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sagetan ([personal profile] sagetan) wrote2011-08-12 05:45 am

spn_j2_bb art: The Piper

Title: The Piper
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gretazreta
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] sagetan
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Summary: They've left hunting behind and settled down to small town life, but it's not easy. There's a plague of rats in the wheat-field and the town's in crisis. It's probably not their kind of gig, but that won't stop Dean from getting to the bottom of it, even if it means burning their house down in the process. Sam's memory is full of holes. He's having dreams, another thing he can't talk to Dean about, and he can't shake the feeling that Dean's not telling him everything that's happened.



Banner (click to enlarge)
banner


Dead Rat (click to enlarge)
dead rat


Dylan and Shya Atherthon (click to enlarge)
atherthons


Kynan and the Rats (click to enlarge)
banner


Chapter header
Chapter 6


Divider
Divider


Back/Next button (click to enlarge)
back button
next button


Miscellaneous titles
Masterpost


Acknowledgements&Notes


Soundtrack


Soundtrack art
Mix cover

Mix tracklist

[Click here to download soundtrack.]



Notes: I had the honour of getting to work with the endlessly talented [livejournal.com profile] gretazreta this year, and it was an absolutely marvellous experience! She is seriously lovely and sweet and wonderful, and it was truly a pleasure collaborating with her. You're a rock star, Greta <333

Now shoo, go read her gorgeous story here.

[identity profile] amusingly.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 10:13 am (UTC)(link)
Wow these are gorgeous!! The work involved here, you have covered everything :). Seriously, even the chapter headers! AND THE BOYS! *smushes*. BOYS IN A FIELD WITH COFEE. TOGETHER. WITH COFFEE! Love it :D

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 10:17 am (UTC)(link)
:DDD Thank you!

This was my epic summer project, it was an incredibly fun way to pass the time <3 And YAY for the boys with coffee, who doesn't wan't to lie down in a field to have a drink with a Winchester! ;)

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[identity profile] gretazreta.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 11:45 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you again, so, so much. Seriously, this is so very beautiful *sighs and looks at the coffee drinkers again* and the chapter headers with the ever increasing rodent population are so clever and well-observant of the story.

There is so much work here, it's EPIC.

You're a rock star, too. Let's start a band! With our shared music taste, it would be bound to be success!
*hugs*

Seriously though, thank you.

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 05:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you for writing such an amazing story for me to illustrate! I feel incredibly lucky to have gotten to work with you <333

Hee, yes! We would be chart-toppers for sure

*ALL the hugs*

[identity profile] culper355.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 12:55 pm (UTC)(link)
These are so pretty! I love how luminous they are! You always do such interesting things with transparency and light, reminds me stained-glass ^_^

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 05:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Eep, thank you so much! That is a lovely compliment <3

I tried to capture some of the story's gentle mood and dreamy atmosphere, glad to hear some of it came through! :)

[identity profile] mini-moue.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 12:56 pm (UTC)(link)
These are marvellous. I really like your style. Great images.

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 05:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! You are sweet :)

[identity profile] bflyw.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 01:00 pm (UTC)(link)
I love the art!
I don't read Sam/Dean so I doubt I'll read the story (even if it is by gretazreta...) But oh - wonderful art!

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 05:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah, thanks for checking this out even if it's not your thing! Thank you <3

[identity profile] kros-21.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 01:11 pm (UTC)(link)
your drawings are amazing!!! beautiful stuff! :D

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 05:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks so much! I had a very lovely source material to work with :)
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[identity profile] tsuki-no-bara.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 02:58 pm (UTC)(link)
i love that you drew the title fonts yourself. also, i like the font you used. :D the soundtrack graphics are lovely, and you kind of did graphics for everything, which is really cool and also really thorough and impressive.

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 05:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much! <3

I tried to emulate the font on posters of The Birds, it seemed like a fitting inspiration.

[identity profile] cherie-morte.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 05:20 pm (UTC)(link)
This art is so awesome! I love the way you did all the pieces with rats. So creepy in a way I can only assume fits the story (I have not read it yet, though I am shaking with excitement to go do that immediately).

Lovely work!

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 05:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay, thank you! :DDD

I'm delighted that you think the rats creepy, and indeed this is quite tame compared to the story! (It is amazing and lovely, I'm sure you'll love it <3)

[identity profile] confuzed.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 07:11 pm (UTC)(link)
These are great!! The dead rat is my favorite...

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 07:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! <3

I'm very pleased you like it, I have a particular soft spot for the dead rat too :)

[identity profile] mementis.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 07:58 pm (UTC)(link)
This is all absolutely gorgeous work. I love the drawings (the dead rat especially!) and the colors throughout feel spot-on. Also, I'm definitely downloading the soundtrack, thank you :)

Can't wait to read the story now, so I'm off to do that. Thanks so much for sharing all this!

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 08:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you for the awesome comment! <3

I hope you enjoy the soundtrack, it was quite an experiment for both [livejournal.com profile] gretazreta and me, as neither of us had done one before...

The story is utterly lovely, I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I did!

[identity profile] davincis-girl.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 08:41 pm (UTC)(link)
The rat is stunning.

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-12 08:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! Very awesome of you to say :D
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[personal profile] sillie 2011-08-13 12:51 am (UTC)(link)
Ooh, these are very nice. I really like your style. :D

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-13 01:07 am (UTC)(link)
Aw, thank you! I had a lot of fun drawing these :)

[identity profile] harrigan.livejournal.com 2011-08-13 01:52 am (UTC)(link)
These are fantastic - so colorful yet so full of horror!

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-13 03:06 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! :D

One thing I really loved about the story was how the gentleness of the setting contrasted so effectively with the horror of the case. Glad that comes through a little in the art!

[identity profile] kaiserkuchen.livejournal.com 2011-08-13 10:15 am (UTC)(link)
Ooooh, the painterly flair of the title banner just kills me-- awesome job on the coloring! The way you do eyes in general is really intense and compelling, too. I also really like the hand-lettering you did, so lovely <3.

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-18 02:23 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks so much for the kind words! <3

I'm really really gratified by what you said about the eyes, since I always feel like I struggle with that. I had lots of fun doing the lettering, I'm so delighted you like it! Again, thank you :D

[identity profile] missyjack.livejournal.com 2011-08-13 10:28 am (UTC)(link)
wodnerful artwork - love the boys in the field with their coffee, but most of all i love the RATS!!

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-18 02:25 am (UTC)(link)
Hee, thank you! One thing that really drew me to [livejournal.com profile] gretazreta's story was the rats, I'm so glad they stand out to you! <3

[identity profile] oldhag88.livejournal.com 2011-08-13 08:27 pm (UTC)(link)
wow, these are beautiful! there is something (disturbing? intriguing?) about your art that makes me very interested in reading the story.

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-18 02:28 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I'm super pleased that my art made you interested in the story, especially since it's so very very delightful. I hope you enjoy(ed?) it! <3

[identity profile] galwithglasses.livejournal.com 2011-08-14 01:26 am (UTC)(link)
I really like the chapter headers and how the number of rats keeps increasing. The picture for the soundtrack is really lovely.

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-18 02:30 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I really enjoyed drawing the rats and making the chapter headers, glad you like them. That scene in the wheat fields from ELaC is one of my absolute favourites from the show, and I jumped at the chance to use it for such an apt occasion :)

[identity profile] moodilylit.livejournal.com 2011-08-14 02:43 am (UTC)(link)
Your art is so incredibly gorgeous, it blew me away.
Is it digital or traditional?
It's very beautiful :)

It makes me want to read this fic, makes it extra interesting :D

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-18 02:36 am (UTC)(link)
Aw, thanks so much. You are sweet <333

The lineart was almost all done by hand (including the lettering), and all the colouring was done digitally with Photoshop CS3. I tend to mess around a lot with techniques, so everything is kind of a blend of both!

I'm super delighted to hear that the art made you interested in the story, I absolutely love hearing that :D

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[identity profile] roxymissrose.livejournal.com 2011-08-14 03:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Your artwork for this story was incredible! I *loved* the cover. I wanted to read this story but as soon as I saw the cover--I HAD to read it. Thank you for sharing this excellent work!

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-18 02:39 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you for the kind words! I'm really glad the cover made you want to read the story, it means it did it's job! :D It's an utterly wonderful story, I hope you enjoyed it <3

[identity profile] cassiopeia7.livejournal.com 2011-08-14 07:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow. I really kind of ADORE your colors and lighting in the main banner. Haven't read the story yet, so I'm not sure whether the rosy light indicates sunset or sunrise (I'd guess "sunrise," as the light is so soft), but it's gorgeous nonetheless.

(Psst! I'm absolutely, totally, positively in love with your increasingly rat-infested chapter headers. &hearts Such a brilliantly creative way to do it! Bravo!!)
Edited 2011-08-14 19:55 (UTC)

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-18 02:43 am (UTC)(link)
Aw, thank you so much! You are too nice. And your guess is right, it is sunrise! I'm really impressed that you got that from the picture, and super flattered too :D

(Hee, thank you! That was one of the first ideas I got for the art, and I'm pleased as punch that it worked for you. <333)

[identity profile] ships-harry.livejournal.com 2011-08-15 05:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Just finished the story, and the art was *fantastic* in combination with it! Beautifully done and wonderfully integrated. The headings and buttons are so brilliant.

Oh, oh, and when I saw the main banner pic, the atmosphere of it made me think of this painting a bit, which is *awesome*, and then it makes me think of Dylan, too, even though Christina had polio and Dylan has CP - there's a mobility issue link there. But it's also kind of like Sam's isolation. And Dean must have been incredibly lonely. It's not a *sad* painting, as such, but the feeling of space and distance and solitude in it is pretty intense.

*rambles* Anyway. Love these. Also, props to you for actually GOING THERE with the baby and the rats, argh, so creepy but so GOOD, too!
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christina's_World)

[identity profile] ships-harry.livejournal.com 2011-08-15 05:43 pm (UTC)(link)
ugh, screwed up my html. In my defence it's not 6AM yet... Link still seems to work, though :).

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[identity profile] amber1960.livejournal.com 2011-08-16 07:54 am (UTC)(link)
Just finished reading the story and came over to tell you how lovely your art is! My faves - the dead rat (splatt!!) and your chapter and other titles. I love the lettering (I assume you created that yourself and it is wonderful) and I especially loved how each chapter title had the right number of rats woven into it.

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-18 02:54 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much! I had a great time drawing the dead rat and the chapter headers, I'm so happy they worked for you <3 (Lettering indeed done by hand, and a lot of fun it was too :D Thank you!)
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[identity profile] beelikej.livejournal.com 2011-08-17 02:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Love how you made the lettering of the chapterheaders fit completely with your quirky drawing style. Very cool artwork, I adore the facial expressions of both Sam and Dean in the banner and Dylan and Shya Atherthon in that extra image. The dead rat is my favorite, though:)

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-18 02:59 am (UTC)(link)
Hee, it took me some time to figure out what kind of font I wanted, but once I did it was a blast creating everything. I've got a soft spot fot the dead rat too, so glad you liked it too! Thank you for the kind words <3

[identity profile] isla-verdad.livejournal.com 2011-08-19 05:24 am (UTC)(link)
Lovely art - is it odd that I like the rats the best? Although the headers are awesome too. It all is, actually. Great job!

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-08-20 03:14 am (UTC)(link)
Not at all, it's really awesome that you like the rats :D Thank you!
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[identity profile] hikinggirl70.livejournal.com 2011-10-14 03:22 am (UTC)(link)
Love the art work. ♥

[identity profile] sagetan.livejournal.com 2011-10-14 04:00 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! <3