Shifty's right (in a way) in that he's now probably one of the foremost artists on this site - and kudos to him for his state of the art FH new look. However, as I pointed out last go-around, this is a hybrid award: it doesn't say "Most Artistic" without the "/Most Creative" so it's up to the voters to determine where the advantages lie. FWIW, I'm the one who conceptualized "vanity" badges (as a reaction to some fine members being unjustifiably badgeless at that time). That includes, but is not limited to Nublar's "Dark Night Animated Badge, " Flyin Ryan's "Official Site Aviator" Badge, Bumpus's " Vote Ho," Roadrunner's "GIF Ho," Gonzo's SOB animated "Sardonic (and who else would use that adjective but me?) SOB/joker badge, JCane's " Master Troll" badge (his concept), Tyler Dolphin's "Bahama Mama" (which he chose over "Official site 3rd world terrorist," our owner Matt's "Official Pollster" badge, RevKev's "CanaFin" badge, and even in this category, Harry's "Worst Poster" badge (his concept my design), and now even his newest one "Whinest Poster" which I thought looked familiar and found in my 2011 archives. That's not to mention the ones I selectively use for some specific posters that haven't been institutionalized (I mean the badges, not the poster.. or at least I think).
The point in from a creative standpoint, not including the obvious graphic commentaries and humor, I've innovated and created vanity badges and was the first one to animate them as well. I see that Shifty got some props for a Rainman badge he did, and rightfully so. But hellsbells, the "Rainman Concept" was my creation on several movie posters going back to Henne and forward to Tannehill. No mention of that previously.
Yeah, Shifty and N703 are talented artists but that's not the inclusive category.. it's creative also...just how much weight to place on each is in every individual's perception. However, if you want to be technical about it, Mitch, Landshark who seems to be overlooked in this voting, is as technically adept as anyone on the site, generates time consumpingpicture perfect graphics and animations, but more than that, adds a creativity that often is not only entertaining but also informative/thought-provoking. From where I sit- Landshark is closest to my late lamented buddy MylesFynch in combining excellent graphics skills with either pithy humor and/or relevancy to fulfill most parts of this category.
Now as far as the "clowning" and "jokers" go, I'll see those and raise you whatever you want to depict these as