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Happy belated birthday shanmara ! 
11th-May-2008 07:39 pm
My most sincere apologies for being soooo embarrassingly late with these birthday greetings of mine. *hides behind Spike* Feel free to take any necessary actions regarding my punishment for such disgraceful behavior... *g*

Anyhow, happy belated birthday! I hope it was a good one and that there are even better ones to come. You've been such an important person to me here at LJ - your guidance and encouragement have meant the world to me. You've really made me feel welcome, and thanks to you I haven't been feeling lost or lonely around here. I'm truly grateful for that - for everything, really. You're lovable to the bone, so kind and warm-hearted, and man, as an artist you're not only magnificent but also very inspirational and generous.

Oh, and I made a little something for you. Emphasis on the word little. I'm still recovering from the not so pleasant aftermath of my trip to England and so this is the result of me manipping through a fever fueled haze and with my eyes feeling as if they were dislocated somehow. But it's Spike and he's all yours. :)

I wish you all the best now and always! *hugs you tight*

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11th-May-2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
Lovely Spike, if only to have that on my birthday...lol! On a completely different note, I'm sure you're sick of me by now, but I was wondering if you could possibly make me another manip? You don't have to, just figured I would ask you first since you did such a great job with the last one. It would be Buffy again and I already know what base I want. It's not for a story or anything, but I could possibly turn it into one. No pressure if you don't want to=)
11th-May-2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Really? Awww, thank you so much! *huggles* I'm so relieved to hear he turned out alright. I felt so damn rusty while I was trying to put this one together that it really freaked me out. I was like "Is it all gone? Can't I manip anymore? Aaaaaargh, I'm doomed!" Lol! But really, I mean c'mon, it was only two weeks break from manipping and computers and suddenly it's all rocket science to me - what's up with that? *shakes head* I really need to get me a new brain... *g*

As for the other matter my answer's going to be pretty much the same as the last time round. I can give it a go, sure, but I don't venture to promise you anything in advance because, well, because I just don't have enough confidence in my skills to do so. Also, I'm still feeling kinda weak and shaky and simply exhausted thanks to having been battling the fever and its sidekicks for a week and a half now, so it might take a bit longer for me to get the manip ready. Buuuut, if you're still interested in giving me the chance despite all this vagueness I'd sure love to have a try at it. :)
11th-May-2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Aww, yeah, I knew you've been sick, so there is definitely no hurry for this one. It's just a picture that I wanted for myself and will possibly do a story with at some point, if my muse ever cooperates. You can feel free to give it a go, but if it's too difficult or you get too busy, that would be okay, no pressure.

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Everything in the picture is good, I would just like Buffy's face on that girl's body, so I can have kind of like a cute, Spuffy future picture or something. I'm sure anything you come up with will be great. Thanks again=)
13th-May-2008 12:20 am (UTC)
Omg, this must be one of the cutest piccies ever! *swoons* No wonder you'd like to see it spuffyfied - I mean who wouldn't! I'll most certainly make every effort to make it work as a manip, too. *stares at the pretty* P.S I just love this picture, hee! :D
13th-May-2008 02:05 am (UTC)
LOL, I know, it's just the cutest thing ever. I saw the movie again the other day and just couldn't resist making screencaps. I've wanted that picture for a while and could never find it anywhere. Again, take your time, I'm sure whatever you come up with will be great=)
17th-May-2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Phew, what a week! This son of a bitch of a flu/sinusitis seems to have come to stay - I'm still in an annoyingly bad shape. And I'm pretty sure that me being back to work doesn't exactly help the case. Blah, this really really sucks!

That being said I was finally able to give this adorable little piccie you so kindly provided me some well deserved attention. And aaaargh, I'm rusty, I suck, I'm a bad (rude) manipper! LOL! This pic really gave me a hard time, and I honestly can't say if the results are even remotely ok. You said it's a screencap, right? Because it really reminded me why I tend to stick to the huge promo pics - they're usually bright and clear to begin with and you can mess around with them so much more without it actually showing. Buuuuut with a screencap this pretty I just had to give it a go. And when the first go didn't quite work out I gave it another go. And then there was the go that came after that and then...you get the picture... *g*

I wasn't quite sure if you were hoping for the manip to look exactly like the original pic (and I mean mainly color and light -wise), and so I made one version in the attempt to come as close to the original as possible and then I experimented a little bit with the lights and colors. Hopefully there's at least something fit for using, but if not, that's alright.

Click here to get to the gallery.
17th-May-2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Aww, those look great, no worries. Even sickly, you still do amazing work. I think something might be in the air, though. I find myself to be sick now and yeah, it really sucks. Thanks for taking the time to do these, I got a story idea for it that I might actually attempt to write=)
17th-May-2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
Really? Yayyyy! :D *happydances around the room to the twitchy rhythm of sneezing and coughing* (Now there's a sight you don't see every day, lol!) I'm superhyperextra happy to hear you think they turned out alright! I was soooo nervous and the last thing I wanted to do was to let you down. You totally made my day with your kind words - thank you ever so much! *hugs you tight and twirls you around*

Oh, you're sick, too? That makes two of us then. *sigh* We should really take care of ourselves now, right? Sleep and rest and keep ourselves warm and drink hot drinks and watch/read/listen to something that'll take us far away from this sucky reality... And hopefully we'll start feeling better at some point.

I got a story idea for it that I might actually attempt to write=)

Woohoo, that sounds be absolutely awesome! I'm crazy about post-series Spuffy and I'd just love to hear the story behind this picture!! :)
11th-May-2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
He's AWESOME, honey! Really brilliant and I'm sure she'll love it!

12th-May-2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Awww, I'm so happy to hear you think so - thank you ever so much! I was really anxious about this one because, well, basically I felt as if I'd forgot how to manip in the first place. The stuff that should've been simple had me sweating blood. And I gotta say even at the risk of sounding pathetic that it sort of freaked me out... So yayyyyy for your lovely feedback! :D I feel a lot less insecure now! *huggles*
12th-May-2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
You have nothing to feel insecure about, honey! Everything I've seen of yours is really spectacular!

12th-May-2008 10:24 am (UTC)
Thank you so much: you know I love your art, and knowing that you made this for me... It's intense, full of backstories, makes my imagination go wild!

If I made you feel welcome, then I'm happy. I know how lonely and uneasy it can feel to begin on LJ.

Now take care of yourself, dream of James and come back to us full force :)

*tight hugs*
12th-May-2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Uh wow. I've been staring at the computer screen for 20+ minutes trying to find the right words to express how much the things you just said meant to me. You've made me feel like I was the one getting the presents here... ;) But as speechless as I may be, this one comes to mind: Thank you ever so much and then some!!

I'm so very happy to hear that you like this piece and most of all that you, too, hear the echoes of the untold stories that made me choose this base in the first place. I wish I'd had more time not to mention energy to pour into this present of yours - I would've loved to make you something big and weird, lol - but life had other plans like it tends to do. But be that as it may, the one thing I didn't want to compromise over was the manip's backstory quality. Seeing your art and discussing about it as well as working on the nekid_spike's prompts has turned my world upside-down as I've realized how very powerful the storytelling-manips can be. So yayyyy for this manip having a sparkle of that within it! :D I truly know it's a small one and kinda simple, but if it still makes your imagination buzz I couldn't be happier. :)

I will indeed try and take care of myself now since I'd really like get better at some point. I've heard about this thing called resting - maybe I'll try that one out! *g* And you take care of yourself, too! I wish you strength and stubbornness and fire within to carry you over from the present to the future. *hugs you tight*
12th-May-2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
Very nice dear. He has such an intense expression on his face. Very well done!
12th-May-2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Heyyy! Long time no see! *rushes over and huggles you* It's so good to be back oh yes it is! :D

Thank you so much for the lovely feedback! I'm soooo glad you like it! This was a bit troublesome manip for me and so much the better it feels to hear that you think it turned out alright. :)
12th-May-2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Anything for you dear. *huggles you back* I missed you too! More than all right, its great! I just wish the spuffy plot bunnies would bite, most Spangel attacking me than anything else. *looks hopeful* Do you have any Spuffy ideas? If not, the bunnys will be back sooner or later. Still, I know how much you enjoy some good Spuffy.
13th-May-2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
Awww, you're the sweetest! *keeps on huggling* Many many thanks for your kind words! I'm so happy to hear you think so. *beams*

As for the plot bunnies...*frowns* Oh man, this came so suddenly! You're offering me this wonderful opportunity to see a Spuffy dream of mine brought into life and what do you know - my mind goes blank. How typical of me to freeze at the crucial moment! *snorts* Blah, I feel so stupid now. But when I get this momentary systems failure sorted out I'll bring a horde of plot bunnies to hop around your place, I promise. Not that you'd have to adopt any of them, but at least they can give a little tickling to your muse. *g* Because - like you said - I really do love me some good Spuffy! However, I do think it's more than fare that the Spangel fans get to enjoy your talent, too. :)
13th-May-2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks then dear. Because I do so want to write Spuffy. Well, I do like lots of ships, just don't want to write pure het, or pure slash. A nice mix of both is ideal. *hugs*
13th-May-2008 04:00 am (UTC)
That's is awesome, sweetie!!!

He looks so dangerous and intense. Bad guys look out! lol The outfit is great. He's been working (playing?) hard and he's ready for more. I like the high contrast between his dark clothes and the lighter background.
13th-May-2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Awww, I'm so happy to hear you think so - thank you ever so much! *hugs you tight* And it's so good to see you, btw. I really missed you while I was gone. *hugs again*

Yeah, he really looks pretty intense there with that piercing gaze and the taut posture. It's almost as if he was daring you to make a wrong move which, God forbid, would quite certainly be the last one you'll ever make. This Spike takes no shit from anybody, that's for sure.
14th-May-2008 12:53 am (UTC)
It's good to have you back, sweetie. You were missed lots!

I love how Spike's ready for anything but looks deceptively relaxed.
15th-May-2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
Oh. I was? *blushes* Uh wow. I think my brain will need some extra time to adjust to that thought... But it sure sounds nice! Really REALLY nice! :) *hugs you tight*

I love how Spike's ready for anything but looks deceptively relaxed.

Oh yeah, Spike pretty much epitomizes the saying looks can be deceiveing! ;)
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