There are so many good things about this picture, I don't know where to start! I suppose I'll start with my favorite part of the deviation: the detail. The background has so much well-done detail. I really like it. And Bill's design is very accurate (then again, he is a simple character). I also really like the texture on the fire, and gradient. It makes the base of the fire brighter, and looks a lot better than a flatly colored flame. The only problem I have is that I can't read the text at the bottom of the page, but everything else is just perfect.
Ok, this is great, definitely the best of Bill. The cryptict designs are very nice,bill is detailed, and it really looks like its from the show. g d f g e e e srda dt dff f f s s s s s s d df f g g g g g g g g gg g g g g g g g g g g g g g g gndshgfdyfugyf djhh fdf d d d sd s s sa ds dgfvdf v vc vcb blah blah, I need words! f f f f f f bill is watching you...
Bill: And you think this is all that I'm capable of ? ( deep demonic voice ) This is just a small fraction of my powers and I can ensure you than I'll show it in it's full potential next time when we meet! ( normal voice ) O, and say hello from me to sparkling star, apple fruts, lighting rainbow, party balloons, shining gems and butterflies and I'LL BE WATCHING THEM AND YOOOUUUUUU !!!!! ( dissappears in flash of light ).
I felt like Bill Cipher was kind of downplayed in Dreamsaperers.... Like, he's been alluded to throughout the entire series, and yet he's treated like a "monster of the day" character, not unlike the gnomes, the wax figures, Rumble McSkirmish, the Summerween Trickster, etc.
The best part, though, was went he broke up the fight, showing that he could have easily won if he really wanted to, and gave a dark foreshadowing of what's to come for "Team Pines".
You take "illumination" to a whole new and quite eerie level with this astounding malevolent picture. Bill is amazing as he holds the fires, sparks shooting off from the intensity, though there's also a floral/dendriform feeling to these bursts as they join in with the major portion of the amazing amalgam of so many symbols and glyphs. Better yet, all of these are laid out and stretched around the creature to give a nice outline while also giving the impression of one gigantic maze with so many of the various forms left open in places (and closed off completely in others – like the show's mysteries). Sweet to see that you gave all the symbols Bill used to entrance the heroes in small but noticeable places of honor. (Can't identify them yet, even though I was positive at least one was on my huge alchemical symbols chart.)
Then the open space and flames below, with a few more items from the show thrown in (and maybe some words/ciphers other than the obvious – I have enough trouble with stylized text), with the blackness above the murderous licks of flame eagerly thrashing out to receive and immolate Bill's enemies. Yet they also have many of the books' symbols and some other bits of wisdom (and some thoughts of your own?). Question mark after the horrible message was a nice touch, even if I'm just reading way too much into its location.
Exceptional work, truly. Spectacular even.
Interesting, the term "carpet page" seems so appropriate here, then remember where they found the right door?