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Story banners...

August 4th, 2011 (06:47 pm)

I've been making quite a few banners for people recently, and I thought it would be nice to have them all in one place. So here are

The Hidden Heart

This banner was made for eilonwy1's The Hidden Heart, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with Hermione as Beauty and Draco as a very lonely Beast. The roses, Arthur Rackham illustration, and rose quartz pendant on a fine silver chain (which I had to draw onto the screencap) all appear in the story. The image I used for Draco shows Tom Felton with a slight moustache and beard, and with his hair gelled into rough spikes, which I thought was appropriate for a man who's living as a recluse, and I used the clone tool to give him a pony tail.

I do prefer working with pictures that show the cast looking that bit older...


A Powerful Absence

This one was made for curiouswombat's A Powerful Absence, a poignant story in which Elrohir, one of the sons of Elrond, is killed in a freak accident, leaving his twin brother bereft. The story focusses on the difficulties immortals have in dealing with something that should never have happened to them, and with a loss that has no foreseeable end. curiouswombat asked me to use a particular image for Elladan and Elrohir, Daeron, by Ebe Kastein, which has a very strong blue colouring. I decided that the blue would be too overpowering on a banner, but it took a lot of manipulation to make the colouring more natural, and to combine (not one, but two copies of) a drawn image with a screencap of Imladris!


The Challenge

This banner was made for eilonwy1's The Challenge, or the Taming of the Skrewt, a romantic comedy set in the sixth or seventh year at Hogwarts. Runes and galleons are important to the plot, so I included some of those, plus a very pissed-off Hermione (I love her little potato-face in this screen cap), and a rather more sophisticated, worldly Draco. But eilonwy1 didn't like the image of Draco I'd chosen, and suggested an alternative. So here's the final version:

The Challenge


I Would Find a Way

This banner was made as an exchange_bingo prize for strawberry_kait. It illustrates her compelling dmhgficexchange story, I would find a way, which shows Hermione suffering from PTSD after the war. I was particularly pleased with this banner, partly because all the screen caps (apart from the one of Tom Felton) are from Deathly Hallows I, and partly because I had to build Hermione's left shoulder up from various geometric shapes :-)


The Winter Garden

The last banner was made for curiouswombat's plot_wout_porn story, The Winter Garden. In the story, Hadirin the elfling finds a new playmate in a strange, lifeless garden. The story was inspired by a photograph curiouswombat took herself, so I used that as a background, though I pulled, pushed, twisted, darkened, lightened, and generally altered it quite a bit.

Hadirin's a recurring character in curiouswombat's stories, and she supplied me with a picture of him, and one of his mother, Tindómë. The original picture of Haldirin is cropped just above his hairline, and that dictated the maximum depth of the banner. I flipped the image of Tindómë, and rotated it slightly, to give her the right body language, and make her look as though she's cuddling/protecting her son. But the lighting on the two faces was still so different, it was obvious they'd come from separate photographs, so I lightened her, and darkened him, and then selected and lightened Haldirin's nose, cheek and chin to give him more shape...

The elfling playmate I found using Google (expecting the police to break down the door and arrest me at any moment). He has a brilliant face, with dark, expressive eyes that are readable even when he's been made tiny, but he also had a watermark across his face, which I had to erase. Then, to give him that 'trapped in the garden' look, I selected the wrought-iron of the gate, rotated him slightly, and slid him underneath...

Yes, overall, I'm quite pleased with the result!

If anyone else on my f-list would like a story banner, please comment on this post!


Posted by: Shapinglight (shapinglight)
Posted at: August 4th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)

They're lovely banners.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: August 4th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

Posted by: Karen (kazzy_cee)
Posted at: August 4th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
Tennant kazzy_cee

Gorgeous! Can I include them in the virtual gallery at writercon??

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: August 4th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)

Oh, yes (though they may be a bit small)!

Posted by: Nebride - Bishie Hunter (nebride)
Posted at: August 5th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)

These are wonderful banners! The one of Elrohir is so poignant.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: August 6th, 2011 09:05 am (UTC)

Thank you :-)

Posted by: fileg (fileg)
Posted at: August 5th, 2011 05:48 am (UTC)
green man

Awesome. The color work on the twins is particularly impressive.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: August 6th, 2011 09:06 am (UTC)

Thank you :-)

(It did involve a lot of fiddling!)

Posted by: Maz (thismaz)
Posted at: August 8th, 2011 08:06 am (UTC)

They are lovely. The first one is beautifully constructed - the two faces, the roses in Hermione's hair and the sketch next to Draco's face. The composition draws the eye from left to right in a natural sweep.
And I particularly like the contrast that changing the Draco image makes in the two for The Challenge (got to admit, without having read the story, I like the first one best).

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: August 8th, 2011 11:31 am (UTC)

Thank you!

I liked the first version of The Challenge better, too -- the first Draco's a bit of a sociopath, and playing to his 'audience', which is much more in keeping with the story; the second one's just a naughty boy! And, to fill the space, I had to include some of the backgound around his head, which makes the design much more conventional. (I also had to colour Hermione's face lobster pink to match the new Draco's!)

If you have a story you'd like a banner for, btw, I'm looking for something to do at the moment. (I'm putting off starting my next bigbang story...)

Posted by: Maz (thismaz)
Posted at: August 12th, 2011 09:27 am (UTC)

Oh, I would so love to take you up on that kind offer (and help you with your procrastination). But it will be a while before I have another story written, I fear. I have one in my head, but it is going to be another long one, so it will take a few months, at least, before it gets near posting.
If I could, maybe, come back to you, then (she asks, cheekily)?

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: August 12th, 2011 09:28 am (UTC)


Posted by: Maz (thismaz)
Posted at: August 12th, 2011 09:47 am (UTC)

Wow, thank you. *Saves the URL, so I can come back in a few months time*
There's an incentive to start writing again, instead of sitting back and relaxing for weeks.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: August 12th, 2011 10:30 am (UTC)

Great :-)

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