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11 October 2015 @ 01:07 pm
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ATS episode, Judgement (2x01) for btvsats20in20
Cassandra Cillian (The Librarians) for hbic20in20







For btvsats20in20
10 Themes
Orange Unusual Crop Truth Sepia+Profile Retro
Hot Crossover Contrast Angry Yellow+Blue
5 Category |WHITE DECORATION
Cat 1 Cat 2 Cat 3 Cat 4 Cat 5
5 Artist's Choice
AC 1 AC 2 AC 3 AC 4 AC 5



For hbic20in20

10 THEMES
gradient background hat green mouth water
animal profile top-half promo expression

5 CATEGORY - Living Just As Free As My Hair
cat #1 cat #2 cat #3 cat #4 cat #5

5 ARTIST'S CHOICE
Artist's Choice #1 Artist's Choice #2 Artist's Choice #3 Artist's Choice #4 Artist's Choice #5




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starry_night: buffy: buffy/giles familystarry_night on October 15th, 2015 10:23 am (UTC)
Oh wow, thank you so much for this amazing comment hon! Seriously, you've made my night <3
I'm beyond thrilled you like my set since I forgot how much of a pain Angel caps can be and very nearly gave up, lol.


sepia+profile is GORGEOUS, truly; and it goes beautifully with retro and unusual crop

Yay! I'm so glad you like that one. I've been trying to throw a few more muted icons in my sets lately to break up all the colours and I quite like that myself.


The category set goes together wonderfully as a set piece as does the AC set. So so pretty! I like the meta commentary of Cat 5 especially - all of the white decoration in those icons feels as if it was chosen for a purpose, not just randomly.

Yeah I was sort of trying to fit symbols with characters for the cat set - more so in 2 & 5 because they just fit so well with Angel and Wes. But I quite like how they all turned out so I'm so happy you like them.


DB in Bones, how cool is that?

Is it wrong to admit I went with the easiest option for that ;)


I've come to embrace the idea of font and text as abstract decorative elements in their own right and you use them to stunning effect here

Yeah I used to feel the same but after reading a few text guides by other makers I've started to use text as a decoration more and more. Those two textures in AC4 and Crossover are among my fave textures at the moment because they are fairly easy to use in most icon styles :)

Edited at 2015-10-15 10:24 am (UTC)
red_satin_doll: Wesley sepia profile STYNGTred_satin_doll on October 17th, 2015 05:36 am (UTC)
Are Angel caps worse to work with than btvs caps or about the same? I don't know why i imagine they'd have better image quality.

I've been trying to throw a few more muted icons in my sets lately to break up all the colors

As a lover of the muted I say brava, you did a great job!

You know I have the opposite problem - remembering to use color when my default mode is to go to sepia/muted. I lol'd at sepia and retro as themes because those aren't themes they're my M.O.! I think my two best icons this round had the best color clarity.

more so in 2 & 5 because they just fit so well with Angel and Wes.

Because I haven't seen the series I simply assumed that the other three were meaningful in some way, but it's the Angel and Wes icons that definitely stick with me. Your set pushed me to try not to put ornaments just for the sake of the pretty but to have some meaning; I didn't always succeed though.

Is it wrong to admit I went with the easiest option for that ;)

Are you kidding? Hey, I chose a movie starring SMG, so you're preaching to the converted here. Nothing wrong with making our lives easier and I think it adds to the humor.

but after reading a few text guides by other makers I've started to use text as a decoration more and more

There are guides?
starry_nightstarry_night on October 18th, 2015 03:40 am (UTC)
They're about the same. The main issue is that they are very dark and can be hard to brighten up.

Your set pushed me to try not to put ornaments just for the sake of the pretty but to have some meaning

Yeah I admit I still do just put decoration for the pretty most of the time myself. But when I found these textures I found they fit pretty well for the characters :P

There are guides?

Oh yeah. There's a big annual Ask The Maker thing at icon_talk - they put a master post together with all the requests to make it easier. Plus a few makers have tutorials and guides when people request them.

Here's a couple I've been inspired by:
# http://split-loyalties.livejournal.com/43510.html
# http://illusoir-icons.livejournal.com/21609.html
# http://danseur-lion.livejournal.com/14901.html

red_satin_doll: Harmony Kendall Gold Sparkle STYNGTred_satin_doll on October 19th, 2015 10:42 pm (UTC)
Oh wow these are fantastic posts, thank you thank you dear! I love all of these. And I've signed up for icon_talk, which was probably overdue.
starry_night: buffy: buffy summersstarry_night on October 20th, 2015 10:19 am (UTC)
No worries, I have a bunch of guide type posts favourited and I quite often refer to them (even just for inspiration) :)
red_satin_doll: Buffy NA Sepia Grunge RSDred_satin_doll on October 20th, 2015 05:36 pm (UTC)
I quite often refer to them (even just for inspiration)

Since I don't use PS that's pretty much how I work anyway because I can't always "follow along" all the steps. But that's how I learned to cook and not rely on cookbooks as well - now I glance at a couple of recipes and swing in my own direction and it usually works. (Notice I didn't say "always".)

Thanks again hon! It's nice to see other people have done some of the things I'm thinking about and realizing I don't have to re-invent the wheel.



Edited at 2015-10-20 05:36 pm (UTC)