[identity profile] feliciacraft.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] buffyversetop5
There were so many amazing fanworks in 2016 that I wish I'd taken better notes! Off the top of my head, I give you five fantastic pieces of artwork from five artists:

Artwork: Mr. Trick
By [livejournal.com profile] chasingdemons
The hardest part was picking only one image by the amazing Danna. But! I don't think I've ever seen another artwork of Mr. Trick! I couldn't be happier seeing this fashionable, retro glamor shot of Mr. Trick, a minor yet memorable BtVS demon. (Who alone, as a bonus, commented on the unnatural lack of POC in this supposedly SoCal town. Joss, was that your conscience speaking?) Anyway, this artwork is just gorgeous! (Also, whatever skincare regimen Mr. Trick's using to get that glowing-from-within look, I want it.) ;)

Artwork: Too Cool for Cats
By [livejournal.com profile] rbfvid
Restfield is clearly a cat person, and this image of Spike with a cute kitten makes me squee so hard! There's something very James Dean about Spike's look, softened by the tiny fluffball on his shoulder making eye contact with the viewer (breaking the fourth wall?). I could say something about the moody atmosphere with chiaroscuro lighting to impress you with my words, or I could just point you to the image link (see above) so that you can be impressed by Restfield's artwork. :)

Artwork: "Always On My Mind"
By [livejournal.com profile] teragramm
Browsing teragramm's collection of icons and banners makes me feel like a kid in a candy store every time. (See my icon which she even personalized for me.) I especially love this piece on my favourite couple she did for [livejournal.com profile] seasonal_spuffy, "Always On My Mind". A perfect use of ambiguity: who's always on whose mind? Also, I love artworks based on the comics, where our beloved Buffyverse characters are still fighting the good fight. (From the provided link, enjoy admiring her other creations while scrolling to the bottom of the post for this piece.)

Artwork: Song of Spike
By [livejournal.com profile] comlodge
Another prolific artist with a gorgeous portfolio of artwork, Janice has done beautiful character studies of many Buffyverse characters. I particularly like this collage, which features Spike and his shiny leather coat in the foreground, and moments from his years both as a human and as a vampire like memories floating in the background. Lines from the poem "I Made My Song A Coat" by Yeats are also weaved into the image. The history of his trophy coat makes this not just a pretty image, but interesting commentary as well. (If anyone needed inspiration for a meta post, you're welcome.) ;)

Video: Giles Is So Worried
By [livejournal.com profile] double_dutchess
Ending this list on a humourous note — Giles being so serious, set to Terry Jones's over-the-top vocal in the Monty Python song, "I'm So Worried" is absolute perfection! I felt so sorry for Giles watching this montage, but I couldn't stop chuckling (which quickly turned into full-on laugh out loud). And it was so good I had to watch it again! Try to keep a straight face while watching it. I bet you all the luggage in Heathrow that you won't be able to. :)

Date: 2017-01-07 08:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petzipellepingo.livejournal.com
Excellent choices! Thanks for posting.

Date: 2017-01-07 09:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sueworld2003.livejournal.com
A wonderful selection. Thank god this fandom still has so many talented artists in it.

Date: 2017-01-07 10:32 am (UTC)
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Date: 2017-01-07 11:25 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] teragramm.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for the shout out! I'm flattered to be in the company of such wonderful artists and for my banner to be mentioned with such wonderful works.

Date: 2017-01-07 05:29 pm (UTC)
shapinglight: (northern lights)
From: [personal profile] shapinglight
Thank you for the links. I'd seen them all before, I think, but distressingly, failed to leave f/b on that wonderful Giles vid. Have done so now.

Date: 2017-01-07 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chasingdemons.livejournal.com
Thanks so much Felicia for highlighting my work!! I'm really pleased with how this one came out, and I'm so glad you like it too.

As for the skincare, ahhhh if only we could Photoshop ourselves. I would be several pounds thinner with perfect skin and hair! But alas.

Again, I appreciate the recognition, and more importantly, the opportunity to shine a light on the artists in our fandom!

Date: 2017-01-07 07:55 pm (UTC)
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (ScoobyXmasTop5-eyesthatslay)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
I love your descriptions of the works :) Also, I was shocked to realize we apparently never had a Mr. Trick centered work recced here before because there was no character tag!

Date: 2017-01-07 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freecat15.livejournal.com
Great choices! I knew them all (apart from comlodge's, which I somehow missed last year), and they all deserved the shout out so much! Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful art works!

Date: 2017-01-08 02:18 am (UTC)
double_dutchess: (Spike+kitten)
From: [personal profile] double_dutchess
Thank you very much for including something of mine in this list of awesome artworks. I love all your picks, but of course nothing beats Spike with a kitten! (Though Mr Trick comes close.)

Date: 2017-01-08 08:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
Thank you for the rec (and for the review =))

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