Ok artist!neil hc I kno it has been done 9zillion times but I can’t get enough of this onymdk
FIRSTLY, lets just pretend palmetto state has an excellent art program and bAsically Neil plays exy and is this ‘all bruises and exhaustion’ boy who plays this violent as fuck sport and is majoring in ART
He always doodled and sketched on the road, it became his refuge when things got tough and he always found comfort in idly sketching something, escaping on to the piece of paper
He never really explored his passions and what he loved.
Like exy he never really saw a future with art?? He never even saw a future at all
So when he’s given the option to choose what he’s actually studying in college he’s like, the only other thing I’ve been interested in is art ( I also imagine him being a history/languages nerd but that is for another time ok)
So he’s in the art program
And lbr he’s constantly stressed out because he’s always kept busy,
There are projects and collections and portfolios and experimenting with techniques,
and he lowkey loves it because when his hands are being kept busy it means they’re not shaking
And then there’s Andrew always wearing this pissed off little stern line of a almost-smile-not-quite-a-frown
Who will sit beside Neil (he likes to sit on the ground when he’s painting , don’t ask me why but Neil sitting on the ground,crossing his legs, makes me smile)
and he’ll just watch
Disinterested and wanting attention but also having an internal battle over whether seeing Neil so enamoured and in love with a canvas is better than any attention he could get from him
Sometimes Neil will get so in to a peice that he’s up at 4am finishing it off b c he just can’t stop!!
his head is in the clouds
And Andrew will just silently set a cup of coffee down next to him. Sippin on his own hot cocoa in the process.
THEIR dorm basically become s an art studio, there is paint evErywhere and if you’re looking for a pen you’re more likely to find about 83 paintbrushes and a range of 2b - 8b graphite pencils
Also there is paint everywhere !!on Neil!!, pastel pink under his nails, deep blue on his jaw , a swipe of yellow on his collarbone
They did this thing once, Andrew and Neil, on a whim.
Andrew was next to Neil, watching him paint with his same lack of apparent interest when Neil swipes the tip of Andrews fingers with a streak of yellow,
Andrew just looks up and spreads his fingers
It’s an invitation
And Neil is painting all over his hands covering them in bright bright bright yellow
Eventually it ends up w a steamy makeout sesh, shirts are off, paint is everywhere
At this point Neil and forgotten about the paintbrush but he grabs it again in a fumble before sitting up,
he’s looking down at Andrews chest , “yes or no?”
And Andrew is looking at the brush and back at Neil’s line of sight, down at his own chest.
And Neil is tracing scars and adding patterns and painting all over his boys chest, he leaves the arms though, the yes was explicit to Andrews torso, Neil knows that.
This starts to happen a lot more often and after particularly bad games or practices when Andrew’s cheekbones are bruised and his eyes are dark, Neil will add some brightness trace over them with more yellow,
Andrew needs yellow, Andrew needs brightness, he’ll never admit it
GOD can u imagine one day, Neil’s a famous exy player but art has been his side thing and he’s been hoarding these great things he’s finished over the years, huge paintings, cool sculptures, prints, whatever???
And like he’s successful and he figures why NOT and he has an art exhibition of all his works and he gets so much praise for it and @everyone is so surprised (no t the foxes they all picked up on Neil’s hobby over the years, obviously)
And he’s there on the night of his exhibition being very shy and just wearing a smile every time someone compliments him and Andrew is so proud
He’s so proud he holds hands with Neil the entire night,
Neil is so happy he imagines all the times he painted Andrew’s hands yellow and he feels like the brightness is filling him up when they hold hands