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Falling - SkyfirexSilverbolt by Atalan Falling - SkyfirexSilverbolt by Atalan
Skyfire and Silverbolt, my OTP-that-no-one-else-writes, from what I hope will be a shortly forthcoming chapter of A Wing and a Prayer...

So, uh... here's one of my attempts at Real Art - as in, this is not a trace. Linework in Inkscape working from a reference photo, then mucked about with to make it look more hand-drawn (cheating ^_^); colours in Photoshop Elements 6.0.

Comments on the colouring/shading would be welcome. I like how the shadows came out, especially given that it's moonlight, which is a pain to deal with. But it could really do with some highlights, I think, especially to give the impression of metal - I tried a few variations but I couldn't get anything that looked right, so in the end I left it.

Can you hear me calling out your name?
You know that I'm falling and I don't know what to say.
Come along baby, you'd better make a start
You'd better make it soon before you break my heart...

- 'Everywhere', Fleetwood Mac
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Aerialbots Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Your fanfic IS actually what made me ship the pairing in the first place. ^^;
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Aerialbots Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Oh. My. God. I READ UR FANFIC, I LOVED IT, AND A WEEK LATER, I FIND THIS ART? :squee:
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livefreeash Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student Writer
AH! I love this. I read your fanfiction, and I fell in love with the pairing. They really do work well together, and you're writing is superb that is the icing on the cake. The romance I feel now a days in fanfiction is just to the point, straight to the good stuff, but how you did it was so well thought out...taking their time as their true feelings develop until finally they know what their sparks had really been saying all along.

The art itself is very cute, romantic in a way where I'm just giddy about the pairing. They are just so cute dammit! I love love this pairing. I have you to thank for that :D
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UltraRodimus Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
^w^ They make such a cute couple... Really looking forward to more "Wing And A Prayer"!
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autobot2 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ooooooooooommmmmmmmmmgggggggggg
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Kitet-Dromza Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Ive been reading your fic 'A wing and a prayer'

I'd never even considered this pairing before, but it is wonderful~
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CodenameEternity Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
I have been doing my best to spread the love of this pairing and have got a few more people hooked on your story :D
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Deathcomes4u Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
they do write it! You're just lookin in the wrong places ;D i know two fans who adore sky x bolty, they could point you in the direction of more of it :3 most of it's on LJ i think.
ask :iconzomgitsalaura: and :icontoaveka:
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Goddess-of-perverts Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Umm... I don't look at Skyfire enough to really have THAT valid of an opinion... But doesn't he have stripes or crosses or somehat on his wings and shoulders? Just they looked a little bare and I wondered.
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Atalan Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist
It really depends on what you (or rather I) use as reference pics - he varies. You're right about the wings, he does usually have the red stripe on them - can't believe I forgot that!
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Pacerwolf Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Very sweet.
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Sena-kun Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
I JUST READ THAT STORY! LIKE 3 SECONDS AGO!!!!! 8O! I LOVE YOUR STORY!!! CAn'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT CHAPPY!!!!!
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tainry Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
EEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Eee eee eeeeeeee!
::further dolphin noises::

Also, that's one of my favorite Fleetwood Mac songs. :D

Metal is hard, especially shiny metal, which reflects stuff and has very hard highlights and lowlights and... Well, one thing would be to check out old rock album covers from the 80's with chrome chicks and androids and cars and spaceships and things on them. Chrome was big in art in the 80's - I think there might have been some innovations in airbrushing at the time - or airbrushes got cheaper so more people could afford to play with them.

Another thing to try is look at how their colors are handled in the cartoon - in the better animation episodes, or the 1986 movie. It's not, by comparison, realistic, but it's a kind of visual shorthand for "this shit is metal yo", and we all get it.

Yet another thing to try is google images of actual jets, there are plenty of white aircraft, and see how they look. Although unfortunately most of those images are going to be at midday sunlight, but there might be moonlit ones, and you can always just tweak the palette. I think color-wise you have a good handle on evoking moonlight already.

Yes, highlights, especially on the edges, would help, too.

The optic glow is nice!
The shadows are indeed nice, too! You might try some reflected light in them, though, which might also help with the metal issue.

And also EEEEEEEEE NEW CHAPTER SOON? EEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! <333333
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Atalan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist
:D I am glad you like it! And thank you, that is all awesome advice, particularly the album cover idea.
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ToaVeka Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
Ohmigod. You make me a happy fangirl. This is wonderful!

Some crit: Silverbolt's elbow is very strange, maybe you should put a rotator or something there? Also, I'd suggest making Skyfire's hand look less like simply a part of Silverbolt's helm by rounding it out a bit.
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Atalan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist
Hmm, yeah, see what you mean... it looks a bit like he's got a hinge on one edge, doesn't it?

With the hand, do you mean rounding by altering the linework or with shading? I had to draw that one without references. -_-

Thank you ever so much for the tips. :)
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ToaVeka Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Rounding the hand so it looks less like a part of Silverbolt's head and more of a separate object, right now it looks like a piece of paper folded over Silverbolt's head, if anything. Round the heel of the hand linework a bit will separate it.

Glad to help! This is a lot better than anything I could draw. Its very emotional.
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