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PE Sketchbook Excerpt - Spike by dixey PE Sketchbook Excerpt - Spike by dixey
PE = Private Exchange, an invite only art trade group. The sketchbook exchange was one where we filled 50 pages or more for our assigned person. The sketchbook I filled was for * brianne333, and Spike (James Marsters) was on the list of things she would like drawn... so I drew Spike :P

Anyway, I used a photo reference, but I lost the link to the picture. Sorry. I'm fairly certain it's just a run of the mill type publicity shot... it was one of the first I came across in my search, at any rate. I used 8 markers - 2 greys, 2 flesh tones, 2 for hair and one each for the shirt and background. There was a rough pencil underdrawing that you can see hints of if you try, but it was mostly a big oval with circles for eyes, a circle for the end of his nose and some sketches for where his mouth went ;) I basically just went to town with the markers for a few hours.

I don't do a lot of realism or drawing from references, but I was pretty happy with the result :P
Prismacolor markers on cardstock. Completed in November.
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ibunny77 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student
:heart: spike :D so great!
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devilishprincess Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008
i like the way you have done this it looks cheeky
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boochan82 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you captured his snarkyness. i loves. *faves*
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billiambabble Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006  Hobbyist Artist
Spikes a god.
Wonderful picture. :)
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Spider-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2005   Digital Artist
SPIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE it! It came out really good :!:
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SaltyIrishDog Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2005
Tehe, oh yes. Thats gorgeous, not that you havent gotten that a million times already ;P
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hailstone90 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2005
this is awesum n its really like spike :D hehe fab !!! xXx
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uzezi Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2005  Hobbyist
ver good
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brianne333 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
You know, I've been looking at this every single day since I got it from you (seriously, don't believe me - ask David haha!) and it STILL impresses me. I love this piece so much, that when I write about Chaz, I have that picture open now because it brings me so much inspiration. I am amazed at the kind of work you did with MARKERS and how much it looks like him. I will forever hold this close to my heart, knowing you put so much effort into something for me, I will treasure it always <3
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Lady-Silvercat Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2005
Spike....is...the hottness! :drool: And in MARKERS! You did him so well. Really it looks fabulous. Now if I could only get my marker colorings to look like they weren't done by a 5 year old...heh.
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whome Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2005
awesome! you are very skilled with teh markers
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sierra-f00 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2005
Holy shiiiiiiiskjfhksjhfs
This is so gorgeous. The colour and toning and everything is PERFECT. for some reason I really love how you did the mouth. absolutely stunning :D
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-jin- Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was never really into Buffy, but I had this one friend who was OBSESSED with Spike...so she made me watch it with her occasionally. ^^; I think my favorite part of the show was the little alien thing at the end of the credits that goes 'grr, argh'. lol. Awesome job though, definitely looks like the actor to me. Good use of markers as well, they're so damn hard to work productively with! :shakefist:
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eversordeus Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
I'm so amazed at what some people can do with Prismas. Or just... markers in general. This is really neat, because it DOES really look like James Marsters, but he's almost... cel-shaded. It's a really neat effect.
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ren52 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005  Professional Artist
The resemblance is terrific! When I first saw this I knew immediately who it was and I've never even watched Buffy. Absolutely stunning job. I laughed and thought to myself "Brianne must have PEED."
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dixey Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005   Traditional Artist
I was the same with your Bono picture :D Not someone I paid much attention to, but a good enough resemblence that it definitely triggered him for me anyway :P
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bloody-widow Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
i knew it was spike from the first sight heheh really good work and great choice ^^
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hybrid-acid Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
hooo-wee. He's looking hot here. Kick ass job with the markers!!!
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zombiehunter Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
wow, this is like, halfway between realistic and your style, it's pretty cool. It's impressive how much you can do with markers.
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NCWeber Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool picture. Never could get into the whole Buffy mythos. Ah well.
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Rapsody Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
Spike!!! :D Marvelous! He's the one reason I miss watching Buffy/Angel... I need to go buy some DVD seasons. I still think they should give him his own show and like let the other do cameos LOL Like "Joey" but "Spike" and that's better I think. ;)
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alienarose Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005   Digital Artist
Wow, he came out awesome! The way you did the skin...wow! I love it when artists can be so skilled in so many different styles. Great work!
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