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Vulnerable Moments - Sketch by Dreamspirit Vulnerable Moments - Sketch by Dreamspirit
Completed on July 17th, 2012

This was a little sketch I did during Comic Con shortly after attending the Firefly 10th Anniversary panel. The panel struck all sorts of chords in me, and led me to continuing pages and pages of notes on my own story stuff, and somewhere in there, I started jotting down stuff about character backstories and histories. It reminded me that everyone, even "heroes," have vulnerable moments where they need to hold each other up.

This is one of those moments.


Tiny 1.5 by 3.5 inch sketch done in graphite and Copic Multiliner on toned paper with additional color added in Photoshop CS5.


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:iconmurderousautomaton:
MurderousAutomaton Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Very beautiful! I love the way you write out the date, too. Bonus points! ^__^
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ejcurtis Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful sensitive work :heart:
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IsWonderland Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute!
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:icondreamspirit:
Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
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IsWonderland Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you are welcome :D
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solusauroraborealis Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I never can figure out how you can pack such a small space with so much detail. They do have a lovely curl around each other, maybe because I have been on this journey reading their story I find this moment rare. They never have an easy time in any part of their journey (just like in Firefly/Serenity,) it is hard for them to let go in any moment and leave themselves exposed. Oberon always reminded me of Jayne in his attitude. Using humor to diffuse a situation is what Firefly was good at, it was smart and quick and your work embodies that as well. I know this had to be a moment of pure exhausting pain for it to happen. I think you are bringing such fragility with the delicate curves, that you just want to leave them alone and let them rest awhile.
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's strange for me sometimes, because some of my smallest pieces I feel have the most "life" to them, if that makes any sense.

And indeed: since you know of their journey, you can understand this isn't by any stretch of the imagination a common sight, nor a romantic bond. Both of them have had truly hard lives in very different ways, and while they have strength and composure (and humor), to carry themselves, in rare instances they are laid bare and raw, and in the best of those times, are there to support each other, even if simply by being a silent shoulder to support the other.

I can definitely understand drawing comparisons between Oberon and Jayne, too. :) They were cut from a similar block to be sure, and their directness to approaching situations to be sure. Perhaps one of these days I'll write a one-shot/drabble of what led them to this vulnerable moment, and I'm glad the sort of, need for rest comes across.

And honestly: thank you again for supporting me through my own journey in so many ways. *hugs*
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
The angle to this- the delicate, graceful, and yet STRONG curve to the neck- WOW. I thought one of my horse-fanatic friends drew this.. and then I saw your name and I was like I KNOW WHO THAT IS.
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks hon, that means a lot to me. :) This was one of those pieces where at the time I was doodling it (SOOOOO tiny!), I wished I had even a fraction of reference for a horse that's lying down, but honestly: there's a sort of flow to the gestures between them that I'm not sure I would have worked out if I was being guided by a reference. I'm generally pleased that Oberon looks as if he has a subtle expression there as well, without being overbearing to the quietness of the scene.

ANYWAY! So much babble! Thank you once again for your compliments. <3
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Honesty, sometimes an image really could use a reference, but sometimes - like this one- it won't benefit from it. As you said, this was more about the artistic gesture, not the stickler accuracy. I say you made a fantastic choice!
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meihua Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Lovely work!
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :)
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SylvanCreatures Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice work, and a great gesture! I'm going to have to watch that firefly panel.
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for the compliments! While I have my quibbles with it (especially since it was so tiny), I'm generally pleased with the sort of "flow" of the characters, and I've been trying to up the ante on posting more of my stuff, even if they are just sketches.

I'd also totally recommend both the Firefly and Joss Whedon panel. Let me know if you have any problems locating them, as I'd be happy to point you to them. :)
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SylvanCreatures Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Caught the panel yesterday - so awesome! Nostalgia was flowing like a river.
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Mahepii Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Interface Designer
beautiful :D I like the flow of the mane and tail ^-^ (sorry if my English isn't correct xD)
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so very much! I'm glad you like the flow of the mane and tail, I was trying to have it look as if it was wrapping protectively around the girl as well.

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I really appreciate it!
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Mahepii Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Interface Designer
your'e welcome ^-^
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