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spn_j2_bigbang 2015

Big Bang Art Post: So Very Like a Grave

Title: So Very Like a Grave

Author: all_the_damned

Artist: eprimacol

Pairing: J2, past Jared/Adrianne Palicki

Word Count: 23,777

Rating: Explicit

Content: unreliable narrator, horror genre, abduction and confinement, decomposition and gore, mental illness, dubious consent, manipulation, exhibitionism, biphobia

Summary: Jared is pretty sure he was insane even before he was abducted. Not many people can survive a global pandemic with their minds intact. For a long time, it’s just Jared alone in the room, tended and manipulated by an unseen force. And then Jensen comes.

It's my first time participating in a Big Bang, and also the first time I've ever really put together anything like this, so it's something of an achievement, and it was a really good experience! I want to thank all_the_damned for writing this awesome story. I fell in love with it the first time I was reading it and it was a lot of fun making this art! Also, a very special thanks to wendy for hosting another spn_j2_bigbang challenge this year!


My art masterpost starts with Main Story Banner.


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Art for rest of the story:

I tried to achieve a strong sense of claustrophobia and imprisonment. Jared is like sensory deprivation victim with his hallucinations, bizarre thoughts, and depression.



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Art for Jared's repeated dreams and memories of Adrianne:

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"I deserve it,” Jared hisses.  He does.  If he’s the only person left alive to remember, to carry the guilt and the grief, he’ll take it.  The living momento mori for all the lives lost, for his family, for Adrianne and Chad.
Someone has to bear that weight.
“I wish we…I wish I could take it away,” Jensen says, smoothing a finger across the crinkle in Jared’s brow.  His eyes are soft and loving, wide and willow-green. “I wish you didn’t have to suffer like this.  Do you wish you were like me?  That the aliens had taken it all away?”
“Someone has to remember,” Jared replies stubbornly.
“You can share it with me,” Jensen says, pulling Jared closer a bit impatiently. “I’ll remember what you tell me.  I’ll suffer it with you.”


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And final art: The ending is open. I imagine the world after an alien invasion is not so idyllic. Maybe another illusion will replace the previous one. I’m scared and little thrilled to see how this strange relationship will develop.



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Chapter Headers:

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Story Dividers:












Bonus art - a cover:


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Thank you for looking! Don't forget to read the story!



Comments

( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
amberdreams
Jun. 19th, 2015 07:41 am (UTC)
I love the cube theme you've used and the one with the exploding rubix cube is such a great idea, really well done. I'm also very fond of your story divider set - love the green/greys and the fractured centre pics.

I'm really keen to read the story now!
junkerin
Jun. 19th, 2015 08:12 am (UTC)
Wow fantastic Art!

I´m temped to read the story just because of your art. It looks great!
desertport
Jun. 19th, 2015 08:13 am (UTC)
Wow! I love the cube theme as well, and how you employ it to show the psychological fragmentation that seems to be taking place. Clever and very thoughtful work!
ash48
Jun. 19th, 2015 10:38 am (UTC)
Fantastic art! Love the feel of it. Looking forward to reading this story.
vesuvianite
Jun. 19th, 2015 12:31 pm (UTC)
Very cool pic's! And I can see you put a lot of work into them, too.

Great job!
blackrabbit42
Jun. 19th, 2015 12:47 pm (UTC)
The very best kind of art- the sort that makes you want to read the fic like, YESTERDAY. Very cool concepts!

:)
thruterryseyes
Jun. 19th, 2015 01:55 pm (UTC)
Terrific! You have yo keep looking so you don't miss anything.
emmatheslayer
Jun. 19th, 2015 04:52 pm (UTC)
this looks so awesome wow I am so reading this
tsuki_no_bara
Jun. 20th, 2015 04:01 am (UTC)
the cubes are super interesting and really intriguing. they give a great sense of how fragmented and confused jared's mind must be. and i'm really curious about the fic now!
sandymg
Jun. 20th, 2015 03:14 pm (UTC)
Stunning and very unusual art. So abstract and eerie. Made me very interested in the story.
masja_17
Jun. 21st, 2015 06:19 pm (UTC)
Liked the cube theme very much! Really gives a splintered impression of a broken mind. Well done!

<3
virtualpersonal
Jun. 23rd, 2015 02:15 am (UTC)
Wow! The art is spectacular. It really draws an emotional response from the viewer. Kudos.
siriala
Jun. 23rd, 2015 02:39 pm (UTC)
Beautiful ! The cubes make me feel claustrophobic already and in urgent need to protect my mind :)
sophiap
Jul. 2nd, 2015 01:36 am (UTC)
Oh, WOW. These are amazing, and really make me want to read the story. The cube motif you used is both clever and beautifully rendered. I think you succeeded in getting across that sense of uneasiness and claustrophobia.
tipsy_kitty
Jul. 5th, 2015 11:51 pm (UTC)
Amazing work, it really captures the creepy claustrophobia of the story and Jared's fracturing mental state.
milly_gal
Jul. 16th, 2015 08:53 am (UTC)
The cube theme is awesome, and very interesting, I keep staring at that first cubed image! :D
annisach
Jul. 22nd, 2015 02:39 pm (UTC)
Such compelling, beautiful art. Really goes perfectly with the tone of the fic.
sillie82
Aug. 15th, 2015 06:13 pm (UTC)
These are great! :D
bflyw
Aug. 16th, 2015 09:52 pm (UTC)
I really like what you have done here. I love that you have been so consistent in your theme!
I haven't read the fic yet, so I don't know how this relate to the story, but as a set of art, I think you have succeded :-)
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