Your style makes him decidedly cute here. Those large spines and ear fin things and that funny-yet-cute shaped nose. Oh, and the crystal texture thingy looks pretty darn cool, so thanks to both of you for that! Well done!
Actually, I think part 2 of "The Crystal Empire" was Spike's shining moment in the series so far; and aside from the sudden onset of plot-convenient incompetence, he came off pretty well in "Spike at Your Service".
I loved the start of S3, but it went downhill fast after the first few episodes. It just bugged me how clumsy they made him. I always saw Spike as the cool, collected, down to earth guy. Then they made him a scrambled stupid, but adorable mess. Just hurt me inside.