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I had the incredible honour of watching [livejournal.com profile] zarah5 (sometimes quite literaly) write her newest story 'Where The Pavement Ends'. Creating artwork for her is always fun and exciting, since her writing is so vivid and real that you can't help but imagine the scenes in your head. Getting to read the story as it is being written is a definite bonus as well.

In this post is the full collection of all my manips created for this story, but before you click on the cut, make sure to read the story itself. Here is a helpful link so that you have no excuse to not run and get to reading (do make sure to have sometime on your hands though) :




stripper au manips
Merlin whirls around to find the creep from earlier that night sitting on the floor, his back against the wall. What looks like an expensive watch is slung around his wrist, his arms wrapped around his drawn-up knees. He seems utterly unaware of the fact that he has no business whatsoever sitting there, or really just being in this room in the first place.

stripper au manip
Mostly for something to do, Arthur goes to examine the scraps and pictures Merlin’s pinned to the fridge door. There’s a chemical formula with the words For mum? scrawled underneath it, a picture of the Piazza San Marco in Venice, random notes that list anything from groceries to music to what might be topics of scientific reports, an article half-hidden below them, as well as an advertisement for dance lessons that briefly amuses Arthur. Another picture shows Merlin arm in arm with a guy that Arthur recognises as the Latino stripper who dragged Merlin away that one time.

stripper au manips
They missed a train by a minute so, at this time of night, the platform is mostly empty when they get there, neon lamps bathing the tiled ground in dispassionate light.

stripper au manip
Naturally, it takes a while until he switches the computer on – or rather, he switches the computer on right after getting out of bed and decides to take a shower while it boots. Once he’s towelled off, there’s breakfast that needs to be eaten and coffee that has to be made, so by the time he finally sits down at his desk, the computer has already gone back into standby. Merlin switches it on again.

stripper au manips
Thanks for the obvious trust in my fashion sense. As you can see below, I do own a suit, yeah. Just the one, though, and the pic was taken at my uncle's 60th birthday, so it's three years old. The suit still fits me.

Link to the click through manips.

Number 1 Number 2 Number 3 Number 4

The article manips:

stripper au manips

stripper au manips

The quality is bad, the blurriness a result of the cheap print as much as a low-quality original, but despite that, Arthur has no problems identifying himself, locked in a kiss with Merlin. His gaze fixes on the headline.

Arthur Pendragon out (of a Job)!







Just something that didn't fit into the story, but was fun to make.
stripper au manips

Date: 2010-01-08 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zarah5.livejournal.com
Gnihi. Just remembered that I need to grab first comment, if possible, so this is me opening LJ again. It's an exception, I swear!

DONEDONEDONE!!! Once the last extra is out (maybe during our fandom day?), we must get drunk.

Date: 2010-01-08 05:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inderpal.livejournal.com
I still don't get how I didn't get first comment on your post. You were sitting right across from me, i saw you post it and still ...
Away from the internets you! (Though me typing this kind of gives myself away as a hypocrite.)

Fandom day with booze, I'll mark it in my calender!! DONE!

Date: 2010-01-08 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zarah5.livejournal.com
I don't know. It appears to have been a time when some people randomly refreshed their f-list! Also, psst, I'm not even here. It's my evil twin.

Purrfect. D'you know the better date already?

Date: 2010-01-08 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liz-mo.livejournal.com
THese are very, very beautiful. And I admit to have clicked them before reading the story, but I wanted an appetizer so to speak. And they really, really, make me want to read the story now. YUM! Thank you!

Date: 2010-01-09 02:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inderpal.livejournal.com
Hee, thank you, I'm glad you liked them and it made you want to read the story. I hope it lived up to your expectations?

Date: 2010-01-09 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liz-mo.livejournal.com
:-D I'm half way through but after the circus AU!, I don't think zarah5 could ever disappoint me. And she hasn't! And your manips and the websites and the music make this a really great experience.

Date: 2010-01-08 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phys-nut.livejournal.com
those are beautiful! and they fit sooo well into the story, kudos to you! *sprinkles with kudos* :D

Date: 2010-01-09 03:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inderpal.livejournal.com
Hey thank you! I'm happy that you think they fit the story, zarah and I worked hard at incorporating them into her story. I'll let her know it worked. ;)

Date: 2010-01-08 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nuclearsugars.livejournal.com
Hee, I love the sense of style you gave Merlin through your manips, with the oversized band t-shirts and such. Really nice job!

Date: 2010-01-09 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inderpal.livejournal.com
Thank you! I mostly based that on Zarah's characterisation of him and he just gave of these music nerd vibes to me. :)

Date: 2010-01-08 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lobelia321.livejournal.com
These are totally darn gorgeous. So luscious to look at, such saturated colours and deep rich textures.

Date: 2010-01-09 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inderpal.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! I love working with colour and contrasts, so it's nice to know that you enjoyed it. :)

Date: 2010-01-09 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anitac588.livejournal.com
Wonderful work! ♥

Date: 2010-01-10 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kelene.livejournal.com
This is absolutely wonderful! Really enjoyed them while reading. ♥

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