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24 March 2009 @ 10:58 pm
Merlin and mafia AU's.  
For some reason, I seem to have this really strange fixation on mafia AU's. It's a bit like how other people may like vampires, except I've never really been fond of vampires in general.

Anyway, so I was thinking that no venture into any fandom is really complete (for me) without having a mafia AU of some sort. Jojo doesn't count because it already has its own mafia!U.
So, Merlin. And Arthur. And also Edwin. Hey, I don't know, it's possible!

Also: please check out the goddamn awesome fic that minarchy wrote, here. DAMN IT'S AWESOME.

Beware: Size warning, OOC-ness, drawings looking nothing like the actors.

The other part was that I was really inspired by the short Hellblazer comic that Sean Murphy did and I kind of wanted to try something similiar. Or at least practice. I really like big swashes of black, but I can never seem to pull it off. Also, I got Manga Studio 4 and I wanted to try it out. They didn't turn out as well as I hoped, but practice is practice. I drew and inked everything in Manga Studio and grunged it up in Photoshop.

No story or anything, I just drew whatever came to mind, basically.

I thought generally it might've been a business transaction gone wrong or something, but it could be anything, really.

Edwin is the unfortunate victim, because he was the first person who came to mind. Sorry, Edwin, I actually think you're a pretty cool dude.

Manga Studio is pretty fun to use. It's a bit fustrating to figure out though, since there's no help menu and no manual. The forum's generally helpful though, so I guess that's okay.
BUNNY [Spocktimus Prime]: MERLIN - oh god bradleysoloproject on March 25th, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
Oh god, work blocked flikr...JUST MY LUCK. Consider this a placeholder comment? Because I can't wait to tear all the way home and take a look.
BUNNY [Spocktimus Prime]soloproject on March 27th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
FINALLY able to look at this. This is so good, I love the thick inking style. I find lighting so hard to do with spotted blacks but you do it so well. The tension is really good and the thought of Merlin being the hitmanservant, that's so hot *_* Brilliant.
(no subject) - steam_pilot on March 27th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
passthebutter: twilight guc seethe wildflowerspassthebutter on March 25th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
This is so awesome. I love the grungey style.
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's actually a lot harder than it looks to make it seem right...
ash.: yosuke~sugarainbow on March 25th, 2009 07:10 am (UTC)
I'm intimated to ask how much time you've spent on these....
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
Uhm... not that long. Maybe 3 days, in which I also had classes and homework?
mossylawn: merlin; pained and beautifulmossylawn on March 25th, 2009 07:54 am (UTC)
I adore mob AUs (oddly I haven't really read any in this fandom...now I want to so badly).
The dynamics, their faces. Oh it has this delightfully sinister Sin City feel to it.

Heheh and your icon is most fitting ;)
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Yes I know huh! Mafia!AU is the best. I do them for every fandom I'm in, just cause I love them so much. Heeheeheehee.

Also: Yes, I loved the movies. For better or worse it's pretty much where all my mafia knowledge comes from.
(no subject) - mossylawn on March 26th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Plumyresosphere on March 25th, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
That's reallyy great '____';
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
the wratwredwrat on March 25th, 2009 10:06 am (UTC)
These are really nice pages!
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
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Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! <3
Reaperfoxreaperfox on March 25th, 2009 10:47 am (UTC)
Oh this is inspiring. I JUST got Manga Studio and haven't seen what it can do yet. I hadn't checked out the forums, though. I'm on my way!
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
It's a lot of fun, isn't it!? I thought some of the tools were a little anti-intuitive, and (bias here...) I wish they made the interface a bit more similiar to photoshop, just because I'm so familiar with it. But overall I like to draw it in more than photoshop.

And the program itself doesn't have a forum, so you have to check out the manga studio section of the tokyopop forum. But there are some helpful people there!
gokuma: radosnygokuma on March 25th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
plumjoy on March 25th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
That is AMAZING and WONDERFUL. omg.

The site I used to learn MS was this one; it proved quite helpful.
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! That site's great! Thanks! <3 <3
Salavin: [BON] *O*salavin on March 25th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
Digging this hardcore.
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
jeza_red: naahjeza_red on March 25th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
...second page, last panel... it's great! Arthur seems to be a right bastard hera, and that's good also^^

Awesome work!
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha, I think I tend to... mould people to fit into my AU's. Not necessarily a good thing, really...
questofdreamsquestofdreams on March 25th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
OOOOOoooh *___* I understand the mafia AU fixation 8D and I wholeheartedly encourage it XD

I've always liked the big swatches of black and white on black as well and I think you did a lovely job! I really like the added textures as well :3 Gives it both a really old fuzzy tv feel and breaks up those blocks of black :3
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha! I think it's the suits, and guns, and the subservient kink and the loyalty kink. Freaking ace.

Thanks! I think the black and white thing is REALLY hard to make look right. I'll be practicing more for sure though.
tokyoghoststory on March 25th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
are you kidding?

i love mafia au. and look, i still haven't watched merlin *shoves off to do that...* but MAN. i love this. you are the bee's knees.
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
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rocker_stimpy on March 25th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
Oh God, I love Sean Murphy's artwork. He had a devART at one point, and I'd had it watched, and then I switched accounts... Mm.

Anyway, I love how easily you took on his technique. You did a really good job with the inking. My favorite panel is the one with the blond fixing his cufflinks; their expressions are awesome. :3
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Ahaha, I wish I took on his technique easily. I have much tolearn...
The Cake Maker of Kiev (could kick your ass): all you need is the right hatladyvyola on March 25th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
I particularly love the last panel on the second page - Merlin's stillness and impassivity, Arthur's slight smile and utter confidence.
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah it's kind of ooc, huh. Although, I didn't think it really was that ooc, since Merlin has killed like what, 15 people for Arthur so far? I don't know why he gets so squeamish about killing, honestly, because he has killed a lot of people.
(no subject) - ladyvyola on March 26th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
queen_marshedqueen_marshed on March 25th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
I love the ink splashes. So freaking awesome. :D
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks man!
Profiterole: Merlin - Merlin and Arthur_profiterole_ on March 25th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Hasn't Merlin always been Arthur's henchman? Manservant, henchman, what's the difference.
Self-Proclaimed Queen of Nerds: colbert loves metheywerecones on March 25th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
These pages are really well done for noir! Incredible inking!

Forgive me, but is Merlin the name of a show? D: I has no tv.
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Also, I LOVE YOUR ICON. It makes my heart go a-flutter, the way Lee Pace does.

And yep, Merlin is the name of a show, but I watch it online anyway. If you'd like to see it I can send you a link.
(no subject) - theywerecones on March 25th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - steam_pilot on March 28th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC) (Expand)
BROmance.: Ben Barneskateison on March 25th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Holy wow. That looks spectacular~ The grunge just really makes the pages, wonderful! :3
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah it was rather unspectacular before I grunged it up, unfortunately.
I feel ugly but I know I still turn you on: BDB → Vishoustekla on March 25th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Okay, Merlin killing for Arthur in that mafia-ish way was all kinds of hawt. *_*

And woman, your skillz leave me breathless. This was stunning and perfect, keep practising with Manga Studio, can't wait to see more results. :)
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! For sure I'll keep practicing!
Kelley: All about Bradleychibimarchy on March 25th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
This is awesome. My favorite panel is the last one, second page. <3
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I hope you can get an idea of what's happening in the pages...?
Marniemarn_barn on March 25th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
These are AWESOME. I especially like the frame with Merlin holding the smoking gun. Wow, that one just got me. :D
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Thank-you! I meant to have a panel actualy focus on Merlin, but I couldn't really think of where to put it in and I ran out of space. Oh well. :I
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Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah I totally jacked that idea from another illustrator I admire, Matthew Woodson. The guy's amazing!
zarathusezarathuse on March 25th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
oh holy shit, that is AWESOME. and merlin the hitman is disturbingly hot....

i would kill for accompanying fic for this. or, better, yet, for the fully-fledged comic!

nicely done!
Nuusteam_pilot on March 25th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I'd like a fic in mafia!AU as well. I don't even have an idea for a story, so a full fleged comic is out of the question...
I'd probably happily dedicate myself to drawing fanart to a fanfic in mafiaverse though!