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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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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)
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)
Apr. 8th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
yes Ed does drool, belly out most time (Al chides him often for the latter). Yes I'm quite sure anyone sleeping with Ed will have bruises.

I figured the scar was from the story

Actually, no it really wouldn't. Cauterizing his innards would be bad. He MIGHT have cauterized major bleeders he saw inside and is probably bleeding internally (and should have been hospitalized longer than he was and probably has kidney damage and peritonitis but eh, it's fiction. Ditto with impaled Ed)
Apr. 8th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Of course, Ed fixed his wounds with magic alchemy and then had surgery afterward (in that tiny rural clinic) so maybe a bit more leeway there? Cauterising the main bleeders sounds good but the entry and exit wounds are pretty small. And uh, Roy's not a doctor. Neither is the Great Cow, apparently. XD (and neither am I XD)

Still, they are both very badass in those two scenes. And of course no-one can really complain that doing this procedure means that Roy absolutely has to fight with his shirt open and his abs out. XD
Apr. 8th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
well yes Ed did fix his wounds with alchemy so hopefully he knew enough to fix a kidney and um, send an antibacterial wave (yeah that works, right?) through his abdomen for that perforated intestine.

Yes luckily for Roy it was just dirty fingernails ripping through him.

and who am I to complain about anything that leads to exposed Roy works for me
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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.)
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).
Apr. 8th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Waaaah, you make it sound easy. But my art is so sucky. Why can I write well and not draw worth a shit, despite time at it and lessons. It just doesn't come to me. Well, I can sing and act, so there's that. Guess we all get the mixture we get.

Yay butts, and please linky to Hughes ripping off Roy's shirt (OMGGGGG)!
Apr. 8th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Ha, if it's any consolation, I'm an absolutely appalling singer, I have no sense of musical rhythm, and I'm very bad at sports (apart from skiing for some reason, I'm all right at that).

Here are some more butts. Hughes ripping off Roy's shirt, tied-up limbs-off Ed and naked pervy Winry (for enemytosleep's birthday, warning: porny with visible fun parts), and Shamballa Ed half-wearing an Oktoberfest barmaid's outfit on Alfons's kitchen floor (for a_big_apple: warning, more visible fun parts).

Please be enjoying your naughty arts.
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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.
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?
Apr. 10th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Ah yes, I remember one of the comments now. I believe to a_big_apple you said that you would tease us with Ed's treasure trail next (since you couldn't give us all of everything in one illo). Self-fulfilling prophecy? Now if I can only use my porn telepathy to get you to illustrate some of the dirty things I was imaging doing to sleeping Ed. But instead of drawing me, you could draw Ling.

Um, Ed's belly is delicious, and it makes me want to peel his boxers off? Oh wait, super complicated, life-restoring alchemy. Good job nerding that out. It looks wonderful, as does the Chesterfield of Sex. And Roy's round bottom, which I would of course correct you on if you ever made it too round and pert. *innocent smile wobbles*
Apr. 10th, 2010 09:21 am (UTC)
Poor Ed, he has so little body hair (uh, canonically, since we see him with his chest out so often) XD I thought I covered at least some of the dirty things you wanted to do with the limbs-off porny Ed/Win pic? XD

Yes, super complicated life-restoring alchemy. Ithankyew. And you know the Chesterfield of Sex is like my ideal sofa. It may have further adventures awaiting it in the NSI sequel. Possibly.

I worry about giving my dudes girly round bottoms, but so far people seem to like them like this. XD
Apr. 11th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
You did cover some of the dirty things I'd like to do to him with that pic, but there are so, so many more. ^_^

I look forward to seeing Roy with his legs in the air begging for it on the Chesterfield of Sex. Can Ling be there? Or is he busy sniggering at Al as Sook Joo pwns him in the other room?

I like round butts and I cannot lie.
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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
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
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.
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.
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
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.

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.
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.
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
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.
Jun. 18th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
When I was in interior design school, we had to literally sit in a furniture store and draw furniture. Nothing I ever drew came out that nice though. You really have a great grasp on rendering that's for sure.

I think I might've mentioned to you once before that I'm not very confident with my graphics pad. The only thing I drew outright was an illustration for an InuYasha story I wrote, and I have the line art for an Al/Mei thing in progress but I'm scared not confident enough to finish it. I really should just do it, that inuyasha one turned out pretty good, even with the sampling I did for the carpet texture
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