Wednesday, March 29, 2006

River & Mal, sharing a common bond of suffering. 2 people x 2 suffering, in 2 frames of 2 paired scenes. THIS IS NOT A SHIP! Pardon the yelling, but the point should not be overlooked. :) I don't do ships with River. This one is for FollowMal.



Wednesday, March 29, 2006 6:23 PM


You realized what we talked about perfectly, Asarian. My goodness this took my breath away. The pain they are both feeling is almost too much to bear!

They are tied with pain and agony..amazing work!

Thank you so much, my friend.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 6:31 PM


Oh, RB. You are River's Boy, but I'm Mal's Gal and his expression in the bottom frame rips my heart out. I want to leap into my monitor and comfort them both! This is a very powerful piece. When you described the general concept I had no idea that the final product would be so striking. It literally brought tears to my eyes. I love that you included Mal's line, because that is such a touching moment in the BDM. Thanks for posting this.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 6:38 PM


Amazing! Just Amazing

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 6:49 PM


'Compelling' sums this one up, I think. You don't want to see their pain, but your eyes are drawn to them all the same.
Some potent imagery there, my friend.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 11:51 PM


Very very nice.
As always.
Good insight with the juxtaposition of Mal and River, the two villains - perfect with the quote.

Thursday, March 30, 2006 2:00 AM


ah ha! this is the serious project you were working on ;p

it's excellent, and quite striking. good composition, good color choices, and of course I love the juxtaposition of both Mal and River suffering there. wow, very shiny. you never cease to suprise me :)

Thursday, March 30, 2006 5:31 AM


You've really captured what bonds Mal and River. They've both seen so much and are passing through it with Serenity.


Thursday, March 30, 2006 7:57 AM


This is so beautiful and perfect!
It just made me want to cry. They're both in so much pain.
You captured thier conection perfectly.

Thank you.

Friday, July 28, 2006 1:36 PM


Oh, nice parallel you've made here between them. I love their relationship, especially post-movie. I just think they have a great basis of understanding between them.


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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.

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in the same vein as piratenews has been posting.

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