I am aware of that, yes, very much so the ears were deliberately placed there to sort of show that the skeleton-like shapeshifter (called Hatred) is slowly taking shape into Spike, the character to the left. Hence the title
I studied photos of smoke (as well as smoke from blown out candles) to get a better understanding of how smoke moves and acts, and where the highlights would be and such. So, sorry, but I don't know how to explain how I made it I'd just recommend studying it and then draw how you think it should look like
Well, Sis, you know how I feel about this already, so I hope you remember that 'cause I don't wanna repeat myself (unless you want me to write it out again )
Nah, honestly, this picture is beautiful with the smoky Hatred emerging from Spike (or Spike escaping from him) and both heading towards light/darkness. Hatred looks very creepy with his wide grin, and I adore the lighting on Spike's hair and his eye
I can't get over how gorgeous the smoke trails are though. Very creepy but beautiful drawing! Awesome work!