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Happy new year! What better way to celebrate than with a summertime picture of people swimming? For all intents and purposes, this picture was done in 2013, but unfortunately I had to throw off my timing by spending an extra two hours of 2014 doing effects and cleaning things up. So close!
Anyway, this is a picture of the lovely Matsuoka
Kou and Mikoshiba Seijuro from the swimming anime, Free! I watched the entire series in one or two sittings and it was a lot of fun, but I was super disappointed that these two didn't end up together. So, I did what any self-respecting fan artist would do, and helped my writer friend brainstorm a fanfic so that I could draw the cover art for said fic and we could both get our Seigou feelings out into the world. I'll link the fic when it's done, but unfortunately, that's still being written.
Technical-skills-wise, this picture was pretty simple (definitely much more so than my last picture). I wanted to keep it light on background details, but I do love making clouds. Gou's pose took a long time to get right, and Seiji's muscles were both fun and a challenge. Oh, I'm also pretty sure I've never colored a wet person before, so that was fun too. Overall, I'm really pleased with this picture, especially considering how little time it took! I need to make more stuff that only takes a day to line and a day to color. I'm sure some parts are a bit rushed, since I was trying to get it done before the new year, but I hope you like it nonetheless.