Stop making me like Drarry. I don't like Drarry. I don't.
I do like this. Reasons?
1. It's incredibly...well...hot. The sway in Malfoy's back is...nice. Yeah, nice. Evocative. Physically necessary, of course, to get his torso at an angle where he can look down at Potter's face. Still. There's straddling. Everybody's still got their clothes on, but their gazes are connecting, their bodies are pressed. Draco's flush is brilliant. I'm sure it was physically taxing to pin Harry Potter, but what I'm thinking, and what I assume you meant me to think, is that Draco's mouth is open, he's probably panting, and flushing a bit too red for a simple wrestling match.
2. The colors. Everything is soft. It makes me think that this room is quiet, except for the sounds of the training pair. The sky outside the windows is clear and blue. It feels like you've captured a moment that is more than physically still -- it's an emotionally and mentally 'still' moment between Harry and Draco. The fact that this is a "Thaw" moment encourages that interpretation, I think. Also, I'm quite enamored with the color of Draco's hair. You've managed to get it just yellow enough
3. Their expressions. Harry is frowning. He just lost. He lost to Malfoy, but he's also staring up at him with this sort of...resignation (and realization?). Draco looks rather distraught. Exertion is obvious, but so is...concern? There's a connection made. Putting the, "Well done, Mr. Malfoy." at the bottom of the illustration distances it from their little tableau, which makes me feel the training itself is distant from where they ended up at the end of the scuffle. It feels like everything is distant and still in that moment. The sexual tension is palpable (also, well, he's sitting on him).
4. Level of detail. Sweat stains. Underarm hair, haha. Draco's combat boots. The fading of the paint on the walls and the color of the wood floor. The highlights on Harry's glasses and the mat. The play of blush tones that defines the shape of their arms is pretty impressive.
5. Story. Of course, all of this means that the single frame creates a definite story: Draco and Harry were paired up to spar, Draco won and ended up pinning Harry, and the emotional fallout of winning and sitting onto of Potter are more than he, or Harry, expected. Nothing too subtle about straddling, but there is plenty subtle in the composition and their expressions.
Less fawning: Draco's pants seem a little too washed-out. The darker green of the folds and around the outline are a bit incongruously bold. Harry's glasses look a little odd because of the angle they're placed on the mat -- I can't decide if that's the correct way they should look or not. While I love the fading of the paint on the wall, because much of the blue is concentrated on the left side, I can't decide if it was intentional or not.
More fawning: I love it. I like just looking at it, and it makes my fingers itch to write a **gulp** Drarry fic. Well done, you.
Thanks a lot for another lovely and thoughtful comment!
This is one of my favourite older pieces and it's always nice to know that it's still getting looked at. I love trying to tell a story through images and it is always awesome to hear that someone looking at it can 'read' that story in the way you hoped and planned. So thanks again!
oops..i've just looked through the dictionary...there're a lot of meanings of the word "pairing"..lol...it doesn't suit in this case DDD....pair, as you said, is more preferable....shame on me...english's my problem...i really sorry for that..
No, don't worry at all. You can say 'this pairing', which is more fandom-speak, or 'this pair' which is more standard usage, but both are used by mother tongue english-speakers in relation to pairings like H/D.
I used to be under the illusion of having to write a whole story around each scene, that pops into my head, too - until I discovered, that it is much more satisfying to just write a short scene with 500words and be done with it
I've never written anything before. I don't have the patience to go through the stage of writing really crappily and then slowly getting better, so I think I'll stick to pictures. I'm really glad you enjoyed the story I told with them though