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13 September 2006 @ 09:26 pm
I was looking through my pictures folder and came across this picture of Trowa. I saved this one way back when I was first introduced to Gundam Wing and was devouring websites like a fiend.  I had to make an icon out of it.  This is the quintessential Trowa.  This is the expression or mask, if you will, that tells everything, yet reveals nothing.  

I was working on Light today, trying to put into words this expression....this unequivocally Trowa look, and I think I was failing miserably.   Divine intervention?  Probably not, but I'm so glad I went digging.  If I take a step back from this picture, what catches me immediately is his eye.  While the rest of his face appears calm, you can see that he is forcing his mouth into neither a smile or a frown.  Calm, cool, and collected.  But the eye...oh, the eye, it is intense.  At this distance, it looks determined, but look closely.  That single eye reveals a longing, a hidden sorrow perhaps.  If I were to juxtapose this picture with my story, or perhaps imagine that it was snapped off at some point during, I would say that this Trowa was presenting an unfazed, indifferent expression.  Nothing is wrong, everything is fine.  But the eyes are screaming- I'm hurting.  Please see me.  I don't know what to do.  

Amazing how pictures can say so much.  

And so it would seem that my downward spiral begins.  *Sigh*  Must cut the flesh to drain the poison.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Fran: Sad Smile (PotC2)franwi on September 14th, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
That really is an amazing pic. It really has two entirely different interpretations through that lone eye. It's like one of those paintings where, if you stare at it for a while, you see a sailboat. At first glance he looks confident and unemotional, and then suddenly he looks like he's about to cry. How do they draw that?! It's a very complimentary pic for HYL.
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on September 14th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)
Every so often I come across some tiny aspect in an anime or a manga where the artist absolutely blows me away with what can be conveyed with ink and paper. To this day I'm amazed at how the animators of Fullmetal Alchemist managed to give Ed such old eyes.
Jukeboxjukebox_csi on September 14th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
I am also amazed when the expressions the artist manages to convey are so intense and meaningful. Not only his eye, but if you look at the slope/position of the eyebrow too. It just seems to be saying so much but giving away nothing all at the same time. Trowa's character has always seemed mysterious to me as to what he's thinking.
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on September 14th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
Trowa's character has always seemed mysterious to me as to what he's thinking.

I know! That's part of why I love him so much. I love characters like him whose motivations aren't so obvious. I like getting inside their heads and trying to figure out what makes them tick. I spend my free time pondering these things^^
thrull_o_ha_des: Corinthianthrull_o_ha_des on September 14th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
Wow... I haven't looked so closely at a pic in a while...
And I'd been wondering why Ed had eyes that look like Grandpa Mouto from YGO... eheh...
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on September 15th, 2006 12:30 am (UTC)
Not *that* old, silly. What I meant by that is given Ed's age, his eyes have the look of someone who has seen a lot...and let's face it, he has. It was talking old as in experience, not years.
thrull_o_ha_des: Deleriumthrull_o_ha_des on September 15th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's kinda what I meant... I know Ed is... crud... I forgot exact age... 15? Uhh...
Anyways, Ed's eyes seem to have some sort of tired look to them, same as Grandpa Mouto. You know... they seem to have some sort of dusty feel to them or something. It's hard to describe, eh? I don't know why, but when I first saw Yugi's grandpa, I could tell he was an adventurer or something. Same with Ed. Meh... I don't have a clue what I'm saying, do I?