auronlu: (Fangsmirk)
Me and my bizarre shoulder kink. *hides face* I can't remember what possessed me to let slip this personal foible, but I can't really regret the indiscretion, since Flynn-the-Cat keeps catering to it.

Putting this here for ease of future ogling; thank you!






Back: Nyssa and Romana from classic Doctor Who
Front: Lulu and Fang
auronlu: (Yuna + Lulu)

Braids
by DippyWerewolf on deviantART

...so I can find it later. (Of course, I can look back on her dA as well).

Thank you so much!

...Rikku, Yuna and Lulu playing with each other's hair. And braids, because braiding hair (or having someone else braid one's hair) is fun and soothing.
auronlu: (behindyou)
...because it's Mintywolf's birthday!

and then I did another thing, because the first thing was coming out awful!

And on the second thing, I used onionskinning and still screwed up an arm, but at least this is kinda sorta what was in my head!


Lulu + Yuna: Sin's Return
by ~auronlu on deviantART

I really REALLY really wish I hadn't lost my art skills. I have an image in my head, but it won't come out. And arthritis means I can't do much at a time, which is one reason I got out of the habit. BUT I WANT TO DRAW THIS THING DAMMIT.

(I was initially trying to draw Yuna arriving in Besaid, getting her first glimpse of goth girl standing aloof from everyone else and watching her.)

i keep looking up twelve year old and seven year old girls on image search, trying to find art references, and being paranoid that someone's going to think I'm an awful person. :(

They're 13 and 8 in the picture above. Poor Yuna; it must've upset her more than anyone else in Spira when Sin came back.
auronlu: (behindyou)
Reposted from Tumblr, because Tumblr blows as a place to talk about anything or find anything you posted earlier.

Note that some of my comments derive from backstory provided by the Ultimania guide rather than from the game itself. Ultimania is a supplement put out by Square employees, rather than what really happened or what was said in-game. So I regard Ultimania as subject to fan interpretation and selection. Here's what I took from it.

When Lulu Broke (and Why), a Character Study )
auronlu: (Fangsmirk)
Two of my favorite fanartists posting the same night?  Gah.

[personal profile] leyna  has just served up a five-star banquet of incredible FF fanart, paintings that include Balthier, Fang, Lulu — who should now be in a crossover adventuring party full of witty banter and icy put-downs — plus cameos by Lightning, Squall, Namingway (who?) and some Type-O character.

Go. Ogle. Swoon.
auronlu: (memories)
SQUEE.

Go look! Latest panel in MintyWolf's graphic novel on Lulu's childhood. (Go here to start reading if you haven't seen it before).


Guardian: Page 7
by ~DippyWerewolf on deviantART
auronlu: (memories)
Yet another recommendation for [livejournal.com profile] mintywolf's graphic novel for Lulu's childhood, Guardian. New page up!



Guardian: Page 6
by ~DippyWerewolf on deviantART



EDIT: ALSO, APROPOS OF NOTHING...


... Sissy PMed me with this fanart of Auron. I blame Spira Claus.
auronlu: (Yuna's Final Aeon)
[livejournal.com profile] mintywolf, artist of that Lulu graphic novel I've been reccing, just left me an unexpected and wonderful fanart.

It illustrates a scene in the "Eight of Swords" chapter of Love Her and Despair, when Yu Yevon clamped down hard on Lulu for defying its will and taking too many liberties with Sin to aid her friends. As usual, the dream-interior of Sin is fashioned from its prisoner's hopes, loves, and fears. 

Full-sized version is probably NSFW:


Eight of Swords
by ~DippyWerewolf on deviantART


I love all of it, but especially the Yu Yevon glyph in blood. When I tried and failed to illustrate this scene, I sketched the shadow of the rune printed on the snow, but this is more dramatic.

Also, every one of Auron's swords is perfectly reproduced. Beautiful work. 

And Lulu's expression and posture say, "Bite me." Which is exactly right. She couldn't do much at this point in the story, but she could at least be cussedly stubborn. 

(Thanks again!)
auronlu: (memories)
[livejournal.com profile] mintywolf has posted another couple of panels of her Lulu graphic novel, currently dramatizing her childhood and relationship with Lady Ginnem. Five pages so far, already a good story.

Lots of heart-tug moments. Great FFX backstory. Clicky the banner to get to the table of contents.


"Guardian"
by *DippyWerewolf on deviantART
auronlu: (clueless)
Snerk. I want to rescue this from a deep-down buried comment in my Bahamut Is Not Your Friend post.

mintywolf
Gameplay and story separation is a tricky thing to deal with in writing, haha. I've been fiddling around with the Venus Sigil and its significance for a later chapter in Guardian but I had to come up with a better reason for her finding it than "And then Lulu made Tidus go out in the rain and dodge 200 bolts of lightning." ;)
 

my reply: 
HAHAHA now I'm imagining Lulu sending Tidus out into the rain because she's tired of his clueless questions or has caught him sneaking into Yuna's room. 


Rikku starts giggling after the door shuts. "Well, that's one way to get him out of your hair. Think I could trick him into chasing butterflies all over Macalania?"

"Have Kimahri request it," Lulu says tonelessly. "Tidus might suspect something, if it comes from you." 

"Wow!" Rikku stares in appalled admiration. "Lulu, you're way more evil than I thought." 
auronlu: (Yuna's Final Aeon)

Five pages of it so far, but oh, I hope this story continues:

Guardian 

With Ginnem! 

There's an image of them out in the rain with Ginnem holding up an umbrella that I really like. Can't explain. 
 

auronlu: (finishthatsentence)
I have never been entirely reconciled to the dolls, but I have to admit, this amuses me greatly. (Several other good cosplay photos in album.)



Lulu Cosplay (Final Fantasy X)
by ~IsilielCosplay on deviantART

(see full-sized photo on DA)
auronlu: (finishthatsentence)
Have you ever stumbled across something in an old folder you really don't remember writing or drawing? This is clearly my clumsy drawing, and it's a scene I am sure I wrote at some point, but I'd completely forgotten I tried to illustrate it.


So. Doodle. Set about a year prior to FFX, Lulu and Luzzu.

Title: "Message"

(If you've not played the game in a while, it's the moment when Lulu learned what had happened to Chappu.)



I've always liked Luzzu, partly because of his rueful "she hit me, too" comment about Lulu (direct Japanese translation: "She has furious fists!"), and partly because he's trying so hard to keep the cadets from getting themselves redshirted. 


The following ficbit is a backstory bridge picking up with the moment when Luzzu got on Lulu's bad side, segueing to the "Lulu's Contempt" FMV in which she rips Wakka a new one, and indirectly providing backstory for the "Kimahri Pounces* Tidus" FMV the next morning. Not all that exciting, but, character stuff, which used to be my forte. 

 

She Hit Me, Too... )

 


auronlu: (Default)

Oh, Mugs, you are too good to me, catering to my cheesy voice acting fix. FFX's voice acting is terribly choppy, yet I look past the bad to find the good.

Exhibit A: Interview with Matt McKenzie, Auron's VA, who seems to be absolutely as stodgy and serious as his alter ego:

Auron Speaks!

-- note: this websites a bit draggy; it may take a couple tries to load.

Favorite excerpts: 

McKenzie: "My agent called and said, 'Have you played some character named Auron? Disney wants you to do that character in some new game…' I said, 'Auron’s DEAD!' She said, 'You’re booked. Go make some money.'”

Mckenzie: "Take an occasional break from gaming for romance. It’s important! Have fun!"
(Compare to Auron's quote: "Make mistakes. That's what youth is for, after all. Do not waste it.") 

___ 


Exhibit B: Paula Tiso, VA for Lulu (and Col. Nabaat in XIII, not well-utilized): 

Lulu Speaks!

Tiso: "Leon [Kennedy of MGS Resident Evil] and Lulu would make a nice couple too- don’t you think? If there were ever a zombie attack I think my chances would be pretty good."


-----

Exhibit C: Interview with Alexander Smith, localization / translation for X, X-2, XII
After reading his discussion of why he translated "Arigatou" with 'I love you," I am a little more reconciled. Translation is SO HARD when you're trying to capture emotion/storytelling, not only literal meaning.

And I worship what he did with FFXII. The iambic pentameter for the Occuria rocked so hard. (Yes, I've gushed over the mannered translation for XII before.) 

 
auronlu: (Shani)
I've mucked around with Lulu's Inappropriate Applications of the Dark Arts as a trope ever since I started writing smut. Ice was always the weapon of choice. So when [livejournal.com profile] ff_yuri_drabble  put up "ice" as a prompt, I had to kick it up a notch. Total PWP.


Title: "Cold Snap" posted on [livejournal.com profile] ff_yuri_drabble 
Fandom: FFX
Characters: Lulu/Yuna/Shiva
Rating: NC-17 PWP
Word Count:  100 + 100
Prompt: Ice

(Fake cut to Pr0n)
auronlu: (Lady)
Title: Love Her and Despair
Chapter 42: The Lady
Final Fantasy X/X-2
Characters:Auron,Isaaru,Rikku,Elma,Pacce,Lulu
Rating:
R for violence.
Word Count: 4200
Navigation: Previous Chapter | Next Chapter
Map of Pilgrimage - Links to All Chapters

Our Story So Far: Thirteen years after Yuna falls in the Final Summoning, another summoner and his guardians penetrate Sin's inner sanctum.

Chapter 42: The Lady )

auronlu: (butterflies)
[livejournal.com profile] ff_press  posted a link to this piece today, and I ADORE IT.
Click thumbnail to go to full-sized painting.


Butterfly of Ill-Omen
by *leyna55 on deviantART

It's a character study. It doesn't go "WOO BOOBIES." It's still idealized, but it's not anime-idealized, and for some reason her face looks more like a real person to me.

(Also an interesting contrast with the well-known Lulu-and-butterflies portrait by Japanese artist "HN" who gave me permiss for this userpic!)

auronlu: (Shiva)
These were posted for various comms and challenges semi-recently, and I didn't get around to X-posting 'em here.

1. "Just Friends" -- FFXII, Balthier/Fran (sorta), T, double drabble on [livejournal.com profile] ff_fortnightly . Prompt: "Friendship"
2. "Futility" - FFX, Auron/Lulu, PG, 100-word drabble on [livejournal.com profile] pyre_flies . Prompt: "Anything/Nothing"
3. "Under Her Wing" -- FFX, Lulu/Rikku (kinda), PG, 400-word flashfic on [livejournal.com profile] ff_yuri_drabble . Prompt: "Precious"

4. Full headers since the OP doesn't have 'em:

Title: "Never Do This
Fandom: FFX
Characters: Lulu, Ginnem, Shiva
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1250
Prompt: "Lulu/Shiva: Inferno" from [livejournal.com profile] muggy_mountain on [livejournal.com profile] ff_kissbattle .

(Linkie)

auronlu: (orangemage)
Well, well. This hardly qualifies as a drabble, but I found myself totally incapable of limiting these two fascinating characters to 100 words.

Title: MYST: Age of Spira
Fandom: Final Fantasy X-2/MYST (Crossover)
Characters: Lulu, Catherine
Rating: G
Warning: Spoilers to both games to help orient readers who may only be familiar with one of 'em.
Word Count: 2700
Prompt written for:[livejournal.com profile] wired_lizard

A/N: The best part of this? It explains why that cave with the combination lock on the door showed up on Besaid in the sequel!

A meeting of minds... )

P.S. I'm going to put this short trailer here from the Y2K remake of MYST just because EVERYONE must hear Catherine's voice. Oh, Catherine....

auronlu: (sexy)
Written for [livejournal.com profile] ff_kissbattle  (original post here)

Title: One Moment
Final Fantasy X
Characters:
Auron/Lulu
Rating: M
Word Count: 1370
Prompt: "Auron/Lulu, Sunlight on cold skin"

A/N This ficlet is inspired by and picks up where Lynnxlady's wonderful story Grieve left off. Except I don't write them half as well as she did.

One Moment... )

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