HAPPY BIRTHDAY INOUE ORIHIME! You’ve been fifteen and sixteen years old in the Bleach manga for almost ten years now, and I’ve been loving you for most of that decade! Here, I drew a special pic for you!
Deviant art link: http://debbiechan.deviantart.com/#/d2xqlay
You’d think that it would be Ishida Uryuu I would have drawn solo more than any other Bleach character over the years, right? Nope, it’s Orihime. Most of my art sucks but I did manage to pick a few favorites to share for Orihime’s birthday. I realize my style and technique are all over the place, lol, but my love for this character has always been steadfast!
From 2006 http://debbiechan.deviantart.com/gallery/#/dj6zyy Lying Down and Looking Up. I wrote “whenever I feel like like utter crap, I want to draw or write Orihime.” LOL, it’s true.
2007 http://debbiechan.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d124a7u Shooting Tsubaki in Hueco Mundo. Three years ago I wished for it. Sigh.
2007 Drawn for BA Holiday contest. I like this one because I worked so hard on it and my sparkles paid off. http://debbiechan.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1713k0 Festive Season
I’ve re-used those hairpin templates I drew so many times now.
2007 Eye Candy. http://debbiechan.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d13vd73 Thank You 10K Hits Don’t know why I went with the anime gray eyes—I always go with the brown. Maybe I was thinking an OOC sort of Orihime because I don’t really like the anime Orihime, and I don’t see Hime as a pin-up girl. Woo with the too pinky skintones.
2007 Sad piece but I’m a little moody remember. http://debbiechan.deviantart.com/gallery/#/dt353i Seppuku
2008 http://debbiechan.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1ewpgv Five is Where the Heart Lies
2008 http://debbiechan.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1m5wj1 ChizuHime I guess this pairing won’t offend anyone. <3 My graphics tablet died while I was drawing it.
2008 http://debbiechan.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1mcrnr Pencil Orihime
2009 http://debbiechan.deviantart.com/art/Orihime-Bday-9-3-09-135786714 Last’s Year’s Bday Art
I’ve also written a lot of Orihime fic. Most of it has been pairing fic. I’ll spare you the IshiHime fic since that’s what I’ve got gobs of—here are some of my Orihime solo short pieces.
http://community.livejournal.com/bleachness/24616.html "I Don’t Like Girls"
Description: PG13. Tatsuki and Orihime face middle school bitches and presuppositions about gender.
http://community.livejournal.com/bleachness/42464.html "What’s A Dyke?"
http://community.livejournal.com/bleachness/46187.html "Little Miss Perfect"
http://community.livejournal.com/bleachness/444469.html "Goodbye and Be Well"
6 is for Tsubaki (these may sting a little?)
I’m including the following three fics because they’re Orihime-centric even though they explore Orihime’s canon love for Ichigo. They received mostly positive responses from IchiOri fans although the first one did get me called “a thorn in the side of the fandom” (my first Bleach flame I think) on Kurosaki_clinic and the second got me called “a special kind of crazy” on Bleach Exile. The third one went unnoticed, I think.
http://community.livejournal.com/bleachness/13822.html#cutid1 "True Love and Swirly Skirts"
http://community.livejournal.com/bleachness/483961.html "A Speck of Sand or Maybe a Star"
And I’m including this one because the focus is Orihime and it’s not pairing-oriented. It’s a death fic though but … what is the true meaning of sacrifice? The characters are Ichigo, Ishida and Orihime solo at the end:
Some yuri thrown in for good measure:
http://community.livejournal.com/bleachness/236249.html#cutid1 "Too Much of A Good Thing"
http://community.livejournal.com/bleachness/26087.html "Not Floating"
Gah, and just looking through my folders, I’ve written so many drabbles I’ve even forgotten I’ve written some of them.
I sincerely apologize for not having been the best community owner I could’ve been in the past year, but I did try. I do hope that the coming year with one of my homeschooled kids in school now that I’ll be able to be more on guard. Thank you to the moderators who’ve stayed up nights trying to honor bleachness ' attitude of promoting discourse, having fun, and keeping lively while not making personal attacks or spreading misinformation. Again, I have to ask the membership to help report what you don’t like to me or mods via PM.
Happy birthday Orihime and L’Shana Tova to those who celebrate the upcoming Jewish New Year.