Kenma recognizes him from the broad lines of his back and the strong muscles that cover his shoulders and biceps. He doesn’t move much but when he does, they ripple like water, flowing so smoothly it’s mesmerizing. Kenma can’t see much at all; there’s no moon out and the street lights are down, but he knows this body well enough.
Kenma opens the door softly and steps out. From the slightest stiffening of Iwaizumi’s shoulders, he knows the man is aware of his presence, which is impressive since he’s always been quiet in his movements. He walks forward and grabs onto the railing, the cold metal biting into his skin.
It’s rare for Kenma to initiate a conversation. It isn’t lack of interest so much as it is the fact that he’s rarely comfortable enough to start talking to someone. But his curiosity is far too great when it comes to Iwaizumi. The man is different from the others in the band. He never asks Kenma questions, never tries to pry, and respects his personal space, though he does smile at him occasionally and he makes great coffee.
Iwaizumi doesn’t turn to look at him but he smiles a little, his dimple barely visible. “Yeah, it’s just one of those nights, you know?”
Kenma nods because he does in fact know. Leaning forward, he rests his chin on the metal and winces when the cold hits him harder than he expected, but it’s not a bad sensation. The wind feels nice, just this side of chilly, and the silence is welcome. They don’t live in a good neighborhood, and there’s always fighting and loud music and an absurd amount of yelling.
But on this night, at 2:47 in the morning, with the stars hiding behind the clouds and the moon nowhere in sight, Kenma has never liked this place better. Iwaizumi’s presence is strangely comforting, and the sound of his every inhale followed by a soft exhale makes Kenma unconsciously sync with him.
“Do you like it here so far?”
The tone of Iwaizumi’s voice makes it abundantly clear that Kenma is free to ignore the question if he wants to. He appreciates that, and decides to answer honestly.
“Haven’t really been here long enough to decide,” he says, eyes sliding shut, “but I think I’m going to stay just a little longer, if that’s alright with you.”
Iwaizumi huffs out a laugh, and it’s strangely endearing. “No problems here.” He brings the cigarette to his lips and takes a long drag, and Kenma watches as he blows out the smoke with a sigh, a white cloud forming into the silent darkness of the night. The metal of his tongue piercing shimmers when the headlights of a passing car shines on it, and Kenma’s breath hitches in his throat.
Iwaizumi offers him the cigarette without turning to look at him and Kenma accepts it gratefully. He takes a generous drag of his own and the feel of the smoke calms him with its familiarity. Blowing out the smoke with a lengthy exhale, he hands it back to Iwaizumi, and he feels a new bond form. It’s intimate in a way he’s never felt before, warm even when it’s cold, and he actually likes it. Might even get used to it.
He finally turns to face the man and takes in his profile, and it keeps surprising him, how handsome the raven-head really is. “Has Kuroo always been this insufferable?”
Iwaizumi’s eyes widen at the question before he starts laughing, loud and deep, and Kenma finds himself smiling along.
“You could say that, though Oikawa is right up there with him.” Iwaizumi winks, a playful smile dancing on his lips, “Don’t tell him I said that though.”
Kenma covers his mouth dramatically and Iwaizumi nods his approval. The two grin and face the street again.
The view isn’t terrible, if Kenma’s being honest. They aren’t high enough for him to feel anxious, but he can easily see the park a few metres away. A sigh of content escapes him and Iwaizumi mirrors it and they just stand there, shrouded by the comfortable silence between them that mingles with the silence of the night.
Hey, do you have any tips when it comes to coloring? How do you usually color your art?
excellent question friend! lol im byNO means an expert and basically just am constantly fiddling with my process and what i like best, but heres how i currently approach coloring!
hey! ya gotta start somewhere lol. i lined a sketch that i did from this sketch dump
yep, thats right, IM A FILTHY COLOR PICKER LMAO i just grab directly from screenshots (at least for hair, gems, skin, etc)! thats my favorite screenshot to use for that btw… look at her big honey yellow eyes, absolutely beautiful. so here i just carefully make a color line inside the black line and then use the fill tool.
for her stripes i usually just do a clipping group over her skin. i also use clipping for all of my shading on each layer (one for skin, one for clothes, hair, etc)
depending on the character/colors im using and the overall look im going for, i like to use pretty saturated colors slightly off their canon colors. for jasper i usually use pinks and reds for shading. i try to be bold with shadow placement (which i know can be a little scary!), and i use the “shade” mode on these layers
now i lower the opacity however much is needed and soften some of the edges with a smoothing tool. i feel like it usually looks better with some hard edges and some soft edges to contrast each other
pretty self explanatory heh, i use various color overlays to get my colors to mesh together better
highlights!!! i love highlights! placement can be hard, but they make her look so shiny and delightful and also help with contrasting the shadows. i usually just fiddle with placement until i’m happy tbh lol
annnnd then the final touches! usually i make a new layer above my black lines and make little adjustments based on what i feel needs it? like here i added more blush haha im gay , made her eyelids lower, added more gold/yellow to her irises, and adjusted some colored lines on her gem.
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT!!! thats how i color anyway! i hope this is helpful to some of you guys, and again like im by NO MEANS an expert at all lmfao im constantly changing the way i do things when i learn new things and so should all of you! dont be afraid to be flexible and change your habits and styles and coloring - thats the only way to find what’s most fun and comfortable for YOU to do! 💖