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Art for Unithien_rerith!

Title: A Tale of Two Talias
Gift for: unithien_rerith
Artist: alias_sqbr
Rating:: G
Fandom: Babylon 5
Characters: Talia Winters
Warnings: None
Artist notes: I used a bunch of different photo references but forgot to save links for the ones I didn't screencap myself. I found myself cursing Andrea Thompson's subtle, difficult to capture facial expressions!

Summary: Talia faces herself, pre and post the activation of the sleeper personality in in "Divided Loyalties". The background is a kaleidoscope similar to that used by the agent Control (who was the sleeper) consisting of stylised images of Bester, Ivanova, Talia, and the Babylon 5 and Psi Corps logos.


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alias_sqbr
Jan. 5th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
Thanks! I think I'm going to have to use kaleidoscopes in art again, it's certainly an interesting effect.
nightambre
Dec. 27th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
Oh wow, this is awesome. I'm digging the background. On top of it's similarities taht you pointed out, I like how I got a 'shattered' feel from it as well. Fitting!
alias_sqbr
Jan. 4th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
The control kaleidoscope always felt kind of creepy to me which is why I used it, but the shattered glass aspect didn't occur to me. Let's say it was intended subconsciously :D Thanks.
thistle_chaser
Dec. 27th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
Love the expressions, but I especially love the way you colored her hair!
alias_sqbr
Jan. 5th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad someone appreciates it after the all the pain I went through to stop it looking as crap as it did when I started :)
isiscolo
Dec. 27th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
The background is amazing!
alias_sqbr
Jan. 5th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
Thanks!
dramedy
Dec. 27th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
what an interesting idea. I don't know the fandom well enough to appreciate it fully, I think, but it looks cool.
alias_sqbr
Jan. 5th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's good to know it works even out of context.
linear_flower
Dec. 27th, 2009 07:37 am (UTC)
Gah the background! I love it!
alias_sqbr
Jan. 5th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
Thankyou ^_^
leyna55
Dec. 27th, 2009 07:51 am (UTC)
This is striking. I like her different expressions - her sleeper personality is so very smug, and I feel sorry for poor pre-activation Talia. I like the way sleeperTalia is starting to push into surfaceTalia's side.
alias_sqbr
Jan. 5th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Thanks! Also, I didn't do it on purpose but I think sleeper Talia is eeeever so slightly taller :)
gardendoor
Dec. 27th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
What a great idea! The smirk really sells it, and I love the anguished look on the real Talia's face.
alias_sqbr
Jan. 5th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
Thanks! I had to amp up the actors sad expression a bit since the way she "looks sad" is to just stare at the ground :)
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longleggedgit
Dec. 28th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
This is really cool! I love the background, wow. There's so much to look at.
alias_sqbr
Jan. 5th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
Thanks!
kaiserkuchen
Dec. 28th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
I have no idea about the fandom, but I sure love how you drew the expressions on each Talia! The smirky face on the right one! And the tripping balls background kind of fits, which I wouldn't expected at first. AWESOME :DD
alias_sqbr
Jan. 5th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
When she changes into the sleeper personality she is So Smug, that expression is based off a screencap of her being all mean to Talia's sort-of girlfriend (It is very sad)

Yeah I wasn't sure the background would work since it's such a different style. Thanks!
unithien_rerith
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. God. I think I love you a little bit. "Divided Loyalties" is one of my favorite episodes in the whole series, and you took Talia's inner world in a fantastic direction.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to be over here for a few days, staring at that background :D
alias_sqbr
Jan. 5th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
Yay! I am so glad you liked it. (I can't even remember your prompt now, so I don't know how much of me getting something you liked was luck :))

Don't let it mess with your head! :D
chrismm
Dec. 31st, 2009 06:19 am (UTC)
That kaleidoscope background is just amazing. And even without knowing the story--the faces and the poses, just so evocative.
alias_sqbr
Jan. 5th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Thankyou! I'm really glad people who don't know the canon can appreciate it. Though Babylon 5 is awesome and everyone should watch it :)
ani_bester
Jan. 1st, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Oh god I loved this. I loved Talia and her departure shocked me. It was one of the more IMHO interesting write offs of any character.
You did a great job with the theme of her divided personality. The whole background is amazing, just amazing. Every time I look at it a see something new. This is fantastic!
alias_sqbr
Jan. 5th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
Yes, that episode really got to me, clearly my brain has been mulling it since then since the image came to me very intensely. And thanks!
red_eft
Jan. 2nd, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
I know only a little about the fandom, but I can definitely get a real sense of *story* here. I really love the smirk of the one on the right.
alias_sqbr
Jan. 5th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
Thankyou! And I'm glad the story came across. I think the actor deserves some of the credit for the smirk though, she does them very well :)
glockgal
Jan. 3rd, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Wow so much thought and consideration of the canon and the character has been put into this, it's fantastic. Love seeing characters 'face-off' with their counterparts in whatever incarnation and this is really compelling. She is very pretty! *thumbs up*
alias_sqbr
Jan. 5th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
Thankyou! I think I've been pondering it since I first saw the episode years ago, I kept thinking "What was it like in her head in that moment?"
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