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Thaw 2 - Hand to Hand Combat by raitala Thaw 2 - Hand to Hand Combat by raitala
"Thaw" series

An original gift for Blamebrampton.

Draco joins the first post-war year intake of the Auror Training Programme.

Thaw 1:[link]
Thaw 2:[link]
Thaw 3:[link]
Thaw 4:[link]
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readyplayerzero Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
:O

I love Drarry, and I love Blamebrampton, and I love your art. ♥ I adore their postures here~ and the glasses flown of to the side. xD
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raitala Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Thanks a lot! - this piece is an old favourite :)
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readyplayerzero Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
^___^ I can see why! It's very well done~ love it!
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nagisa2345 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist
I bet they both like position ;)
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raitala Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
It has a lot to recommend it ;)
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nagisa2345 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist
haha true
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miptian Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
wow. <3 it's gorgeous...
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raitala Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Thanks a lot! :)
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miptian Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
I listened to two podfics read by you today. That's how I stumbled in to your dA, actually. They are amazing, love your reading :flirty:
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raitala Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Thanks a lot - it's cool those are still being listened to :)
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HellusBellus Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Stop making me like Drarry. I don't like Drarry. I don't.

Well.

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.
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raitala Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Thanks a lot for another lovely and thoughtful comment! :love:

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!
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CajunQueen-Of-Hearts Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Well done, indeed ;)
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raitala Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Thanks a lot! I'm glad you enjoyed this painting :)
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akayalovesyaoi Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
I love traditional art and the soft way of the watercolours! Their poses look very natural and I love the way their faces looks :D
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raitala Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Thanks so much! I'm really pleased you liked this painting :)
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akayalovesyaoi Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
It was my pleasure it's really good!
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EmzLovesHarry Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
I like this!!!
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raitala Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
Thanks! :)
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Vlada86 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
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 :DDDD....pair, as you said, is more preferable....shame on me...english's my problem...i really sorry for that..
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raitala Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
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.
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Vlada86 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
ok, thanks for your explanation..^_^
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Vlada86 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
haaa... it's wonderful..i love this pairing ^_^
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raitala Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
They certainly make a great pair!

Thanks, I'm glad you liked the painting :)
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Vlada86 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
by the way, do you mind my becoming your watcher?
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raitala Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
Not at all, you are most welcome! :)
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Magalina Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
oooh, this one`s my favorite! It would be a great story :)

Care to rec some of those great auror fics? ;) Apart from Drop Dead Gorgeous, of course :):)
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raitala Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
That's a difficult one - I am terrible at keeping a note of the fics I read.

Off the top of my head:

"Fathers Who Could Do With A Spot of Sinning" is great, and the author assures me she will be posting the ending soon.
[link]

This is a classic, though only Harry is an Auror: "Tissue of Silver"
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This is a great auror one too: "A test of character"
[link]
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Magalina Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
Thanks! I`ll read them, then. I think I started Tissue of Silver sometime ago...

Thanks again :):)
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heidinanookie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Great paintings! All 4 of them!
Care to link the story? :)
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raitala Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
Thanks a lot - I'm glad you like the sequence.

There is no story. I made the idea and the dialogue up myself, though, of course it is indebted to lots of great auror!fic.
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heidinanookie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Okay, maybe then you should write a story;)
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raitala Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Thanks! I don't think I have the talent for crafting a whole proper story. I just like thinking up little scenes and bits of dialogue.
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heidinanookie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
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 :D
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raitala Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
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 :D
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heidinanookie Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Ha! I wish I could be that good at drawing/painting! But because I'm not, but I'm rather good at writing, I tend to try and draw pictures out of words:D Funny that you feel exactly the other way round! :lol:
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raitala Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
There are all sorts of different talents in fandom. That's what makes it so fun!
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