Title: We must unlearn the constellations to see the stars
Fandom: Justice League & Justice League Unlimited (Cartoons)
Pairing: Shayera Hol/John Stewart
Categories: Fluffy, Romance, Friendship.
Medium: Art - Digital
Warnings: No warning apply.

Author Website: Themisto
(on AO3)


Summary: Post-battle rest. [original summary] Part of the Rare Pair Fest 2015 Exchange.

Review: First I need to say how much I love Justice League and how I rooted for Shayera and John to get together. With that disclaimer, I can add that the artist’s style is amazing and totally captures the essence of their relationship. For anyone that watched Justice League, what makes John and Shayera good is that their romantic relationship develops as they fight to protect humans and defeat the villain of the week - it’s usually in the aftermath of a battle that they share companionship moments.

The picture illustrates just that, the two levels show their emotions and frame those little scenes we see in the show, adding a lovely pairing - first we see them in rest after the battle, then we see the sweet kiss. I really like the view from behind of them and the context of where they are, and I love even more their expressions in the first part.

Props for the gentle coloring and the style, so close to the canonical one.


We must unlearn the constellations to see the stars

Card Captor Sakura by hart-coco [ART]

  • Aug. 23rd, 2015 at 11:58 PM
Title: Card Captor Sakura
Fandom: Card Captor Sakura
Characters: Sakura, Kero, Yue.
Categories: Creature/Wing, Friendship
Medium: Art
Warnings: No warnings apply.

Author Website: hart-coco(Deviantart) | hart-coco (Art Tumblr) | hart-coco(society6)

Summary:Card Captor Sakura will be my favourite childhood series forever. Great memories! [original summary]

Review: This art blew my mind! It’s incredibly shiny and pretty and I absolutely love the expression on their faces. Sakura is full of innocence in her smile and the intensity in both Yue and Kero is amazing. Another thing that is amazing is how the levels work in the picture, coming from Yue, then to Sakura and lastly to Kero.

There are other detail worth mentioning: Sakura and Yue holding hands, the cards spread around all of them, the movement in both Yue and Kero on their wings, the lovely sparkly sky in the background.

The artist also had a lot of other amazing fanarts, so check them out!

Card Captor Sakura
Title: ユートピア・ノーリターン
Fandom: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
Pairing: Kakyoin Noriaki/Kujo Jotaro
Categories/Genres: Fanart, Angst, Romance
Length: N/A
Warnings: Reference to canonical character death

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: 三宅

Summary:

N/A

Review:

To those of you who haven't heard of Hirohiko Araki's Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, I'm not surprised. You, however, should be, because this manga is as well loved in Japan as Naruto, which I'm sure most people in fandom are at least aware of, whether they want to be or not. But taking into account the manga artist's very distinct style, it is perhaps unsurprising that the manga, however beloved in Japan, has failed to catch on in the U.S. In fact, it is the pointedly visual aspect of the manga that has led me to rec a fanart instead of a fic, because words can never quite capture the peculiar spectacle of the characters that Araki's style imbues them with.

I'm no student of the Japanese language, but as best as I (and Google Translate) can figure out, the title of this artwork in English is roughly No Return to Utopia. (Actual Japanese speakers are encouraged to correct me.) It's a poignant title that encapsulates the artwork and where it fits into the canon, viewing the colorful 'utopia' where Kakyoin and Jotaro's story came to its climax through the morbidly placed window in an otherwise greyscale image. The colorful skyline seems like a beautiful dream in comparison to Kakyoin and Jotaro's respective wry and possessive expressions.

Even if you'd never heard of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, the skill of the artist still makes this worth the effort to click. Nevertheless, if you have any interest in manga or anime whatsoever, try to check Araki's massive, multi-series epic if you get the chance.

ユートピア・ノーリターン

sense8 by Shani-Artist (Art)

  • Jul. 13th, 2015 at 9:08 PM
Title: sense8
Fandom: Sense8
Pairing: Nomi Marks/Amanita
Categories: Romance, Fluffy, Established Relationship.
Medium: Art
Warnings: No warnings apply.

Author Website: Shani-artist (Deviantart) | theartofdoctorwho (Art Tumblr)

Summary: amanita and nomi from the tv show Sense8 [original summary}.

Review: Sense8 became a new fandom passion for me in the last month, when I saw this sketch it just made my day. It is a colored raw sketch: neither the raw nor the sketch part bother, they just make the art lovely.

It’s a waist up digital piece of Nomi and Amanita, pg and colorful. It portrays them in a very iconic moment in the series, when Amanita defends Nomi from a friend that made rude comments on her transexuality. It’s such a vulnerable moment and sweet moment for them, and the art is so light, that it fits perfectly with the canon.

I love the texture in Amanita’s hair and in Nomi’s dress, love the highlights in Nomi’s hair and how soft Amanita's expression looks. The background isn’t distracting and the whole piece is just simple in the right measure, without losing the details.

sense8

Two Sides Series by blue-ten (PG-13)

  • Jun. 21st, 2015 at 11:27 PM
Title: Two Sides Series
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Pairing/Characters: Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph and Zuko
Categories: --
Medium: Art
Warnings: No warnings apply.

Author Website: Blue-Ten (Deviantart) | blue-ten (Livejournal)

Summary: Avatar Fanart Series, by blue-ten.

Review: I chose this series because of both the art quality and the it’s content: I love Avatar and for me artists choices really capture what the show is all about. This is a series of five pieces, each one showcasing one of Avatar’s protagonists: Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph and Zuko. Each piece tells of aspects of each characters personality and how they are portrayed of cannon.

Aang, Katara, Sokka and Zuko’s pieces are pretty straight forward. Aang is the duality between his playful self and the Avatar, the background with the representation of each bending color and traits is amazingly detailed. Sokka follows this same guide, playful and warrior, his face painting is one of the best things here and in the show.

Katara’s piece is less detailed, but equally good. She is seen in her Fire tribe disguise, which is a favorite of mine - she looks older and more womanly, and twice as deadly in this arc. She is also shown with both her abilities as a bender, water and blood bending. I don’t like Zuko’s piece as much, probably because I would love to have seen other sides of him, no pun intended.

And then there is Toph, the last and the best! I love the angles and how we see front and back of Toph. At first I saw Toph in her smirkful glory and then I went back to look at her as the proper daughter and lady of court. This pic reminded me why I love Toph so much and how complex her character is - which is great, because she can be seen by some people as a mere comic relief by Sokka’s side. I adore the shading and the way the light is set, the cool and neutral colors just make the whole art stand out.

Do check the artist’s other Avatar works, they are really good too.

Toph | Aang | Katara | Sokka | Zuko

/multishippingcardboardbox by indehart

  • Jun. 7th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Title: /multishippingcardboardbox
Fandom: Glee
Pairing: Blaine Anderson/David Karofsky
Categories: Romance, Fluffy
Medium: Art
Warnings: No warnings apply.

Author Website: olsnaggletooth (Personal Tumblr) | indehart (Art Tumblr)

Summary: No original summary.

Review: I was watching season 6 of Glee, yes finally! And I kind of got all fuzzy feelings about Blaine/David; I’m not happy how they portrayed it, but I’m glad it happened, because at least we get more canon slash and inspiration for fanworks.

This is my first art rec, and obviously I chose a Blaine Anderson/David Karofsky fanart. I loved it because it’s funny and sweet and Blaine isn’t gelled to hell. He is however adorable in one of my favorite Blaine outfits, the one he used in Rachel’s Party, back in season 2.

It is a lovely half bust drawing, colored and pg-rated. The artist’s style is super cute and the blush in their cheeks gives such a depth to the drawing.

/multishippingcardboardbox

Art: No. 8 by きやま (G)

  • Oct. 12th, 2014 at 12:33 AM
Title: No. 8
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Harold Finch/John Reese
Categories/Genres: Fanart
Length: N/A
Warnings: N/A

Artist on LJ: N/A (I think?)
Artist Website: きやま

Summary:

N/A (If there is one, it's in Japanese and I can't read it.)

Review:

It will never cease being amazing to me that so much of Person of Interest's fanart is drawn by fans of the show who live outside of the U.S. Of course, it's not a criticism in any way of the show or the fans or even of Warner Bros., but rather a minor epiphany that the issues that the show tackles, the relationships that the characters form, are powerful enough to resonate with viewers around the world.

Like two voices resonating on the same pitch, what I see in きやま's art is the visual representation of how I imagine Finch and Reese's relationship. Finch, focused ever on his duty, on the tasks that need doing and the decisions that need making. Reese, hovering protectively, the faithful hound, devoted to Finch, and through Finch, to the cause.

It's amazing to me, and quietly mind blowing, that two fans from wholly different cultures, who speak languages so utterly different, can share a perspective so completely. And it speaks to the show itself that it can communicate such subtlety and depth across a range of diverse perspectives.

But still, you guys. Fandom. What an incredible thing.

No. 8

Art: Reborn At Camlann

  • Jun. 3rd, 2014 at 5:48 PM
Title: Reborn At Camlann
Fandom: Merlin
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Categories: Modern AU, fanart, romance, kissing, fluff
Length: N/A
Warnings: none

Artist on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] alby_mangroves
Artist Website: Alby_Mangroves @ DeviantArt & Alby_Mangroves" @ AO3

Artist's Summary:
"You know what they say, man. We all die at Camlann, then we're reborn." Or how Arthur got his groove back.

Review:
Admittedly, part of the reason I love this is that it was inspired by my favorite WIP at [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin, but this gorgeous art can (and does) stand on its own. There are so many things to love - the beautiful details, the intimate pose, the epic kissing...and of course, Merlin's wellies.

Reborn At Camlann

Art: Be My Valentine by Doris (PG)

  • Jun. 2nd, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Title: Be My Valentine
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Categories: Hogwarts, quidditch, kissing, romance, fluff
Length: N/A
Warnings: None

Artist on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] wincest_drarry
Artist on DeviantArt: dorisdoris

Artist's Summary "Harry! STOP KISSING your house enemy!! "
"Awwwww~~~"
"Can someone catch the snitch so we can all leave for dinner? I'm really STARVING now..."

Review:
I seem to be in a quidditch art mood, but we could use more art recs on the comm, so I'm going with it! Last week I recced quidditch locker room art, and this week, I'm reccing a less recent favorite with Draco and Harry in quidditch gear, sharing an airborne kiss while riding the same broom. The artist has a lot of great work; I love their use of shadow in some and the luminous quality of their light. Here, the boys are lit up in gold that glows from beneath in a style that reminds me of stained glass, though with finer, more detailed lines. There's a radiant sense of joy and optimism, and beautifully expressive faces and body language. One of my all time favorites.

Be My Valentine (to bring up the full sized version, click "download" on the right)

Art: quidditch by chouette-e (R)

  • May. 26th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Title: quidditch
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Categories: Hogwarts, quidditch locker room, kissing
Length: N/A
Warnings: None

Artist on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] chouette_e
Artist on DeviantArt: chouette-e

Review:
I love both the composition and coloring of this realistic digital art created this year. The tones are mostly warm and dark with quidditch gear and brooms in the background. That's contrasted with the almost pearlescent lightness of the shirtless pair in the foreground. The boots are beautifully detailed, as are the little hurts from quidditch scrapes and the discoloration on Harry's neck that's more likely a hickey than anything that happened on the pitch. Draco's hair is a work of art on its own, and the placement of Harry's hand with its bloody knuckles is perfection.

quidditch

Art: Bonds by Synnesai (G)

  • Apr. 1st, 2014 at 1:32 PM
Title: Bonds
Fandom: Star Trek Reboot
Pairing: Kirk/Spock
Categories: Fanart, romance, soulmates
Length: N/A
Warnings: none

Artist on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] synnesai
Artist Website: SeaTeas

Artist's Summary:
I always liked how author’s described (t’hy’la) bonds in fics and each fic is a bit different, but a lot of it is the same idea. That they are, you know, bonded already they just don’t know it yet (till they touch). It reminded me a lot of the Red String of Fate deal.

Review:
I love the idea of using the red thread of fate to symbolize the destined connection between Kirk and Spock. It seems so appropriate, so them. This gorgeous art depicts Kirk and Spock close, but not touching, as the red thread loops around and over their bodies. It feels as though at any moment, they will touch and wake to their fated bond.

Bonds

Sticky Fingers by Dustmouth (PG)

  • Nov. 11th, 2013 at 8:15 AM
Title: Sticky Fingers
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Draco/Harry
Categories: Eighth year, forced proximity, sharing a bed, romance, sweet, flangst
Length: I'm going to say Medium (It's a 43 page Fan Comic)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] dustmouth
Author Websites: NA

Author's Summary: 8th year is going just fine until Malfoy starts practising his sticking charms.

Review:
Though it features some popular themes, this is a one-of-a-kind story. When you visit the link, you'll know straight away whether you've seen it before. It's a 43 page fan comic drawn in pencil.

As the artist says on their livejournal, they tend to draw boys in nightshirts with pointy elbows. Dustmouth has a distinct style that I loved, with thin arms and legs and short pencil marks. Characters' faces are open and expressive, especially of their angst or uncertainty, sometimes showing us they mean the opposite of what they're saying. But I think the composition was my favorite part; Dustmouth makes great use of the page, knowing when to break out of panels and how to shape and size them to set the tone and tell you even more about the story.

The plot itself is straight forward and a pleasure: Harry and Draco gradually finding their way with one another due to a sticking charm, with lots of pining and some gossiping schoolmates, confused friends and humorous moments.

Go and give it a look! I hope you'll like it as much as I do.

Sticky Fingers (AO3)
Original post on LJ with link to gdoc

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Art: Steampunk AU by Leyna (G)

  • Jun. 25th, 2013 at 4:55 PM
And now, for my maiden voyage... What more suitable than an airship to take off with?

For Alternative Media Week.

Title: Steampunk AU
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: Gen
Categories: Action/adventure, AU
Length: NA
Warnings: None

Thanks [livejournal.com profile] chibifukurou for sharing this fandom with me!

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] leyna55
Author Website: faviconLeyna

Author's Summary: Archival photograph from the Atlantis expedition of 1907.

Review:
This is an absolutely gorgeous digital painting of the team preparing for an expedition -- but in a gloriously vintage setting. Sheppard is every bit the roguish pilot, Dr McKay is prim and proper with one of his inventions in his hands, Teyla is lovely in Victorian dress, and Ronon looks dependable and stoic as always. And the airship! ♥ Leyna's attention to detail is marvellous, and her pictures always look so lifelike. This is the kind of picture that makes imagination take flight.

Steampunk AU

ST vs HP by Ppierrot (G) -- Fan Art

  • Dec. 18th, 2009 at 12:12 PM
Title: ST vs HP
Fandom: Star Trek Reboot
Pairing: gen
Categories: fan art, crossover
Warnings: none

Artist on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ppierrot 
Website: http://ppierrot.deviantart.com/

Review:
Star Trek Characters in the Harry Potter universe. The artist does say that Bones and Spock might be better suited for Ravenclaw, but I think it's interesting to see them end up in Gryffindor. I bet there's a back story there that's just waiting to be written (*hint, hint*).

ST vs HP

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