holy fuck dudes, it’s finally done. 1 year in the making!!! so this is one of my first serious attempts at digital art which is part of why this took me forever to finish. also i purposely tried to emulate @choodraws !! i love their art so this is kind of a homage to both them and NGE.
anyway! please enjoy!!! (follow me on instagram @annarysm_ )
Human Holly Blue Agate and Jay Prime (Amethyst 5-8XJ) from @airyairyquiteinappropriate‘s Petting Zoo fic (NSFW)
I think I realism-ed myself into a corner with this piece going “Shit, I have no idea how to draw/shade that, I had better stay as close to my references as I can” and it quickly snowballed into the single most technically difficult piece I have attempted for any non-fine-art project. Which is a little bit disproportionate for a reference that maybe 12 people are going to get, so I think I’m going to have to just share these WIPs and move along. But it’s been fun. I couldn’t duplicate the effect on Jay’s hair if my life depended on it, as it is made of 98% bullshit, but hey it worked!
AAAAAaaaaannnnndddd… it turns out the age I had in my head for human Holly this whole time was off… by a couple decades. I guess the whole “dutchess” business got me thinking like,
Half way through sketching this piece I thought I’d re-read the fic, and in the second goddamn sentence it says she is under forty.
But whatever. She can be a silver-haired 60+ in my own imagination. Played by someone along the lines of Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Maggie Smith, or Judi Dench, (who gets to have a break and be not-skinny for the part.) You know, sort of Mama Mia-ish but with lesbians and polyamory? (Which, frankly, would vastly improve Mama Mia: “Mom, why did you never get in touch with my bio dad?” “Oh sweety, I am gay as fuck. And look! My three girlfriends are here for your wedding!” And then exactly the same storyline, but forget the dads entirely and all four women end up together.) Can you tell I grew up with an older mom who likes rom-coms?
If the whole world was watching I’d still dance with you Drive highways and byways to be there with you Over and over the only truth Everything comes back to you… You still make me nervous when you walk in the room Them butterflies they come alive when I’m next to you Over and over the only truth Everything comes back to you…
I don’t really have a reason for this other than I wanted to and that’s enough reason. Here’s the Masquerade Ball AU no one asked for, :3 The lyrics are from This Town which is honestly a fantastic song… This is also my first attempt at lineless art whICH IS A PAIN.
(P.S. I will never stop with the avatar references)
In Detective Comics 955, Christine Montclair inspires Cassandra Cain to go forth and rescue Batman and the rest of her team/pseudo-family by reading from a novel/story book by a woman called Carolyn Wu-san. Unbeknownst to Cassandra, Carolyn Wu-san also happens to be Cass’ aunt.
Introduced in another book earlier in the DC Rebirth line in Supergirl’s title, where Cat Grant mentions that she’d taken a body-language reading course with Carolyn. Interestingly it appears that she might be both famous in her own right AND might actually be alive somewhere in the DCU, when her past incarnations seemed to exist to motivate her sister Sandra (Lady Shiva) into going on a rampage by dying.
Created for Richard Dragon: Kung-Fu Fighter 2, a title which was attempting to ride the same martial arts fad which would give both to Iron Fist. Carolyn was a New York-based college student who first had the indignity by being kidnapped by some guys due to her godfather being famous DCU martial artist O-Sensei, followed by her getting kidnapped a second time by a Swiss spy known as… err… the Swiss.
After torturing her for information she didn’t have, the Swiss having believed her uncle had been sending her valuable information, she was then promptly killed in a motorcycle accident as the Swiss attempted to escape a pursuing Richard Dragon. Richard then followed the wounded spy to a junkyard and beat him to death.
This was followed shortly afterwards by the debut of Lady Shiva, who decided to murder Richard, believing he was responsible for Carolyn’s death (which he sort of was, chasing a panicking motorcyclist down a mountain road and all). It being the 1970s, Sandra also developed feelings for Richard, although later writers were a bit more vague as to what those “feelings” might be.
After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Carolyn disappeared from the continuity, only to re-emerge in Lady Shiva’s new backstory in Cassandra Cain’s solo Batgirl series. There Carolyn and Sandra grew up together in Detroit, where they became well known for their body-reading abilities which translated into neat martial arts-dancing. Unfortunately for Carolyn, assassin David Cain had also noticed them, and, deciding that Carolyn was holding her sister back by existing, he violently murdered her.
After the furious Sandra eventually tracked him down, David gave her an ultimatum, if she agreed to have his kid, he’d give her access to the facilities and teachers to make her truely the Best Martial Artist in the World. And if she refused, he and the rest of the League of Assassins would just murder her.
She picked the former, skipped down once Cass was born, and spent the next 17 or so years looking for someone worthy enough to defeat and kill her… What with her decision and Carolyn’s death weighing so much on her that she wanted to die but couldn’t go through with just committing suicide. Yaaaay.
All of this is contrasted with the new Detective Comics version of Shiva, who appears to have, at least initially, joined the League of Assassins out of a genuine desire to make the world a better place… Only for Ra’s al Ghul to turn her into a terrifying extremist when the full extent of his plans was revealed to her.
There is also the interesting meta-plot here, where Carolyn’s deaths in the past led Lady Shiva down a path which would lead her to become a bloodthirsty monster, whereas here Carolyn manages to inspire Cass to save the day despite them never having met OR know they were related to one another. Neat.