aesc: (gwen)
*hugs to [livejournal.com profile] girlnamedpixley!*



Aside from sharpening, gaussian blurring, and one or two other things, I've never really used any of Photoshop's filters. But there is a rather simple, yet cunning, way to turn a photograph into something more painterly by using the Find Edges function under the 'Stylize' filter to get that penstroke/fine brushpoint outline effect. I tried it out on Teyla first, because 1.) Teyla is gorgeous, and 2.) the colors in this particular scene from "Kindred I" are, IMHO, some of the best in SGA, period. For a first attempt, I'm pretty happy with it!

I also revisited the 4.16 cap in my header, because of how it is awesome. The actual version is 1000px wide, and so is behind the cut.



the pearly gates have some eloquent grafitti )

Okay, no more coherence from me tonight *fallover*
aesc: (hellooo John)
Heh, trying to add some more entries to my typography tag XD I'll post a wallpaper of this eventually, but the way it came together was weirdly... not wallpaper-friendly, so I'll have to mess around with it some more.



i'll be what I am )

In other news: Am still wibbling over SPN 4.16. Meeep.
aesc: (girl assistant)
Really, how awesome was Aretha Franklin's inauguration hat? So awesome I had to spend my evening with it. These are supposed to be, kinda-sorta, vinyl album covers. *facepalm*

.previews: (all 400.400px)



soul train! )

Technically the wee previews are icons, so you can snag them if you want ♥
aesc: (hellooo John)
Escape Velocity (PG; John-centric gen)
by [livejournal.com profile] dogeared and [livejournal.com profile] aesc

Hurrah, done! This is our artword submission for the Astronomy Challenge, inspired by this photo from the Apollo 17 mission. I had been wanting to do another comic for quite some time now, and [livejournal.com profile] dogeared, awesome as always, provides some beautiful words to work with, very happily looked over my shoulder and cheered me on. Sine qua non

DANGER ALERT: This is set before 5.19 "Vegas," and contains spoilers for the episode, so if you haven't seen it and don't want to be spoiled, do not pass the LJ cut. Also, if you have a difficult time with scruffy, disheveled John, you may want to double-check your heart medication.

.preview:


He dreams of that sky, and two days later, he feels like he's still chasing it. That's the excuse he gives himself when he brings home a documentary about the last moon walk. )
aesc: (Default)
Like a lot of the things I do, in or out of fandom, I tried my damndest with this for a few days before throwing up my hands and saying fine, be like that! and stalking off to sulk for a couple of months. Then, last night, I was reading some extremely wonderful poetry and mid-line I thought, Oh hey, maybe this would work instead. So I went back, pulled the draft, such as it was, apart, and did this instead.

"This" is a long-promised cover for [livejournal.com profile] apple_pi's totally awesome The Paradox of Vision, which you must must must MUST read. As I've said before, there's nothing in this world quite like doing art for a fabulous story... I think it's, for me, a different way of interpreting a story than the ways I usually use. Anyway. Art!



open up your eyes )


In other news: It snowed last night, and it's slushy and gross today. Also, I was up until 3:00 or so, banging away at PhotoShop. Consequently, I am disinclined to be awake right now.
aesc: (hellooo John)
So, like many of you I'm sure, That Scene from 5.11 is more or less lasered into my brain. The good thing about my brain is that it can edit out the stupid stupid really fucking annoying SciFi HD logo, but Photoshop takes more work. Still, caps from That Scene cry out to be used in some way, and once I got them (about four hours ago), I was helpless to do anything except sit here and Photoshop like a madwoman; this is merely the first of a couple of ideas I had as to what to do with them.


Source: This cap.



hard time killing floor )
aesc: (yes and yes)
There are few pleasures in life so sublime as making art for kick-ass stories.

For [livejournal.com profile] cesperanza's very awesome Te of John and [livejournal.com profile] fiercelydreamed's also very awesome Rebuilding Babel. If you haven't read either of these yet, you really really should. I will leave it at that.



on the plane I can see the tiny lights below )
aesc: (yes and yes)
Hurray, [livejournal.com profile] sgabigbang is live here! As I did last year, I contributed both fic and art, the better to plague you with.

Fic
"Bud, you can't stay here all night," the waiter said to the space captain. "You got to go."

"In a minute," the space captain said. "Let me finish, okay?"

The man had been drinking the same cup of coffee for the past hour. Postum got worse the longer it sat; it must have been like drinking wheat-flavored sludge. McKay watched as the man took another sip, hoarding it for a moment before swallowing, and this time the bitterness in McKay's mouth was the unfamiliar taste of a guilty conscience. He waved the waiter over.

"Another?" Brown and bloodshot eyes peered at him incredulously as the waiter wiped his hands on the rag stuffed into his apron. "Yes, another," McKay snapped, "because why else would I summon you over? For a massage?" He set a nickel on the counter and gestured with his chin to the space captain and his cold cup of coffee, and mouthed
for him in case the waiter didn't get it.

A Face That Nobody Knows (NC17) John/Rodney, ~44,000+ words | {link

Words aren't enough to describe the debt I owe to my betas, [livejournal.com profile] fiercelydreamed, [livejournal.com profile] tropes, and [livejournal.com profile] villainny, who not only helped with the things I knew were wrong, but pointed out things that had entirely escaped me. What is good here is all down to them; what is deficient... well, that's me. But I will say that, despite the difficulties, this was a lot of fun to write, and quite different from what I usually do, and I hope you enjoy it :)

And smooooches and mostly-naked Olympic swimmers to [livejournal.com profile] amberlynne, for the bamboozling.

Art
Done for [livejournal.com profile] cathalin's unbelievably lovely The Price That Life Exacts. I'm not linking to the art itself because it's vaguely spoilery for the story, so I'll leave the clicking up to you. But here, have a peek:



.eta: Feedback posts! They are here [for story] and here [for art]
aesc: (astro!John)
I started this ages ago and had to set it aside for other projects, but found it tonight when I was wandering through my art folders. SO, I decided to finish it up! It's a cover for [livejournal.com profile] sheafrotherdon's awesome, beautiful, and achy Bound by Will, which you should very definitely read.



bound by will )


In other news: It is possible I have a crush on Alexi Murdoch. Oh man. Also, my soundtrack lately has been all for angsty emo acoustic boys. "Blue Mind" cries out for a "Tao"-centric vid or something, for serious.
aesc: (smooch!)
.Lie Beside the Sea
For [livejournal.com profile] artword Challenge 10: Reversed and put together to get [livejournal.com profile] dogeared to write her absolutely lovely Lie Beside the Sea. Please please please go read it and tell her how awesome it is! When I read it this morning, I was so happy I can't even tell you, and I guarantee it will make you smile.

1200.900px version linked! Hugest thanks to [livejournal.com profile] oxoniensis for the graphics space on her site ♥



he has an alien beach and a little havand-va-wood bungalow and Rodney. )
aesc: (Default)
Pockets: Or, The Three Stages in the Relationship of John Sheppard & Rodney McKay

Submission #2 for [livejournal.com profile] paintedspires (and if you haven't been there to see all the great stuff, why not?), and oh my god is it wretchedly late. I feel like a lazy, excuse-plagued idiot, especially because I've been tormenting [livejournal.com profile] dogeared with this since I picked up her prompt, "what are the contents of Rodney's pockets?"

I hope the good news is that "Pockets" is a little one-page comic that can double as a wallpaper! Yes, you can have a silly story about John and Rodney being dorks plastered on your desktop, if you don't mind 1024.768 resolution. Or silly stories about John and Rodney being dorks.

.eta: I've posted the text of the image, for people who see the wisdom in not pressing their noses to their computer screens :D Whatever's in brackets isn't in the art; I added so things are a little clearer without the pictures to lean on.



Screw up. Apologize... Badly. )
aesc: (life)
Uncounted (John/Rodney) PG

My first submission for [livejournal.com profile] paintedspires (there has been a lot of awesome stuff posted already--go and see, if you haven't yet!), answering the prompt "I didn't lose my mind, it was mine to give away." A small version is under the cut, with a link to the full-res (900.1200) version following.

I also say thank you to [livejournal.com profile] beadattitude, [livejournal.com profile] dogeared, and [livejournal.com profile] sheafrotherdon for encouragement along the way and to [livejournal.com profile] summertea and [livejournal.com profile] villainny for beta-viewing and providing very useful and much-needed comments. If this isn't as good as it should be, it isn't their fault.

.preview


There are some equations that don't need whiteboards )
aesc: (Default)
A couple experimental pieces, by which I mean experimental for me. One is a cover for [livejournal.com profile] fiercelydreamed's really, really awesome Unidentified, and the other is a draft of a cover for the noir!AU [livejournal.com profile] villainny and [livejournal.com profile] amberlynne have been interested in.



dirty work at the crossroads )

Now that I feel a bit less like I'm falling over myself, I might actually be able to do decent stuff for [livejournal.com profile] paintedspires, which is a happy thing.
aesc: (yes and yes)
.first: HATE COMCAST HATE HATE HATE I WANT PRETTY ANGSTY JOHN RIGHT NOW DAMMIT.

.cover: While writhing in searing torment waiting for my chance to snag the episode, I ventured into Photoshop for the first time in some weeks and doodled out a cover for [livejournal.com profile] sheafrotherdon's Iowa!verse fic [These Men Who Have Flown].



full size )
aesc: (aesc)
A 3-page story, part of the Nantucket AU, posted at [livejournal.com profile] wagoneer. It could not possibly have been done without [livejournal.com profile] steammmpunk and her marvelous, marvelous art. WEE!RODNEY!


This has been about a month in the making, and... yes. :)

In other news: "This Mortal Coil"... asdlkjfkj. Oh wow.

[In RL news: We aren't talking about RL right now. *sigh* Do not want.]
aesc: (mmm nice [sheppard])
I wasn't going to post this until next week, but asdlkjf I really needed to get something out of today, you know?

.Crash
comic-sort of art by [livejournal.com profile] aesc (John/Rodney, Nantucket AU [index])

.notes: graphic novelesque story, a very short sequel to Contour, to wrap up the angstiness [livejournal.com profile] dogeared got started with "Fall."



I crashed )


And then, some art I did for the cover to [livejournal.com profile] cybel's podbook of [livejournal.com profile] astolat's "Tango", which you can find here.

behind the cut, largeish )

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