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art & fic: "The Subconcious Tango Betrayal" . PG-13 
22nd-Jul-2009 02:01 am
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Title: "The Subconscious Tango Betrayal (61 Days)"
Artist: renisanz
Author: rj_anderson
Media: pencil, Photoshop CS2
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: sensuality
Spoilers: None
Notes: Done for the countdown @ sheldon_penny . I wanted to do something for Illustration Friday, and this week's theme is "tango." In an effort to kill two birds with one stone, I decided this would be cool to try for my "61 Days" piece. After some chatting on twitter, rj was awesome enough to write a drabble to go with my art. Yay! for my first collaboration - You're awesome, Rebecca. *hugs* :D


Penny knew these steps, as though she had been dancing them all her life: the languid step forward into her partner's embrace, the backward gliding steps as he pursued her across the floor, the swivel from right to left foot as she strutted before him, the silky folds of her skirt swirling about her thighs. She could feel his right hand, strong bones and lean sinews, pressed firm against the bare skin of her back even as the fingers of his left curled with sensuous delicacy against her palm. No novice dancer, this partner of hers: he moved with the confidence of a master, teasing her out to arm's length only to whip her back against him with a speed that left her breathless. They undulated together through a room filled with dusky golden light and enticing shadows, following the tango's insistent demands for more passionate urgency, more style and grace.

Slowly he dipped her back, his arm the one restraint that kept her from falling, and she swung a low circle with her leg curled around his waist, fearless. He lifted and carried her as though she were weightless, then set her down just as lightly—but all the while his hold on her was possessive, as though he refused to admit the possibility of ever letting her go. They moved together, equals and opposites, enemies and lovers, one moment haughtily divided by a foot of empty space and the next so close she could feel his heartbeat pounding against her own. It was exhilarating. It was intoxicating. It was as good as sex, or better.

But who was he, her mystery partner? His features were a blur, though now she could tell that he had dark hair smoothed back from a high forehead, and the shoulders that shifted beneath the thin, chocolate brown fabric of his shirt were pleasingly broad. Penny's gaze followed the long line of his throat to a tantalizing glimpse of collarbone, then swept down to linger on the forearm pressed against her waist, its corded strength laid bare by a casually rolled-up sleeve. He wore a vest and trousers the color of a starless night, dramatic contrast to her own scarlet halter dress and the matching rose tucked into her softly knotted hair; as they whirled past the line of mirrors on the far wall, Penny couldn't help stealing an admiring glance at how fabulous they looked together. And yet she still couldn't think who—

"One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight," murmured her partner, guiding her through the steps with effortless precision. "Not only do we follow a consistent rhythm and a predetermined pattern, our movements trace a succession of geometric shapes. Though lesser minds perceive it as an expression of overwrought emotionalism and base sexual urges, the tango is a science."

"Oh, yeah?" said Penny, curling her fingers around the back of his neck and pulling his head down, so that she could feel his breath warm the deep V of her neckline. Then she pushed him away and stalked a challenging orbit around him before allowing him to seize her waist and press her against him once more. "Well, you sure don't dance like you believe it."

"Any sufficiently advanced technique is indistinguishable from passion," he retorted, though his fingers drifted tantalizingly down her right hip as he spoke. "I would hardly participate willingly in this exercise if my performance could be perceived as substandard."

Penny hooked her left leg around Sheldon's and looked up into his face, her cheeks flushed and her eyes half-lidded. "Technique, huh?" she breathed. "Well, work this into your little formula," and with that she hiked herself up his body and kissed him...


Penny fell out of bed in a sweaty tangle of blankets, her hair in wild disarray. "Crap on a—" she gasped, floundering to get up again. She had to get back into bed, had to get back to that dream, of all the worst moments to—

Wait a second. She'd been dreaming about dancing a sexy tango with Sheldon?

Penny put her head in her hands. "61 days," she groaned. "They've got 61 more days in the friggin' Arctic, and I'm already losing my mind."

. . . . . . . . . .

I'd been teasing people with this all day. I'm so glad to finally have it done. Reference images, FTW. The background texture is tango dance steps I snagged off the internets. The coloring could be better in some places,

22nd-Jul-2009 07:27 am (UTC)
This is fantastic! The artwork is so beautiful and the ficlet is amazing and hilarious.
22nd-Jul-2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you. rj did a great job on the fic, yes. :)
22nd-Jul-2009 07:32 am (UTC)
22nd-Jul-2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
*gets the fire extinguisher*

Oh noez you don't. There's more S/P fic in you yet.
22nd-Jul-2009 07:59 am (UTC)

O_O! ♥

I'm not even kidding, that is so totally my face right now.
22nd-Jul-2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
yay! I am to please. :)
22nd-Jul-2009 08:21 am (UTC)
OH HOLY &*$#@!

Will you marry me?

This... you.... love.... SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! So so so much!

The art is stunning. The fic is amazing. Words will not do this justice! :)
Thank youuuuuuuuu!
22nd-Jul-2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Believe it or not, that's not the first marriage proposal my art has gotten me. :P Thank you. :)
22nd-Jul-2009 08:26 am (UTC)
Oh God, the folds in Sheldon's shirt, and the shading on Penny! GUH. And the fic was awesome too.

I never, ever will get tired of your posts. <3

22nd-Jul-2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you. :)
22nd-Jul-2009 08:29 am (UTC)
That's awesome! They really look like the characters, especially Penny :D
22nd-Jul-2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks P. I hope you enjoy Comic-Con. :)
22nd-Jul-2009 11:43 am (UTC)

I can't even.

I mean, I knew this was a beautiful sketch, one of your best yet, but with the coloring and the background and all the amazing clothing folds and shading and their subtly different skin tones and his shirt that gorgeous chocolate brown (thank you for fixing that detail in my fic, so much better than white) and her dramatic make-up that still doesn't keep her from looking exactly like Penny... and the texture of Sheldon's hair, and the glint of blue eyes, and...

Utterly brilliant. I am honored to be working with you!

Oh, and the tango step diagram in the background? BEST IDEA EVER.

Edited at 2009-07-22 11:44 am (UTC)
22nd-Jul-2009 02:08 pm (UTC) - we make a great team
They undulated together through a room filled with dusky golden light...

I freaked a little when I read this, because I had already color the background yellowish. Your have an amazing eye for detail, because I can barely see that I colored Sheldon's eyes blue. ;) I was actually going to make Sheldon's shirt white but until I started coloring, and he was wearing a chocolate brown shirt in the pic I was using to sample colors. So I thought, hey, why mess with what works. :)

I'm still half conscious, but I wanted to say how much I appreciate you cranking out this wonderfully sensuous drabble. :)
22nd-Jul-2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
wow! Just ...... *Sponteous combustion*
I mean the hair, the outfits everything........ and the geomtric equations

I got exited by the sneak peak but this just totally exceeded my every expectation.

rj_anderson did a beautiful job with the fic! The way the language flowed was beautiful.
22nd-Jul-2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
22nd-Jul-2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
This is amazing! dThe language flowed so effortlessly. Of course he would explain while they were doing it that it isn't as intimate and *unformulaic as evey thinks.

The lines of of art are so beautiful. The sahding on both of them is so wonderful. Penny's hair looks especically awesome.

And as always- jawline! jawline! jawline!

*fully concedes that 'unformulaic' might not be a real word.

22nd-Jul-2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
Of course he would explain while they were doing it that it isn't as intimate and *unformulaic as evey thinks.

I know, right? I love that she wrote that in. I really like Penny's hair, too. Blond hair is hard to color. You think it's just yellow, but it's so not.

OMG...I got his with the most epically crackish plotbunny.

Thank you. :)
22nd-Jul-2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love's so realistic. You guys know Sheldon's language and it's so easy to imagine this dream sequence really happening in the show! The art is gorgeous, as well. <3 Thanks for a fun start to my day!
22nd-Jul-2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I would not object AT ALL to more of Sheldon dancing on the show. Maybe he keeps going to the dance class they first went to with Howard. :P
22nd-Jul-2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, that was one fantastic story and Penny dream all in one. I would LOVE to see those two dance on the show. The artwork is amazing and beautiful and flatteringly compliment to the story as well as a stand alone piece of work, way to go!
22nd-Jul-2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
I would LOVE to see those two dance on the show.

IKR? Thank you. :)
22nd-Jul-2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous work all around QwQ
22nd-Jul-2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
22nd-Jul-2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
*falls out of her chair*

Oh, all the teasing was worth it. ALL THE TEASING WAS WORTH IT. The way you put two bodies together is so...beautiful. The language of their arms and hands just...KILLS me every time.

OMG, LET US TALK QUICKLY ABOUT SHELDON'S FOREARM. omg, that little bit of shading to show his muscles is melting my brain.

I must also agree with everyone else that the folds in their clothing are causing me to have spasms. THE LITTLE RUFFLE EDGE ON PENNY'S SKIRT? EXPLODING MY MIND.

THE BACKGROUND: those steps look so complex and Sheldon-y that I just can't put my jaw BACK in place. HOMG.

22nd-Jul-2009 06:03 pm (UTC)


Yes, let's. :) Admittedly, when I first drew this, my brain wasn't on or something (early morning + lack of sleep), because I drew Sheldon with *gasp* his sleeves rolled down. After emailing the preview to rj, I realized my lapse in judgment and remedied the situation. I think that small detail makes a huge difference in the final piece.

Thank you for the wonderful comment. :)
22nd-Jul-2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Great commentary and Fabulous illustration!
22nd-Jul-2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
This is amazing. Both the fic and the art. Rawrr!
22nd-Jul-2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
22nd-Jul-2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
WOAH. That is smoking hot. Both the drabble and the art. Yum.

Nice job with Penny's hair and their expressions~ guh. HOT.
22nd-Jul-2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :) I'm particularly happy with Penny's hair. :)
22nd-Jul-2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
What a gorgeous piece! =o I love the way they are entwined together and completely mesmerized by each other. Their clothes are also beautiful, especially the way you colored and drew Penny's red dress, just lovley. This is a great fanart/drabble, I love it! ^.^
22nd-Jul-2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you. I really had lots of fun with this and I'm glad you like those details. :)
22nd-Jul-2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, that artwork is just...Yes! Loved the ficlet, as well.
22nd-Jul-2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
23rd-Jul-2009 12:03 am (UTC)
But of course it's a dream, I was confused how can Sheldon voluntarily went for Tango :)
But it was so sexy, I would sleep right back again as well if I were Penny.

Love the story and the fanart (love the detail of steps you put at the background as well).
23rd-Jul-2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)

Yes, we pretty did the art and fic independent of one another, and I let rj_anderson see the finished drawing before I put the colors on, so I'm really pleased with what she wrote. I actually had an inkling that it would involve a dream sequence.
23rd-Jul-2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Do it again!
You're both freakin' BRILLIANT! Kudos!
23rd-Jul-2009 05:33 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
23rd-Jul-2009 03:27 am (UTC)
"Any sufficiently advanced technique is indistinguishable from passion"

I love that rephrase of the ol' "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" bit.
23rd-Jul-2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
Yay! I knew I could count on somebody to get the Clarke's Law reference. :)
23rd-Jul-2009 05:14 am (UTC)
Oh, that's really lovely! Even though I'm not familiar with the fandom. :D The coloring is just lovely, and it complements your art very well!
23rd-Jul-2009 05:36 am (UTC)
Thank you. :) I experimented with my coloring technique, still trying to find what works with my lines. Glad it turned out well. :)

It's a pretty awesome fandom, if you ever decide to venture.
24th-Jul-2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
That was just delicious!! Excellent job.
24th-Jul-2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
25th-Jul-2009 03:15 am (UTC)
lovely artwork Sheldon as a tango dancer is a fascinating image and the art here is fantastic with the drabble a perfect match.
26th-Jul-2009 04:19 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
10th-Aug-2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Playing catchup on my fic reading today!

WHOA, GUYS. Everything about this was intense! The description of the dance was incredibly seductive. *fans self* And I adore the artwork, too! Such detail. :)
10th-Aug-2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It'd be great to do another collab for the countdown. We'll see. :)

Edited at 2009-08-10 07:17 pm (UTC)
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