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Title: If Only My Kiss Could Break the Spell
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Characters: Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester
Summary: Art for If Only My Kiss Could Break the Spell, written by [livejournal.com profile] backrose_17 and created for the 2016 [livejournal.com profile] spn_reversebang challenge.

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Title: The [Not So] Little Mer[Man]
Prompt Description: “Pretty much just what you see: human!Dean/Jensen and merman!Sam/Jared. Despite my silly title, not actually meant to parallel/parody The Little Mermaid. I’m just… into merpeople lately, I guess XP"

On the tail (heh, tail XP) of [livejournal.com profile] j2_reversebang - my first reversebang challenge for which I submitted TWO art prompts - I was a little at a loss for new things to draw that might inspire a story. A lot of really random ideas crossed my mind, but I think I ended up going with this specific train of thought because it just sounded like fun. I have a young cousin (I believe she just turned… 12?) who is really into mermaids right now, and I drew one for her birthday card last September, so I suppose that could be considered my inspiration, lol. In the end, it gave me an excuse to play with painting another watery landscape, which I love, and also a reason (though who needs one, really?) to draw shirtless boys.

Even though it’s Sam and Dean who are pictured, I kept the Supernatural elements (Dean’s tattoo and amulet) on a separate layer in Corel Painter so it could be easily deleted, if desired, and I submitted the prompt under the “Either” category. I knew it wasn’t the most original idea (I’m an avid fanfic reader, and I can think of at least three merman J2 AUs - not including other partial-sea-creature variants - off the top of my head right now), but I couldn’t recall having read a fic yet where it was Sam or Dean who was the merman. For that, I’m really glad that my author, Sherri, decided to stick with the SPN spin; I was hoping for a new (to me, at least) angle to a somewhat familiar trope.

Sherri definitely delivered on creating something unique! Of all the existing storylines in the SPN canon, she picked what is probably one of the most unpopular ones (for Sam!girls and Wincest shippers alike, I think) - Amelia! - and took it in a completely different direction. When she told me she was thinking of making Amelia a witch who curses Sam, I was definitely intrigued! Throw in overprotective Dean, fresh from Purgatory, desperate to find and save his baby brother, and voila! You’ve got possibly a more believable version of events than in the actual show! XP (Even with Sam as a merman. Hey, it’s totally supernatural! The wincest though… that probably wouldn’t have made it to the screen, at least not explicitly ;))

So yeah. Basically, my art was created just for something fun. And as the header/title banner is just a section of the original painting with some text over it, I won’t bother talking about it; it’s pretty self explanatory, lol. I hope you enjoy my art, and the story it inspired!

Date: 2017-02-25 05:41 am (UTC)
ext_12410: (spn - shoulder nudge (by carmendove))
From: [identity profile] tsuki-no-bara.livejournal.com
that is super cute. i love dean's freckles and the fact that it looks like sam actually has an ass under his tail. also, their faces are adorable. and the water looks goooood.

Date: 2017-02-27 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancing-adrift.livejournal.com
Haha - of course I had to give Sam an ass under the tail. The gorgeous curve of his lower back cannot be denied! I'm glad you enjoyed the little details like that and Dean's freckles, as I enjoyed including them. Thank you! ❤

Date: 2017-02-25 11:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amypond45.livejournal.com
Love this! Super cute wincestuous merman/human love stories are kinda wonderful, like your art!

Date: 2017-02-27 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancing-adrift.livejournal.com
Aw, thank you so much! ❤

Date: 2017-02-25 12:03 pm (UTC)
ext_63196: (ReverseBang J2swap)
From: [identity profile] beelikej.livejournal.com
This is just so darn CUTE <3 This drawing style works so well for the subject and I love Sam's face and you gave him all the hair flippies, yay \o/
I also really like the bit you cut out for the banner, it is a perfect cover to make readers curious for the story. (Nice lettering too!)

Hey, tropes are tropes for a reason. I love mermaid fic;)

Also also: it makes me so happy to read about the creative process and people having a good time at the RB. <3

Date: 2017-02-27 02:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancing-adrift.livejournal.com
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm glad you enjoy my art. I think with the banner, I was really looking for an excuse to show off Sam's backside some more ;) I was rather pleased with the effect and I'm glad you liked it to.

Don't get me wrong - I loooooove me some tropes... I just feel so unoriginal when I play into them for prompts! Makes me even more nervous they won't get picked. But [livejournal.com profile] backrose_17 jumped right on it, so I didn't have to worry, lol.

You are one of the people who inspires me to talk about 'my process' at all - I too enjoy hearing and seeing how creativity happens. I briefly saw your post for your own RB prompt, and I look forward to giving it more proper attention soon!

Thank you again for the lovely comment ❤

Date: 2017-02-25 04:30 pm (UTC)
alyndra: Dean Winchester in prison orange, wide-ass smile (Dean smile)
From: [personal profile] alyndra
I still love this art so much! And the water looks great, makes me want to dive right in! ;D

Date: 2017-02-27 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancing-adrift.livejournal.com
Thank you, my dear! I'm still intrigued to hear more of your own merpeople thoughts that this inspired ;) :-* ❤

Date: 2017-02-25 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] equally-dour.livejournal.com
lovely work!

Date: 2017-02-27 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancing-adrift.livejournal.com
Thank you! ^_^ ❤

Date: 2017-02-28 12:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madebyme-x.livejournal.com
Beautiful art!!! I love the bright colours and Sam's lovely tail!!! So very adorable. And thank you also for sharing your experience too in relation to how you worked with your writer.

Take care :)

Date: 2017-03-01 03:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancing-adrift.livejournal.com
Thank you! I definitely had a lot of fun playing with the colors :) I'm glad you enjoyed my ramblings also, lol. Thank you for the lovely comment! ♥

Date: 2017-03-16 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fridayblues.livejournal.com
Amanda <3
I love what you did with the sea! The color is soooooo nice, with the highlight and everything. And the color of the sunset!
Great work, bb!

Date: 2017-03-16 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancing-adrift.livejournal.com
Thank you so much, my dear! I had a lot of fun playing with the colors of the sea and the sunset, so I'm extra happy that you enjoy them. I *may* be a bit of a fan of color, lol. Thanks for the lovely compliments! :-* ♥


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