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Happy Holidays, tears_of_nienna!

title: Inappropriate Goings-On in the Library of Alexandria, 48 BC, Precariously Near a Burning Torch
gift for: tears_of_nienna
gift from
: danny_sama 

</b></a></div>artist's notes: Interestingly, from the research I did before starting this picture (Yes, I actually did research for a picture of this, ahem... nature. See, it's educational!), it seems that despite Caesar generally getting credit for the first burning of the Library of Alexandria in 48 BC, there is some scholarly speculation that it wasn't actually his fault, and that he was merely conveniently blamed by some of his [many, one presumes] dissenters. A certain 'senator Crolius', anyone?







Detail 1






Detail 2
(as requested specifically by Waxbean)


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prestissima
Dec. 9th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
Eep! The light! The lines! The colours! The...other things! -gestures incoherently with glee-
secret_kracken
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
Yay incoherence! *bows*
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secret_kracken
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
Hooray! *laughs* Thank you!
hsavinien
Dec. 9th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
*giggle* Yay, pretty! Another thing to add to my library slash collection.
secret_kracken
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
*is honored* Thank you!
lanenk
Dec. 9th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Pretty!
You've done the lighting very well.
secret_kracken
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)
Ah, thank you! I have to admit I'm ridiculously happy with the lighting. I think it's the first time I've gotten it close it right.
sarahsan
Dec. 9th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
Absolutely breathtaking (and only partly because I'm giggling so hard ^_^). I adore the painterly quality and the warmth of the light...and Aziraphale's hair makes me inordinately happy. Bravo!!
secret_kracken
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I must confess I'm really happy with the light too, because I've never been able to get it quite right before. Slash is magical, obvsly. And I'm so glad I made you laugh! :D
meredydd
Dec. 9th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
Guh.


Just...guh.
secret_kracken
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
*turns a happy shade of red*
oddsbobs
Dec. 9th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
love the hair, love the colors, but most of all? I want to rub Crowley's back.

Beautiful job.
secret_kracken
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
Meee tooooooo. >.>;;;


(thank you!)
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littlewolfstar
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC)
*falls over dead* your style is simply gorgeous and perfect of such scene!
such warm colors and soft coloring and smooth lines *__________________* You leave me speechless....
secret_kracken
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
Thank you!! *blushes happily* I'm so glad you like it!
ineffabili_tea
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
Such a warm scene, with a wonderful glow!

In re: Crowley's drapery - Curvy. Must. Nibble.
secret_kracken
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
Thank you! *bows*


*offers you some tea to go with the nibblings*
tears_of_nienna
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
Best. Christmas. Ever.
Oh oh oh oh oh. This is incredible, the torchlight and the colors and the kissing! And the scrolls, and the hair, and the togas! And Aziraphale's beautiful eyes open ever so slightly...and the intimation that they burned down the library with their antics is hilarious!

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much!

*is tempted to put Crowley's bum up as her desktop background*

...

*gives in to temptation*
secret_kracken
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:55 am (UTC)
Re: Best. Christmas. Ever.
You're most welcome! I'm so glad you liked the library part... I confess I poked around your journal a bit, and that's what made me think of it. If they were indeed behind the burning, I rather doubt Aziraphale spoke to Crowley for the next few centuries or so. XD As for the kissing, I'm an utter sucker for it myself, so I couldn't resist. And togas were conveniently easy to draw and prone to falling off easily.

The idea of Crowley's bum on your desktop makes me feel very accomplished, I'll have you know. :D
captainpookey
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
Mmm.

I love this. I love their hair, for some reason. And I love the warm light and the way it casts smooth shadows across them, which, of course, only brings out their features and makes me even happier. ;)

I also like the idea of it being their fault that the library burned down. ahaha! :D Brilliant.
secret_kracken
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! I must confess I'm absurdly happy with the lighting in this. I think it's the first time I've ever gotten it close to right.

....and you know Aziraphale didn't speak to Crowley for several centuries after that. XDD
waxbean
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)
I love this. it is smokin' HOT.

I am blushing as a result of its hotness.


(again, terribly sorry about the formatting issues).

and now.... where is the fic? comment fic anyone? vulgarweed, where are you?


xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooW
secret_kracken
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:19 am (UTC)
Awwww, thank you, yet again! You make ME blush with your blushing. ^//////////^

(and please, you needn't apologize! I'm sure you and the other mods must hate me just a little by now for being such a picky bitch. ^^; I just hope I haven't fallen *too* far out of grace - you're such a very cool lot, I'd feel terrible to be on your bad sides.)

....and if this inspires fic, I think I will combust. In a very, very happy way. And also feel completely fulfilled.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
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cat_latin
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:38 am (UTC)
Oh, lovely! The light, the proportions, the color, and the story it tells! Aziraphale seems taken by surprise, Crowley just diving right in...and good job with that plump, dimpled ass!
secret_kracken
Dec. 10th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
Heee, thank you! You've NO idea how big a compliment it is to me that you feel it tells a story. It's what I strive for (and fail most often at) as an artist. I feel officially accomplished.
freudian_lisp
Dec. 9th, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
Very nice. Very nice!

Firstly, I love your attention to historical events, if you hadn't mentioned the first burning I'd have told them to be careful and for god's sake mind that torch!

I really like your style, I should -of course- be commenting on the absolute hotness that is doing it among heavy literature, but other things caught my attention as well. I love the line art, how the lines vary in thickness and how they make up the genle curves of their bodies. I love how you titled they respective heads, but managed to do it without exagerating and making it look natural and non-awkward. And I do love that delicious, finger-lickin' good colourjob

Oh my, thank you so much for sharing :D
secret_kracken
Dec. 10th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
Oh my, thank you! I confess I certainly don't mind the "the pr0n has killed me :D" type of comments, but it IS very nice to get some feedback on the actual *art* part. And considering how very, very lovely your own work is (I poked through your things, I must confess), I feel incredibly complimented. I want very badly to stalk you now, but shall have to wait, or I'll give myself away. |D;;;
hinna_koto
Dec. 9th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH such beauty :O /takes it all in, completely agape/

I shall put this in my memories, and come back to look at this more closely (and lecherously) when everyone else is...asleep >_> for keenest enjoyment! :p Seriously wonderful job though :DDD
secret_kracken
Dec. 10th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
Oh wow, memories! Thank you so much, I'm honored!
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