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How's about we don't play by ShinyMarine How's about we don't play by ShinyMarine
"- Come on, Inara, how's about we don't play. You didn't just trip, did you?
- No
- Well isn't that something... I knew you let her kiss you!"

So, here's another scene from Firefly : at the end of the episode Our Mrs Reynolds (I don't count the amount of times I saw it anymore :D). Mal's goofy grin and Inara's look of disbelief during the discussion that follows are hilarious, so I might try to draw them one day ;-)

It's the first time I drew profiles and the first time I drew with white pencil on black paper and I think this scene lends itself well to this style.
I kept it minimalist but let me know if you'd prefer a background.
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PaintBallFight Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  New member
Kiss! Kiss! KISS!!!!!!!
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CommanderKip Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"So here's where I'm fuzzy..." Love that episode.
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ShinyMarine Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
What a great episode ! (and sorry for answering so late !)
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TheSwedishMystery Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Filmographer
The light in the one is superb. Inara's expression is great - she looks like a deer caught in the head light.
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ShinyMarine Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Thank you :)
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RogueofAsgard Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Student Photographer
this is beautiful. nicely done... !
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ShinyMarine Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Thank you very much :hug:
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CarpeGuitarrem Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Great portrayal of this couple. One of the most interesting in the series.
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ShinyMarine Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Thank you, I'm glad you liked it :D
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MohaniRose Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011   Traditional Artist
Love this, love them, love the scene, knew what it was the moment I glanced at it :love:
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ShinyMarine Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Thank you :tighthug: I'm especially glad you recognized it straight away.
(Has anyone already told you that you look like Inara?!)
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MohaniRose Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011   Traditional Artist
Sweetie, I love her character (well, I :heart: all the characters, lol) so much in this amazing show, so that's the best compliment I've heard in awhile, thanks! I own the season, so you know I'm going back to watch this episode VERY soon because you made me nostalgic :P
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CrimsonThrenody Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Wonderfully drawn! :clap:
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ShinyMarine Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Thank you :hug:
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CrimsonThrenody Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
:) :hug:
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moosewingz Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh no, I definitely love it without a background! I was going to comment and say that it looked really dark compared to your Mal close-up of a few days ago (but not in a bad way!) but then I read your description and was like "ohhhhh, that makes sense". So yeah. And yes, this scene definitely matches this style :D

But my favourite thing about this pic (other than the fact that it's just amazing) is the way you've captured what for me was the main difference between Inara and Mal, the main reason they were drawn to each other, and equally the main reason they could never work it out together - he's all made out of hard lines and angles, and his shading is in triangles and lines; but Inara, she's smooth and curved, no blemishes. Mal's face has extremes of both light and dark, just like his personality - he's a good man, with a thoroughly good heart, whatever he might say, but the things he's done and the things he's seen have left marks so deep inside him. Inara on the other hand is much more consistent midtones, limned in white - she's a good person too, just as good as Mal, but she's gentle and calm and not so bruised and hurt by life, soft and the complete antithesis to Mal. These two are like the ultimate opposites-attract couple, but they also show how being so entirely different can equally pull you apart.

... Whoa. Totally didn't mean to, like, wax poetical there. But I meant it :D LOVE THIS PIC AND IT IS FAVED! :hug:
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ShinyMarine Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Wow, thank you very much for your clever insight :D it would make the perfect description for my drawing. I'm not a native English speaker so I wouldn't have been able to put my words together so well!
Actually, I didn't really think about it when I chose this scene (I basically chose it because the background was dark and the light perfect for practicing white-on-black drawing) , but I realized the difference you're talking about when I drew the two of them : Mal's rugged and contrasted face versus Inara's smooth features.
Anyway, I'm not going to paraphrase what you explained so clearly ;)
Your comment was much appreciated and thank you for faving :hug:
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Missvirginia Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Hehe, that's my FAVOURITE episode. Jayne's line is best though, "This is my very favourite gun." or "That's why I don't kiss 'em on the mouth." Haha, or Shepherd, "Well, wasn't that special." Oh, there's so many good quotes in that one.

Good work. :D
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ShinyMarine Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Thank you :D
I agree, so many good lines and funny scenes in this episode, it's hard to pick just one! The scene that cracks me up every time is when Saffron asked "If you're done with supper, would you like me to wash your feet?", Mal's blank face is priceless :D
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Missvirginia Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
:lmao: Oh yes, I forgot that one. :XD: Oh, so funny.
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keyanadrake Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Writer
:3 :giggle: I actually squealed at the screen the first time I saw this scene... bloodly Mal not getting that there could have been another option! XD :heart: Nice drawing. :3
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ShinyMarine Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Thanks!
Yes, who didn't squeal when watching this the first time?! I'm not disappointed with Mal's response though, it's such a funny twist and the perfect ending for the funniest episode :D
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keyanadrake Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Writer
Oh, it was definitely hilarious and I wouldn't change it as a writer myself, but as a watcher it was a moment of frustration. XD
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Stixanimated Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011   Filmographer
That's excellent! Absolutely amazing! I love it just the way it is!
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ShinyMarine Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Thank you very much :hug:
I tried different things with photoshop for the background, like adding a light source but I couldn't decide which version I preferred so thank you for your opinion, I'm glad you like the minimalist version!
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh wow! You drew this on black paper? I've never tried that before! I should try this ;)

Great drawing!
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ShinyMarine Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Thank you! I've always found drawing on black paper more dramatic so I bought a block yesterday to try something new. It's really fun, a little bewildering at first because you have to think in negative but rewarding : I spent maybe 3 hours on it, on and off (actually more off than on with my attention span ;)) and it turned out well :)
You should definitely try it :D
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