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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 02:38 am
Sirius' bike: the return

What happens in this icon there happened on Sirius' motorbike. And now, ladies and gentlemen, I'm proud to announce the return of Sirius' motorbike, still flying, but for a general audience :)


This painting was done at thistlerose's request, for the layout of sirius_loving. I don't know if it will work there, though, as it's not really some inches large! But I checked, thistlerose, it still works when cropped down. I hope it will fit, and if it doesn't, I promise I won't cry ;)


characters: Sirius and the Bike
rating: G

teaser: Sirius and his bike :)



I'm getting good at drawing bikes, aren't I?


The bike is still supposed to be a Norton Commando, but I'm afraid I mixed up several years (between 1971 and 1974) when painting the motor, because of the various angles and details of the references I found. Happily, I had Franck to tell me which bits had to feature absolutely in order for the bike to look like it would work. And for the rest, well, I painted the mechanics black where I wasn't sure!



Hope you'll like!

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maeglinyedi
maeglinyedi
Maeglin Yedi
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 12:48 am (UTC)

Oh my, that is just gorgeous. I love all the details on the bike, and Sirius' happy expression. ;-)


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)

Thank you so, so much!

I'm glad Sirius' expression turned out well. It was a nice change to draw him just happy for once :)


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bogfrog
Pernicious Frippery!
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 12:55 am (UTC)

This is so wonderful that I don't even have words for how cool it is.
Just beautiful!


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)

*HUGS* Thanks so much :D


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leelastarsky
leelastarsky
OMG it's full of STARS!
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 01:01 am (UTC)

Beautiful work. I think you've done a brilliant job with the details on the bike! :~)


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)

Thanks a lot :)

The details on the bike were a lot of tedious copying various strange bits from photo references and wondering how it would look in another perspective. Happily, the husband was there to explain me what would be where. It took him a bit of time to understant that I was only interested in the bits that would show on the outside, not in all the still more numerous bits inside the motor ;)


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aome
aome
A clean house is the sign of a broken computer.
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 01:08 am (UTC)

*snort* You sound like my husband and cars, the way you're fussing over details for a particular model year. I guarantee I wouldn't know the difference, lol. I just marvel that you make it look realistic at all, because I certainly couldn't.

This picture makes me wistful. That sense of freedom and peace - I imagine he didn't get to feel that way too often during his life. I'd like to think that wherever he is now, he's still flying through the air on a bike made from the clouds, enjoying that same peace.

One question - do you ever sleep? *notes timestamp*


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

Heh, my husband is like this with motorbikes (he worked at a motorbike store for a while...), and now with ultralight planes. So when I asked him to explain me how was the other side of the bike on the various reference pics that I could find, he argued a lot about how the bikes were different, and couldn't I see that the brakes were of a more modern design on the second one? (No, I couldn't ;) )

That's the research I like to do when I plan "serious" fanart. Not the kind that would lead to copying an existing photo, but to draw an original pic that can get believable. The most strange research I made was to look for a geological map of Scotland, to ensure that there could be limestone caves such as the one I drew in the Padfoot returns pic!


This picture makes me wistful. That sense of freedom and peace - I imagine he didn't get to feel that way too often during his life. I'd like to think that wherever he is now, he's still flying through the air on a bike made from the clouds, enjoying that same peace.

I love you! I'm very, very glad that I could convey this. First of all, because this pic was drawn for the sirius_loving fest, whose purpose is to give Sirius a proper send off, and in my interpretation, to imagine (remember) him happy somewhere.


And I have trouble stopping in the middle of a painting. So I sleep in the morning when I can! Or not at all ;) I can't help if the flist is at its best between 8pm and 4am, western European timezone...)


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sheafrotherdon
Cate
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)

That's gorgeous! I love the angle of the bike, turning in the air, and the expression on his face! Wonderful :)


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much! I'm glad Sirius' expression turned up well, because it felt so great drawing him just happy for a change :)


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prettyclever
prettyclever
Thursday Euclid
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)

Oh WOW. That... efljhsdfilsdhlrg oh my GOD, darling! How GORGEOUS! Um, if you have a really big version of it, you can send it to my email, and I'll crop it for the header myself, or if that's the one you want me to put in, I can do that too. :D


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)

Yay! I love when you're all incoherent like this! ♥

Thank you so much!

I'll be really really happy if this gets used at sirius_loving *bounces on the walls and flails*

What size would you prefer? I can send a bigger one if you need :D


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anjenue
anjenue
ickle sexual tyrant
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 01:22 am (UTC)

Ohhhhh goodness, that is absolutely GORGEOUS. I don't know what I like best -- the movement of the picture, the joy and vivacity in Sirius' face, the flow of his hair and coat (nnngh), the BIKE omg, or the gorgeous gorgeous background. I think I just love it ALL and think you're absolutely brilliant.

(Am here via petulantgod, btw -- he's always raving about your art and I've been lurking for a long time admiring it and omguh-ing at your talent, so have finally friended you. Hi there. I'm Anj. :D Pleased to meet you.)


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)

Welcome here! It feels that I already know you a bit through Seph's LJ. So I friended you back :)

And thanks so much! I'm really glad you liked this one. Loved drawing it, with the hair and the coat and the bike :)


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dogeared
dogeared
quite magical
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 01:25 am (UTC)

So lovely!! The blue of the night sky is gorgeous--deep and velvety. And I love the way Sirius's coat is billowing out behind him. :)


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)

Thanks so much! I'm glad you liked the sky and the coat :) They were both very enjoyable to paint!


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spacedye_vest
spacedye_vest
O_o
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 01:36 am (UTC)

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

You're fabulous.

What a wonderful pic. He's gorgeous and the bike is so cool and... his hair and his expression and...

Beautiful.


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)

♥♥♥♥!

I'm so glad you liked. Thank you!


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lls_mutant
lls_mutant
lls_mutant
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)

Oh, stunning! I love it, especially the long leather (I assume?) coat. I suspect that's exactly how Remus always wants to remember him ;)


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC)

Thanks so much! Yeah, it's leather (well, I tried to make it look like it, anyway...)

I suspect that's exactly how Remus always wants to remember him ;)

Totally :)
And still more because it reminds him of <a href="http://moonstar.forgiving-eyes.net/art/ct.html>this</i> (not worksafe), maybe ;)


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valis2
valis2
elaborate blue tentacles of hilarity
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 01:50 am (UTC)

Oh, awesome! You really capture the wonder of flying on a motorcycle. Lovely!


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)

Thanks a lot :) For the bike part, I don't know, but if I could share the wonder of flying with you, then I'm very very glad :D


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midnitemaraud_r
midnitemaraud_r
For all your sophisticated Cock-Tailing needs
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 01:50 am (UTC)

OMG! It's GORGEOUS! And I LOVE how the star Sirius is just peeking out behind the front wheel! (And Orion on the right!)

The details of the bike itself are amazing, and Sirius - in his denim and leather and long hair is glorious!!


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)

Thanks so much! I'm so glad you liked this happy Sirius :)

And yay! You noticed Sirius-the-star too! *gives you a bike-shaped cookie*


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m4g1c4lm3
m4g1c4lm3
Mr. Johnathan
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)

do you know how wonderful you are?

bah i expect these are inks as well right?
and what ever did happen to that bike?


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC)

Thanks a lot!

Oh please do tell me how wonderful I am ;)

And yes, these are inks, except for most of the jeans, the skin tones and the lighter metallic parts of the bike, which are plain old watercolours. Do inks for the darker parts and the smoother textures, and watercoulours for the parts that I may need to rework and the lighter tones.


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thistlerose
thistlerose
sunlight on your path
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)

Yes. Oh my god YES. You are AMAZING. You are my goddess. Just. YES. ^_______^


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)

*looks goddess-like* *trips and falls*

*SO MANY HUGS*

I'm very, very glad that you made me do this picture, you know. Thank you so much!


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minoukatze
minoukatze
Minoukatze
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 02:09 am (UTC)

Wow. Gorgeous as usual. He reminds me of "The Fonz":)


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)

Oh yes, you're right, there's something of him!

Thanks so much!


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