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Giftart for Leyna55!

Title: Another Illyria
Gift for: leyna55
Artist: mawaridi
Rating:: G
Fandom: Angel the Series
Characters: Wesley, Illyria...uh...it's complicated.
Warnings: None
Artist notes: This was my first attempt at watercolour in a long time! I don't know how successful I was, but it was fun. The original is REALLY BIG so this is a photograph rather than a scan, hence the funny shadows in the top right corner.
Summary: Dear leyna55, I saw that Wesley was your favourite character from Angel and that you also like Illyria and AUs. The thought of combining these things got me thinking: "what if Wesley had been the one to open Illyria's sarcophagus instead of Fred?"


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inknose
Dec. 19th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
ohhh my god - what an awesome idea! I never would have thought of that. Your watercolor style is awesome, I love the natural brushstroke-y look - and you definitely captured what Wesley looks like, or... what he would look like if he were Illyrified :P
but oh man, can you imagine Wes running around in that sexy body armor...? XD
brille
Dec. 19th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
Gosh, this is purty! I don't know who the character is but I love the colours and expressiveness in the brushwork, and the subtle shading on the face.
reflectedeve
Dec. 19th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
This is really lovely (if creepy) work. I love the watercolors so much . . . the shading's beautiul and detailed, and I'm impressed with the effects you've managed on his outfit. The likeness is great, but his expression is so intense and arresting - you've really pulled off the concept.
nextian
Dec. 19th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
This is gorgeous. I think the medium makes it look more convincing than the show's makeup and I love that Wesley's character kind of shines through...
isiscolo
Dec. 19th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
I totally echo brille's comment above. Don't know the fandom, don't know the character, but the colors and brushwork and facial expression are all WOW.
linear_flower
Dec. 19th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
This is gorgeous! I love watercolors.
loonylupinlover
Dec. 19th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Oh goodness I love this! Wes, Illyria and Fred were an amazing combination and this is an awesome idea. That would have been almost even angstier than what really happened... mmm. Now I want the fic for this! ;) Love the watercolors, his delightful Britishness still shining through, and the blue in the background. Great job!
leyna55
Dec. 19th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Dear Mystery Artist. Wheee! Thank you! First, Brilliant idea! I love the concept: it makes such an intriguing AU.

Great likeness. I love his expression. It is subtle and full of emotion - there is fascination, there, and a touch of amusement maybe? His eyes are gorgeous. His glasses look really great, too (and I like the fact that Illyria has kept them. It adds an extra layer of mystery to the portrait, which I adore).

Your watercolour technique is lovely. The colours are really striking and I like the texture of his armour, and the sweeping paintbrush strokes of his hair.
xenakis_
Dec. 20th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
Oh! This is excellent! I love the eyes very, very much, and the watercolour work of the clothes. And the whole concept is WIN. Nicely done!
atreic
Dec. 20th, 2009 09:33 am (UTC)
That's awesome! :-)
chen_san
Dec. 20th, 2009 09:48 am (UTC)
Wow, this is awesome! Your style is great and the colours are gorgeous!
lady_ganesh
Dec. 20th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's clever and beautifully done!
ani_bester
Dec. 20th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
DEAR GOD! The watercolor techniques! I love this! I love this so so so so much!I love the combination of dry and wet techniques and the whole look of this, it's just fan-freaking-tastic!
kittehkat
Dec. 20th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
Lovely colors! The blue is really bright and brilliant.
longleggedgit
Dec. 20th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
This is really beautiful! I love the way you used the blue in this piece, and the eyes are just stunning.
dramedy
Dec. 20th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
:-D :-D :-D I love it! what a brilliant idea. WEs is so pretty and sexy as illyria. zomg brilliant.
kaiserkuchen
Dec. 21st, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
This is a really great AU idea, and I love the way you showed the versatility of watercolor in the way you colored this picture. The brushstrokes for his hair, the way you did the costume, but also just the way you colored his skin and make-up looks lovely ♥
chrismm
Dec. 21st, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
This is so gorgeous, the colors, and the concept, and the hints of Wesley shining through Illyria.
demoerin
Dec. 21st, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, I'm just D: D: D: over the idea. It's an excellent concept and, like most everything to do with Wesley, so terribly depressing.
bossymarmalade
Dec. 23rd, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
What a neat idea! I like the austerity you've given Wesley, all the frosty blues that extend into his manner -- but still that vulnerability and haunted look in his eyes. Wonderful!
leochi
Dec. 23rd, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Oooh, watercolours! They are my absolutely favourite medium and I love the way you've used them here!

Lovely blues and reds! :)))
bentley
Dec. 30th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
this is so amazing! i love the concept, the way wesley looks like wesley but you can see illyria in his eyes and expression, not just the blue colouring. i love your style as a whole! oh, this is a fabulous, fabulous piece.
sainfoin_fields
Dec. 30th, 2009 11:05 am (UTC)
What a cool idea! And nicely executed too.
glockgal
Jan. 3rd, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
I don't even know where to start with hos awesome this is. I LOVE YOUR WATERCOLOURS. Love your application of dry brush, it adds so much depth and life and gorgeousness to the painting, particularly in the clever shadow details of his neck and eyes and ears. Love how he still has that distinct uptight Wesley persona, but it's skewed by the alienness that is Illyria. His hair particularly gives me great joy. Please once the reveals are up, I'd love to know your technique!!
dualbunny
Jan. 4th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
This is just *amazing*, hee. I love that you had this idea in the first place, and I'm even more impressed with your technique! Fantastic coloring, and such a wonderful portrayal of Wesley under all that blue. :D
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