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The following three illustrations were all done for pandoraculpa's fma_big_bang fic, Two of Us. Please do click on over and read before you click on my lj cut and look at my spoilery illos. I'd thoroughly recommend it for an unusual, satisfyingly slow-burn and complex take on Roy/Ed in mangaverse. Lovely characterisation, lots of subtexty bromance, and doesn't overdo the angst. Oh, and it's a sequel to her fantastic two-parter The Prices We Pay. You know me, UST is my porn. Well, porn is also my porn. But you know what I'm saying.

Title: illustrations for pandoraculpa's Two of Us
Artist: bob_fish
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Roy/Ed
Warnings: some illos contain semi-worksafe make-out action. Pretty tame, but thought I'd mention it in case you're at work and have a very easily shocked boss. More importantly, these illos contain SPOILERS for some surprises in later chapters. I would highly recommend that you read the fic (my illos are embedded in it so you'll see them there) before heading over here, in order not to spoil the twists and turns of pandoraculpa's marvellous story.




from Part Four:
Eventually he folded the paper in his lap, before laying it aside. As if this were a signal, Ed roused and sat forward, turning to fix Roy with an expectant eye before leaning across the other man's lap and pressing their lips together.

This, too, had become normal.





from Part Seven:
As it always did while he worked on the array, time seemed to disappear. There were only the lines to follow, each so precisely placed, and as familiar to Roy now as the strict geometry of his personal array.




from Part Eight:
Next to him, Ed slumbered on, sprawled on his back with one ankle hooked possessively over his, cheek resting against Roy's pillow which had been drawn up onto his shoulder. It was peculiarly comfortable.





A/N: and with that, my Big Bang commitments are finally over! Woo hoo!

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cornerofmadness
Apr. 8th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
you did a really nice job with these. I really liked the attention to the scar detail in the last one (and the fact ed is drooling on Roy's head)
bob_fish
Apr. 8th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I think Ed is drooling (and lying with his belly out) literally every time we see him asleep, so I'm sure he'd drool on any lucky bed-partner (and clonk them with the automail if they weren't careful). Roy has an extra scar in this fic (on the right) from being badly gored by a chimera in the prequel. The one on the left is of course from Lust/burning his wound shut, and gave me a funny image of him craning his neck around like a dork to see as he tried to cauterise the holes in his back closed.

(medical nerding: would cauterising your wounds from the outside actually help with hypervolemic shock? Wouldn't he just bleed internally until he fell over (although thinking about it, he does fall over afterwards)? Or did he precisely cauterised his innards too? Ouch. I've always wondered, but of course nothing will detract from the awesomeness of shirtless Roy v. Lust)
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salomesensei
Apr. 8th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Beautiful art! Now tell me, being a big old hentai like I am, why I can't stop looking at the detail work on that sofa! (Well, ok, and Roy's juicy peach of a booty.)
bob_fish
Apr. 8th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
Ha, I drew Hughes ripping off Roy's shirt for CoM's Big Bang fic and she was all, "ooh, how did you do the floorboards?" It's amazing how easy it is to produce textures like that with a tablet and a few minutes with some Photoshop brushes. Also, I like drawing butts (and I cannot lie).
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enemytosleep
Apr. 9th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
I had lots of fun thoughts to share with you about these, but one last look at the sleeping pic erased them all and replaced them with dirty things I want to do to sleeping Ed. I think some of the previous thoughts were about doing dirty things to Roy (and his bum), but now I can't be sure. Best I go take another look.
bob_fish
Apr. 9th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
I think I can guess at least some of the dirty things you want to do to sleeping Ed. Because I drew them for you recently?

I notice no comments for my super-complicated drawing of an array and leather desk surface and mega-alchemy nerding ... just the butts. XD I do seem to like drawing little round bottoms. If I ever make someone's bottom too pert and round, you will correct me, right?
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pandoraculpa
Apr. 10th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
I know that I've told you many times how much I love these illustrations, but I really couldn't go without leaving another comment. The amount of time and work you put into these, to follow up on the details and make everything *right* has been simply amazing, and I can't even begin to tell you how much I appreciate all of that care. They are such a wonderful addition to the story, and beyond that, simply gorgeous on their own.

There is so much I love about them- from the minutia of the first picture (the woodgrain! the sofa! the endtable and of course, oh god, the boys!!), to the well thought-out array and all those yummy alchemy notes and the ring (!!) in the second, to the wonderfully natural posing in the final picture, and the automail, and Roy's ass, and Ed's drool, and, and, and...!

There's just so much to love! And I just wanted to thank you once again, from the bottom of my heart, for putting so much into them. I really couldn't have asked for anything better, and I am honored to have your work enhancing my fic. &hearts&hearts&hearts
bob_fish
Apr. 10th, 2010 09:29 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for lovely comments! I'm so behind with commenting on everyone's Big Bangs, but I really need to go and leave you a proper review of love for your awesome fic. It was a joy to illustrate, it really was, and fun to collaborate with an author so visually-oriented and into the details.

I'm so glad you liked Ed's drool. I didn't want to kill the mood, but yeah, he's Ed. He always drools. Roy is just going to have to get used to that (and to sharing a bed with cold automail). I think Ed's hotness is probably going to pretty much compensate, though. XD
a_big_apple
Apr. 10th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
I said this in a comment on the fic, I think, but your illos are AWESOME as always! I love Roy and Ed with their scars showing, and Ed drooling, and that array is wicked awesome.
bob_fish
Apr. 10th, 2010 09:24 am (UTC)
Thanks! I thought the scars showing was cute and appropriate given the fic. I find it so adorable that chimera-goring apart, they have matching scars on their left sides. And of course Ed will drool in Roy's eye. Muahahaha. He is also going to have cat-on-his-head hair when he sits up, which something else I am never able to resist.
sky_dark
Apr. 10th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
They are fantastic. I have to say as much as I enjoy the central focus of the drawings, dude that is a rocking couch and end table in the first one. I love it when an artist pays attention to a background <333
bob_fish
Apr. 10th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Well, of course Roy has a rocking couch and end table (and art deco lamp)! I like nerding details. I also nerded 1920s electrical wiring and sockets for that one, and the layout of the Central Times when it appears in the manga. And the Chesterfield of Love as depicted here is the sofa I want to have when I am a grown-up.

Thanks!
airwaveeight
Jun. 18th, 2011 02:13 pm (UTC)
Pandora's fic is probably my favorite FMA fic, period, and your art has certainly done it justice-- The array in the second picture is just SPECTACULAR and definitely as complicated-- or more-- than I could ever invision.
bob_fish
Jun. 18th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That array had to be crazy-complicated to match the time Roy spends etching it in the fic, so I designed it before incorporating it into the illo. I based the points of the circle on the human transmutation formula, since what Ed does skates so close to that.
sonjajade
Jun. 18th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
My first comment to myself as I was looking at these: "OMFG look at that SOFA!!!" Your sofa is amazing!! And I loved the letter Ed leaves Roy about NOT using the transmutation circle he's drawn lol
bob_fish
Jun. 18th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I seem to have this bad habit of drawing distracting details, I'm always drawing rude pics and getting comments saying "ooh, what a nice throw rug". XD

Sidebar: I kept giving Roy that sofa (a classic chesterfield) in illos because it was like, my dream couch. Now I haz a second hand one just like that but in dark brown leather. I love it so.

I seem to remember the letter was inspired by something in the fic, if not taken directly from it.
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