I meant to comment on both of these avatars when you first started using them yourself (obviously at this point, you've since moved on) but of course me being as busy and forgetful as I am it's taken me forever to get around to it, my apologies! Anyway, I really like both of these, very much, and I'd have to say that they're amongst my favorites of those you've done recently, though some of this may also be due to the fact that Lyra is definitely one of my favorite background characters (if indeed not my most favorite, though it's hard not to love Derpy). I always think of you whenever I see her as well, actually, which is another nice bonus! Thank you for sharing dear and as always I look forward to seeing more from you.
I'm actually making a sort of arbitrary habit of changing between icons every day or few days, for nothing other than the fun of it But yes, I did hold onto Lyra for a while, and I will probably return to her too. Lyra is a very special Pony to me, after all~
I'm glad that you really like these ones, because they're two of the best ones I've done, from both a technique and a concept perspective. A lot of my icons are kind of same-y, and these ones definitely break out of that mold in more than one way... I am biased toward Lyra as well, of course, but that bias doesn't really change how good or bad an art piece is, in the end. I admit, though, I didn't know at all that you liked Lyra so much :o She and Bon Bon are equally my favourites, although Lyra does tend to take precedence often enough, but even so. Obviously this makes us background character buddies xP I imagine that between the copious amounts of RariJack and the frequent inclusions of Lyra and/or Bon Bon in the background, if the two of us were somehow watching the show together, we would probably enjoy a lot of the same moments together, one way or another. Or maybe I'm just really silly
Also, if you like Lyra so much, my apologies for depicting some of her more sad times :< But it was something that came straight from my heart onto the canvas, so sorry as I may be for the mood it may set, I don't regret the results one bit.