sylvaine: Naruto looking serious. ([anime:Naruto] Naruto)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Deidara
Content Notes/Warnings: smoking, blood, injury, insects, drugs
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] evartandadam | [deviantart.com profile] invisibleninja12 | イーヴァ on pixiv
Why this piece is awesome: This piece reimagines Deidara in the modern world - as a graffiti artist, which I think works really well with his canonical destructive artistic tendencies. I rather like this artist's clean, sharp lines, and in this particular picture I absolutely adore her design of Deidara, the bright colours saturating the whole picture, and the really elaborate detailing of the background graffiti, the shirt, and the tattoos.
Link: on tumblr | on deviantart | on pixiv
sylvaine: Naruto looking serious. ([anime:Naruto] Naruto)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Zetsu
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art, I think?
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] nataly-lanier
Why this piece is awesome: Zetsu portraits are super rare, and this one is a beautiful one, all in soft pastel greens. I particularly like the sharp definition of his single eye and eyebrow in contrast to the soft contours of the rest of the piece, and I find it an interesting design choice to only paint White Zetsu, rather than his whole black + white half.
Link: on tumblr (If that link breaks, I have also reblogged it here.)
sylvaine: Naruto looking serious. ([anime:Naruto] Naruto)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Hidan/Kakuzu
Content Notes/Warnings: male nudity, explicit sexual situations, alcohol, violence, blood, gore, death, dark/horror elements
Medium: Pencil, ink, copic pens
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] hoppspindel | [tumblr.com profile] hoppspindel | [tumblr.com profile] immortal-assholes (just KakuHida fanart)
Why this piece is awesome: I honestly have a hard time articulating reasons for reccing this piece, as it is one of my favourite doujinshis ever and I have overwhelming feels about it. Nevertheless, I shall attempt to formulate some sense-making rec! This is a comic about the slowly developing relationship of Kakuzu and Hidan from their canon platonic partnership into a sexual and romantic relationship. It starts after their canonic "death" and thus could technically fit seamlessly into canon. The first chapter, in black & white, is 72 pages, while the second chapter, in colour, is 64 pages. So really lots to sink your teeth in!

On the less artsy side of things, I really appreciate that the author/artist got their characters write - they bitch and moan at each other and fight a lot, but they also do actually clearly value and appreciate each other. And unlike a lot of authors of this pairing, they don't woobify the characters or really emphasize the (barely canonical) height and power difference. Plus, it's finished! A finished comic! IDK, I think that's super cool.

On the more artsy side, I really admire the way the artist consistently managed to keep the panels interesting and have lots of different expressions for the characters while still managing to make them look like themselves. Plus, character and background actually look like they're part of the same world rather than separate layers of picture pasted onto each other. While the characters very occasionally look a little wonky, the art is solid from the start and only improves over the course of the comic, which is something I always love seeing. The first chapter, in black-and-white pencil shading, is already super cool - the artist manages to convey a lot of depth and variation in colour just through that. The second chapter, in colour, is occasionally absolutely visually stunning (the autumn panels!), and always high quality.

If you can handle the warnings above, and if you know the characters or don't mind reading up on them or being a little lost at first (I don't think canon knowledge is strictly necessary to read and understand the comic, since it takes place pretty much entirely removed from canon events and the two main characters occasionally seem very much in their own little world of two), I highly recommend checking out this comic.
Link: [tumblr.com profile] reasonch1 (Chapter 1) & [tumblr.com profile] reasonch2 (Chapter 2). Both tumblr blogs have a link in the first or second post where you can read the comic chronologically, but I wanted to link to the tumblrs themselves as the first few posts also contain summaries and ratings and such.
sylvaine: Naruto looking serious. ([anime:Naruto] Naruto)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Uzumaki Naruto, Kyuubi/Kurama
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: watercolour monotypia
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] umaken
Why this piece is awesome: I am full of awe at the way the artist has made this technique work for them. There are a number of pieces in their gallery that utilize it (I'm not even sure how to describe it. Dragging paper over the paint while wet?), but I think this one is the best of the lot.
Link: Daddy's gift on deviantart
sylvaine: Sakura looking badass. ([anime:Naruto] Sakura)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Haruno Sakura
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] jam-art
Why this piece is awesome: This is an absolutely gorgeous portrait of Sakura in an AU where both Sasuke and Naruto died and she became Hokage. I love the soft colours and the way the cloak and hair flutter in the breeze. And there's something I really love about the artist's shading technique.
Link: 15 Years After on tumblr (If that link breaks, I have also reblogged it here.)
sylvaine: Sakura looking badass. ([anime:Naruto] Sakura)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Haruno Sakura/Yamanaka Ino
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: original art tag on artist's tumblr | fanart tag on artist's tumblr (warning, the tumblr blog in question has autoplay music)
Why this piece is awesome: I feel like the artist captures their personalities and their relationship rather well. :D Also, I really like the shading and the folds in their clothing.
Link: on tumblr (If the link breaks, or if you'd rather have it minus the background music, I have also reblogged it here.)
sylvaine: Sakura looking badass. ([anime:Naruto] Sakura)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Sabaku no Gaara/Uzumaki Naruto
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: [livejournal.com profile] kosmonauttihai
Artist Website/Gallery: on pixiv | [deviantart.com profile] kosmonauttihai | artist website | original art tag on tumblr | fanart tag on tumblr | art ship ask tumblr: [tumblr.com profile] ask-narugaa
Why this piece is awesome: This is one of my favourite artists and definitely my favourite NaruGaa artist. It took me a long time to decide on which piece of art to rec here, but in the end I settled on this. (Either way you should definitely check out the rest of the ask blog and also their art tags if you're so inclined!) I really like the black and white shading of the comic, and the topic of the comic - a short chance to catch up after Naruto and Co. save Gaara from the Akatsuki at the beginning of Shippuuden - is adorable. Most of all, though, I adore expressions in this comic - the excitement and the tenderness and the surprise - and also the style of the characters - the artist has taken the canon characters and reinterpreted them in their own style and I think it works fantastically well and makes the characters five times more endearing to me.
Link: on tumblr
sylvaine: Sakura looking badass. ([anime:Naruto] Sakura)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Zetsu
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] chidorgy
Why this piece is awesome: Fanart with Zetsu as the main focus is rare, and this one is an utterly adorable one. I enjoy the clean lines and colours of this as well as Zetsu's delightfully cute expressions.
Link: on tumblr (If that link breaks, I have also reblogged it here.)
sylvaine: Sakura looking badass. ([anime:Naruto] Sakura)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Akasuna no Sasori, 3rd Kazekage puppet
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] kuroi-okayu
Why this piece is awesome: For some reason I really love Sasori's expression in this. And I like the general composition and the focus on his puppeteering and his role in the Akatsuki.
Link: on tumblr (if that link breaks, I have reblogged it here.)
sylvaine: Sakura looking badass. ([anime:Naruto] Sakura)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Deidara
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] artartmm
Why this piece is awesome: This is such a cute little chibi drawing of Deidara looking contemplative with a leaf umbrella.
Link: on tumblr (if the link breaks, I have also reblogged it here.)
sylvaine: Sakura looking badass. ([anime:Naruto] Sakura)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Ame Orphans (Konan, Nagato, Yahiko)
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: watercolour
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] umaken
Why this piece is awesome: Watercolour takes a lot of skill, and this is really well done. I like the subtle differences in their expressions and most especially the reflections in the water.
Link: on deviantart
sylvaine: Naruto looking serious. ([anime:Naruto] Naruto)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Uchiha Itachi
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: gouache on paper
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] WermoongRey
Why this piece is awesome: I recced another work of this artist last month, but the style of this one is very different - for one, it's traditional art rather than digital, for another, it's a lot more realistic and less stylized. I absolutely love the colouring and the shading on this image (and somehow I am always even more impressed by that with traditional art than digital art), and the choice of subject - Itachi leaving his village after killing his whole family in the name of peace and loyalty - is heartbreaking.
Link: on deviantart
sylvaine: Naruto looking serious. ([anime:Naruto] Naruto)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Uchiha Itachi, OC
Content Notes/Warnings: blood, blades, crows
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] Orcagirl2001 | [tumblr.com profile] nekkyousagiart | [etsy.com profile] ATJartworks | The Art of Allyson Tierney Jones (personal website)
Why this piece is awesome: I utterly love the woodblock print-inspired art style and the efforts to make the ninjas look more like they might have been part of this world's history. I love the entire series, but this piece is my favourite.
Link: on deviantart
sylvaine: Sakura looking badass. ([anime:Naruto] Sakura)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Haruno Sakura/Hyuuga Hinata
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: vashito's art tag on tumblr | [deviantart.com profile] vashperando
Why this piece is awesome: SakuHina workout buddies! What's not to love? :D The little sketches under the main picture are particularly adorable.
Link: on tumblr (some parts also posted to deviantart: here and here)
sylvaine: Naruto looking serious. ([anime:Naruto] Naruto)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Kakuzu
Content Notes/Warnings: creepiness, body horror
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] WermoongRey
Why this piece is awesome: I love how creepy Kakuzu comes across in this picture, what with the emerging from darkness and the single red eye and the stitched-together mouth. It's an angle on Kakuzu that's rarely seen in fic and fanart, but one that I think really fits to the character.
Link: on deviantart
sylvaine: Sakura looking badass. ([anime:Naruto] Sakura)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom:
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Haruno Sakura
Content Notes/Warnings: blood/wounds
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: art tag on main blog | Art blog: [tumblr.com profile] lazbonart (the two don't match up so it's worth looking at both)
Why this piece is awesome: I love how badass Sakura looks in this picture. It's honestly exactly how I imagine her. And I love how dynamic the pose is, the little details of her wounds, and especially the pose/shape of her right hand and how it's crumbling the stone.
Link: on tumblr (If that link breaks, I have also reblogged it here.)
sylvaine: Sakura looking badass. ([anime:Naruto] Sakura)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Kisame
Content Notes/Warnings: half-dressed male?
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] red-sakura
Why this piece is awesome: I love the inclusion of/inspiration drawn from classical Japanese art here. And the hair is great!
Link: on deviantart
sylvaine: Sakura looking badass. ([anime:Naruto] Sakura)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Haruno Sakura/Yamanaka Ino (femslash or gen depending on your interpretation)
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] pigandforehead / [tumblr.com profile] dimisfit / neonanything's art tag
Why this piece is awesome: It's such a cheerful, happymaking piece, and the idea of Sakura and Ino being heads of the Hospital and of Interrogation, respectively, is so great!
Link: on tumblr (If that link breaks I have reblogged it here.)
sylvaine: Sakura looking badass. ([anime:Naruto] Sakura)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Tayuya
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] driimr
Why this piece is awesome: I love the colours and the textures the artist used, and Tayuya's expression is great too.
Link: on tumblr (if the link breaks, I have also reblogged it here.)
sylvaine: Sakura looking badass. ([anime:Naruto] Sakura)
[personal profile] sylvaine
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Haruno Sakura/Uzumaki Karin
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: [livejournal.com profile] kosmonauttihai (inactive)
Artist Website/Gallery: on Pixiv | [deviantart.com profile] kosmonauttihai | personal website
Why this piece is awesome: I love the character designs of this artist - they're so unique and endearing! I also love that this picture really emphasises Sakura's muscles, particularly her biceps. The colours used are really interesting, and also the pose is just the cutest!
Link: on tumblr | on deviantart

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