Later that day:
-We got this. It’s good. Go.
-Do you think you can hold them off?
-Captain, it would be my genuine pleasure.
astra, forget-me-not, star of bethleham
I wanted to make some flower crowns but I’m not very good with drawing or painting them- I’m sorry. forget-me-nots because it’s about enduring love and faith, star of bethleham because “illuminating” (and star), and astra is another symbol for star (lol), plus a talisman of love. daffodils because of forgiveness and its tenacity to return after the harshest of winter, and sunflowers because of its radiance and ability to lift spirits - though perhaps sunflowers would always be more true of pre-ws bucky. my original idea was to paint dead flowers for bucky but that would have been really, really dark.
In response to the post about Steve’s helmet being protection and Bucky’s mask being a muzzle, I thought I’d point out something else.
Steve is able to remove his “mask”. He makes a point of it at the very beginning of the movie when a villain pretty much goads him about fighting as just a man. Steve can remove his persona whenever he wants. He chooses to repeatedly. Yes, he’s Captain America, but first and foremost he’s Steve Rogers. He spends a good chunk of this movie fighting both as Steve Rogers and as Captain America without the mask. He REPEATEDLY removes the helmet mask, even when he might need it, to remind people he’s STEVE.
Bucky doesn’t have that kind of autonomy. His muzzle mask remains firmly in place until Steve physically removes it. Bucky never does. He has nothing to remind anyone that he IS. He’s the Winter Soldier, not Bucky. He’s bled so much into that persona that he doesn’t know Bucky even exists. He’s no longer wearing the mask, the mask is wearing him. It isn’t until Steve rips the mask off that you suddenly see Bucky start to get some of his own personality back. The second the muzzle is removed, the first thing Bucky says is actually very very human. “Who the hell is Bucky?” He shouldn’t care who Bucky is, yet he’s curious enough to ask. He even words it with some very human sass to it. He doesn’t just use the minimal wording of “Who is Bucky?”, he throws that “hell” in there. The “what the hell are you on, dude” is implied in the comment. It’s like the minute his mask goes, some of Bucky comes back. And once the mask is off, it’s never replaced. The genie’s out of the bottle at that point. Bucky is starting to separate himself from his persona no matter how much they torture him or brain wipe him. Even after it’s removed, it’s never implied that Bucky has the autonomy to choose whether to put the mask back on. People decide for him. But the initial split suddenly shows the growing divide between Bucky Barnes and the Winter Soldier.
CA:WS is all about freedom of choice. You choose to fight, choose what you believe, choose who you are. Steve is the embodiment of that and he shows it by sliding between Steve and Captain America. Bucky is the antithesis of freedom. He can’t choose who he is until the very end.
Bucky’s eyes made Steve stop
#I bet steve really wanted to hope #that he could just knock bucky down or manage to throw him aside long enough to do what he had to with the chip but then bucky gets angry and pulls the knife #and that’s when steve has to really face that this fight is going to have to get ruthless #because bucky’s too hard to keep down #and bucky keeps forcing the fight to become more and more brutal #and i think that’s part of why steve was ready to die at the end because after everything #after surviving when he really didn’t want to #after losing bucky #watching peggy grow old #watching the world become what it is #watching hydra prevail for so long #after everything steve gave #after all that he’s looking in the face of the person he loves most #and he’s seeing what was done to him #what this person he loved was twisted into #how he suffered far worse than dying #and has been completely defiled made into this weapon #and on top of that #steve was forced to hurt him #and in those seconds where he was hurting him #this ugly world had forced him down to its level #and i think for a bit there #steve was just done #he’d just had enough #that was the last straw (via paraxdisepink)
i invite you to stop.
Twitter art dump (May 22nd - June 2nd).
All the Steve & Bucky sketches I posted on Twitter in the last few days. Pencil, Copic markers (+ some PS enhancements) on A4 Moleskine sketchbook. The blood and the snow have been added digitally. The last page is inspired by this Stucky video where you can hear a monologue from the movie American Beauty. (I’ll maybe draw the rest of the monologue if I have the time)