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This is the collection of art done for [ profile] useless19's fic, "Annexation" for [ profile] roguesbang's Rogues Big Bang 2013 challenge.

I admit to being too ambitious while planning art for this fic, which basically boiled down to "too many ideas, too little time, and too much procrastination". *laughs* Nevertheless, I had great fun making them and got to try out some ideas I had churning in my head! Useless has been very patient and understanding with my sudden bouts of silence, thank you very much for putting up with me. :')

Link to fic: LJ Masterpost |


Initially, I toyed with the idea of drawing Len, Mark and Axel lounging around the car with an empty road and trees in the background. It didn't take me long to figure out that the composition I had in mind was not viable for what I wanted to achieve. After some thought and brainstorming, I decided to go on a more abstract route, and that immediately opened me up to more ideas for several smaller pieces for scenes throughout the fic, which could be seen below.


The car that Axel supplied wasn't specifically mentioned past a "battered green Chevy", so I did some googling. (Bless my good friend for putting up with me tossing her random Chevrolet information for several hours non-stop.) In the end, it was a toss up between the 1997 Malibu and 1993 Cavalier and I chose the latter for I felt it fit Len's "grumpy old man" better.

Annex - 05

Annex - 04

The void which sucked Mark in.
Annex - 06

Axel pointing out constellations in the sky as Mark explains them.

The battle between Mark and Thad. This one is more obviously sketchy than the others, as this was the last piece I did and was done in a bit of a rush.
Annex - 07

Annex - 03

This was the second scene I felt compelled to make and I pitched the idea to my author of having an image in place of the text which should have been the end of Annexation. It read:

"Dropped through the tacky metal lampshade in Mark's apartment:

Retired. Idiot."

A huge thanks to [ profile] shinigami_yumi for her ever patience and invaluable criticism.

Date: 2013-06-06 08:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] liabrown
Amazing work as always -- and I look forward to reading the fic, too :) Sometimes I'm in awe of all the talent we have in this fandom.

Date: 2013-06-06 08:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think you'll be pleased with the fic! Useless did an absolutely great job with it! Fix its are one of my favourites to read, and this comes close to it. :)

Date: 2013-07-13 10:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I still look over these and marvel at what a wonderful job you did. They capture those bits of my story beautifully and really help it come together.

On the 'battered green chevy', I'd based it on the car my parents had when I was a kid, which was a blue vauxhall cavalier. I was going to just use that, before I remembered that it might be different in America. From my quite internet search, I'm pretty sure you picked the car that was closest to what I was picturing, how's that for weird.

Lovely, lovely pictures. I'd really like to work with you again one day.

Date: 2013-07-31 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sorry for the superbly late reply! I've not been logging in to LJ because I was busy with irl responsibilities.

Thank you very much for your great comment! And awesome on the coincidence. What do you know? *laughs* I thought the Cavalier fitted Len best amongst the many others I looked that. That might be a huge contributing factor.

I hope there would be more chances for collaboration in the future myself. You write very well, and it was great to work on a story such as yours. :)

Also, I seem to have missed your birthday too (by a far mark)! Therefore, I wish you a very happy belated birthday to you!! I hope it was a good one. :D
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