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Title: By the Sounding Sea
Characters: Ling/Ed
Rating: G for really quite worksafe
Medium: Drawing tablet and Photoshop. Experimenting with some new (to me) digital painting techniques.
Notes: Illustration/cover image for vwl's Nothing Gold. It's one of my favourite fics of all time: a long story with a long reach about Ling and Ed and their lives together. I totally encourage you to check out the summary and, if you're so inclined, the fic itself, at the above link. I'm happy I got to illustrate it, and I hope I did good by it.








Because this came out quite detailed, I have a larger image for anyone who fancies spotting dodgy brushwork or putting Ling and Ed on their desktop.

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vwl
Jun. 13th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, Bob. That. That turned out simply amazing. I love that you managed to keep them both sort of ageless in this particular pose. (And I also love that Ed is wearing purple. ♥) It's so soft and pretty and and and ;_; thank you sooooooo much! I don't even know how to tell you how much I love this! I am going to print it up super big at work and hang it on my wall. ;____;

I apologize for the incoherentness of this. I tried to actually write the specifics of what I like, but I love it too much to do that. :| I don't get it either.
bob_fish
Jun. 13th, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
Really? Yay! Originally they were going to both have their backs to the viewer, but Ling sort of snuck into the spotlight as he does. And it seemed kind of appropriate that we can see Ling looks young but we can't really see Ed's age, given Ling's perspective in the fic. I thought Ed might like purple. I don't know if it would have imperial connotations to a westerner in FMA (did the king of Xerxes get to wear it? IDK) but it seemed very appropriate.

Well, your fic made me very incoherent, in a good way. I just tried about twice to finally write you a proper review and failed!

Would it be okay for me to pimp to the comms with that summary. I'd snip out the really fulsome praise from the summary to spare your blushes because I'm British like that, and say "check out the fic". I laid off the spoilers/warnings because your summary seemed pretty comprehensive that way.

Seriously, I'm so so glad you liked this. Thank you for writing that fic! It's stayed with me.
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celestialphoenx
Jun. 13th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
This is seriously gorgeous T_T
bob_fish
Jun. 13th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Digital painting iz hard.
sky_dark
Jun. 13th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
You were right, sap it is, but such pretty sap *sighs* It's gorgeous!
bob_fish
Jun. 13th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
SAP SAP SAP

Thanks! This scene was not at all cheesy in the fic, but it's really difficult to do sunsets without them coming out as cheese on a stick! It's especially difficult with Ling trying his best to pose and look dashing. He's difficult like that. XD
enemytosleep
Jun. 13th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
Typos XD
The effects are decent.
bob_fish
Jun. 13th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Typos XD
Oh great, another fan with ideas.
evil_little_dog
Jun. 13th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
That's really lovely.
bob_fish
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! It was nice to have time to pick away at it, and I learnt some new techniques!

BTW, is the timeframe on the userinfo for fireandice2011 correct for this year? I'm a bit confused because it mentions August, and I thought you mentioned something about the timeframe not being fixed yet in your LJ? Or I could just be confused, that happens.
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a_big_apple
Jun. 14th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
Beautiful. I love that fic too, and you captured the mood of it.
bob_fish
Jun. 14th, 2011 07:41 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I did want to capture some of the feel of it.
slinkslowdown
Jun. 14th, 2011 08:03 am (UTC)
Oh, that is a wonderful scene :O

Thanks so much for sharing it! :)
bob_fish
Jun. 14th, 2011 08:09 am (UTC)
Thank you!
genarti
Jun. 14th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is excellent!

Edited at 2011-06-14 03:32 pm (UTC)
bob_fish
Jun. 14th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
sonjajade
Jun. 14th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
OMG this is so beautiful! I love the ocean and the sun, the softness and fuzziness to the edges that really happens with those kinds of sunsets. And Ed and Ling!!! The whole thing is truly lovely, I can't say enough good things about this piece. Wonderfully done!
bob_fish
Jun. 14th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, I looked at lots of pictures of sunsets to try to get the light right. I often struggle with light sources, so I made myself try something dramatic this time as a challenge! Thank you!
bay115
Jun. 14th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, that's very beautiful! I think you captured that sunset scene with Ed and Ling very, every well. Well done!

And haha, thanks to you, I'm reminded that I need to leave a review for the story! XD *goes do that now*
bob_fish
Jun. 14th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
dreamer1789
Jun. 14th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
♥ All that color, the setting, the details! (Mostly luving Lin's face, robe and Ed's hair) ^^
bob_fish
Jun. 14th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
doublestops
Jun. 15th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
OMG. I loved reading that fic, and you illustrated that moment so beautifully.
bob_fish
Jun. 15th, 2011 09:24 am (UTC)
Thank you!
hikaru_9
Jun. 15th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC)
Love the detail <3 I think you did a fantastic job on this. The lighting is very well done <3
bob_fish
Jun. 15th, 2011 09:24 am (UTC)
Thank you!
ishte
Jun. 17th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
My God this is So beautiful! I don't even have words for it.
bob_fish
Jun. 17th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! That's a lovely compliment.
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eve_n_furter
Jun. 18th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
Pretty! I especially love the glowing sun: it's radiating heat.
bob_fish
Jun. 29th, 2011 09:32 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! Late reply is late.
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