So way back in July I mentioned I was working on a piece for the Grishaverse Big Bang event over on Tumblr – and finally we’re allowed to share our creations! Basically, a Big Bang is a fandom event (not exclusive to the Grishaverse) where we get grouped into teams of a fanfiction writer, a beta/editor/proofreader, and some fanart/edit makers (aka me!).
My piece is for ‘Ravka’s Next Top Tsaritsa’ by Kai (zemenipearls on Archive Of Our Own), a hilarious The Bachelor AU for the Grishaverse, told through social media and snippets from Jesper’s blog. The premise: Nikolai was meant to be the Bachelor, but ran off with Zoya, who was going to be one of the contestants. The producers hastily bring in Isaak (character from ‘King of Scars’) to replace him… though how well will that turn out?
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Tune in next month to see our bachelor Isaak Andreyev meet 30 new women in the hopes of finding his wife! Isaak is a tender-hearted, bookish man who just wants to find love. Isaak would rather be having a picnic or studying languages than playing football or out partying. He wants a real wife and partner in life, unlike contestants in the past. This season promises to be more exciting and real than ever!Read the fic here on AO3!
You should also check out my team-mates’ artwork (usernames linked to their art): strawberrylark; namelessscribe; bdhead; oranges-and-stuff; saatanan-sorsasesonki – and of course our beta darklesmychuckles too.
I also had the pleasure of working with the same writer for a previous Grishaverse mini-Bang, which is basically a one-shot (1 chapter) fanfic, which was a Schitt’s Creek AU starring Nikolai, Zoya, Genya and David! It’s called ‘Dva Stolba’s Creek’ and you can read it on AO3 here.
I did this mini-Bang piece with brush pens and the full Big Bang one digitally, and both were lots of fun! I worked on the Big Bang one gradually over several months, and I feel like it was a great learning experience with digital art.
Also! A new Grishasona (aka Grishaverse persona/avatar) by sixcrowart!
Look how cute it is! It makes me so happy to see it:
My sister was so confused when she first saw it – ‘why do you look like a prince?’ – until I explained what keftas were in the Grishaverse HAHAHA
I’m an Alkemi (in the Materialki order) and the foxglove I’m holding represents their poison specialism, the other specialism being blasting powders.
Previously I also mentioned that I was working on a piece for the ‘Red, White and Royal Blue’ Big Bang. Unfortunately the writer I was working with had to drop out of the event but she and the Big Bang mods are all happy with me to proceed with my piece! @/tinysriasih (Twitter) came up with a Star Wars AU starring Commander Alex Diaz, ace pilot for the Resistance, being assigned to track down Prince Henry of Naboo (who’s in hiding on Tatooine) and recruit him to the resistance. Inspired by Han and Leia!
My WIP (work-in-progress) so far:
I’m about 75% done with it, so hopefully I’ll be able to post the finished version soon!