My heartiest birthday greetings to you, shanmara
! I hope you had a wonderful day full of happiness and joy, and that the coming year will shower you with hope and light and beauty! :)
This is the part where the words fail me. This is the part where I'm supposed to tell you how much you mean to me, how much I've learned from you, how grateful I am for your friendship, how your art never ceases to amaze me, how your kindness and compassion always leave in awe. But the words fall short. Trying to express all these things through words would be like...I dunno, dancing a book? I don't know how to do it. So I'm just going to say this: You are my heroine. And I love you. *hugs you so very tight*
Manipping has become a rare treat to me of late. It has also become harder. But even if I never manipped again - God forbid!- the things that you've taught me will always stay with me. You showed me that manips can be so much more than just pretty pictures. Not that there's anything wrong with pretty pictures - effin' love those, I do - but it was like a revelation to me, seeing you compose and execute the most imaginative, beautiful, scary, funny, powerful and thought-provoking manips I'd ever seen. Your manips spoke to me, they made me think and they made me feel and they made me wonder. I realized that it was possible to tell stories through manips. That they could be more than frozen moments, more than simple photographs - SO much more. I am so very grateful to you for this and for gazillion other things as well.
And in the spirit of storytelling manips, I come bearing a prezzie that'll hopefully have if nothing more then at least a whisper of a story within it. It's sort of a companion piece to the In the Distant Future
manip I made for nekid_spike
's future prompt last Spring. The said prompt (which I absolutely loved!) made me think about the future in the context of being immortal. Like, what would it truly mean if you got or were doomed to live forever. If decades, millenniums, aeons even passed and you'd still be there. And so I imagined and then manipped (as well as I could) Spike from the future so distant that the world as we know it has more or less ceased to exist. And this might be the same Spike. Or not. It depends on whether you decide to concentrate on the similarities or the differences, I reckon. While In the Distant Future was eerie and still atmosphere-wise, this new one is fire-y and there is action there, there is movement. Somehow the silence and sadness still remain, though. And so does our hero.
I know this probably ain't the most uplifting piece out there, but besides all that future stuff, I'd like to see this Spike as your Champion, who shall fight for you and beside you to beat back all the hardships life will ever throw your way. Hope you like him! :)
Original artwork by Gerald Brom.Click on the thumbnail to see it in full size.
Original manip without my crazy-ass coloring and polishing and stuff can be found here