izilen: Paz, from GC (Hawkeye)
Posting this here now even though I put it on Tumblr weeks ago, because I'm really lazy and ought to have a trophy for Most Ridiculous Procrastinator!


I started this picture soon after reading about Sarasa and Shuri's tragic meeting as Tatara and the Red King, because even though I recognised that the drama was a little overwrought, it made me feel intensely. Sarasa has been with Shuri for months, relishing her meetings with him because they give her a respite from being the leader of revolutionary forces, and because they allow her to express herself as a girl and an individual separate from the prophecy, as she desperately wishes. Imagine her shock, her pain and her tangle of emotions when she finds out, in the middle of a decisive battle, that Shuri is the Red King, the very man responsible for her brother's death and the death of many of the people of her own village. She has sworn to get revenge and revenge is one of her main motivators. What is she to do when she finds out that this guy she hates in that way you can only hate an image or an idea is simultaneously the man she knows and loves?

For more about Basara and why should read it (read it, it's fantastic!), check out this Tumblr post.
izilen: Paz, from GC (Al reading)
Meme stolen from [livejournal.com profile] bookelfe, because I think it's hilarious!

Give me a character's name and I will tell you three reasons why it would be terrible to try to date them, have sex with them, or be in a long-term relationship with them.

For an extra challenge, pick characters you know I'm really fond of. Anyone can tell you reasons not to date Cthulhu, after all.
izilen: Paz, from GC (Twelve Kingdoms)
A while ago I said that if anyone wrote a fic where Yōko Nakajima, Queen of Kei, goes to visit her dearest friend Rakushun in En (forgetting to arrange for proper accommodation, leading to her having to stay with him, and subsequently talking about life and politics while cuddling), I would love them forever. It looks like [livejournal.com profile] bookelfe  is the unfortunate recipient of my undying love, SINCE THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT SHE WROTE (and more).

It turns out that I really really really ship Yōko/Rakushun, and so it was that when Becca told me she was writing a fic for them, I decided I would like to steal her ideas illustrate it. She agreed to let me, and THIS ABSURDLY SHIPPY PICTURE HERE IS THE RESULT.

If that is in any way relevant to your interests, you should check out her fic, and then come back here for my picture. =D



Cuddling and politics, but mostly cuddling, really. )
izilen: Paz, from GC (Twelve Kingdoms)
Every time I get into something new lately it seems that I find myself in the very sad situation where almost nobody I know likes it and there is no fandom (or it's terrible or too small) and so I think to myself, Izzy, why don't you write a post recommending it to your friends. I rarely do that because I'm really lazy and usually by the time I would have gotten around to it I either find some other shiny thing to look at or I've babbled to everyone over IM so much that they end up watching/reading the thing regardless! Fortunately, I haven't lost interest yet and I have a free day and it seems that some of you f-listers could be interested, so here I come.

10 Reasons to Read The Twelve Kingdoms:

Read more... )
izilen: Paz, from GC (Revolutionary Teen Girl Squad)
This post was part of 10 Reasons to Read The Twelve Kingdoms but it outgrew it and became something of a primer plus a review, I suppose. Expect TOO MUCH BABBLING, general incoherence and ALL THE LINKS.

So tell me more about this The Twelve Kingdoms thing?
The Twelve Kingdoms is a series of fantasy novels by Fuyumi Ono, and its anime adaptation. It’s a collection of tales centred around characters who inhabit a distinctly Chinese-inspired world in which there are twelve individual kingdoms. Rulers are appointed according to divine will, their importance to their real so crucial that if they rule badly or are absent, the kingdom is attacked by monstrous beasts and beset by natural disasters, in addition to being poorly administered. That's why it's so important for Keiki (the magical divine being in charge of choosing the king) to find the destined ruler of Kei. She so happens to be Yōko Nakajima, Ordinary Japanese High School Student, the protagonist of the first* book in the series!
About the books )Where to read/watch )Read more... )
izilen: Paz, from GC (Default)
STOLEN FROM THAT MONSTER, [livejournal.com profile] aamalie. Yes, I know I'm awful at fannish commitments, but INDULGE ME? =D

Give me the name of a character (or characters) and I will tell you:

* How I FEEEEEL about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character (BFFs, mentors, etc)
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon.
izilen: Paz, from GC (Flores)
What? Don't look at me like that. I spent a night and a day angsting about proper titles and what if SOMEONE SEES IT and really, it's not that silly a picture, why should have it get a silly name, but alas, it's the only thing I could think of, and being that it was its working title since January, I figure, whatever. Also several people failed to convince me not to and instead ENCOURAGED ME to call it that. Gosh, you people. I blame Rawles and Kate Beaton.

So, here it is. Deryn and Alek being the ridiculous awkward teenagers in love that they are, with a pretty clouds backdrop, because I can. For those not in the know, which won't be many of you, they are characters from Scott Westerfeld's delightful WWI AU, Leviathan. Deryn, on the left, crossdresses to join the Air Service, and Aleksandar, on the right, is a runaway Austrian prince. Deryn proceeds to save everyone repeatedly, while Alek, for the most part, just stares at her admiringly and wonders about how amazing her swagger is and how much he wishes he was like 'Dylan'. SO YEP. (They need to kiss)


(As always, pretend I have a relevant icon. One of these days I'll really get an account. Meanwhile, eh. Also sorriest to those of you who've seen this already in more places than they'd like)
izilen: Paz, from GC (Amelia Pond - Fairytale Name)
From [livejournal.com profile] pseudo_tsuga 

5 questions meme:
- Comment with "JACKPOT"''
- I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
- Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
- Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

1) Who is your favorite Beatle? (I saw them in your interests, so I think this is fair. :D)

Haaaaa, hmm. LET ME SEE. I really love Paul McCartney's ridiculousness and happy love songs and overly sweet, mushy music, so he would have been the first one to pop into my mind! HOWEVER, I really prefer Lennon's style, musically and find his activism and post-Beatles life hugely interesting, though I'm not as fond of his personality. What I mean to say, I guess my favourite is George Harrison. I love the songs he did (They're my favourite) and he just seems SO NICE. I don't like how he is often overlooked in favour of Lennon and McCartney! (Though, ha, watch me overlook Ringo. Whoops. He's the funniest?!)

2) What kind of couple are you most likely to ship?

The easy answer is PEOPLE WHO ARE IN LOVE. All I want to see is a couple of people who genuinely care for each other and just REALLY LOVE EACH OTHER in that way that is hard to deny and harder to miss and then just blind you with OTP! You stand there and go: HOW SO OTP?? That kind of pairing.Continuation of this question and others about DW, what I like about History and Clothing )
izilen: Paz, from GC (HUG)
Meme stolen from [livejournal.com profile] bookelfe !

Comment and I'll tell you something I like about you :)
izilen: Paz, from GC (Roy & Riza)
The people over at [livejournal.com profile] qldfloodauction (and the folks on [livejournal.com profile] fandom_flood_ap) have been organising an auction to raise money to help all the people and animals affected by the recent floods in Australia. They are much like [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti and [livejournal.com profile] help_pakistan, where people offer their fannish goods and services in exchange for money which is donated to a number of charities. A brilliant idea, really. I participated on [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti 's auction as an offerer, not having any of my own money to give away. (I drew this, for the record)

I have put up a thread here, where I offer to draw you fanart for just about everything I've ever read and watched and liked. Do have a look, there are many fandoms and I'm definitely going to try my best for any bidders. Have a look as well at all the many other offers and consider making your own!

Last but not least, don't forget that Australia's not the only one affected. Check out [livejournal.com profile] helpbrazil2011. The Brazilians too need all the help they can get!

(I'll see how this goes. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY AUCTIONS. I feel tempted to offer at them all. :/)
izilen: Paz, from GC (GC - Roboking)
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WHAT DO YOU MEAN UPPER LIMIT? THERE IS NO UPPER LIMIT. I read Harry Potter 1-4 about 13 times between the ages of 7 and 12, I have lost count of the number of times I've watched Mulan, and I think I'm somewhere around 20 read-throughs with LotR! There are times, when I really like something, where I'll re-read it IMMEDIATELY or within the next few days, ans if I don't I'll surely re-read it eventually. Speaking of, haha. I have read Behemoth twice now and it's been a week or so. Gokusen I reread on the same weekend I first read it (all 15 volumes of it!), and I reread FMA before Ch. 108 (less than a month after original reading) and have reread parts of it sporadically, accidentally when looking for references for Fanart. By parts I mean whole volumes. There was also that time I watched all of Brotherhood as a recap in about 4 days. (Also trying to reread for feelingsalchemy, but I AM SO BEHIND OH GOSH).

On the other hand, I've noticed that if I can find fanworks for something I'm less likely to re-read, because there will be MORE THINGS. If there's no fandom, or nothing decent at all, or no friends to talk to, then it's just me and the book or manga or the movie, right?

When I was about 10 people always used to ask me why I reread things, since I already knew what was going to happen, and wasn't it boring to read the same story again and again? I remember telling them something about how it wasn't what it said exactly but how it was said, and I partly agree with little me! If a story is not told in a way I find pleasing, why would I want to re-read? Nevertheless, I have found that I do actually re-read for the story, too, it's just that my enjoyment of what I really like does not diminish the second, third or twentieth time! I always see small things I missed before, and knowing the story I can appreciate a lot more its nuances. There's also how different the reading experience can be depending on who you are at any given period of time. It's not the same reading The Lord of the Rings at eleven and seventeen.

So, yes, RE-READING, RE-WATCHING, I LOVE YOU. <3333
izilen: Paz, from GC (Kataang)
Hello, everybody! I knew when I started a journal that I would be horrible at updating it. I was right, I am horrible at updating it! I was thinking of spamming everybody with my thoughts and feelings about all the manga that I waste my time reading and ~a certain series~ I recently read, but I honestly don't think anybody would be interested. Poor [livejournal.com profile] aamalie , [livejournal.com profile] wuhdemah  and [livejournal.com profile] bookelfe  know. HOWEVER, warning: I will spam your f-list with fanart soon, because my shippy self will not be contained!

Also, I apologize! I was supposed to have finished this ageeeees ago, but I didn't, and now your Holiday cards are going to be so late, I am sorry! I will put in extra effort on your sketches, and know that I am thinking of you and wishing you Happy Holidays IN TIME.

As for the memes:

Holiday Love Meme, which would make me super happy!

Shipping Meme! )
izilen: Ling Yao crying rivers (;_;)
What it says on the tin! Izzy likes stories. Izzy also likes pictures. Izzy looooooves stories told with pictures! It was natural that, should Izzy be feeling bored and in need of fictional characters in love, she would eventually, after exhausting such (rare) resources as Roy/Riza fic, turn to manga. Sadly, Izzy finds herself disappointed more often than not. She should also stop referring to herself in the third person.

I will tell you, briefly, what I've read, what I thought it would be, what it really was, and if I liked it!

What I read in last couple of months, part one )
izilen: Paz, from GC (Default)
Whoops. I never thought I would say this, but I have gotten caught up in my real life. INTERNET, I STILL LOVE YOU. I forgot to crosspost my [livejournal.com profile] fma_ladyfest  art to a million different places in time, and I am doing it now instead. I just realized I still haven't finished my 'simple drawing' requests, and I will do so in the near future. I miss having all the time in the world to draw and read and be on the Internet.

Anyway, on to the art! It is Mei and Xiao Mei, back home in Xing.

She has bookcases, a window and papers strewn all over the floor. )
izilen: Paz, from GC (Default)
This, too, started as an aimless doodle, and then turned into this. Just a portrait of Al and Mei, probably sometime after they return from Xing. Goodbye, fifteenth icon space. I do not regret using you up with Mei.


In shades of ruby and sunlight )
izilen: Paz, from GC (Kataang)
 WOO. I am past the halfway point with the requests. This one is NUMBER 6! Aang and Katara, sharing a table at Iroh's teashop, for [livejournal.com profile] redbeardjim . Really worked out that this request was the next in line, since yesterday I remembered all my shippy feelings for these two. <333

Just Aang and Katara )
izilen: Paz, from GC (Not all who wander are lost)
DUE TO MY PITIABLE STATE OF 15-ICON-NESS I CAN'T EVEN USE AN FMA ICON FOR THIS. Sorry! Have LotR/Doctor Who crossover instead, with applicable (ish) theme.

I managed to shock and surprise myself with the ability to produce a coloured picture this fast. I have no idea how this happened!!! I am going to try to guess and say it was the music's influence and Mei's awesomeness. And I'm definitely not going to complain.

This one is for [livejournal.com profile] rosemusek who requested Mei and Xiao Mei. The picture is pre-canon,  and here Mei is leaving her homeland.

Goodbye to Xing )
izilen: Paz, from GC (Roy & Riza)
As requested by [livejournal.com profile] aamalie . I really like this one, which is why I did not attempt to colour it quickly, even in simple black and white tones. I want to finish it properly, eventually. Meanwhile, have the lineart! I am sorry it is so ridiculously fluffy but you see, I really ship this. In my mind this is set somewhere around the time that final picture in 108 was taken. 

Roy and Riza, walking Hayate )

By the way, I am taking suggestions for the background! My dream background would be vaguely turn of the century buildings, but I feel that is impossible (I have no desire to relive drawing buildings in perspective with all technical accuracy). So far the top suggestion is A PARK.

EDIT: Here it is, with colours. CLICKY
izilen: Paz, from GC (Flores)
I'm done with the first two. At this rate I'll make good on my promise and get all of them done within a week or so! 8D This is turning out to be a great exercise. Because I don't expect to be producing very detailed pictures I feel I'm letting myself draw more freely, in addition to trying to make these 'sketches' more effective without all the crazy 'refinement' I'm used to (which, really, is probably overdoing things).

Anyway, here they are!
Winry & Izumi: Break )

Seon Chae )

P.S. I am tired of my stupid journal's layout not being very good for pictures. Does anyone know how to make it so that when you follow a cut/go to comments it turns into that default layout?
izilen: Paz, from GC (Roy&Riza - Thank you)
This was a WIP far longer than it had any right to be, having been born as a 3am doodle. Went really fast at first, but then I got lost in the details, or distracted by it. Ahaha, self, you are so silly. Whatever, it is done now. I apologise for the awkward poses, the blatant shipping and the lack of kissing.



Full Image + Closeups )

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