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The Agent Formerly Known As Mary by wraith11
The Agent Formerly Known As Mary
Formerly "Mary Christmas", now Katherine Fuji, via being "Vanessa Lye".

Technically, Katherine Olivia Fuji... for the whole thing.

Since she's been featuring somewhat more heavily in Jethro+Monty's story of late (and will continue to), I thought it was only fair to give her a decent portrait. While she's there at the moment, Hong Kong (nor Monaco, or Grindelwald) is not really her natural habitat, and this particular SIS agent is a much happier person, say, riding motorbikes through the mountains of Afghanistan.

Needles to say, she's a somewhat blunter instrument than the Blackers are.
Les Espions by wraith11
Les Espions
While mostly unknown in the English speaking world, "Les Espions Jethro et Monique" enjoyed a long and moderately successful run on The Continent. First serialised in the early 1930s with "The Sphinx's Nose", it was originally known simply as "Jethro et Monique", following the pair through adventures in Northern Africa and the Middle East. Only two editions were printed however prior to the outbreak of war and, with the invasion of France, the artist fled to England. This should have been the series' death-knell. However, due to their Franco-British roots, Jethro and Monty were seen as potential propaganda tools, and quickly joined the war effort, parachuted back into occupied Europe both in fact and fiction with the release of "Castles of the Reich", picking up the "Les Espions" tag along the way. A second story landed just after D-day. Notably, these serialisations were the only known English translations, though the individual strips were never collected into full volumes, and have since been lost. The French version however continued on, its new "spies" premise fitting well into the Cold War era through the 50s and 60s, only ending after the death of the author in 1972 with the final volume "The Fabulous Yamasuki".
Wow it's been a long time since I last did traditional line art... just a little rusty.

So, this August marks six years of Jethro+Monty and, to celebrate, I thought it might be fun to pay tribute to one of their major inspirations: Tintin, Hergé and, well... the Franco-Belgian comic tradition in general really. Certainly a fun experiment, though I think the results are mixed at best. Lines and inking done on bond with pacer, uni-pin micro fineliners and a Tria marker. Colours and layout were digital.

Made up a fake history too, because making up fake histories is fun.

Obvious soundtrack is obvious --->…
Well, except for that last one --->…

Fonts are Pilsen Plakat --->…
And "Shanghai" --->
I hope I don't need to name Times New Roman and Helvetica...

Stripy Shirts by wraith11
Stripy Shirts
Honestly, it didn't even click until I started trying to put everyone in the same drawing.

Anyway, bit of a line-up for these characters as I slowly start hammering them into actual people, and figuring out where they fit in a story. So, from right-to-left:

Henry Maugham
Australian born to British parents, Henry met Laeticia's mother during a tenure with the French Foreign Legion, an organisation he eventually took a discharge from after Lettie's birth. As a result of his service he is "French by spilled blood", allowing him rights as a French national, something which has allowed him to take up running a small vineyard. While completely non-magical, he has a practical, pragmatic, do-er sort of personality, is quite friendly and caring with a relaxed, outgoing, temperament. As such he has a habit of, much to Lettie's chagrin (and that of her mother before her), "bringing home strays"... which is how Mathilde was introduced to the household.

He is a widower and, while he doesn't show it for his daughter's sake, still misses his wife intensely. In relation to that, he is both wary and cautiously supportive of his daughter's urge to find out what happened to her mother, and as such tends to handle the day-to-day running of the vineyard and home domestic duties, allowing Lettie to concentrate on her studies.

Laeticia "Lettie" Maugham (yes, her name has been changed as I don't think I can get away with calling her "Titty" in a more serious context).
Born a witch, Lettie inherited her mother's magical genes. Unfortunately for her, in the absence of anyone to teach her, she is having to learn to deal with that on her own as, while supportive, in the realm of magic her father is about as useful as tits on a bull. Perhaps as a result somewhat of that she is a quiet, intelligent, somewhat bookish girl, with a stubborn streak Henry insists comes from her mother. Otherwise though she's generally an agreeable sort of person who would prefer to avoid confrontation... at least until one hits upon a subject she either feels strongly about or which she feels she knows more than one about. On that note, she can be quite academic at times, with a tendency to perhaps rely a little to much on written texts, especially her mother's notebooks, rather than moving on to logical conclusions from those.

Despite that she is still basically a farm kid, so has some practical skills: she can change a spark plug, drive a tractor, etc... though those tend to be learned through experience rather than something which comes naturally. Unsurprisingly she's also not particularly athletic, and her dress sense tends toward conservative, though her winter/"adventuring" boots are hobnailed; her magic is less than reliable, and so it's always nice to have the option to be able to kick someone in the face if required.

Mathilde Voclain
Mathilde is one of the Maugham's new neighbours ("neighbours" being defined as still half a kilometre up the road), having moved into what was formerly the vineyard owner's villa. Her father is area manager for a luxury goods group, and has shifted the family from Paris to Bordeaux to oversee the company's operations there... something Mathilde is less than impressed with. She consequently does not get on so well with her own parents. Henry found her wandering down the road and brought her in, and she has since somewhat attached herself to him and Lettie as a surrogate family, spending most of her spare time hanging around the vineyard instead of at her own home.

As a personality she is energetic, flighty and slightly flirtatious, seeing herself as more cosmopolitan and worldly than the provincial types she now mixes with. She goes to the same school as Lettie, albeit a year below, that latter seeing her as a sort of annoying little sister.

Anyway, that's the basics.

Henry, Laeticia and Mathilde are (c) wraith11, obviously.
If This Coffee... by wraith11
If This Coffee...

“...gets much worse, I may be forced to mutiny.”

“Dunno Boss, not sure the captain can mutiny against herself.”

“Probably, but keep this up and I’ll be willing to give it a white hot go.”


While rarely found in the ranks of first rate navies, corvettes are considered the next step up from less capable gun and patrol boats. As such, while they tend to be substantially larger than those latter, they are generally only marginally better armed, the extra mass being taken up by additional crew facilities, bunkerage, supplies and often, though not always, warp drive equipment.

Orion Heavy Industries' Stingray Class is one such example of the breed, primarily marketed toward corporate forces, though its non-warp capable derivative does a reasonable side-trade to system militias, police and customs organisations. While more heavily armed than many of its contemporaries and reasonably quick, the Stingray lacks the magazine space, armour, systems redundancy and damage control abilities to either dish out, or withstand, the sort of sustained pounding a true warship is capable of delivering. The large amount of firepower it can bring to bear quickly is, however, more than enough to make the garden variety of pirate seriously reconsider his (or her) potential profit margins in the event of a fight, making it an excellent deterrent measure. Crew accommodations are also somewhat more spacious and comfortable than those of the Stingray’s naval cousins, making it popular amongst crews (notable exception being those ex-naval personnel lured into private industry be lifestyle and pay checks, who tend to consider it something of a sledgehammer wrapped up in egg shells), while simplicity of design and low maintenance costs endear it to those holding the purse strings.

Here, two Stingrays belonging to Nova Space Fuel Gas pass one of the company’s sprawling refinery/administration/accommodation facilities, just the start of their long patrol. Facilities such as this anchor vast (often light years across) gas field operations, refining and processing material from collection platforms into condensate suitable for starship reactors, to be shipped across Earth’s empire and beyond. As such, many are cities in their own right, businesses springing up to service the field workers and their families, or those passing vessels which may choose to take on reactor mass directly from the source. More energy intensive manufacturing industries have also been known to attach themselves to the refinery installations, making those rambling structures a constantly evolving form.


Yes, even in the future, site-coffee is still shocking.

Different Answers... by wraith11
Different Answers... the same question.

The Blacker and Vitale fratelli share (at least in the beginning) a similar remit, however their approaches to tackling that are somewhat different. Odile carries more specialist gear with her, which makes her better prepared, but she pays for it by needing to travel heavier and at greater risk of detection. Monty takes a much more "make do and improvise" attitude so, a pistol and some lockpicks aside, tends to avoid equipment not available off the shelf to the general public, or that may look suspicious in a baggage search.

I can guarantee you that subgun has been... acquired... somewhere along the way.

To be honest, this was mostly an excuse to draw Monty in a cold weather version of her burglarising kit and channelling her French side. Seemed like a bit of fun to throw Odile in as well for some contrast between how the two fratelli go about their business. Brought to you (at least for Monty's component), but the theme from Where Eagles Dare -->…

Monty and Odile are fancharacters, operating in the Gunslinger Girl universe, which is (c) Yu Aida.


Fri Feb 13, 2015, 11:11 PM

I'm not a big one for doing tags, but seeing as this thing hasn't been updated in almost a year and a half.

This is the fault of :iconthe0ne1: by the way.

1. What does your Deviantart name mean and why?
Two words: Star Wars.

Yub, yub, commander.

2. What fandom were you obsessed with when you joined and what are you into now?
That's pushing the memory cells, but I think it was Harry Potter. These days it's Gunslinger Girl

3. How many watchers do you have now? 
484, apparently.

4. Name 3 of your favourite artists on DA, as well as your favoured OC of theirs
Ugh, too many to count. First ones to pop into my head though...
:iconusagisama: ... who sadly seems to have disappeared off the face of the planet. His Cute Death character is adorable though.
:iconjarvy-ca: and his non-magical-magical-girl Kaede, both of whom are responsible for some amazing action poses.
:icon47ness: because this list wouldn't be complete without his Sally Sprocket and Piston Pete...and Nina, who is awesome.

5. Or lack thereof, move along… idea what this is for.

6. Do you participate in clubs' contests here on dA?
Not recently, though I did stuff for the Aria Fan Club and one of the Haruhi clubs.

7. What is your most popular submission?
Headspace by wraith11
Old drawing is old... it's also the first thing I ever did with my current PC, which is in desperate need of replacing.

8. What are your favourite non-anime TV shows?
Firefly, Doctor Who, Top Gear, Sherlock... I think that's a fairly standard sort of nerd response.

9. What are the things you wish you could draw better? 
Just about everything? Specifics though, probably hands, eyes and low-angle perspective on faces.

10. Summer or winter? 

11. Rain or Sun?
On balance, rain... though on the proviso I don't need to go anywhere in it, or my going places can be done from the comfort of a cosy car or aeroplane.

12. What's your favorite type of music? 
Just about all of it?

13. PC or Mac
PC... mostly because I can't be bothered re-building my software library.

14. Anime or Manga?

15. Coke or Pepsi?
I tend to drink either if I'm in the need for caffeine and sugar in the same container...

16. Read or TV? 
Read. I own a TV, it's there for the sole purpose of filling a space in my lounge room and showing the F1.

17. How many hours a day do you spend on dA? 
Probably half an hour or so, but scattered through the day... so it tends to be glancing at dA rather than interacting with it.

18. Name a talent.
Jack of some trades, master of none.

19. Flash or traditional cartoons?
I still like my cartoons hand drawn.
20. What is your favourite fast food restaurant?
Hanaichi... Mmm, Japanese curry, and ramen.

21. What are your top 3 favourite books (no mangas)?
God, again, so many to choose from... I guess I'm partial to the Honor Harrington series, Piano Shop on the Left Bank is an amazing study in place and... pick a Pratchett book I guess, or Swallows and Amazons.

22. Wii or PlayStation? 
Wii, they have better drunk games.

23. Name 3 of your favourite bands/singers.
Yesh, stop with the questions I have too many answers to... so many to count. I do always catch The Cat Empire (look up "Hello Hello") with they're in town, The Preatures (sample: "Better than it Ever Could Be" ) are pretty amazing... and Bluejuice ("Act Yr Age"... with a special mention to the Bliss n Eso version) are sorely missed.

24. Name or list your most popular art
I think if you click on the stats thing it'll tell you...

25. Do you like Denny's?

26. What is your favourite smiley(SSSSSSSS)?

27. What is your favourite type of pie?
Steak and Bacon.

28. Have you ever stayed up for 24 hours?
Yes... usually it involved university or alcohol... or both.

29. Do you go on dA a lot?

30. Are you a member on any other sites besides DA?
Couple of forums.

31. Do you cosplay? 
Unless you count getting mistaken for cosplaying after going straight to a con in my work uniform at one stage (forgot a spare shirt).

32. Fruits or sweets?

33. Buttered, plain, or salted popcorn?

34. Have you skipped school?
Nope, I was a studious sort of kid.

35. Have you been on a plane?
More times than I care to count. Everything from a Tiger Moth and powered glider to airliners and one amazingly awesome Caribou.

36. Have you swam in an ocean?
There's a better way to swim? Surf beach is where it's at.

37. Have you been ice skating?
Once or twice, it tends not to end well.

38. Favourite sport?

39. Ever been on TV?
Yes, I crashed a model aeroplane.

40. Favourite salad and dressing?
Mixing good olive oil, balsamic, pepper and salt is great... or Ceasar... the salad for when you're pretending to be healthy but aren't.

41. What do you do to relax?
Vegitate generally, either at home or at a mate's. I like to write, draw and tinker, but the relaxing is really only as a result of having done so. The two places I tend to relax best are actually on aeroplanes or driving long distance.

42. What is the last film you saw in the theater?
Guardians of the Galaxy... it was awesome.

43. Favourite Sandwich?
Can't beat a good Club Sandwich.

44. If you could go anywhere in the world…
This changes day to day... right now it's probably the Greek Islands.

45. Favourite time of the day?
Late afternoon and evening... ideally with a nice view and a drink.

46. What did you want to be when you were little?

47. What do you want to be now?
Slowly working on that writing thing... though there is an urge to try my hand at industrial design or fashion.

48. If you could eat with one person, who would it be?
Living or dead? Hitler... I would love to have known what went on inside his head.

49. What character would you hate to be stuck in a room with?
Pinke Pie.

50. When is your birthday? 

51. Favourite type of ice cream?

52. Last book you read?
Shadow of Freedom - David Weber

53. Which store would you max out a credit card at?
Pistols at Dawn, or it's older brother, The Cloakroom.

54. Do you buy / sell / both on eBay?
Buy, not sell.
55. What is the most annoying thing people ask you?
Most things.

56. Favourite all time movie?
Probably Porco Rosso, I love the whole feel of that movie.

 57. What was your favourite show when you were a kid? 
Tintin! Man I love that show, an the comic.... they're on my shelf, right next to the Asterix books.

58. What are you listening to right now?
St Germain - Boulevard... on vinyl.

59. What is the last thing you ate?
Chub and Cheese Sandwich.

60. If you were a crayon what colour would you be?
I'd be one of those annoying ones with bits of other crayon stuck all over it.

61. What is the first thing you notice about another person?
Body language generally, or dress sense, or both.

62. Favourite sport to play? 
Football/soccer... or one-handed cricket.

63. Favourite Day of the Year?
Last day before Christmas/New Year shut-down.

64. Hugs or Kisses? 

65. Vanilla or Chocolate?

66. Favourite Board Game?
Not a great fan of boardgames but... backgammon, maybe?

67. Favourite smells?
Frying bacon (so long as it's my bacon), or Bvlgari Jasmine Noir... for reasons.

68. What inspires you?
Pick something, most things do at one stage or another.

69. Do you have any piercings?
Come on, I can barely handle a flu shot.

70. How many siblings do you have?

71. Bacon Bits or Croutons?
How is this even a question. Bacon.

72. Favourite Day of the Week?
Saturday... I would say Sunday, but the afternoon is depressing.

73. Favourite phrase?
Can't think of one in particular, they tend to get applied when required, though I guess  "because stupid people" tends to get bandied around a lot.

74. Favourite Restaurant?
Ortiga, now sadly defunct. Claret House if we're picking ones still going.

75. Favourite animal?

76. Favourite thing to do outside?
Drive, and drive.

77. Favourite thing to do when it's raining?
Drink coffee and draw/write.

78. Favourite Disney character? 
Does Chewbacca count? If it has to be Disney Disney though... Mulan.

79. Do you like coffee? If so, what is your favourite brand?
I basically run on the stuff. Blackstar, Clean Skin and Campos all do good beans, Ltd Espresso makes some of the best coffees.

80. Tag people

  • Mood: Bemused
  • Listening to: St Germain - Boulevard
  • Reading: Shadow of Freedom
  • Watching: Girls und Panzer... so daft, but so good.


Have Wacom, will travel....
What to say: degree in Industrial Design, currently working as a planner in heavy civil and marine construction, which gives me a moderately strange skill set.

Draws, writes and fixes car in spare time. Runs on caffiene.


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IceLaws Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
odang aussy eyyy
wraith11 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
Aussie indeed :D

Also, wow, your gallery is kinda awesome... watching.
IceLaws Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
alkfsjdflkjsdlk jfthank you omg
thank you very very much for the watch though feel free to tqalk to me and stuffn stuff mhmm///
the0ne1 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i literally made a noise when i saw that you followed me, and that's saying a lot! thanks man, more to come for sure :)
wraith11 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Good to hear you intend to keep going mate.
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