Companion piece to this comic, which I guess also makes it a companion piece to Ghosts of the Sea. Yeah, I know the original fic was about Archie’s personal tragedy, so I’m not sure why I did Maxie’s comic first. Probably because it was more directly related to the ending, whereas this one is just a parallel story that wasn’t actually referenced in the fic at all.
I had a really hard time with the last few panels, but I figured that Archie’s first Sharpedo (not the one you fight in the game) got old and sick shortly after he formed Team Aqua, so he decided to release it into the ocean to be with its own kind in its final days. I was going to have a panel with him and the Carvanha/Sharpedo in front of his dad’s grave, but then for some reason I thought that since he died at sea that there wouldn’t be a grave because there wasn’t a body to bury? IDK.
ALSO I REMEMBERED TOO LATE THAT KID!ARCHIE HAS A SHAVED HEAD ACCORDING TO ALPHA SAPPHIRE BUT SCRUFFY-HAIRED ARCHIE MEANS A LOT TO ME
Some fluffy domestic Hardenshipping for you this fine evening (forgot to shade Maxie’s pants whoops oh well).
Maxie’s reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It was a joke gift from Archie, as per On the Subject of Loving, but Maxie’s reading it anyway. Archie’s just tired out from swimming all day. And yes, Maxie gave him that sweater.
“I’m tellin’ ya, Max, you’re just not built for this.”
“Well, at least I can’t *hic* say I didn’t try.”
“Hmph. I’m not sure what else you were expecting.”
“Please, *hic* if you must scold me…at least do me the courtesy of…*hic* waiting until I don’t feel I’m about to vomit…”
Poor Maxie, some people just can’t hold their ale.
So yeah, I jumped aboard the SS Hardenshipping and wrote a couple fanfics. This is an illustration for one of them.
Wow this is not my best shading job. Still getting used to FireAlpaca and used its Airbrush tool for the first time on this. Kinda clunky, but probably just me being out of practice.
And yes they have more or less matching sweaters because reasons.
Perfection isn’t real. Perfection isn’t human. And Carlos is not perfect, no. Even better: he is imperfect.
Everything about him, and us, and all of this, is…it’s imperfect! And those imperfections in our reality are the seams and the cracks into which our out-sized love can seep and pool. And sometimes we are annoyed, and disappointed, and that too is a part of how love works. It is not a perfect system, but…
-Welcome to Night Vale: “Condos”
Drew some more Sycamore, this time colored to test out arting in FireAlpaca. Not my best work, but then again I’m pretty rusty. This picture is based on a submission I made to imaginesycamore (that hasn’t been posted yet) with a random headcanon I had about Professor Sycamore discovering Welcome to Night Vale and falling in love with Cecil’s voice and identifying with Carlos. So he recommends it to Lysandre, who hates it because it’s so weird and bizarre and “ugly.” After Lysandre’s disappearance, Sycamore consoles himself with Night Vale’s weirdly comforting message that the world isn’t perfect, and that’s okay.
(this can be taken as perfectworldshipping or friendship, whichever way you interpret it)