Wow, this is really incredible to look through. Your art has just grown leaps and bounds each year, and it was already Really Good starting from like 2004-2005. I know the last year has been horrible for you, but there is so much emotion and energy in the pieces you produced during that era, and it really takes them a step beyond.
Thank you for saying so! I think this last year BEING so horrible really pushed me through a ton of blockage, art-wise. So while my life was a pile of unrelenting suck, I really felt fantastic about the art I made, particularly from like, July onward. There were definitely things I did this year that I would not have had this business with my ex not blown up in such a spectacular fashion, so I'm almost grateful.
It's a great way to look at such a horrible time in your life; to draw something good from all the suck. And love that despite all that horribleness, you're still able to do some amazing shippy art like with Garak and Julian. (And they are adorable, though I always, for some horrible reasons, shipped Odo/Quark instead.)
I think it's the only way to look at things, at this point! Anything else and I'm back to suicidal land again! I definitely did sort of pseudo-ship Quark/Odo in the beginning. I think I was just really excited about their relationship, whatever fucked up form it took. Under Bashir and Garak, they're the next duo I most enjoy on that show. I actually have a doodle involving Quark on the roster for today, so maybe that will show up soon. I need to do some actual art of him, because I am really, really excited to paint his fabulous clothes. I just needed to get a little of the Garak/Bashir out of my system first. When it gets backed up from over-excitement, I just have to let it all pour out or something suffers.
I totally get that. Garak/Julian are sort of the pairing that feels ... real? Like it could even happen, or even was happening behind the scenes. Odo/Quark were more like an old married couple that seemed a lot more far-fetched, especially once Kira got involved. I shipped them, but they weren't really SHIPPY, per se? Like, it's just not weird to think about Garak/Julian cuddling on a couch or something, whereas I can't really wrap my brain around Odo/Quark in a similar situation. They'd be more likely to... idk, be wearing awful tourist clothing and hats on some stupid vacation together where Odo looks miserable and Quark is like and there's really nothing shippy about it other than the fact that they're out on vacation together obviously in love but never really showing it ot anyone...
Ahahahhaha, this is the most accurate description of these pairs ever, omg. Garak and Bashir could have been a thing until people threw some kind of 'oh noes, gay in Star Trek!" fit, made Garak back off on the fabulous a little and made the writers stop writing them together because they had more chemistry together than with anyone else. :< I guess the actors weren't allowed to talk about it at conventions either, even if they did a good portion of the flirting stuff on purpose. It kills me inside, really. So that would explain why they feel real-ish, I guess, since there was legit intent there for a while. I mostly just cover my ears and sing loudly and send them off to Cardassia together after the series to fix the government and adopt war orphans. But god I am still laughing over your description of Odo and Quark. I definitely loved how antagonistically fond each other they are. Like, they bitch all the time, but I think they'd be sort of sad without each other there. I really enjoyed Odo's thing for Kira, so I don't know that I ship Odo/Quark as much as I did when I started the show? But I like Odo's relationship with Quark more than any of their other relationships with other people, so I'm not sure what that means, haha. haaaaaaaaaa tourist hats
Yeah, Kira was sort of the wrench in my Odo/Quark plans, too, though I never really shipped them on the show. I had weird morbid thoughts about them, anyway. Like, picturing them as both very long lived and Quark dying after everyone he really knows has died, and Odo quartering Quark up himself to sell pieces of him to all the weird fans he has or something. Like, it's totally messed up, but Quark would be SO HONORED and Odo would Do The Right Thing without any of the moral issues that a human might have. It's shippy in the most messed up of ways. Like, it's basically BFFs, but weirdly deeper for me than that, I dunno. I think there's a level of bonding that's beyond just friends, but I'm not sure it's SEXUAL? IDK. I admit I haven't thought about it too much.
And yeah, I've heard about the Julian/Garak police. So stupid. And it make for so many stupid, awkward storylines/scenes with ... Ziyal or whatever her name was. Like, I'm not saying MAKE THEM GAY CANON, but throwing in a really bad, awkward/out of place love story for Garak was just Bad Writing...
But that's what fanfic is for! And it also reminds me that I've somehow never finished season seven of DS9... I sort of drifted off after Jadzia...
I am totally with you on the Odo and Quark thing, I think. Like it's not sexually motivated, but is some weird hate-based extreme bromance or something, I don't even know. I really like the long lived thing, that's awesome! I think if Quark would want anyone doing the selling of his remains, it would be Odo. He'd have some sort of 'Odo is no-nonsense man. He'll get the job done' attitude about it or something. I think I really do feel very similarly about these two!
annnnd yeah, they not only just dragged Ziyal in super badly, but aged her up several years without mentioning anything to make her look even plausible. The writers even say this, aaaaa. I looked at some of the stardate shit related to it, and seriously, the year Garak met Bashir, Ziyal was like 15. Luckily, when you watch Garak and Ziyal interact, aside from him sort of giving up after coming back or going to serious trauma time through the wormhole and kissing her, he is super awkward about he whole thing and keeps telling her it's really misguided of her to follow him around. I think he's fond of her, but in a 'Fellow totally alone sort-of Cardassian on this station' kind of way. And then she died and he wasn't all, 'oh no, my love~' but was just sort of, 'this is why we can't have nice things.' But yeah, she was a badly written disaster, which is sad, because the kid she started out as, she could have been badass! All 'angry girl with gun' and learning shit with Kira. ....she had better chemistry with Kira than Garak. But then she was just awkward and then they fridged her to make Dukat even more crazy. Bleh.
Jadzia~ ;_; I just started the last season. Turns out I really like Ezri, which surprised the shit out of me, but I was actually putting off the last season because I was pretty sure my heart was not going to be able to take it.