|Alias(es):||(X prefers NOT to have any other name listed here)|
|Type:||fan artist, fan writer|
|Fandoms:||Star Wars, The Phantom Menace, Highlander, Harry Potter, Band of Brothers, The Mentalist, Prison Break, Jericho, Lawrence: A Dangerous Man|
|URL:||(No link to X's website per her front page)|
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X is an extremely popular gen and slash fan artist who excels at photomanip art and is also a fanfiction writer. As an artist, X has a distinct style that is easily recognizable because of its glossy, airbrushed look. Her technique removes sharp outlines and turns photographic images into something with a more painterly feel, and she creates highly emotional (and often erotic) scenes that appeal greatly to many fans' sensibility.
In addition to illustrating online fan stories, X has also illustrated several fanzines, including the Star Wars fanzines Sanctuary Moon and Living Force, the Hercules: the Legendary Journeys fanzine The Less Than Legendary Journeys, and the Highlander fanzine Futures Without End. She also published a charity fanzine A New POV: Bystander Stories and writes fan fiction.
Her artwork is popular with many fans. In 2000 she won under a different name a FOX Award in the category Outstanding Mulder Fanfiction Cover Art for one of her X-Files covers and Area 52 describes her J/D manips as "wonderful".
X became popular in classic "old skool" fandoms like XF and HL. Her Harry/Snape art is also extremely popular and much loved by many people in Harry Potter. At Escapade 2006, Snapetoy was particularly fervent in her appeal that X put her Harry/Snape art back on public view. Many fans were grateful when she allowed it all to be put back in public.
Some fans say that X is very talented, even very careful to subtly age underage characters to make them old enough, but they still have problems with not seeing the actor instead of the character. This is a general problem other manip artists face as well because it's part of the issues surrounding the RPF genre.
On the other hand, for a few fans the very thing that makes X's style attractive can fall into the Uncanny Valley between something not photorealistic enough to look real or stylized and art-like enough to be clearly not a photo.