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Happy Birthday shanmara! 
5th-May-2009 07:00 pm
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.

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6th-May-2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
Aw, I'm so very happy to hear you think so! Yay! :D
Thank you so much for your kind words – they mean a great deal to me!
5th-May-2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous work, as always, your words are even more beautiful and inspiring. I'm sure we all wish to have Spike as our champion, I know I do. I know things are probably still hectic in your life right now, but I love how you always come back and post when it's someone's birthday, and telling them how much they mean to you. Honestly, you have to be one of the sweetest people in LJ and I'm so glad I got the chance to know you. I know when I'm feeling really down, your words always lift up my spirits. It's great to hear from you again=)
6th-May-2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
Naww. *blushes* That must be one of the loveliest things anyone has ever said to me. For real. And I'm just. *blushes even more* I mean. It's like. Ugh, I can't even speak anymore! What I mean is: Thank you! So, so much! You are an amazing, wonderful person, and I ♥ you, and this comment of yours totally made my day. Oh how I wish I could hug you in real life! *gives you a big-ass cyberhug you instead*

I really wish I could be around more, like, not only on Sundays but on weekdays, too. So to speak. Now I'm basically just the git who only shows up for the cake and fireworks and then leaves. Without even bothering to help with the post party cleanup. Lol. It's just so rude!

Kidding aside, though, this seems to be the best I can manage at the moment. My condition hasn't exactly improved and my whole life is in a bit of a chaos. Although I'm not too sure if I actually even have a life anymore. I mean, nothing ever happens. My daily routine mostly consists of remaining from doing anything. Like, I'm not even allowed to try to do stuff. Which is infuriating, to say at least! I've never particularly enjoyed my own company - I can be such a bloody annoying person to be around - and now that I'm stuck with myself listening to my own stupid thoughts all day long... That is so not of the good. I wish I could stop thinking and start doing. Something. Anything. Right now. Plz? *puppy eyes*

Also I just visited your journal and I just have to say that
1. Your new layout rocks! I swear I must've spent at least ten minutes straight just staring at your header. My God, his eyes are SO beautiful! *swoons* Plus I love the colors - I'm such a sucker for all things blue.

2. Thank you so much for sharing your FX International experience with us! I've been so sad over the fact that I couldn't make it to London to see James this Spring - I'd have given almost anything to be present at the Marstersclass! - but reading your report and seeing your pics and vids cheered me up like nothing else! It was almost as if I had been there, too. :)

Also, your pictures from there are absolutely amazing! You must've been so close to the stage, you lucky you! Plus you always look so pretty and natural at the photo op pics. I so wish I could do that, too! I hate being so bloody awkward in those situations. I always end up just standing there looking like a tool. *pouts*

3. I'm so sorry to hear about the hardships your father has been put through. It must've been such a scary and heart-wrenching experience to your whole family. It's absolutely wonderful news that he's already home and doing better. I hope he has a speedy recovery!
6th-May-2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
Wow, another thing that I love about you. You always give me a lot to read...lol! I'm sorry that things are still rough for you. *Big cyber squishy hugs*

I would have loved to see James in London as well, but it's a bit too far for me. I only lucked out with FX because it happened to be in Orlando. I heard it was originally in New York, so I'm really glad they changed the location. He's just so pretty in person and yep, right there in the front for his concert. I don't know how I keep managing that...lol! I love my banner, too, I could just stare at it forever. And awww, you made me blush with that comment about my pictures, I always hate the way I come out. I look all retarded with my goofy smile...lol!

Thanks, my dad is doing better. I just hope we don't have another episode like that. *More squishy hugs*
7th-May-2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
I'm such a hopeless rambler. My comments tend to go on and on, and there seems to be very little I can do about it. I always try and concentrate on the essentials, obviously, but reducing my speech has never been my strongest point. Sometimes I wonder if I'm boring people to death with my endless chattering... And so I'm most happy to hear that my bad writing habits are not interfering with your health. ;)

Aw, you're just so sweet! ♥ Thank you so much – for both your kind words and big squishy cyber hugs. They are most highly appreciated and mean a great deal to me. *hugs you right back*

Yes James is indeed pretty in person. And he's got such a big heart. And he's funny as hell and such a brilliant actor and I could go on forever but it'd be like preaching to the choir, right? ;) Anyway, I'm so glad you got to see him. And all the other actors as well. :)

Your pictures are lovely! I mean, just look at your icon! You look so happy and cuddly and pretty and sweet together. ♥ ♥

I really hope so, too. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. *sends good energy your way*
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6th-May-2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'm so very happy to hear you think so! Woohoo! :D
Thank you so much for the loveliest comment - it made me smile and it made me squee and I really, really appreciate it!
*hugglesnugglecuddles you silly*

P.S. You rock, too! And your icon is amazing! And I hope you're doing alright. *hearts you fiercely*
7th-May-2009 02:33 am (UTC)
Gorgeous! Very well done, sweetie. It's hard to match a pic to a drawing and you've done so perfectly.

I love the idea of Spike as the Champion... still fighting after all these years. He's looking very fierce and determined. Fists and fangs and sod all else, right?
7th-May-2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, that is such a lovely thing to say - thank you so much! ♥
I'm absolutely delighted to hear you think this turned out alright. Yay, yay, yayness! :D

It's hard to match a pic to a drawing
I know, right!? It's one thing to try and make two photographs match, a whole other to try and turn a photograph into a part of a drawing. Plus I'd obviously forgot how I did it the last time round, and so I pretty much had to start from zero. I swear, I was facepalming myself so often while I was making this that it's a wonder my palm didn't got stuck to my forehead for good. *rolls eyes*

I'm glad you like the idea of Spike as the Champion. As you know, I love all sides of Spike - I love him all goofy and shallow as well as deep and thoughtful - but there's something about Spike the Champion that really, really speaks to me and touches me. Actually, now that I think of it, it seems to be a recurring theme in my manips.

Fists and fangs and sod all else, right?
Yes! Exactly! That's him, right there. He's a fighter. And he'll never give up. And if he ever was to go down, he'll go down fighting, laughing in the face of the enemy.
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