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    Cil, I absolutely love the mood, I truly adore how you expressed the scene so perfectly. The very captivating scene within your blends and the use of textures and type you executed so well and showcased how that scene was powerfully portrayed. Love the composition on how you used Spike as the main focal point it has a great sense of flow within Buffy's movement. The coloring again really suits the narration it added an atmosphere which fit so nicely.
    Lyri, you are so welcome for the comment about your Icons! there are truly amazing! I would love to use one! about your recent work for this challenge oh my, loving the use of the quote and you expressed that quote so well within the narration of the show. Your type was very creative within the layout of your compositions, your choosing of images really connect amazingly well within the choice of textures and the coloring was expressed so vividly. You may be not fond of this, but when I first look at this I truly thought it was stunning what a beautiful Tumblr graphic!

    My turn...

    Your best scene? [3/5]

    It has to be 'The Body' the first 15mins was magnificent distortion superb acting of the theme of realism of death.





    Until next time.

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    buffylover

    I love the coloring of your 'The Body' piece, as well as the crops and composition. I love the washed out feel, the random, jerky movements, it's so reminiscent of the episode itself and of Buffy's mental state at the time. Great work.

    And yes, feel free to use any of my icons. That's what I make them for. If you credit, they're yours! I just posted some new ones the other day: HERE

    3/5 - Favorite Scene

    You Poisoned Me



    Again, I have a lot of favorite scenes from the show, most of them the usual suspects, scenes that have been arted dozens of times by better artists than me, though I have arted them myself as well. So I wanted to try something new, to go with something that I thought would be unique, so I went with this one.

    I love this scene, because, in this scene, we don't have heroes, we have two human beings who are hurting deeply. We rarely see Buffy this distraught and vulnerable, when she's not putting on the mask of The Slayer. Here we have the girl, just Buffy, and she's just found out that she's been hurt in the worst possible way by the person she was supposed to be able to trust the most. She's hurt and confused and powerless in more ways than on and yet she still has the strength to walk away from Giles, to trust that she is capable of fixing the problem on her own, powers or no powers, she knows that she doesn't really need him.

    I also love Giles in this scene. I love his body language. He can't even look at Buffy at first, his guilt overtaking everything. He keeps his back to her as he explains what he did, then he rushes towards her, trying to hold her, desperate to make her understand that he was following orders, that he didn't want to hurt her, but he had no choice. And then finally, he can't watch as she walks away from him.

    I wanted to fill the canvas with this wallpaper, to clearly see the hurt and desperation on both characters faces, but at the same time, I wanted to show that there were two different sides to this fight, so I kept the characters to their own sides of the wallpaper. I have a tendency to over color on my wallpapers and they turn our unnatural a lot of the time, so I tried to keep as much natural coloring as possible while still having some sort of coloring in there, lol. I don't know if I pulled my idea off, but I like this piece better than the other two I've made for this challenge, lol.

    Images: Bloodqueen
    Textures: Blakeravell, Visor,
    Gradients: Mine, HisMrs
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    Wonderful new additions - Congrats to both of you - Buffylover and Lyri. So interesting to see how differently you both presented your scenes which deal with extreme emotional trauma of death and betrayal. It's pretty much impossible to choose a "favorite scene" but with The Body, it's such a powerful episode and something that each one of us can relate to - there is no getting away from projecting yourself into the role of Buffy and Dawn and all the other characters that have to deal with the death of Joyce. An superb choice of imagery and layout design Buffylover.

    Lyri - you made a great choice with this one it's such a pivotal event in the Buffy-Giles relationship you did an outstanding presentation of Buffy's anguish and Giles' guilt and his having to make his choice to either betray Buffy or betray the rules set on him by the CoW.

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    Good to see so many beautiful entries. <3

    buffylover
    I absolutely adore your style. The combination of digital art and traditional art is stunning. Such an inspiring way of making a piece around a quote. And the composition in you Buffy graphic is lovely. I wish I could make something look so unique and emotional with only a few pictures and words. The picspam (your third entry) is also great.The soft coloring you often used is perfect for this scene and you created an eery atmosphere with only a few pictures and soft colors. That can't be easy.

    Cil
    Another wonderful example of how well it looks when somebody combines digital art with traditional drawings. I love the soft colors you used to draw Spike in combination with the more vivid background. It's a good drawing as well. I agree with Lyri about your second piece. You managed to capture the emotion. Very well done.

    Stoney
    It looks like he is walking out of the wallpaper. Interesting way of telling his story. He came from the dark and steps into the light. Love it. Good cutting and blending work btw.

    Lyri
    The various greens and yellows in your Buffy wallpaper are fantastic. Love the vivid coloring in combination with the simple composition. It's perfectly in balance.
    You might not be very fond of your second graphic, but I like it'It's indeed a nice combo of your own style and the classic Tumblr-graphics. I enjoy the typography, the text is very clear and demands attention.
    And I do respect anyone who makes a wallpaper with early BtVS-caps. That's so hard. Especially with a bright and sharp style like yours. I think it turned out rather well. There is emotion in it and the story is clear.

    Clavus
    That's a really good drawing. There is not much to say... it's really good and I envy you.

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    My third entry took some time. Because my favorite scene is a short scene with a lot of close-ups and Angelus never shuts up during it so his caps were ugly because his mouth was never closed. Also it's season 2, so the quality of the caps is awful. But I made something... (*yay*)


    It's also on my Tumblr

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    Again to Buffylover and Lyri - powerful works both visually and the emotional impact on the viewers.

    Nina - wonderful use of imagery and text especially your choice of detail images - they tell the story of Buffy and her life as the ChosenOne/Slayer and the Angel/Angelus story brilliantly.

    How does one pick a favorite scene - it's not possible for me because there are simply too many that have great emotional impact so instead I decided to go with a scene that I find extremely interesting as a psychological study and metaphorical/symbolic piece of both characters. BUT mostly it's about how I see the infamous balcony scene - not from the more usual interpretation of Spike attempting to corrupt Buffy and draw her into his darkness and world of shadows but instead as Buffy's dreamscape nightmare psychological and emotional trauma, her inner demons visualized as her projections onto Spike.

    I made three variations but this one fits best with my intent with the scene - this image is mostly effective for viewers and fans of the series and the story of Buffy's resurrection and season six.


    The Revised image - much more of what I wanted to image than the first one I posted.

    The Dreamscape by NMCIL, on Flickr

    Large Original: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nmcil/...posted-public/
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    Thank you, everyone, who has commented on my work so far. After making nothing but icons for more than a year, it's been a struggle to get back into the swing of things, but a good one. I'm glad I started this.

    Nina

    Gosh, I LOVE the coloring of your piece. Like, seriously, it's stunning. The images you used were spot on, not just with the caps of Buffy, but the stock images were a nice touch. You always have such a way with text and your font choices, and this was no exception. Steller work.

    cil_domney

    I'm not a fan of this scene, or of this episode in general, but I like your interpretation of it. Taking it from a psychological standpoint is an interesting take, rather than just taking it at face value. I like the almost dream-like, altered state of reality you've created here, which makes the whole thing a whole lot easier to swallow for people like me, lmao!!


    4/5 - Favorite Villain

    Angelus





    How can I choose anyone other than Angelus for this one? He is so iconic, so ingrained into what makes this show so amazing and so captivating to watch. I don't think this character would have worked as well had he just been introduced as the bad guy right from the start.The fact that we knew and loved this character for a season and a half before the change was what made it work. That heartbreaking moment at the end of 'Innocence' still gets me every time. I was initially going to base this piece on that scene, but like Nina said, it's SO hard to work with the earlier caps, never mind when it's a dark scene like the alley scene. So I went with sort of an aesthetic set instead. There were probably better caps and images that I could have used, but I'm actually pleased with this piece, I think it represents the character without the need for over filling it with more images or text.

    Images: Chosen two, Buffy VS, Blood Queen, Screencapped.
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    Lyri, the emotion that you achieved within your art was very abstract and showcase a distortion within Buffy feelings at the time you portrayed the scene perfectly. The perfect colour schemes connect to the theme and concept of betrayal both characters feel turmoil over the circumstance. The texture and the blending were very splendid and it has a great flow which makes a great composition. The typography was very grand and well placed within the structure of the piece. And your Angelus picspam is adventurous and very confident which suits his characteristics. You did an amazing job on capturing his character within the blend and beautiful colour scheme connects so perfectly within his imagery and stock.

    Nina, the aftermath feels within your picspam is so vivid and very abandonment within the specific imagery. The colouration makes an appealing and very dark atmospheric value connects perfectly within the mood and colour. The stock imagery benefits outstandingly and creatively within your pic spam, I just love the accomplished which you achieved, well done!!

    Cil, amazing and well thought analytic view of this scene. You captured it perfectly within a traditional art vibe, it reminds me of "Vincent van Gogh" Starry Night painting. The dreamy effect and that psychological study are shown amazingly and you captured the distortion and the dark tonality within her mental health, very abstract! The quality of the blend is smooth and well executed and within a very high-quality response that resonances with your piece and theme. The type formation is very dreamscape which again adds to that psychological vibe and again very symbolic. I hope this makes sense because I find it to be really GRAND and I also love this scene very dark!!

    My turn...

    Your best villian? [4/5]

    Glory. The only villian to show actual threat within the flow of characters.




    Until next time.

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    Buffylover - great choice and an outstanding art collage - the path to the slaughter of the sheep and the wolf is perfect as is the depiction of Glory in the more "everyday female" in contrast to the "fashion Glory" - terrific piece of artwork and fantastic text. Your choice of Glory and your comment regarding the nature of her threat goes extremely well with Lyri's Angelus - both did grave destruction to Buffy and all the characters.

    Lyri - Another excellent piece and character study - imagery is exactly suited to Angelus and events - especially your use of "soon" with the first image - it's a powerful statement extremely effective. Showing the hubris of Angelus with that coat from the promo next to the Acathla also super nice.

    My choice is the same as yours - Favorite Villain is ANGELUS but my choice is the triad of Liam, Angelus, Angel as all three phases create the one for me. The most important reason why I chose this character is that more than any other character Angel/Angelus is the most fundamental and connected throughout the series to all of the characters. Especially to the primary characters of Buffy, Spike and Giles - Angel/Angelus has a lasting effect which set the dynamics for their relationships. Irrespective of how you like or dislike Angel/Angelus - he had a huge impact on all the characters thus he is my, not favorite but Most Important character.

    Been trying to develop my digital painting and did several graphics but this one show best my intent -


    A Triad - A A &amp; L by NMCIL, on Flickr

    The larger original https://www.flickr.com/photos/nmcil/...blic/lightbox/

    Second version https://www.flickr.com/photos/nmcil/...blic/lightbox/

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    Cil, The thing I love about this piece Cil is the execution of your technique within the haunting stylizations, you painted a perfect Angelus image representing and connecting to the perfect quotation you showcased. Just amazing portrait image very abstract making it have an atmosphere a mood to blend within his story, adoring the coloring scheme the reds and the blacks really compliment each other to the extreme. Just WOW! I truly mean this!

    My turn.

    Your best shipment? [5/5]

    Spuffy.

    'The Lion'

    An illustration based on Spike and Buffy aka Spuffy this took forever to do but I really enjoyed my journey I learned a lot about composition and painting. This is my own interpretation that I found Spike and Buffy's character development grew it had depth and a journey. I liked how Spike thought love was passionate and consuming and then when season 7 showcased that love is much more not just have a passionate moment it's about being there.



    It's now over for me.

    This was super fun! Hoping to see more!

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    Oh I saw this on Tumblr today and thought it looked amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver1 View Post
    Oh I saw this on Tumblr today and thought it looked amazing!
    Thank you so much, Silver! that truly means the world!

    btw, do you have a Tumblr called silverspike?

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    Yep, thats me alright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver1 View Post
    Yep, thats me alright.
    I wasn't 100% sure if that was you but I just want to say thank you for following my Tumblr blog because I truly do find your Tumblr to be amazing and thank you for your support.

    Would you like to be an affiliate with the BF Tumblr?

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    Of course but I have no idea how you do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver1 View Post
    Of course but I have no idea how you do that.
    Thank you! just let me handle this!

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    An exquisite piece an inspiration for me to keep on working with digital art medium - Thank You for that motivation. Your symbolism for their journey is outstanding and powerful - I love everything about this piece and Kudos for working with this scale it's difficult and demanding - This is a wonderful depiction of the Spuffy and Spike journey.

    Thanks Ever for joining this project and your contributions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cil_domney View Post
    An exquisite piece an inspiration for me to keep on working with digital art medium - Thank You for that motivation. Your symbolism for their journey is outstanding and powerful - I love everything about this piece and Kudos for working with this scale it's difficult and demanding - This is a wonderful depiction of the Spuffy and Spike journey.

    Thanks Ever for joining this project and your contributions.
    I'm so sorry for this late reply just having been around the forum at late.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! Cil that means everything to me! that you consider one of my work yes my work to be an inspiration! because I can see your journey within digital mediums to be inspirational also that Angel piece truly loved it!

    and also I would like to say thank you for your time and contributions! loved every piece of yours the journey and to get to know your opinions on Buffy! really rewarding this was the point why I made this challenge to celebrate the love for Buffy! as a community of fan artists.

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    It's a challenge that has produced some amazing pieces. I've loved the digital painting pieces you have both done and they have convinced me to try this myself at some point. I absolutely adore the Glory piece you did as well buffylover, I love the texture to it and the brilliant choice of 'revealed' imagery. It is definitely one of my favourites from the whole challenge. The Buffy/Spike one that you did Cil has so much detail too and the balance in it is great for your eye exploring the piece and the meaning. The emphasis drawing back to the main objects of the two stood together works really well in keeping the balance and flow.

    All the picspams are also fantastic and have such excellent colour and shot choices for conveying their intended focus. I especially like Nina's for the tone of the piece too and how the visual focus on Buffy's face through it works so well to the text. I keep hoping to find the time to do my second response, my planned Cordelia piece was to be a picspam too, but it just hasn't happened yet. One day, I'll get back in the 'zone' and get to it I'm sure.

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    Just want to add my own Thanks and Appreciation for all the outstanding works created for this challenge. If we can - I still would like to complete all the themes - is the challenge still open?

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    A bit late, but I want to join the choir of praise. Wonderful art has been made for this challenge (especially the last entry by buffylover. What a stunning piece!). I wish I could've finished it, but my inspiration left me and I fail to finish anything art-related. :/ Hopefully it will come back to me and then I might create that Angelus-entry after all.

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