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Here's another set of images of Spike and Dru skating. I made these for nekid_spike (Winter Wonderland prompt). Again, the vintage postcards I used as a base are from my mother's collection.

ETA: and here are the original postcards that formed the base images. They are a lot of fun, because there is a postcard for each day of the week, and at the bottom there is a short poem (in Dutch) telling the story of a budding romance.

In my manips I left out this bottom part, because I didn't have the time or energy to translate the poems into English. And the story didn't really fit Spike and Dru anyway. That's also the main reason I didn't use the Monday card, because it would make no sense for Spike to visit Drusilla in her house. (Also, that card is a bit damaged and I didn't have time to restore it.) But below I'm providing English translations for the curious. Warning: they're very literal and with no attempt at rhyming.

Monday: Meeting.
"Skating, Miss! May I have the honour?"
"Sure, where will we be going, Sir?"

(Tuesday card is missing)

Wednesday: Lamentation.
"It is the third day of the week now"
"Let's hope that one of us will speak about love"

Thursday: Consideration.
"Let us give it some thought"
"What could give us the most joy?"

Friday: Answer.
"What if you were my lady"
"And you the man by my side"

Saturday: Declaration.
"Amor has forged our hearts together, my sweetheart"
"Forever faithful, I love you dearly"


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Dec. 31st, 2017 08:35 am (UTC)
Oh, YAY, there's MORE!!! They're all so beautiful and unique! *snuggles them* I think the faces work more smoothly with the rest of the images than in the other set.

I like the look on Spike's face in the first one. :) And Dru blends so smoothly with the original image, I can hardly believe it's an edit. Nice job making their faces grainy... and blueish?... like the background. :D

The second one is kind of uncanny to look at, because I have a hard time imagining Spike with this kind of body language. Ah well. Spike: the early years? Or maybe he just really wants to be left alone with Dru.

The third one is my favorite. Dru looks fantastic! <3 (And Spike looks good, too...) Hmm, after a while I noticed that there seems to be some seriously blue light shining on Dru's face and I'm not sure where from, but it suits her! Dru is just the kind of person who can be mysteriously illuminated by any kind of unearthly moonlight or other lights she chooses.

The last one cracks me up. Dru can absolutely see the metaphorical angels! She probably talks to them. And it looks like she's not the least bit concerned that the angel is ROASTING some HEARTS. Hearts are a nummy treat, as we know. XD
Dec. 31st, 2017 02:47 pm (UTC)
Glad they brought you some joy! To make things better, I've now added the base images (also for the previous set). The original cards for this second set are a lot of fun, I promise --they're worth checking out.

And thanks for your in-depth comments. I'm not sure which set I prefer myself, the first or the second. I think Dru came out better in the second set, and Spike in the first.

Good point about Spike in the second card. He looks really bashful, a lot more like William would have been with Cecily than Spike with Dru. In fact he looks much more shy than the man in the original card...

And yes, Dru has some fairy lights shining on her in that third card. It's magic :-)

The hearts being roasted are a bit creepy, aren't they? Of course it's the kind of thing that Dru would appreciate (she seems pretty excited about it) but Spike is less impressed. If you look at the text on the original card, it becomes clearer there is a forging/welding together metaphor going on here.
Dec. 31st, 2017 06:07 pm (UTC)
Oooh, the texts are cute. :) Thanks for sharing the originals, they're great - though I do prefer the Sprusilla versions. :D

I see what you mean about the second card! Maybe the direction of his gaze makes the difference (sitting as close to the woman as possible vs. shying away from the camera...)
Dec. 31st, 2017 09:38 pm (UTC)
Maybe the direction of his gaze makes the difference

Yeah, that's what I thought too, so I've made another version in which I've changed this. I think it's slightly better, but Spike is still looking much too demure. So a lot of it is in the posture.

Dec. 31st, 2017 09:54 pm (UTC)
*nods* I do think it looks better this way.

Whoops, we slipped into beta-looking and versioning. :D
Dec. 31st, 2017 10:07 pm (UTC)
Ha, I see no problem with that! I love constructive feedback and even without it, I often can't keep myself from making changes to things I've already posted. As long as there's improvement I'm happy!
Dec. 31st, 2017 11:30 am (UTC)
Awwww, lovely!! I love how Drusilla's face is basically completely perfect for the background!
Dec. 31st, 2017 02:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, in that first card in particular, Dru came out just right. Sheer luck I tell you!
Jan. 1st, 2018 10:46 pm (UTC)
AWW! These are lovely.
Jan. 1st, 2018 11:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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