Era/season: s7, Touched
I heard that making art with your hands is supposed to be a grounding activity, so I've been playing with a watercolor kit and also an ink pen and a delightful metallic marker. Can confirm, doodling stars all over this thing was incredibly relaxing.
The symbols on Buffy are (or are based on) traditional Latvian sun signs, and the ones on Spike - Latvian moon signs. I made some of them rounder and generally riffed on the examples I found, in part because the original patterns are generally meant for yarn arts, so there were a lot more tiny squares and straight lines than I wanted.
In Latvian folklore, the Moon is a guy and watches over warriors (and people who travel at night), so I feel like he fits Spike pretty well -- although I am sure that Spike could rock the duties of any moon goddess in a pinch.
I overestimated my ability to draw two things: sun signs and Spuffy noses. A major distinguishing feature of the Latvian sun symbols is supposedly symmetry; RIP. What I didn't overestimate was my ability to draw faces... and I couldn't be bothered to attempt recognizable bodies either, so I traced the contours of Spuffy from a screencap. Due to blind luck, I didn't poke a hole in my computer monitor despite doing this with a pencil and a thin sheet of paper directly on the screen. Would not recommend trying at home.
Then it bothered me that the noses didn't look spuffy, so I tried adding the faces from the screencap.
I prefer the faceless version, but I'm including this one too because I feel like the faces add to the Klimt vibe that I was going for.
Finally, I must include a gif to show off the shineyness.
I used a screencap from kissthemgoodbye.net.
The title is a quote from the_wiggins' lovely story "A Guy Can Dream".
I don't think anyone owns the sun and moon signs, but here's a couple of the reference pages that I used, in case someone is curious. :)
I have something else to post, but I'm leaving that for tomorrow. :)