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Noel of Spike Artwork by nmcil12
by nmcil12 (nmcil12)
at December 19th, 2015 (11:56 am)

Thanks Again Sueworld for all your efforts with Noel of Spike -

My last entry - this is a manip of my latest painting that was used in an exhbitition.  It's a stylized reworking from a high key graphic piece - the original is a large pastel.



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Posted by: velvetwhip (velvetwhip)
Posted at: December 19th, 2015 08:34 pm (UTC)
Black and White Spike

Love the way you've used texture and colour here.


Gabrielle

Posted by: nmcil12 (nmcil12)
Posted at: December 19th, 2015 09:02 pm (UTC)

Appreciate your checking out my work and the comments - BTW, there is a Black Hellebore which makes a good Christmas Rose for Spike. Like the story of the Christmas Rose - he finds his path back to life and his humanity where once there was only darkness.

Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season -

Posted by: sueworld2003 (sueworld2003)
Posted at: December 19th, 2015 08:55 pm (UTC)
Heart

Oh thats simply wonderful. :D 3 wonderful contributions. Thanks for taking the time to take part. :D

Posted by: nmcil12 (nmcil12)
Posted at: December 19th, 2015 09:06 pm (UTC)

Thank You very much sueworld - I would have hated not being able to participate due to missing sign up. Thanks for letting me in.

BTW - I LOVE your nimbus pulsing heart icon -


Edited at 2015-12-21 09:28 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Butterfly (snogged)
Posted at: December 20th, 2015 02:23 am (UTC)

Fantastic work. :)

Posted by: nmcil12 (nmcil12)
Posted at: December 20th, 2015 02:56 am (UTC)

Thanks Ever - I loved the Spike and Fred story and your great Willow-Spike banner. While I am strictly a Spuffy shipper, I did enjoy the story and I always appreciate the beautiful fanart that features other characters with Spike. Sure wish that there were more stories that featured Spike in great friendship relationships - especially with Tara and Willow.

Posted by: Danna (chasingdemons)
Posted at: December 20th, 2015 05:21 pm (UTC)
Fool for Love

Wow! I love the fact that this comes from original artwork. It's quite beautiful! Thanks for your posts this year! And happy holidays!

Posted by: nmcil12 (nmcil12)
Posted at: December 21st, 2015 09:19 pm (UTC)

Thank you - I had a hard time of it because the source I used was super high key and a lot of the facial details were simply missing so I just had to do my best guess of what should have been there.

I've been trying to draw Spike/JM for a long time - not constant, but I always go back to try an improve. I'm a "self-taught" artist plus I have always tended to a stylized and contemporary folk art style. I SUCK at traditional realistic but I keep making efforts to improve.

The original piece is 42"x30" pastel.

Posted by: Sandy (sandy_s)
Posted at: December 21st, 2015 08:56 pm (UTC)

This is amazing! You drew this yourself? So lovely. You have such an interesting eye....

Posted by: nmcil12 (nmcil12)
Posted at: December 21st, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC)

Glad you like it - I tried to do my best I don't think some fans appreciate just how difficult it is to do portraiture so I always appreciate any efforts by our Buffyverse artists. I am planning on taking up Spike again and doing a lot of small studies and digital tablet drawings this year.

Posted by: Sandy (sandy_s)
Posted at: December 21st, 2015 09:29 pm (UTC)

Go for it! :o) I'm excited to see what you create! And gosh, sketches are so difficult...

Posted by: singedbylife (singedbylife)
Posted at: December 21st, 2015 10:34 pm (UTC)

Oh my goodness. Great job! Love the colours.

Posted by: nmcil12 (nmcil12)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2015 04:25 am (UTC)

Thank You So Much - I love doing art and the feed back helps me keeping going on as my work does not appeal to a lot of fans.

Posted by: singedbylife (singedbylife)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2015 07:55 am (UTC)
pic#120336274

Neither does most of my fiction. What it comes down too is creating art that pleases you. Art that you can't live without and screw the rest. But it's so hard because we all crave attention and appreciation. 😘

Posted by: nmcil12 (nmcil12)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2015 11:03 am (UTC)

And how I wish that I could get the hell over the needing validation - it's very negative effect but it also makes one be much more critical and pushes you to do better.

Posted by: singedbylife (singedbylife)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2015 11:56 am (UTC)
pic#120336274

True!

Posted by: Double Dutchess (double_dutchess)
Posted at: December 24th, 2015 01:00 am (UTC)
Wish I was at home for Christmas

As I said on BT -- I'm really impressed with this pastel portrait you did. It has your unique style but is also very recognizably Spike. And I like how you used it in combination with the other elements in the image.

Posted by: nmcil12 (nmcil12)
Posted at: December 25th, 2015 11:13 pm (UTC)

Thank You DD for all your comments and of course all the support over at BT.

BTW - I love your Xmas Home icon -

Edited at 2015-12-25 11:14 pm (UTC)

Posted by: teragramm (teragramm)
Posted at: December 27th, 2015 10:03 am (UTC)
Spike happy new year

This is absolutely gorgeous! It just takes my breath away!!

Posted by: nmcil12 (nmcil12)
Posted at: December 31st, 2015 04:57 am (UTC)

Appreciate all your comments on my entries - especially for this piece and my Saint Francis Prayer - means a lot to me and helps me keep trying.