and effort to get me back into the habit of drawing, and to get through the "WAAAH I CAN'T DO THIS ANYMORE!" phase that always comes up when I've stopped for a while, and then the angsty "BUT I DON'T HAVE MY OWN STYLE ACK ACK ACK!" I really do want to work through this, though.

I can't make any guarantee with what the pictures will look like. I'll have to do lots of practice with heads and expressions, so some may be just that, or some I may try to get all the way to finished product...I don't know. So the leaving of prompts would be more out of you lovely people thinking "I'll leave prompts so Kiwi can start up with art again" rather than "I'd really like to see this done." Hopefully that's alright. And if this works, I imagine I'll be working on it for a while. Especially since I just remembered backgrounds exist. Ohboy. But nooo I'm going to post this before I start wondering why I'm doing this to myself (because I enjoy it; I just forget sometimes--for years at a time).

Books: Tamora Pierce's Emelan universe. I suppose the Provost's Dog series, now, too. Harry Potter (I'll class that as a book, though I'm sure the films would sneak into any art). I've read the first Hunger Games book and will be reading Catching Fire shortly. My goodreads account may be useful for others. You're also welcome to ask--if I haven't read a book or series, it may be that it's on my to-read list and I'd love to jump it ahead, or that I end up discovering a new book/series to read!

Television: Check my Sidereel account. I am tracking some shows that I haven't watched yet, but it's worth asking.

Other Fandoms: I think really it's just worth asking? I've watched plenty of films and all, but I haven't really kept tabs on which ones. :X

I don't think there will be immediate turn-around with this since I'm sure it'll take me a while just to get my confidence up enough to get my pencil down to paper, and to start a sketch, and to keep going with one, and certainly to post anything. But I'm going to push myself to actually do it, honest.

So if you think of the prompts as a "donation to Kiwi's artistic endeavours" with no real expectations, and you'd be willing to go for that, please drop me a prompt or a few or many to watch me alternately dance a jig and hide behind the Armchair of Agony (Writer's/Artist's Insecurity)? I can't believe I used to draw every day. English class used to be so good for fandom doodles! Oh how I miss thee...

(In other news, I have to go to a Committee Meeting soon. *Wrinkles nose.* We know how much fun those are.)
Current Mood: artisticArtistic.
kellychambliss: MinervaThiliakellychambliss on May 12th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
I want a picture of Minerva that does not look like Maggie Smith.

I want a picture of Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank looking butch.

Two of the OLSB holding hands.
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || Letting the hair down.cranky__crocus on May 12th, 2012 03:27 am (UTC)
I want a picture of Minerva that does not look like Maggie Smith.
Given my current endeavour seems to be "dive the hell in, Kiwi", I suppose it only makes sense to start with one of the most difficult things I can imagine! (Not difficult in that I don't agree: Maggie Smith isn't my mental image of Minerva, but I'm no longer at the point that I can transfer the images of characters I have in my mind down to paper; I need references. So I may just have to go through all the Minerva fanart and Minerva-like people I can find [may have to check out Miss Hardbroom again…] to see what combination of features I like best, and find the style that works best for my drawing of them. The idea of having to look at so much Minerva art! Oh how you make me suffer, Kelly. (; )

I want a picture of Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank looking butch.
Love it. I don't think I've ever drawn a butch woman (except brief self-portrait doodles), since I stopped drawing before my appreciation for (non-self) butchness started up. Excellent!

Two of the OLSB holding hands.
Adorable. And also good practise, since most artists will say right off the bat that hands and feet are difficult to get right.

Thank you for the prompts! I'm sure they'll serve me well. ♥

And, because the image just made me laugh:

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Kiwi Crocus: EA || Rose || Flower in her hair.cranky__crocus on May 12th, 2012 05:11 am (UTC)
That is Miss Hardbroom, from the series The Worst Witch, which is hilarious and witchly and there's some serious chemistry between Miss Hardbroom and the PE teacher (who is also female). There's also a Trelawney-like teacher that creates some laughs. I still haven't watched enough of it--only most of the first season, I think--but I absolutely plan to. And there's apparently some pretty good femslash of Miss Hardbroom/Miss Drill (the PE teacher).

Did I mention that Miss Constance Hardbroom is the Deputy Headmistress, to an eccentric Headmistress Miss Amelia Cackle? And she's always sneaking up on her students. I really need to go re-watch and finally finish that series, given the enjoyment I got from it! (It was one of my many exam-time-revision-reward shows that got thrown by the wayside when my exams were over, before I had finished watching.)

What is this "or" business? *Grins.*

As for prompts, I'd like to see Amelia in her office.

Or Minerva and Rolanda flying.
Yummy squared.

Or the Coven having a picnic at the lakeshore.
Oh that is just precious! If I can work up to group-pictures (even when I did draw regularly, more than three people in a picture were difficult), I will definitely try for that. It's such a pretty picture in my head!
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Kiwi Crocus: Readwrite || Rosethorn || Stare.cranky__crocus on May 12th, 2012 07:14 am (UTC)
I have a feeling it isn't as widely known because it's a bit sillier, from what I've noticed? (Again, I haven't watched all of it; and I haven't read the books, either.) I don't think it goes as deeply into darkness and looks at those sorts of issues, like Harry Potter. Also, I think series with male protagonists still tend to do better? Girls and young women seem to be much more used to (and thus able) to relate to male characters or find supporting female characters to relate to in male-protagonist-driven stories than boys and young men are used to the other way around (possibly because they've never had to, and so don't think they can).

I guess there are two spinoffs of the show, as well, though I've never looked into them. :B
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Kiwi Crocus: TV || Xena || Beach heart.cranky__crocus on May 12th, 2012 08:47 am (UTC)
I had to go look up Inkheart; I haven't read it and don't remember hearing much about it. (Which doesn't mean I haven't, really, it's just that I never connected the name and what people were talking about.)

I've read the first book in The Hunger Games series and have the second one out now to read; I've heard that the first is the best and that after that the story peters out a bit, but I'll see! I hope I get some fun new supporting characters, even if some of them have to die. :X

His Dark Materials I read years back, in high school; I did enjoy it, and I don't want to give anything away, so I shan't say more. But come have a chat with me when you've finished reading them, please! I'd love to talk on it. (:
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Kiwi Crocus: Readwrite || READ!cranky__crocus on May 12th, 2012 09:51 am (UTC)
The premise certainly sounds fun/awesome; I'm sorry to hear that the book didn't live up to it. I'll not add it to my lists at the moment, then--goodness knows I'm already swamped with books I want to read with another to pick up from the library today. (The "request" button is dangerous. Too simple, and suddenly there's an email saying the requested book is in and all I have to do is go into the library, search under my surname initial, and find my books.) But if the second and third are better, I'll at least consider reading it later. (: I'm not actually a picky reader: I get critical when it's asked of me, or when I turn that part of my brain on, but often I can turn it off and read non-critically. When I'm also reading books on racism/white privilege, sexism, other 'isms'...well, then it gets a bit more difficult to ignore, because the other books are making the various critical voices louder. I don't know if I'm making any sense; it's nearly ten-to-six in the morning and I've been awake all night "cleaning" (occasionally cleaning, more often doing various things).

You know, I'll have to read up on His Dark Materials and what's behind it. I never knew that about Paradise Lost, and I never read in advance about the reversed polarities, but having already read it I certainly recognise that part of the premise being there. When I read the books, I wasn't much into knowing the premise before reading--or even particularly during or after (such as the Paradise Lost tidbit); nowadays I'd be more interested.

I have to admit that one of my big draws to it was the 'daemon' idea, because ever since childhood I had those dreams and fantasies of having a sort of best friend we're born with and bonded with immediately, or can choose to at a young age. A Luna Lovegood childhood can be dreamy, but occasionally a bit lonely, so tied-tight friendships (especially with animals) were always a big hit with me. (;
A completely happy writer: Danbo - waiting for coffeelar_laughs on May 12th, 2012 05:18 am (UTC)
Some general ones:

When you hide among the flowers, you hear unexpected things.

A lazy afternoon, basking in a beam of sunlight.

At every corner, there's a new danger.

Slaying dragons is not always done with a sword but with wits.

And they say smiling is good for the soul. What do they know?

(Those seem very visual to me but I don't know for sure if those will work.)
Kiwi Crocus: Ani D || Grinning.cranky__crocus on May 12th, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
I experience the world visually, so most things should at least bring something visual to my noodle. (:

When you hide among the flowers, you hear unexpected things.
Oh, I love it! I think I could handle that.

A lazy afternoon, basking in a beam of sunlight.

At every corner, there's a new danger.
I like it! The first darker/less-romantic issue, for the most part. (Of course all prompts can be taken in so many different ways.)

Slaying dragons is not always done with a sword but with wits.
I think I'd have to do this as a sort of pseudo-comic, but I like it!

And they say smiling is good for the soul. What do they know?
Angsty! Awesome!

They work. (: Thank you very much for the contribution! ♥
A completely happy writer: Buffy - Anya bunnieslar_laughs on May 12th, 2012 05:29 am (UTC)
*bows* You are ever so welcome! I love giving out prompts.
Kiwi Crocus: Nature || Open light crocus.cranky__crocus on May 12th, 2012 05:38 am (UTC)
I miss the days of us hurriedly finishing/editing stories for fests together, at ridiculous times. (Mine were probably ridiculously ridiculous, given it was usually 9am for me as I was finishing after a full night of writing!) Even if it only specifically happened once, there seemed to be a mentality of it; and I know that even if we were hurriedly writing for different fests, we were often doing it at the same time.
A completely happy writer: Eva Green smilelar_laughs on May 12th, 2012 06:02 am (UTC)
It does feel as if we did it many times! Hard to believe it was only the once. Whenever I'm finishing up a story late at night (although I'm trying very hard to do the final edits in the mornings, these days), I often imagine you doing the same thing! It makes it a little less lonely.
Kiwi Crocus: TV || Xena || Femslash.cranky__crocus on May 12th, 2012 07:09 am (UTC)
I'm positive that, even if we only did it together once for the same fest, there were many late-night occasions of frantically writing--even if for different events.

Ahahaha I still imagine you doing it, too! (And I'm trying to be better with doing final edits a bit later, too. Although I'm off fests for a while...but I'll be trying to keep that up for later, too. I've had far too many extensions in my short career of fest writing, but they were mostly requested in advance, so I don't feel toooo terrible.)
A completely happy writer: Funny Fall Leaveslar_laughs on May 12th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
I try very hard not to do extensions but I'm learning about the power of asking for them, that's for sure. I really should step back from fests as I don't think they're doing me any good but giving me gray hair! This last fest that I signed up for, I had to ask for an extension because I discovered, at the last minute of course, that I'd written it for ONE OF THE WRONG CHARACTERS in the requested pairing! Granted, it was a very secondary character so it wasn't like I got the characterization wrong or anything but now I'm having to go through the story and make sure that my "rewrite" works. *grins*

I'm glad you're getting back into the art part of creating. Not that you've ever really walked away but I'm excited to see what you come up with!
Feather Quillfeatherxquill on May 12th, 2012 09:38 am (UTC)
Amelia Bones, Auror Monocle and Morals, superhero in a waistcoat *g*
Kiwi Crocus: HP || McPomf || Comfort.cranky__crocus on May 12th, 2012 09:41 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, I owe you a comic! What was the title of the fic to which I left that as a comment? I think I would need some help coming up with a plotline for that, but if I could get some help (*wink wink nudge nudge*), I'd be game! Especially since I've seen your art--another point that means I owe you art!--and a collab would be fun!
woldywoldy on May 12th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
Sprout gardening

Any of the non-human characters or fantastical beasts

Afternoon tea between the ladies at Hogwarts
Kiwi Crocus: Fantasy || Mermaid harem.cranky__crocus on May 15th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
Sprout gardening
Perfect! And good for me to do some plant ID again to get the plant types and my drawings right.

Any of the non-human characters or fantastical beasts
Yay! I was thinking the other day, "You know, I'd love to draw all of these being and beasts." Not that I think I'll ever get around to ALL of them--but having a prompt for one or a few is wonderful!

Afternoon tea between the ladies at Hogwarts
And that is just delightful, for when I manage to do groups!

Thank you!
Shivshiv5468 on May 12th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
You know.. some Sybill might be nice.
Kiwi Crocus: HP || Sibyl || Hug everyone else.cranky__crocus on May 15th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
You know.. some Sybill might be nice.
You're right! And it'd be wonderful to learn how to draw frizzy curls.

therealsnape: MM Sightherealsnape on May 14th, 2012 11:54 am (UTC)
Finally catching up with the flist. How was your committee meeting, then?

And if you ever feel so inclined: either Minerva or Amelia as the Secretary of a Committee - and just for one, brief moment, her face shows how she actually feels about what's going on.
Kiwi Crocus: HP || Irma || Ravenclawcranky__crocus on May 15th, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
It was surprisingly pleasant! The minister was shocked by how quickly we finished; I think it was record-breaking.

either Minerva or Amelia as the Secretary of a Committee - and just for one, brief moment, her face shows how she actually feels about what's going on.
I'm sure I will certainly feel inclined; I love this prompt and would love to do it for both of them. I'm sure it will take me ages to do anything properly, but I'll keep it filed away in my brain and inbox!