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Buffy & Willow in Wonderland Artwork

Firstly: A joyous Easter to all my friends who celebrate the holiday!

As I don't have any easter rabbits lying about, here's a decidedly different sort of bunny. My Mono+Text icon for Round 8 of btvsats20in20 started as a banner when I had intended to go with an overall "Buffyverse in Wonderland" theme for my Wiffy set. Several variations, actually, but this one is my favorite, dedicated to the lovely velvetwhip, kikimay, snogged, and to all the Alice in Wonderland and/or Wiffy fans in the house:

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[Curiouser and curiouser.....]

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Prophecy Girls in Wonderland, Season1, (2015)
Original White Rabbit Illustration by Sir John Tenniel for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1865


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Prophecy Girls in Wonderland, Season5 (2015)
Original Alice in Wonderland Artwork by Harry Roundtree, 1928

All artwork by your's truly; do not steal, hotlink or post on fanpop or other archives.


Please don't forget to cast your votes in Round 8 of btvsats20in20 for Themes, Category Sets and Artist's Choice Sets, then sign up to join the fun in Round 9.  And for heaven's sake if you haven't visited the artists' individual journals to check out the sets in their original context and give feedback, please do so. Awards are great but feedback is coin of the realm; and the icons often look very different in their original sets than when they're sitting cheek to jowl with the work of other artists (and vice-versa).

If you have done any or all of the above, thank you!

OH MY GOD!!!! I love these!!!!!! Especially the second one where the lettering looks almost gilded. Brilliant work! Bravissima!


Gabrielle
I knew you'd appreciate these my dear - but it's always lovely to know for certainty, thank you! And thank you always always for all your support, feedback, ideas - you're nothing short of amazing.

I'm super-happy with that "gilded copper" effect in that second one - and to be honest it was a series of happy accidents and experiments that achieved that (the original illustration was black on white of course.)

I'm having such fun turning the spotlight on Buffy and Willow friendship! I love how in the S1 illustration they look so young and tentative, then in the S5 one they're very womanly and confident. That's their arc in my head, in a nutshell - growing into and claiming their power side by side.
Very nice! I don't always like writing on faces, but I love the 1st banner the writing works nicely.
Thank you!! I'm so glad you like that.

I generally don't like writing on faces either and usually try pretty hard to not obscure or cover faces in my icons or banners except for a purpose. (I'm experimenting carefully in that regard, baby steps and all. I generally HATE covering faces in icons especially and will forgo text rather than cover a face.)

In this case I was actually trying to obscure the difference in quality/definition between the images of Buffy and Willow - not so noticeable on the icon versions but very much so in banners. (The image of Willow came from the now-defunct Broken Screencaps. I would have saved every one of their buffyverse images had I known the site was going down. *sobs*)

I was just thinking of you not five minutes ago, btw, how nifty is that? (i must've had my mind-reading turban on and didn't know it.)
Thank you for including me and also SO BEAUTIFUL! *_________________*

I ADORE THESE TWO. I really do. Please, more of these Wonderland beautifulness

(For real, the coloring is so warm and soft. I love the rabbit in the first one and the little girl in the second one, but maybe the rabbit is better because IT'S SO PERFECT and kinda scary too which was the whole point of Alice in Wonderland: growing up is scaring. And in the first one there are younger Willow and Buffy - S1 when they fell into the rabbit hole and just ask me how perfect I think it is that - and I love the blue and green in the second one because it gets more psychedelic which is perfect and ALYSON AND SARAH HAVE PERFECT FACES. SEND HELP. THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL)

I'm blushing like a rose, truly! So pleased you like these - and yes, more are on the way!

Obviously the illustrations I chose have very different qualities - Tenniel's original's are strange and surreal and almost primitive; Roundtree's are more "polished" and whimsical, not the least bit frightening. There was a period when AIW was being treated as a "children's book"; more modern illustrators have returned to the frightening roots of the original. But that's appropriate here to the age of Buffy and Willow in each one, I think, more experienced, more confident and less frightened as they get older. (I'm being exactly true to canon because S5 was pretty damn frightening - Joyce dead, Tara and Dawn attacked by a god, Buffy falling into despair, etc.)

the whole point of Alice in Wonderland: growing up is scaring

Yes, exactly. Life is scary and there is no roadmap or instruction book to follow. (Ir's appropriate that Buffy hears about a Slayer handbook from Kendra but never actually receives one. WHY Giles doesn't give her one if there is such a thing, even if she chucks it aside, I have no idea. Again, irony - S5 is about Buffy realizing that there are gaps in her knowledge, that she wants to learn more. This would have been the perfect time for Giles to produce a handbook, or Watcher/Slayer diaries, but aside from meditation exercises and the dream quest, he doesn't have anything to offer her. Is it that there isn't anything else he can give her, or that he won't?)

I love the blue and green in the second one because it gets more psychedelic

Thank you, but that's actually from a texture by Starwalk Designs that I got from comlodge. I was trying to cover the join between the photos of Sarah and Aly and how the color of each one differed slightly in that gap, which was really obvious in the monochromatic versions. Textures hide a multitude of sins.

ALYSON AND SARAH HAVE PERFECT FACES. SEND HELP. THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL

Don't look at me for help, I fully intend to feed your addiction because it's my addiction too. *LOL*

Yes, exactly. Life is scary and there is no roadmap or instruction book to follow. (Ir's appropriate that Buffy hears about a Slayer handbook from Kendra but never actually receives one. WHY Giles doesn't give her one if there is such a thing, even if she chucks it aside, I have no idea. Again, irony - S5 is about Buffy realizing that there are gaps in her knowledge, that she wants to learn more. This would have been the perfect time for Giles to produce a handbook, or Watcher/Slayer diaries, but aside from meditation exercises and the dream quest, he doesn't have anything to offer her. Is it that there isn't anything else he can give her, or that he won't?)


I forgot about the handbook! And I think the writers did too, but I guess I don't blame them since I think that was something to show how organized and methodic was Kendra, opposed to Buffy. Plus I love the fact that, as you say, there's no guide and Buffy has to figure it out alone. (And that's the scariest thing. I really wish there was a handbook on "How to Life", I could use that right now)

Oh okay, the texture is really beautiful! I love it! Hope you keep using it in other works, if you can.


Don't look at me for help, I fully intend to feed your addiction because it's my addiction too. *LOL*


This will lead me to share more SMG and AH pictures on Tumblr! :D