"Time to wake up!"
Thursday, July 27, 2006

I'm becoming increasingly aware of the subtle, but important link between Mal and River. Sure, Simon rescued her. Very heroesque, for certain. But Mal gave her a home. He had no reason to, and had a perfect way out even; but he did not take it. Instead, he has always protected her. In many ways, Mal has been equally instrumental to River's healing as Simon. That's what this very simple work is about. It shows Mal and River. The basis is the "I'm alright" scene of the BDM, where River, after things got much. much worse, reaches a turning point, and finally starts her healing. It has Mal in it too, in the "They won't see this coming" scene, with our BDH bading in an almost Angelic light. I took a quote from Evanescence this time (lol, my turn to join the line of Evanescence quoters): "But through my tears breaks a blinding light, birthing a dawn to this endless night," signifying the beginning of the end of River's suffering. Dedicated to my dear friend, FollowMal.



Thursday, July 27, 2006 7:36 AM


Sorry for the repost. Fixed a few transparency errors, and removed the blue lightsource from the lower right corner: the "blinding light" is supposed to come from above (symbolically, and as she's looking up to Mal).

Thursday, July 27, 2006 7:40 AM


Very nice!

Thursday, July 27, 2006 8:47 AM


Evanescence are a great band! The pictures of Mal and River are well arranged. Great choice of lyrics too. Good job Asarian!


Thursday, July 27, 2006 10:49 AM


Oh, lovely RB!
Happy to see you're back.

Thursday, July 27, 2006 1:06 PM


So lovely! Thank you!
Also just so you know I miss the hell of you!

Thursday, July 27, 2006 2:43 PM


Hey, you posted my pic again!

As before it's lovely Asarian.

Mal and River.. tied to each other in a unique way.

Friday, July 28, 2006 2:33 AM


I love this one. I like how the light shines on River.

Friday, July 28, 2006 9:22 PM


Brilliant stuff here, asarian! Definitely emphasizes the link - platonic, parental/offspring, or something more - between Mal and River:D



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"He takes so much looking after."
The title really says it all. This is River, deeply happy for her brother and the way things turned out. This is "I'm all right." at its finest hour.

N.B. A improved redo of an earlier work. I removed the text balloon, and significantly cleaned up the 'embrace' scene and various other small changes and fixes.

P.S. Right-click and 'save' to get the original-size image.

Going Dark
"Going Dark" tells the story of Kaylee getting shot. Like an eclipsed sun, there's Dobson's bullet, frozem in mid air, as 'seen' by Kaylee, who walks into the cargo bay at the wrong time. I accentuated Kaylee's stomach wound, but it's the only graphic element in the entire image. In fact, most everything else is purposely opposite to bad stuff; it's all dream-like, sweet, with pretty flowers, butterflies, and even one of River's pink elephants shows up for the occasion (from the unshot episode 'Dead or Alive'). No nightmares for Kaylee, no bad conscience visiting upon her, no worries even: you just gotta have faith in people, yourself included. (Extended Commentary below)

A Hot Summer Night
in the same vein as piratenews has been posting.

Twilight Fancies
Kaylee, half passed out, drifting in and out to a faerie-like dream land. It's a bit different. And it's a bit shippy (but in an unsullied way: just some harmless swooning on the part of our fav' mechanic). Not an overly complex image. But I played a lot with the lighting, and I'm now fair content with the the dream-state like properties it's breathing. After all these years, it really does get harder creating new and undone themes. All-in-all, I set out what I wanted to do.

The Firefly / Mass Effect Comic!
A while back, playing Mass Effect, I suddenly got this hilarious idea for a Mass Effect comic, based on Firefly! :) So, I proudly present to you The Firefly / Mass Effect Comic! It's basically Mass Effect pictures with Firefly text! Of course, to get the full experience, you gots to be familiar with Mass Effect. See below for all episodes.

"Dear and fluffy Lord," The Interview
After the BSR went down, last year, I also lost my very first fanvid. I'm still liking it, though; so, here it's back (Extended Commentary below).

RESTORATION PROJECT, Item Nr. 5 -- "Time to wake up!"
This was originally a very simple image. Still is. :) But right after first posting it, I suddenly realized I could do something else with it: I could overlay a silhouette of "River looking at Mal", from the end of the BDM, at the near exact edge of where her hairline meets her face. See for the idea. Also, the purple title above the middle text (Evanescence) had thrown the image off-balance a bit. So, to restore equilibrium, I added a faint purple text underneath, saying "I love my Captain." All non-shippy, of course (more like the hero worship we talked about earlier today). Original Text below.

RESTORATION PROJECT, Item Nr. 4 -- "Noah's Ark is a problem."
In the ongoing spirit of "If you can't do something artistic, redo something artistic," I redid this River piece. Made around the same time of "I can win this!", the blending was not perfect yet. I especially had to redo the blending on the front of her dress, which was way too transparent near the edge. I didn't have the original layered version any more, so I had grab a new still and figure out what scaling factor I had initually used. But it's really much better now, IMHO. (Original Text below)

RESTORATION PROJECT, Item Nr. 3 -- "I can win this!"
One of my earliest works; from my "Now I'm learning about blending." phase. :) It was our very own PhoenixRose who, soon thereafter, taught me various shiny blending/blurring techniques, I significantly cleaned up the marble, as well as the background that had all manner of background noise in the black: great for Out of Gas, but for art, not so much. :) (Original Text below)

RESTORATION PROJECT, Item Nr. 2 -- "I didn't think you'd come for me."
Most like my second best work. :) Apart from rounding up the usual suspects, such as transparency errors, this picture differs from the one I originally posted at, in that I edited out Simon's hand on the elevator door, and smoothed out the area where the window post and the River-in-elevator-shaft meet. (Original Text below)