I love both. I have a more realistic avatar right now, and while it's simple, I like it. I'm not particularly good at making more fantastical avatars, because I always end up comparing mine to someone else's who has awesome attention to detail, which I'm afraid I'm lacking. XD
I like both.
I think that the realistic ones are capable of having more interesting matches of colours whereas the fantastical ones i always end up having to theme it on one colour.
Lately I have been making "fantastical" avatars but when usually I do "realistic" ones 3nodding
Don't care. As long as I look max fabulous, I'm fine.
But I guess I tend to lean towards the fantastical side. It's not something I really think of really. I focus on sort of having a certain kind of style that defines me. All that matters is that it looks good to me in the end.
Fantastical. The only realistic avi that I can remember doing is a Japanese school girl avi I submitted in the arenas years ago. Even my Tekteks are fantasy heavy. There is just so much to work with when it comes to fantastical avis.
It's more about the balance, colours and textures for me.
However I don't like limiting myself to what someone might actually wear and if a set of wings/tentacles/horns completes the look I'm going for then I'd use them. So I'd have to say I use more of a fantastical element.