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William the Bloody by MelissaFindley William the Bloody by MelissaFindley
Just a little experiment sketching this morning that I happened to particularly like. It's a bit of a recycled pose, and I didn't have a reference, so it's not an exact likeness. Still, I'm kind of pleased with it.

Fanart, for me, is a great chance to experiment. I'm not so worried about the character or the story, and I get to fully concentrate on just style and playing around. I'm trying to loosen up a bit.

Spike is, of course property of Mutant Enemy, Joss Whedon, James Marsters and whoever else can legally claim him (I only wish it were me).

oh, and a shout out to Bittbox for the spatter brushes.
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:icondragonstar78:
Dragonstar78 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
*has turned into a happy puddle of fanboy*

Phwoarrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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Thefanfreakers Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
SPIKE! <3 (i love the reason why he was known as William the Bloody XD )
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:iconravanearo:
RavaNearo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought this was Spike before reading the title!
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BAMillustration Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like this. Not an exact likeness, but gives you the feel of him and definitely shows the resemblance. Almost like a comic book rendition of him.
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:iconscurvynicole:
ScurvyNicole Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE YOU!!!!
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:iconcountnumber7:
Countnumber7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011   Photographer
AMAZING!
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:iconlilqus:
lilqus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The best character in BtVS, no doubt at this ;) I just love the way you did him at this picture :love: Sexy!
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:iconerawera:
erawera Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Utterly gorgeous work! <3
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:iconfatesmybitch:
FatesMyBitch Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
Very drool worthy Spike. I like the splatters of red and gray (watercolors?).
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:iconshinkonokokoro:
ShinkonoKokoro Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, lovely! :) One of my favourite characters of all time! :) Lovely job!
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:iconkaworukunchan:
kaworukunchan Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the blood. Lovely Spikeee!
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:iconsanguinlover:
sanguinlover Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
just awesome! for no ref. you nailed him (umm, ok Freudian slip there, sorry) :giggle: just a great job on an ultimate bad guy!
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Carles Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
You gotta love that Spike guy ! My wife and I always thought he was the coolest character of all from the Buffy show (which, incidentally, we watched from the first to the last episode). :)
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reinedelutin Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
....*breathe*....*breathe*....SQQQQUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEE
YES!!! Spike ftw!
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nightangelerik Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
YUM!

Effin' loooove Spike. So hawt.

Thanks the bit, dear!
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:iconjeckald:
jeckald Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
YEAH. William the Bloody! Not Spike 'who's all good and soul-endowed.' Hrnng. <3
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YCxEmoxGirl Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Completely awesome!
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:iconcomorra:
Comorra Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
You captured the evil playfulness perfectly. I always liked him as a bad guy.

Rowr.
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:iconheguy:
Heguy Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Eve if you didn't use reference and his facial features are different from james master's, you can totally tell who he is! ^^

I love how you sed brushes and textures to make it look a little traiditional-like.

I wish I could claim him legally too xDD
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Seriously-serino777 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Spike! FTW!! *lurves*
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lsbitch Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
SPIIIIIKKKKKKKEEEEEEE!!!
I miss that show...
they should have made a spin off for Spike too...he kicks ass.

Excellent job!!!
I like it lots. XD
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:iconnyrak:
Nyrak Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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LucindaRedfield Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Wow. This is pretty awesome. This whole face is great.
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
squeee!

Okay, now that's out of the way...I really like your use of color in this.

Very nice work.

And no doubt as to who it was, upon the first thumbnail glimpse.
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:iconrapsody:
Rapsody Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Bloody brilliant ;)

I like the title, and that it doesn't look exactly like James a Spike ^_^
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:iconquilde:
Quilde Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So nice to see fan art of one of my favourite characters ever on tv.
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:iconforgotten-light:
forgotten-light Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
You may not have used reference but you got the feel of him just right. I knew who this was right away. :heart:
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Nice stuff, Mel. I really like the treatment in this one.
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:iconwarious:
Warious Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Would squee but most people don't like to hear that sound so I will refrain. ^_^
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urghzombies Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
*Swoon*

You can never go wrong with Spike art (as far as I'm concerned)! :D
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siriusgirl1 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
I didn't get the title reference-- guess I haven't gotten far enough in the series (just finished Buffy season 2). So I was all like, huh, that guy looks just like Spike. And then it was. And now I am happy :D you did a wonderful job.
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MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
They call him William the Bloody in Season 2... it's his original name, before he took the name Spike. I think they mention it in Season 2 "School Hard" when he first arrives in Sunnydale.

He usually doesn't go by it, though. Bad memories and all.
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siriusgirl1 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Hmmm. Guess I didn't pay as much attention to detail as I thought I did. Oh well.
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Annwyl-chan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
HELL YEAH SPIKE@!!!!!!!!!
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SparrowsFlame Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OOOOOOOO!!!!!!! MEL!!!! I LOVE THIS!!!

Ok, I'll stop shouting now. :drool: Can I buy this?? :D I'll pay just about anything!! ;) Sooo yummy. Mmm. OK, I will look closer later and post some more meaningful comments later. Just had to get my fangirl out. :lol:

Did I mention I love it?? SQUEEE! :love:
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FreyjaSig Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great likeness - :) :hug:
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scriptor-scriptorum Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
..."Mommy, can I keep him? Pretty PLEASE, Mommy?!?"

Gorgeous, as always. I've missed seeing new artwork from you lately. Glad to see you're back, at least temporarily!
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alexandravan5 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Student General Artist
Spikey!!!!! <3 Him
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Spurfy-Sora Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Fantastic! I love his expression, and the way the red spatter looks like blood is perfect for him.
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:iconmakingyouhateme:
makingyouhateme Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Mmm. Gotta love Spike. I have a few things with his face on them, that I just LOVE to own.
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NatalieKelsey Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:w00t: Awesome! I love how you've drawn him. Very cool brushes too.
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Mmm nothing like a Blonde with attitude and fangs to be a bright spot in my day lol. Love it, and who cares that it's not an exact likeness? That's what fanart is for after all lol
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blu-ish Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
I love the spray paint effect, you make it look very random, yet balanced. :nod:
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KKgirls Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
"We call him William the Bloody Awful because his poetry is so bad it feels like you're driving a railroad spike through your temples" :D
Great picture!
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Sophia-Christina Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
:heart:
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:iconbia-k:
bia-k Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply amazing! I love hsi expression :B
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AriandraRayne Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Student
I used to have such a crush on him back in the day. Then I found out his accent was fake and it ruined it for me. You've captured his youthful handsomeness perfectly. I like this style too - looks like mixed media instead of all digital.
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MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
The fact that his accent is fake doesn't bother me. It just separates the actor from the character--both of whom are yummy for totally different reasons. In my world, characters are their own separate people, and Marsters' accent was really spot on.
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NiAnluain Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
you do know that I named my dog after him? yeashhhh! SPIKE! lol!

He's just so yummy! and snarly! mmm! :drool:
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Verlisaerys Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:love:
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