gifset per episode • mr robot: ┖ _HELLOFRIEND.MOV❝Hello, friend. Hello, friend. That’s lame. Maybe I should give you a name. But that’s a slippery slope. You’re only in my head. We have to remember that.❞
I’ve been sitting on this drawing for a while now and finally decided to finish it. My “Impossible Odds” sub to the Guild Wars 2 Fanforge page. Been trying to do some new things with my work lately after all the studies and sketches I’ve been doing lately.
I wanted to move away from making another action scene/pose piece. Zdzislaw Beksinski is one of my favorite painters, so I took some inspiration from him and tried to make this piece a bit more surreal. Also trying to experiment a bit more with colors (though I could push them more), edge control, silhouettes, and focusing on when to keep things loose vs. detailed for contrasting focus.
this is extremely rough because i’m not used to writing stories in english anymore, also unbetad.
Soulmarks are always in
the form of seeds on the lower back of a newborn baby. Only when the soulmate
meets them in some form, even from a distance or, in modern times, over media,
the seed begins to grow in the form of something natural – wild animals, wild
plants, in less than 0.1% of cases into full scenes.
Soulmarks are always
changing and developing, making fakes impossible. But once there is a skin
contact between two soulmates, the main colors settle from faded into
Yakov had not seen
Lilia’s bare back in almost a decade, but he knew as well he knew himself that
the black swan poised to take off from her skin was as sharp as it ever had
been. He also knew that the bear on his own back was old and withered. But as
long as Lilia was happy, it didn’t matter to him.
That Viktor’s seed would
grow during his televised GPF gold win surprised exactly no-one. Viktor even
played with the thought that his soulmate was Christophe, but Chris’ own seed
grew only two years later into a magnificent peacock, which put an end to that
line of speculation. He wished the excited teenager well, and congratulated him
four years later on meeting his soulmate, but Chris could discern the
loneliness in the Russian skater’s eyes.
Ever since, Chris would
help Victor to see his soul mark during the nights spent in hotels between
competition days, first with mirrors and then with the help of cameras
connected to a laptop. The image of a snow storm rising, with a barely discernible
flock of birds flying in the white fascinated the Chris as much as Victor
himself. After the gala in Socchi, they finally managed to narrow the now
visible forms down to white cranes, often used in Japanese art as a symbol of
Both of them knew what
Both of them cried.
Georgi’s seed was
growing, but at a very slow rate and the flower it painted often withered and
changed. The mark-reader told him that his soulmate was waiting for Georgi to
grow into his potential, and that the broken seed itself was defined enough for
him to have met his soulmate, but Georgi could not find out which of the
hundreds of people he’d met in his first six months in the Senior circuit it
had been. It was impossible to narrow the timeline further than that.
Yuuri’s seed began to grow when he started in the
international skating circuit, into a fledgling baby bird of no discernible
kind. The American mark-reader Phichit dragged him to explained that his
soulmate did not knew him well but already was taking inspiration from him. All
of this made Yuuri feel even worse about the poor person bound to him.
Phichit later confessed
that he’d realized that the bird was maturing and brilliantly red after Yuuri
came back from Socchi, but had known that it would have made his friend feel
worse, and held his silence.
The ever growing, almost
phoenix-like bird of paradise on Yuuri’s back became later Victor’s favorite
photo object (after Yuuri’s face, of course) and an Instagram sensation for
Mila had a sharply
defined and very red vixen on her back. Both the growth and the definition had
happened within one week, during a publicity program Yakov had done when she
was a pre-teen. She didn’t talk about it to anyone except Yakov, and it was one
of the reasons he accepted her a few years later as his only female junior
Yakov never regretted
his decision, but sometimes wondered if Mila did.
Otabek Altin’s mark
remained for five years the misty nothing of soulmates meeting but not, in a
crowd. He refused his parents’ offer to
return to Russia, and moved over the sea and to Canada.
Years later, on the ever
before the Grand Prix Finals in Barcelona, after meeting up with the other
skaters and Katsuki’s family, and after returning Yuri Plisetski and his bags
full of shopping to an irate Feltsman, Otabek reached his room and took his
shirt off at once. Craning his neck uncomfortably, he could see that among the
mist, strong strokes of black had appeared to outline a wolf facing the viwer
Otabek threw himself on
the bed and proceeded to smother his giddy and somewhat hysterical giggles in
Keeping his famous resting bitch face would be hard task over
the next few days.
Nikolai Plisetsky was
happy to see Yuri in between the summer camp and the beginning of the school
year, but severely shocked not only to see Yuri’s seed growing but the form of
its growth. He bypassed the state sanctioned mark-reader entirely and dragged
his only grandchild to the old Matrushka who had learned her trade, including
fortune telling and herbal remedies, at the knees of her mother and
The old woman tsked when
Nikolai told the child to take of his pants, but started when she saw the dark
lines winding around the thin legs and hoisted him on the table to study the
entire mark with large looking glass.
Finally she called
Nikolai from the outer room where she had banished him and said: “First of
all, your main worry: the soulmate is still young themselves, maybe a few years
older than Yuratchka himself. But oh look – you only saw the young tree growing
in the small of his back, but up here – it is a bird, small now but already
flying high. This person takes such inspiration from our Yuri, and expects more
and more of it. The trees shows that he knows that Yuri is growing and will
grow more, but there are flowers ranking around it, blooming so delicately, he
sees so much beauty in you too. Oh, the last time I saw a soulmark in the form
of a scene my mother was still alive! What a blessing!”
Yuri, at the end of his
tether, finally turned around and yelled, “Oi, hag! What about those
lines? I need my legs to skate!”
The old woman laughed
and cried at the same time, and helped Yuri to sit up on the bed and said:
“Oh, Yuri! Those are the roots of the tree. Remember this, remember it always:
no matter what you do, no matter what you feel, no matter what happens to you –
your soulmate will never stop loving and respecting you! Oh, Nikolai,
never fear, your grandson will be in the best hands!”
From the Soulmark Wiki
Bird: birds in flight usually
meaning inspiration, see specific birds for more meanings.
Flower: Beauty, grace,
but also passing. See specific flowers for more meanings
Bear: larger than life,
friendly but dangerous. Creature of winter. See specific kinds of bear for more
Fox: small predator,
thief, cunning, but also grace and ingenuity. See specific kinds of fox for
Wolf: both loner and
team player, leader and follower. Guardian. Protector. As the predecessor of
dog, he is “man’s best friend”. See specific kinds of wolf for more
bughead love scene needs to be at least 2 min long with no damn interruptions otherwise i'm suing
YES! and none of those outrageously close close-up shots the show seems to be fond of. i want to SEE them
also, for the love of god, let their first time be in a well lit room. the two times i’ve tried to gif varchie’s first kiss and sex scene, i’ve wanted to scream. both of those scenes are so fracking dark! it is impossible for me to color them nicely. i will cry myself to sleep every night if i can’t gif bughead’s love scene nicely