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SPIKE - 10th Anniversary 2005-2015 by oomizuao SPIKE - 10th Anniversary 2005-2015 by oomizuao
Today (tonight) I re-discovered what I still assume is the first drawing I ever did of Spike as a wolf, and wanted to compare it to my most recent drawing of him just for fun. It was quite mind-blowing for me to see the difference, and noticing the signature on the first one, I quickly found out it's been 10 years this year since I drew him the first time...! The "SPIKE" story was one I had lurking in my head for some time prior to 2005 too, but it's the 2005 version that I acknowledge as the true version of the story, as I had used fan-characters up until then to help portray the story, and this design of Spike along with my descition to draw my very own characters and designs was a very revolutionary point in my artistic life so far.
The drawing on the right is actually from 2014, so this comparison shows 9 years of personal artistic evolution, and to me it's actually very motivating and inspiring to see this comparison of my own drawings, both marking very historical events for me personally, so it fits perfectly that this year is my "SPIKE" story's official 10-year anniversary.
I am happy to say my excitement for working on this story is equally strong in 2015 as it was back in 2005.. The "SPIKE" story has changed direction from almost becoming a fan-service novel, to returning to its original roots and where Chapter 15 left off, and it's so far looking better than ever. I am still working on it, writing a lot of new material, events within the story seem to string together very neatly, and I am genuinely looking forward to I have enough knowledge of the story as a whole to sit down and write the whole book, probably all at one within a short period of time when that time comes. So I'm basically doing what I've said I do every year, planning and doing the necessary preparations, only this time I am totally honest when I say I know the story is heading in the right direction now, and I hope it'll be an equally exciting read for you all when it's done, as it has been for me to write it :)

As always, thank you, all of you, for all your amazing love and support.
You guys are the best fans and readers I could ever have wished for :glomp: :thanks:

I am determined to make 2015 a great year, with my personal quote of the year being "new hope, new beginnings".  I hope 2015 will be a great year for all of you as well, and happy 10th "SPIKE" anniversary, everyone! :hug:  :dance:

art, characters and story by: Elise Marie Syvertsen /
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deadhitwolf Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  New Deviant
Happy anniversary man
TinyBouncer Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017
ToxicRavenLover Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WelshCrevans Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
Seriously though... when are you gonna get Spike published? Spike and Sam are probably my two favourite fictional characters ever, and I'm not gonna keep rereading the first 15 chapters forever.
Alice1236 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Student General Artist
When will Spike comes back from war
EliseBearie Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
Husker når jeg så de små comic-strippene i Nemi! Elsket de, og ville se mer, men visste ikke om dA da. Men nå som jeg har funnet deg her,
så har jeg sett igjennom alle bildene og lest Spike over og over igjen. Og kommer nok lese det ferdige produktet om og om igjen, når du er ferdig
og har publisert det(hvis du skal og da?).

Men jeg elsker arbeidet ditt! Og navnet ditt Nah 
Og lykke til med alt, og unnskyld hvis det er litt kleint at jeg skrev på norsk ;-;
McGriffin54 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Im not a big furry fan, i just found your draws at this site, and my first impresson was that Sam and Spike have a lot of similarity with me and my best friend. So i begun to read this, and i have to say: its amazing. I just cant wait for continuance. Can i ask, that when will be published?
CorruptedRaina Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
were do ydou find this looks awesome :D
petr5525 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
YAY!!! I can't wait for it to be done!!! Happy 10th Anniversary for your story! I absolutely loved it...and I can't wait for it to actually come out, finished and published!
SweetheartedSadist Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
>w<  Congrats! It's such a marvelous story with such impact! I love it so much <3
KinmaBrightmoon Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015   General Artist
I love your art its awesome.
kayzeek Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Student Interface Designer
:D yay!!!!!!:happybounce: 
Fluffy112 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
Spike looks younger in your '05 pic....kinda like he aged with you and now he's not a 'puppy' anymore. Looks like your baby is growing up xD
Nikuwicca Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist

it's also 5 years since i first read the chapters from time flies....
I can't wait until the day i can finally read the whole story TT_TT

looking at this.....i realise how much i love this story...and the characters.....*srsly, im having warm fuzzies here*
it's been an amazing 5 years, following the progress of the story.....i wish you luck with the rest :)

you got a fan for life here 8D
EdwardBlackWolf Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
não sei por que o olhar me lembrou um personagem de um mangá de yaoi . . .
Ickalo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
yay :)
jaspertalfury Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Bravo, and well done. You have had the idea for a long time, and the constant development really shows in the depth of the work, which was originally already profound. Glad that you have moved the story back to how it was originally meant to be, don't let us fans sway you to our tune. You know Spike so much better than we do. As a fan, I hope it doesn't take too long. But, no pressure :) And good luck.
Reixma Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You can see the change in your style which gives an excellent view of how he as grown up. I'm looking forward to reading the book so please take your time! ^_^
luxord2654 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015   Digital Artist
Question, What are you going to do next after Spike is finished?
oomizuao Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Professional
Take a deep breath, and try not to cry.

It's a project that's been part of me and very close to heart for so long now, so when the day comes that the story is complete, and the day when I'm done with this project altogether.. I can imagine that's going to be really hard for me.
It won't be my last project though. Even though "SPIKE" is my biggest project so far, I have several others that's been put aside or on hold because of this project. I have 8 other stories/projects in my head and still counting (in addition to a few minor stories/projects), so I haven't run out of ideas just yet ;)  Just to name one, the "Cain and Frick" story is one I really, really want to work more on. My newest project revolves around my Plague Doctor character, which I'm actually really eager to get properly started on as I've visualized both the story and how I would draw it (as a graphic novel) should be already.  So, I've got multiple projects going on at once, but I try to focus the most on "SPIKE" so I'll finally get to finish it. At the same time, I think I more or less subcosciously don't want to finish it... I don't want it to end.. Before I even got started on writing it the first time, I'd envisioned the whole thing as an animated movie, or a graphic novel, and sometimes maybe just a novel, but now I'm seriously aching to do all three.. :p

Not sure if that even answered your question though.. ^^; But thank you for asking :hug:
GoldenDruid Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Woot woot!  Congrats!  10 years is a big milestone.
AkkermanFox Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
and you will continue to write a novel ? I read , I liked it a lot emotsiy.Ya would be very pleased to read on your wonderful novel.
Argiee Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so very excited for your SPIKE decade anniversary, and happy to hear that it's still strong in the running!  Best of wishes for you for the year :)
hisnameisdragon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Problably I am one the newsest ones seeing your proccess through the years, but eventhough I've been following you during almost 6 months, I can say that you are one of the most incredible artists I've ever seen :D (Big Grin) Your art is really something that takes your breath away, and every picture really leaves you speechless xDD I can't even deal with them sometimes ^^' 

Also, your drawing skill have improved a lot over the years, but I'm not saying that your art was bad before D: (it was really good though >:3) It's just that the difference is way impressive ^^ I like how every drawing that you update tells you the story from different perspectives, and how they can give you a good impression of the story. And the story ... Oh my goodness!! the story itself is art xD I love the amount of love, sadness, rage, confussion and loyalty scenes this unfinished story has :D (Big Grin) Also, I like that every all details are given and explain to you this tale. Not so much books can give you that and be good.

I want to add that, believe it or not, you became one of my inspirations to write my own story, because your comments, tips, points of view, sence of humor, have gave me good ideas to build the base of my tale. I consider myself as a mediocre storyteller, I think that's the reason xD

If I had the chance to read the whole SPIKE story, I would really like to read it in a physical edition. i don't care if I have to wait much more time, or if I need to pay separately more money D: I want the book in my hands xDD Maybe for me it could be more difficult because I'm from Chile, and it's not so easy to obtain foreign material like yours ;) (Wink)

Anyways :°
I want to end up this giving you a big THANK YOU for everything that you gave us. And I want you to know that you have a big admirer in CHILE :3 
Have a nice 10th anniversary <3 <3 <3
XeroSolace Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
While the art surely looks different, when you look in the eyes of Spike Shaffer in both versions, you can see the same story. I've probably read that same story about 3 or 4 times now, and each time I just get more and more excited to  someday read the final product. I am glad to see you're finally where you want to be with the novel, and I think everyone else is just as excited! So congrats on 10 years, and keep on being awesome! :D (Big Grin) 
motosapien Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BallisticNick Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just had to say that gif made my day. Also, likewise!
brechdaslicht Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Please, make this book happen as soon as possible! I just read the first 15 chapters a couple of months ago and I am so ready to buy this as soon as it comes out! Love Love 
AssemblerOfSouls Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Squee! excited happy So Excited Emote Excited thranduil Hanji Zoe (Excited) [V1]

Cannot contain excitement, can you tell? XD
Salocinist Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
Wooo! :D
BannanaPower Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
Happy 10th anniversary oomi :meow: ! I'm so delighted to hear that you're satisfied with the story and all so far, will be waiting patiently for your masterpiece to be completed and published! I also want to point out how beautiful and full of life your style ( and your creations in general ) are. Wishing you all the best!
GaiaMF Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Today is my birthday and this is a kind of good present x3!
Gatlix Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
Wow! 10 years already? Happy Anniversary!!
Can't belive I have watched it grow and evolve for 6 years :D
Best of luck :)
TenshiHarmonia Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
Party Happy 10th birthday Spike ! Party 
I hope you will keep on a thousand year more.
And I still hope he will finaly have a true happy ending.
Wish you good luck in all that you will undertake this year an in the future. ;) (Wink) 
flyingstorm01 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy 10th anniversary
lord-darken Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
Happy 10th anniversary!
Psychodragoncat Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If your book or comic is coming out any time soon, let me know cuz I really want a copy! :D 
TorisChrusade Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Holy damn. I feel old.
aur3nw0lf Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Spike's story is the best one on earth, thank you for writing it
Sabi-Arts Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow so much improvement OwO
CardinalCrayon Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Wow .D I had never realized it was so old thing.. I discovered your novel for like 2 years ago? Spike, yet a cruel tale, must be one of the most impressive texts I've ever read in dA. I honestly hope you finish and publish it someday! Happy anniversary!!
Sekrain Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy 10th anniversary Oomi!!!! Cause you made this and this has been 10 years of tons of emotions for everyone, even for the ones that join along the way
black-stray-wolf Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't wait to read the rest of the novel one day! Happy 10th anniversary!
Soulja-wolf Featured By Owner Edited Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
further on the days go by, I'm more eager to see the rest of the Novel so I hope everything stays that way and good luck with 2015. Happy 10th anniversary. c:
Ze1ex Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist
Happy 10th! I'm suppper ecstatic that your beginning, or prepairing to begin to write again, and I'm excited to see how it turns out.
(Plus the Chapter 15 Cliffhanger killed me x_x)
Foreigner227 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist
happy 10 to u i love your artwork cant wait to see more 
callyanncreates Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you want to write the story in one go, you could try doing your first draft for NaNoWriMo!
oomizuao Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Professional
I was preparing to attend NaNoWriMo in November last year, but life got in the way :p anyways, I really want to join NaNo someday, but I'm thinking that if I do, I'll have to write something else than "SPIKE", because "SPIKE" is a story that lately seems to have begun "writing itself" again, so I just need to take my time with it, write when the scenes are ready to be wriitten (which is actually happening really fast!), but I'm working on and off other projects at the same time to prevent myself from being to one-tracked on "SPIKE" 'cause I think that working on other ideas from time to time actually boosts my motivation to finish "SPIKE", allowing me to miss working on it and gain a new type of love for writing it again, which I feel I have now. :) I'm really excited about writing "SPIKE", as it feels like reading a book I've never read before - even though I'm the one writing it XD  it's become an exciting journey, to write that story, and it's taking unexptected turns and new pieces of the puzzle keeps emerging and the whole picture is coming together faster than ever, so I'm actually really excited to see it as a whole when the time comes that I've managed to assemble all the pieces.. :) :la:

But I'll definitely join NaNo sometimes with one of my other stories! :D
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