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Title: four illustrations for FMA Reverse Bang 2013
Artist: bob_fish
Characters: Roy, Ed, Al (gen art, illustrates Roy/Ed fics)
Rating: Three are G and worksafe, one is PG-13 and mildly not worksafe due to naked Roy
Medium: Drawing tablet and Photoshop
Notes: check out all the other awesome stories and arts on fmabigbang! These illos are for a_big_apple's Darker Grows the Valley, tierfal's Diplomatic Excursions and Other Ways to Die, and zippitgood's The City Over the Mountain. Thank you thank you to enemytosleep for organising this round, and for art beta duties, and to all three authors for being such lovely collaborators and writing amazing fic.

Here's the prompt illustration I submitted for Reverse Bang way back in autumn. The image was inspired by Hua Shan/Mount Hua in north-west China. I do and I don't want to hike this glorious and terrifying trail someday.

I totally lucked out: I got THREE awesome authors who all wrote me plotty, post-manga Roy/Ed fics full of adventure, alchemy and intrigue. *loves on authors* They are all slight ending AUs too, for pairing and for Ed with alchemy. I feel so spoiled.

All my authors were super-great about sending me drafts, so I got to read these early on and heartily recommend them all! The drafts inspired me to some extra illos, one per story.

Al and Ed are draped over each other on the sofa in the way only reunited Elric brothers can be, giggling helplessly at nothing.

Illustration for a_big_apple's Darker Grows the Valley (Roy/Ed, Winry, Paninya, Al, R-ish): Roy and Ed are finally going to take a vacation--without Roy's job coming along too--so they're spending a week in Rush Valley to celebrate the opening of Winry's new automail shop.  This has nothing whatsoever to reports of dangerous rogue alchemy going on in the area--nope, nothing to do with that at all.

He comes up gasping and barely remembers, through the fritzing bewilderment in his brain at just how cold it is possible to be, to toss his head back and hurl shining droplets from his hair. He angles his chest just a little towards the spectator; runs a hand down his face; arches his spine; flicks his head again so that his sopping bangs draggle into his eyes. The effect must be phenomenal even though he’s shivering.

Illustration for tierfal's Diplomatic Excursions and Other Ways to Die (Roy/Ed, featuring Al/cats and Hawkeye/BAMFery, hard R): Conceptually, attending Emperor Ling's coronation celebration is simple enough. In practice, it involves far too much trekking, yearning, bleeding, burning, hoping, running, and dodging of diplomatic catastrophes for Roy's tastes.

They exchange looks before they step forward. The open path before them takes them toward the stream then alongside it to where it disappears into the rock face as far as Roy remembers. They see little else beyond what the mist reveals, barely a foot to each side.

Illustration for zippitgood's The City Over the Mountain (Roy/Ed, OCs, PG-13): When a clandestine mission to Aerugo doesn't go as planned, Roy and Ed stumble upon an unknown civilization with unexpected ties to their past and designs on their future that may not allow them to return to Amestris.


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Mar. 11th, 2013 10:42 am (UTC)
They are all wonderful. The naked Roy one is especially gorgeous <33

I’d do that hiking trail but I know it’d involve a rescue mission at some point. I’d get terrified and wouldn’t be able to move. Just watching that video made me nervous!! XD
Mar. 11th, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Naked Roy is showing off shamelessly in-story, so I tried to do the moment justice!

I think I like the idea better than I'd like the reality. The scenery is pretty glorious, but tiny footholds and planks + a long drop + my ingrained clumsiness would probably be a terrible combination.
Mar. 11th, 2013 11:31 am (UTC)
Art. Drools.
Mar. 11th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
Art! Despite lack of free time, I'm not sure how I managed it.
Mar. 11th, 2013 11:57 am (UTC)
Ooh, I love all of these! Especially the naked!Roy one, alskjdjfs.

This round looks like it's going to be a really good batch of art and fic. I keep getting more and more excited as more things are going up. (And also sad because this upcoming week is going to be super busy. Need more time in a week!) And I feel like I should thank you profusely for inspiring post!manga Roy/alchemy!Ed. (That is my favorite as well. Can't imagine who inspired thaaat...)

I can't wait to read the stories these go with. Amazing work!
Mar. 11th, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Yes, my post-manga stuff was not AU when I started it in 2009, but after it got jossed and became AU, I was really glad to have it there waiting for me. I love writing grown-up Ed being alchemically creative, especially in fights, and Roy and Ed doing alchemy together, so much fun! Glad you enjoy it. <3

The stories really are great. I'm blown away by both the quality and quantity of amazing work everyone did.
Mar. 11th, 2013 12:38 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, that Irish-Spring-soap-commercial Roy.... Or maybe it's more like Herbal Essences? Anyway, they're all gorgeous! And Ed's outfit in the last one...YUM.

But of course, I love the drunk giggly Elrics the best!! When I'm done catching up on sleep this week, I may have to icon that, if you don't mind. ;)
Mar. 11th, 2013 06:42 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, I haven't seen the Irish Spring soap ad but I do know the Herbal Essences advert. The one that sticks in my head is the one with the lawyer doing sexy hair in court.

Ed really suits a waistcoat, doesn't he? XD

I really enjoyed drawing drunk giggly Elrics! I feel like I haven't done justice to their closeness in my own fic so far and I really need to remedy that! And yes, please do icon away, I'm flattered you like them enough and I'd love to see the result!
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Mar. 11th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
These are all wonderful. I especially love Ed and Al being brothers and of course, naked Roy.
Mar. 11th, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Note I didn't forget his huge-ass scar, because I love it so.
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Mar. 11th, 2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
All the art are great! Like everyone else, the naked Roy one is very nice. :P The art for zippitgood looks kinda mysterious and makes me interested in that story (then again I'm always up for FMA stories taking place outside of Amestris, lol).
Mar. 11th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Naked Roy was predictably popular. He's posing like that in the fic to be shamelessly seductive, but I guess it worked on everyone. XD

I like exploring other bits of FMA-world too. They're always fun to write and read!
Mar. 11th, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
They're all so beautiful~!
Mar. 11th, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you!
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Mar. 11th, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
Your scar's on the wrong side.
Mar. 11th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
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Mar. 14th, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
I am deeply unsurprised that first one inspired three stories. It's amazing.
Mar. 15th, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC)
Ah, thank you!
Mar. 16th, 2013 12:54 am (UTC)
SQUEEEEE!! Such lovely art! So many tempting fics! Life is good! ^_^

Oh, btw, there is no way on God's little green Earth I would ever climb that trail! scary! *^_^*

Edited at 2013-03-16 12:55 am (UTC)
Mar. 16th, 2013 02:21 pm (UTC)
Yay, thank you! Glad you like it! The fics are all awesome, I feel so spoiled!

(I think I like the idea of hiking that trail more than I'd like the experience.)
May. 19th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
All so beautifully well done! That trail looks treacherous, the wet Roy is made of pure YUM and that one of Ed and Al is my fav... I love those two together.
May. 21st, 2013 09:52 am (UTC)
Thank you! <3
Mar. 4th, 2014 04:15 am (UTC)
re: Misc art
Mmmmnn, older Ed is very very beautiful.
Mar. 4th, 2014 03:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Misc art
Thank you, anonymous person!
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